Financial Aid Help Center (C2402)

www.northeaststate.edu/fahelpcenter 

fahelpcenter@northeaststate.edu  

423-354-5153 Fax 423-323-0232 

What is the Financial Aid Help Center? – The Financial Aid Help Center helps students who have applied or are planning to apply for admission to Northeast State or are current students returning for additional terms. The Financial Aid Help Center assists students in completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online, as well as providing resource information for additional sources of institutional scholarships and external assistance programs. The purpose of the Financial Aid Help Center is to teach students how to navigate the different streams of Financial Aid available to them.

Contact: Financial Aid Help Center     423-354-5153
fahelpcenter@northeaststate.edu
Web Information: www.northeaststate.edu/fahelpcenter 

Do I have to make an appointment for assistance? – Yes. Appointments for FAFSA assistance are required. Appointments can be made by going online to www.northeaststate.edu/fahelpcenter and clicking on Schedule NOW! or by calling the Financial Aid Help Center at 423-354-5153. Once a FAFSA is submitted online and processed by the U.S. Department of Education’s Central Processing System, students can then make appointments to see the Center’s Financial Aid Counselor for specific concerns related to their FAFSA results, program eligibility.

Contact: Financial Aid Help Center     423-354-5153
fahelpcenter@northeaststate.edu
Web Information: www.northeaststate.edu/fahelpcenter
Click on: Schedule NOW! 

What do I need to bring to begin the FAFSA process? – In order to begin FAFSA submission for the 2013-2014 academic year, a student must bring the following applicable items to the appointment:

  • The student’s Northeast State ID number as generated by submission of the Application for Admission.
  • Copy of 2012 Tax Returns (student/spouse/parent). Please be prepared to grant permission to the IRS to import your tax information to your FAFSA.
  • Copy of 2012 W2s (student/spouse/parent).
  • List of all untaxed income received in the household, child support, VA disability, worker’s compensation, housing allowances, IRA accounts, etc.
  • List of child support paid out for a child and the child’s name.
  • FAFSA PIN (Personal Identification Number). If a dependent student, parent must also have a FAFSA PIN number.
  • Social Security card.
  • If a dependent student, the student must know or have the parental date of marriage, date of residency, birth dates, and parental Social Security numbers.
  • If a ward of the court, the student must bring court documentation.
  • If an orphan, the student must submit documentation.
  • If the student or parents have stocks, bonds, CDs, trust fund, real estate, partnerships, etc., please have the net value (fair market value – debt = net value) of each.
  • Student and parent e-mail addresses.

Contact: Financial Aid Help Center     423-354-5153
fahelpcenter@northeaststate.edu
Web Information: www.northeaststate.edu/fahelpcenter 

Am I a dependent or independent student? Will I have to provide information about my parents? – It depends. If you answer Yes to any of the questions below, then for federal student aid purposes, you’re considered to be an independent student and do not have to provide information about your parents on the FAFSA. If you answer No to all of the questions below, then for federal student aid purposes, you’re considered to be a dependent student, and you must provide information about your parents on the FAFSA.

  • Were you born before January 1, 1990?
  • Are you married? (Answer “Yes” if you are separated but not divorced.)
  • At the beginning of the 2013-14 school year, will you be working on a master’s or doctorate degree program (such as an M.A, M.B.A, J.D., Ph.D, Ed.D, graduate certificate, etc.)?
  • Are you currently serving on active duty in the U.S. armed forces for purposes other than training? (If you are a National Guard or Reserves enlistee, are you on active duty for other than state or training purposes?)
  • Are you a veteran of the U.S. armed forces?*
  • Do you have children who will receive more than half of their support from you between July 1, 2013, and June 30, 2014?
  • Do you have dependents (other than your children or spouse) who live with you and who receive more than half of their support from you, now through June 30, 2014?
  • At any time since you turned age 13, were both your parents deceased, were you in foster care, or were you a dependent or ward of the court?
  • Has it been decided by a court in your state of legal residence that you are an emancipated minor or that you are in a legal guardianship?
  • At any time on or after July 1, 2012 were you determined to be an unaccompanied youth who was homeless, as determined by (a) your high school or district homeless liaison or (b) the director of an emergency shelter or transitional housing program funded by the U.S. department of Housing and Urban Development?
  • At any time on or after July 1, 2012, did the director of a runaway or homeless youth basic center or transitional living program determine that you were an unaccompanied youth who was homeless or were self-supporting and at risk of being homeless?

*Answer No (you are not a veteran) if you (1) have never engaged in active duty in the U.S. armed forces, (2) are currently a Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) student or a cadet or midshipman at a service academy, (3) are a National Guard or Reserves enlistee activated only for state or training purposes, or (4) were engaged in active duty in the U.S. armed forces but released under dishonorable conditions. Also answer No if you are currently serving in the U.S. armed forces and will continue to serve through June 30, 2014.

*Answer Yes (you are a veteran) if you (1) have engaged in active duty in the U.S. armed forces (Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, or Coast Guard) or are a National Guard or Reserves enlistee who was called to active duty for other than state or training purposes, or were a cadet or midshipman at one of the service academies and (2) were released under a condition other than dishonorable. Also answer Yes if you are not a veteran now but will be one by June 30, 2014. 

Contact: Financial Aid Help Center     423-354-5153
fahelpcenter@northeaststate.edu
Web Information: www.northeaststate.edu/fahelpcenter
Click on: dependent or independent in the 3rd paragraph