»FAFSA: FAQ

Do I need to complete a FAFSA every year?

Yes.  If you wish to receive financial aid every year, you must complete a FAFSA for that year. The FAFSA becomes available on the January 1 and should be completed online by March 2. The student's FAFSA application must be post-marked no later than March 2, before the academic year.  If the priority deadline is not met, a student may still apply until June 30 of that academic year, but funding may be exhausted for certain aid programs.

How does Chapman University determine my financial aid package?

The federal government uses data provided on the FAFSA to calculate a student's Expected Family Contribution (EFC).  The Financial Aid Office calculates a student's Cost of Attendance (COA) which includes tuition, living expenses, miscellaneous fees, books, etc.  Taking a student's EFC from their COA creates a student's financial need, which we then try to meet with federal grants, state grants, scholarships, institutional grants, federal work study and various loans.  The EFC is not the actual amount the family will have to pay, as the costs will vary from school to school.

My parents do not support me, do I still have to include their information on the FAFSA?

If you can answer one of the dependency questions on the FAFSA with YES, then you can be considered independent.  If you have special circumstances regarding your relationship with your parents, you may wish to submit a Dependency Review Form.

How do I receive my 1098-T?

The IRS Form 1098-T reports amounts billed to you for qualified tuition and related expenses, as well as other related information. Please call ECSI helpdesk at (866) 428-1098 to receive your PIN and password to access your 1098-T form online.

You will require the following information to log in:

  • School code: 3B
  • Account: Your Social Security Number without dashes
  • Password:  The PIN number you received from ECSI.

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