• AS_UCSB twitter avatar
    RT @UCSBCAB: follow our adventures on snapchat! @ ucsbcab
    1 hour 18 min ago
  • brenucsb twitter avatar
    #BrenUCSB environmental law professor Jim Salzman & others join the @EDC_Action board of directors https://t.co/YyomJ46e1P
    1 hour 36 min ago
  • ucsantabarbara twitter avatar
    #UCSB physicist Joseph Polchinski has won the prestigious 2017 Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics! https://t.co/bzrUrKrKE7
    2 hours 58 min ago
  • ucsantabarbara twitter avatar
    Congrats to #UCSB's Glenn Fredrickson for receiving recognition from the American Institute of Chemical Engineers! https://t.co/R2inUBApih
    15 hours 59 min ago
  • brenucsb twitter avatar
    #BrenUCSB Group Project investigates effects of Mexico's "no-take zones" on food security & ocean health https://t.co/VS2q8eHLGY
    19 hours 28 min ago
  • UCSBgauchos twitter avatar
    AVCA Names Ruddins All-Pacific South Region Honorable Mention https://t.co/LBJOFIyPkm
    21 hours 18 min ago
  • brenucsb twitter avatar
    How could changes in #Arctic resource-sharing behaviors affect #indigenous communities? https://t.co/cEXc8A9nPN via @ScienceDaily
    22 hours 28 min ago
  • UCSBengineering twitter avatar
    UCSB Engineers, we're doing #CoffeeMeCOE tomorrow from 11AM-2PM. Tweet us your study photos using our hashtag and w… https://t.co/Q4HRiuB4mU
    1 day 31 min ago
  • brenucsb twitter avatar
    New management strategies are needed to build #sustainable tuna #fisheries: https://t.co/0aRzp93zNp via @EnvDefenseFund
    1 day 54 min ago
  • AS_UCSB twitter avatar
    AS Study Jam at the Community Resource Building. 970 Embarcadero del Mar - behind Nan Stop. Open 24 hours through finals week! snacks, wifi.
    1 day 56 min ago

UCSB Financial Aid Office's Online Tutorial for Federal Student Aid Form Receives National Award, Rolls Out 2013-14 Edition

Tuesday, January 15, 2013 - 16:00
Santa Barbara, CA

2916-1.jpg

A screenshot of the FAFSA online tutorial. Courtesy of UCSB Office of Financial Aid.

A screenshot of the FAFSA online tutorial. Courtesy of UCSB Office of Financial Aid.

The Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships at UC Santa Barbara is once again offering its online tutorial to assist current and prospective students in completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The FAFSA is used by nearly all colleges and universities to determine a student's eligibility for federal-, state- and college-sponsored financial aid, including grants, educational loans, and work-study programs.

Produced by the financial aid office at UCSB, "7 Easy Steps to the FAFSA: A Student's Guide to the Free Application for Federal Student Aid" is designed to help prospective students complete the 2013-14 FAFSA in seven clear and easy-to-understand steps. It can be found at https://www.finaid.ucsb.edu/Media/
FAFSASimplification/index.html

The tutorial was recently awarded a Gold Star by the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators, a nonprofit membership organization focused primarily on student aid legislation, regulatory analysis, and training for financial aid administrators. The award recognizes innovation in the financial aid arena.

"A number of studies over the last several years have shown that students who complete the FAFSA will be more successful overall," said Michael Miller, director of the UCSB Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships. "Studies also tell us that an alarming number of students fail to complete the FAFSA because they find it too complicated. And a lot of those are first-generation college students."

When the financial aid office created the tutorial in 2009, it was intended to assist UCSB students. However, it proved so beneficial that the office made it available on a national level. To date, 310 colleges and universities have included it on their Web sites, according to Miller. In addition, the tutorial is included on the UCSBFinAid channel on YouTube. "It's being used by hundreds of thousands of people," Miller said.

To determine the kind and amount of financial aid for which a student is eligible, the U.S. Department of Education conducts a "need analysis" using the financial information included on the FAFSA. The analysis considers factors, such as income, assets, and other household information, which the student and his or her parents are asked to provide. The completed form is then submitted to a federal processor contracted by the Department of Education, and results are electronically transmitted to the financial aid offices of the schools listed on the student's application.

The form is also required for participation in UC's Blue and Gold Opportunity Plan, which covers mandatory systemwide tuition for California residents whose families earn less than $80,000, and who qualify for financial aid.

Even students who don't qualify for need-based financial aid must complete a FAFSA in order to be considered for most federal student loans. Nearly every student is eligible for some form of financial aid, including low-interest Federal Stafford and/or parent PLUS loans, regardless of income or circumstances.

The deadline for submitting a 2013-14 FAFSA for UCSB financial aid is March 2, 2013.

FAFSA Online Tutorial
Office of Financial Aid