Link to FAFSA on the Web: https://fafsa.ed.gov/
FAFSA Tips and Information for Students and Parents
The office of Federal Student Aid has a website with information and videos on filling out the
FAFSA. If you have general questions, it is a good place to start:
For help in filling out the FAFSA:
If you need more help, please call our office at 515-271-2905 or 1-800-44-DRAKE Ext. 2905.
Important things to remember about the FAFSA:
visit certain U.S. Department of Education websites. When you type in your PIN at
these sites, you are saying either “Yes, it’s really me—please show me the personal
information about me on this site” or “Please accept my PIN as my signature on this
online form.” Both the student and parent need a separate PIN to electronically sign
the FAFSA. If you do not have a PIN, or have forgotten it, there is a link on FAFSA on
the Web to help you create/retrieve one. A PIN expires if not used for 18 months in a
currently being completed. The student section has darker blue/green colored
highlights and the parent section has lavender colored highlights. One of the most
common mistakes Drake receives is duplicated information for either the parent or
the final information once taxes are complete.
The DRT allows a student or parent(s) to link to the IRS website where the correct
financial information is transferred over to your FAFSA automatically. Using the DRT
satisfies the financial segment of verification, if selected.
make sure after the transfer from the IRS is complete, the FAFSA is signed and
submitted again. A fully submitted FAFSA will generate an email to the email address
in the FAFSA.
download and printing of tax transcripts through the IRS.gov website. Select
“Get Transcript of Your Tax Records” under “Tools “and follow the directions for
getting a transcript online. The only transcript acceptable for verification (if selected)
per the Department of Education is the tax return transcript. You may also order
a tax return transcript by mail from IRS site. If you are unable to access it online,
you may fill out and send or fax in Form 4506T-EZ which allows you to send the
form to Drake directly.
Am I Dependent or Independent? – Link to a Student Aid website table.
Under very limited circumstances (for example, your parents are incarcerated; you have left home due to an abusive family environment; or you do not know where your parents are and are unable to contact them), you may be able to submit your FAFSA without parental information. Once you submit your FAFSA without parental data, you must follow up with the financial aid office at Drake, in order to complete your FAFSA. However, if you feel you may have a special circumstance, please contact our office prior to completing the FAFSA.