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FAFSA Frequently Asked Questions

Click a link below to see more details if you:

Icon sized small CCU atheneum logo Applying for the first time

Note: Don't wait until you are admitted to Coastal Carolina University to submit your FAFSA.

  1. Obtain a Department of Education PIN (Personal Identification Number), which gives you and your parents access to your personal information on the Web and also allows you to sign student aid documents electronically. Apply for a PIN online.
  2. Use the FAFSA on the Web Worksheet as a guide to completing the online FAFSA.
  3. File an electronic FAFSA starting Jan. 1 but no later than March 1, the annual deadline for priority funding such as work-study, FSEOG, and the Perkins loan.
  4. Print out a confirmation when you have completed the FAFSA online.
  5. You will receive an email confirmation from the Federal Processing Center within 4-6 business days when your FAFSA has been processed. The email will include a link to your Student Aid Report (SAR) which is the result of your FAFSA filing.
    • Review the SAR carefully to make sure it's correct and complete.
    • Make sure the SAR lists Coastal Carolina University (Title IV Code 003451) in the school section so that Financial Aid & Scholarships at Coastal Carolina University will receive your FAFSA information.
    • Correct your FAFSA on the Web if you need to make changes or add Coastal Carolina University's school code (003451).
    • If you were selected for verification, Financial Aid & Scholarships will need to collect additional documents from you to support the information you supplied on the FAFSA. Please click here for an explanation of the verification process.
    If you haven't received your SAR or email notification within 2 weeks:
  6. If you are admitted to Coastal Carolina University, Financial Aid & Scholarships will send you information regarding financial aid via your Coastal Carolina University email.
  7. Financial Aid & Scholarships may ask you for additional documents to support the information on your FAFSA, so check your e-mail often.
    • You must submit any additional documents to Financial Aid & Scholarships by August 1.
    • Your FAFSA is based in part on tax returns filed by you and your parents. If you or your parents file late, your FAFSA won't be processed until you file your final federal tax returns. This could affect your aid package, since financial aid is based on the availability of funds.

Icon sized small CCU atheneum logo Applying for continuing aid

Note: You must file a FAFSA before each new school year to be considered for financial aid.

  1. Reapply for student financial aid by filing the FAFSA on the Web starting Jan. 1, but no later than March 1. You'll be prompted to pre-fill your FAFSA from the previous year's application.
    • You need your PIN to complete the FAFSA. If you've forgotten your PIN, you can request a duplicate.
  2. Print out a confirmation after you renew the FAFSA online.
  3. You will receive an email confirmation from the Federal Processing Center within 4-6 business days when your FAFSA has been processed. The email will include a link to your Student Aid Report (SAR) which is the result of your FAFSA filing.
    • Review the SAR carefully to make sure it's correct and complete.
    • Make sure the SAR lists Coastal Carolina University (Title IV Code 003451) in the school section so that Coastal Carolina University's Financial Aid & Scholarships will receive your FAFSA information.
    • Correct your FAFSA on the Web if you need to make changes or add Coastal Carolina University's school code (003451).
    • If you were selected for verification, Financial Aid & Scholarships will need to collect additional documents from you to support the information you supplied on the FAFSA. Please click here for an explanation of the verification process.
    If you haven't received your SAR or email notification within 2 weeks:
  4. Financial Aid & Scholarships may ask you for additional documents to support the information on your FAFSA, so check your e-mail often.
    • You must submit any additional documents to Financial Aid & Scholarships by August 1.
    • Your FAFSA is based in part on tax returns filed by you and your parents. If you or your parents file late, your FAFSA won't be processed until you file your final federal tax returns. This could affect your aid package, since financial aid is based on the availability of funds.

Icon sized small CCU atheneum logo Need to correct information on your FAFSA application

Make corrections to your FAFSA immediately. Common changes include:

  • Adding Coastal Carolina University's school code (003451) to your FAFSA
  • Changing any estimated figures after you or your parents have filed federal income tax returns

Make corrections on the Web, even if you filed a paper FAFSA.


Icon sized small CCU atheneum logo Have received a "reject" status from FAFSA

Incomplete or questionable data may result in rejection of your application by FAFSA. 

  1. The FAFSA processing center will notify you of the reject status via e-mail, with instructions to correct or complete any inaccurate data.
  2. Make corrections on the Web, even if you filed a paper FAFSA.
  3. Call the FAFSA processor at (800) 4FED-AID (433-3243) if you have questions about your reject status or how to clear it.

 

Icon sized small CCU atheneum logo Filed your FAFSA after the March 1 priority date

If you don't file your FAFSA by March 1, you may only be considered for certain types of aid. It is highly probable that awards with limited budgeting have already been expended by March 1. If so, you will be considered for the following types of aid only:

You may also experience a delay in receiving these funds if you filed after March 1.

Icon sized small CCU atheneum logo You were selected for verification

The Department of Education randomly selects students for a process called verification. This process must be completed before the institution can award any federal or state financial aid. Please click here for additional information on the verification process. The institution will be requesting additional documents from the student and parent in order to complete this required verification.