Maintaining your financial aid is simple if you follow these steps:
- Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by April 15. (Maryland residents should file their FAFSA by March 1st to be eligible for state grants and scholarships.) Try this tutorial if you need assistance with completing FAFSA.
- IRS Data Retrieval Tool: We encourage filers to select the IRS Data Retrieval tool when filing the FAFSA to transfer federal income tax return information. Tax data should be available through IRS Data Retrieval process 1-2 weeks after electronically filing federal income tax return(s). If mailing tax return(s), it may take 6-8 weeks for data to be available through IRS Data Retrieval process. Using the IRS Data Retrieval tool lowers the chances that your FAFSA will be selected for verification. If you are not able to file your tax return by Goucher's priority filing date, you should still submit the FAFSA using estimated tax information. After federal taxes are filed, you may then use the IRS Data Retrieval process to update tax information.
- If your FAFSA is selected for federal verification, you must submit (1) federal tax transcript for student (if filed) and parent(s) for dependent students and (2) federal verification worksheet.
- Complete the CSS Profile by April 15th.
- Meet Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) and maintain the appropriate grade point average required for your financial aid awards.
- Submit all requested documents listed on FASTS when access becomes available. Requested documents are to be sent to us by mail, email to email@example.com, or fax to 410-337-6504. We are not a participant of the College Board IDOC.
Failure to submit the FAFSA by the priority deadline may result in elimination of Goucher Grant funds and may delay award notifications.
We recognize that no two families and their circumstances are alike; as such, we will work with you and your family to decide on appropriate financing options for your individual needs.