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Mistakes are easily made when filling out the FAFSA application
if students and/or parents do not understand the instructions
fully. Some errors will require an applicant to start over delaying the processing of your FAFSA at the federal
level, and thus delaying the award process at the university
level. The Office of Financial Aid has compiled a list of common
errors made on the FAFSA to help eliminate common mistakes
and make the FAFSA application experience as easy as possible.
- Other people (besides the student who is applying for
aid) may help fill out the FAFSA form; please keep in
mind that the application is about the student. On this
application, the words "you" and "your"
always refer to the student. The word "college"
means a college, university, graduate or professional
school, community college, vocational or technical school,
or any other institution beyond high school.
- It is important to use your proper name as it appears
on your Social Security card.
- Confirm your Social Security Number is accurate. The
processing center and Methodist University will use it
as a key identifier in the application process. An error
here can cause a substantial delay.
- If you are applying for financial aid at more than one
institution, answer enrollment questions according to
your plans for your first-choice college. Check the terms
that you will be enrolled and the type of enrollment.
Full time equals 12 hours or more (9 or more hours for
Graduate or Professional Students); 3/4 time 9 - 11 hours;
Half time 6 - 8 hours; less than half-time 1- 5 hours;
and not enrolled equals 0 hours. Your enrollment requirements
may differ with the type of aid that you are receiving.
- Answer the question regarding the possession or selling
of illegal drugs honestly. FAFSA on the Web will not let
you continue with the application process until this question
is answered. Having a conviction may or may not hamper
your ability to receive federal aid. Visit the Drug Question
Worksheet website for more information. If you have questions,
contact the federal processing center.
- If you answered "No" to all questions in
this section, FAFSA on the Web will direct you to complete
both student and parent information. You will be considered
"Dependent" for Financial Aid purposes.
- When asked if you have a dependent, keep in mind that
a dependent is a person for whom you (the student) provide
and will continue to provide more than half of his/her
total support. If a student has a child and that child
is being supported by the student’s parents or someone
else, then the student does not have a "dependent."
The student will still be a dependent of their parents.
- Undergraduate students cannot declare themselves independent
of their parents due to family disagreement, living arrangements,
because their parents no longer claim them as dependents
on their tax return, or parents' unwillingness to contribute
to the costs of their education.
- If you did have to enter parent information and are
considered "dependent" according to financial
aid regulations, include only those who receive more than
half their support from your parents, and are attending in the upcoming academic year, in your parent's household.
- List the name of the college any siblings or children
under the age of 24 attending in the upcoming year. If a student’s parent is attending
college, the parent will be listed as household member,
but not as a household member in college. Count only the
family members who will be enrolled at least half-time
in a degree or certificate program that leads to a recognized
education credential at an institution that is eligible
to participate in Federal Student aid programs.
- Include in your household: yourself (and your spouse,
if you have one), and your children, if you provide more
than half of their support, and other people if they now
live with you, and you provide more than half of their
- List the number of people in your household (spouse,
siblings under the age of 24, or children) who will attend
college in the upcoming academic year. Count
only the family members who will be enrolled at least
half-time in a degree or certificate program that leads
to a recognized education credential at an institution
that is eligible to participate in Federal Student aid
- Methodist University’s Title
IV Code is 002946. Regardless of how you list the
university’s name, we will receive your information
if the code is correct. If the code is incorrect, the
information will then go to another school. If you do
not list our code, we cannot process financial aid for
- It is imperative that the student and, if the student is dependent,
one of the student's parents sign the FAFSA on the Web electronically
using a Personal Identity Number (PIN),
which can be obtained from the U.S. Department of Education through
their website (www.pin.ed.gov).
Both student and parent should obtain a PIN. If you do not have
a PIN, you may request one from www.pin.ed.gov.
If the PIN is not entered, or the Signature Page is not received,
this can cause a rejection of your application and it cannot be
processed until the signature is received. This can cause serious
delays in the receipt of your aid. DO NOT close
out your browser until you reach the page with your confirmation
number. Otherwise your application will not be transmitted and