Filing the FAFSA

Filing the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) helps JBU make you the best financial aid offer possible. The FAFSA is required in order for you to be considered for federal financial aid, including federal student loans.

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Free Application for Federal Student Aid

Everyone who is eligible should file the FAFSA

All U.S. citizens and eligible non-U.S. citizens applying to JBU should file the FAFSA. If you are a U.S. citizen living abroad, please review these important notes.

Even if you think you won't get anything in the form of federal aid, you should still file the FAFSA. JBU offers its own need-based aid based on your FAFSA results. The FAFSA is also required to determine work-study eligibility and for some state scholarships, like the Arkansas Academic Challenge Scholarship.

How to fill out the FAFSA

FAFSA prep checklist

When to file

Applying sooner rather than later is in your best interest. The 2022–2023 FAFSA (which is for the school year beginning with the Fall 2022 semester) becomes available on October 1, 2021.

The sooner you file, the sooner JBU can send you a financial aid offer. Also, some federal aid (like the Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant) is offered on a first-come, first-served basis.

How to send your results to JBU

To send your results to JBU, add JBU to your FAFSA form on the School Selection page. You may search for us by name or use our school code (001100). If you have already submitted your FAFSA, you will need to log in to the FAFSA form, select "Make FAFSA Corrections" and then navigate to the School Selection page. View more information about adding schools to your FAFSA.

After you file the FAFSA

Once you complete the FAFSA, you will receive your Student Aid Report (SAR) via email. The SAR will contain your EFC (Expected Family Contribution). Please review the FAFSA for accuracy and make corrections as necessary. You will need to resubmit the FAFSA after making corrections.

It usually takes the Financial Aid Office about 3-5 business days to receive FAFSA submissions. The JBU Financial Aid Office will email you if we have any questions or need you to take any further action with your FAFSA.

I was selected for verification. What does that mean?

Verification is the process schools use to confirm that the data reported on your FAFSA form is accurate.

If you are selected for verification by the U.S. Department of Education, an asterisk (*) will appear next to your expected family contribution (EFC) on the Student Aid Report (SAR). Approximately one third of FAFSA submissions are selected for verification by the U.S. Department of Education. Schools also have the authority to select a FAFSA submission for verification.

If you are selected for verification, do not assume you have done anything wrong. Verification is not an IRS audit.

If you are selected for verification, JBU will request the following documents:

  • Tax return transcripts from the IRS (or use of the IRS Data Retrieval Tool on the FAFSA)
  • A signed and initialed JBU Institutional Verification Form (IVF)
  • W-2's for the student (and the student's spouse, if the student is married)

Getting help

Other questions may be directed to JBU's FAFSA Specialist:

Bradonia Napier
FAFSA Specialist
(479) 524-7178
BNapier@jbu.edu

Notes for U.S. citizens living abroad

  • When completing the Untaxed Income section of the FAFSA, note the question for "Housing and other living allowances paid to members of the clergy." Any housing or other type of living allowance that is not included in your W-2 wages (but is reported to the IRS Schedule SE) should be included in the Untaxed Income section FAFSA.
  • Because the analysis builds in an allowance for your FICA tax, do not include self-employment tax on FAFSA question 86. On question 86, use only the amount from form 1040 line 55.
  • If you also pay tax to the country in which you reside, do not include that tax on line 85.

Frequently asked questions

Who should file the FAFSA?

All U.S. citizens and eligible non-U.S. citizens applying to JBU should file the FAFSA.

Even if you think you won't get anything in the form of federal aid, you should still file the FAFSA. JBU offers its own need-based aid based on your FAFSA results. The FAFSA is also required to determine work-study eligibility and for some state scholarships, like the Arkansas Academic Challenge Scholarship.

If you are a U.S. citizen living abroad, please review these important notes.


When should you file?

Applying sooner rather than later is in your best interest. The 2022–2023 FAFSA (which is for the school year beginning with the Fall 2022 semester) becomes available on October 1, 2021.

The sooner you file, the sooner JBU can send you a financial aid offer. Also, some federal aid (like the Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant) is offered on a first-come, first-served basis.


How do you send your results to JBU?

To send your results to JBU, add JBU to your FAFSA form on the School Selection page. You may search for us by name or use our school code (001100). If you have already submitted your FAFSA, you will need to log in to the FAFSA form, select "Make FAFSA Corrections" and then navigate to the School Selection page. View more information about adding schools to your FAFSA.


What happens after you file?

Once you complete the FAFSA, you will receive your Student Aid Report (SAR) via email. The SAR will contain your EFC (Expected Family Contribution). Please review the FAFSA for accuracy and make corrections as necessary. You will need to resubmit the FAFSA after making corrections.

It usually takes the Financial Aid Office about 3-5 business days to receive FAFSA submissions. The JBU Financial Aid Office will email you if we have any questions or need you to take any further action with your FAFSA.


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