Filing the FAFSA

To receive federal and state financial aid, you must first complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

  • The 2023-24 FAFSA opened October 1, 2022

The 2024-26 FAFSA will be available in December 2023.

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Find out more about the changes to the 2024-25 FAFSA.

We strongly recommend that all students complete the FAFSA. Although they may not qualify for federal grants, they may qualify for state grants. We’re happy to walk you and your family through the application process.

Federal Student Aid Identification Number (FSAid)

Before beginning the FAFSA, you should apply for a  . The FSAid will allow you to sign your FAFSA electronically and to correct your processed FAFSA information online. Because you are providing parent information on the FAFSA, one of your parents must also sign your application. To sign electronically, your parent must also apply for his or her own FSAid. Each FSAid applicant will need to provide personal information such as social security number and date of birth.

When applying for your FSAid, we recommend that you make it something easy to remember. Please don't share your FSAid with anyone.

If a student completes the FAFSA online without the appropriate FSAid(s), the application will not be processed unless the student submits the signature page with the appropriate signature(s) via mail.

Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

You may

  • complete the
  • or you may request a paper copy by calling 800-4-FED-AID.

When filling out your application, you will be asked for University of Detroit Mercy's school code, which is 002323.

Answer the questions honestly and to the best of your ability.

The  with tips for completing your FAFSA if you have a unique situation that makes it difficult to answer the questions.

What to Expect After You Have Completed FAFSA

FAFSA / Award Notification

SAR

After you have completed the FAFSA, you will receive a Student Aid Report (SAR) via email from the United States Department of Education with instructions on how to view it. If you did not provide an email address, you will receive a SAR in the mail.

Or you may receive an SAR in the mail if you did not provide an email address or if you did not sign your FAFSA.

How Your Aid is Determined

Your financial aid is based on your FAFSA results as well as your "Cost of Attendance", a figure that is estimated based on your tuition and fees, housing, transportation and other expenses for an academic year.

Academic Year

At the University of Detroit Mercy, an academic year consists of Fall, Winter and a Summer semester. With the exception of a few programs that require year round attendance, financial aid is generally packaged for Fall and Winter.

Students that would like financial aid for a summer term, not enrolled in a year round program will need to submit a institutional Summer Financial Aid Application. Please stop by the Financial Aid Office in March to obtain your Summer Financial Aid Application for the upcoming summer semester.

Award Notification

Expect to receive your award notification by email when your file becomes complete. The emails will be sent to official Detroit Mercy student email accounts. Students will use the  to access student account information, including financial aid awards.

Determine how much financial aid you will need by using the budget information found in the My Portal, or by using the Detroit Mercy Fees Card. Confirm the award in the My Portal by "Accepting", "Declining" or reducing the aid offered. It's that simple!

Loans

The University of Detroit Mercy will process Federal Student Loans, including Direct, PLUS and Grad PLUS through the Federal Direct Loan Program. ALL new borrowers to the Direct Loan Program will be required to complete a new (MPN). Students borrowing for the first time will also be required to complete an Entrance Interview as well. The is an online tutorial about the loan programs. You must respond to your award notification within 30 days of its date to receive awarded funds.

麻豆传媒社区 accepting the PLUS loan will need to complete and return a Parent PLUS Loan Application as well as completing an .

NOTIFY A FINANCIAL AID OFFICER IMMEDIATELY IF YOU PLAN TO DELAY YOUR ENROLLMENT ONE OR MORE TERMS SO THAT YOUR AWARD CAN BE REVISED ACCORDINGLY.

ALL AWARDS ARE SUBJECT TO AN ADJUSTMENT if any of the following take place:

Number of Credit Hours
Enrollment Status Full-time Three-Quarter Time Half-Time Less than Half-Time*
Undergraduate 12+ 9-11 6-8 1-5
Graduate 9+ 7-8 4.5-6 1-4
Dental students are usually full-time
Law School students indicate credit hours on their Institutional Application
* Funding limited to Federal Pell grant, if eligible
  • Your enrollment status changes
  • Your living arrangements change
  • Received aid not listed on the original award
  • Your employer or another source contributes to your education
  • Your FAFSA information changes after verification
  • The granting authority (state or federal government, private agency, ect.) revises its award

If your award changes, you will receive a notification of a change to your award with instructions about reviewing the current award in the . If you know that a change is necessary, please contact financial aid at 313-993-3350.

Request for Additional Information

Some applications require that additional information be submitted before it is complete. Please respond promptly to all requests and include your student number on each document. You may also be selected for Verification. It is important that you respond promptly as federal financial aid cannot be released to your account until verification has been completed.

Special Conditions/Professional Judgments

In some cases, the information presented on the FAFSA may not reflect the family's true ability to contribute towards a students education. In cases where an unusual circumstance, such as, loss of work/income, death or birth in the family, etc. may affect the ability to contribute, financial aid professionals can sometimes make adjustments that more accurately reflect the family circumstances. To be considered for this type of review, students must submit the Special Circumstances form, with all pertinent documentation to the financial aid office.

Dependency Overrides

On rare occasions, there may be a need to override a student's dependency status. A financial aid administrator (FAA) may do dependency overrides on a case-by-case basis for students with unusual circumstances. If the FAA determines that an override is appropriate, she must write out the determination and retain it and the supporting documentation. However, none of the conditions listed below, singly or in combination, qualify as unusual circumstances meriting a dependency override:

  • 麻豆传媒社区 refuse to contribute to the student’s education.
  • 麻豆传媒社区 are unwilling to provide information on the FAFSA or for verification.
  • 麻豆传媒社区 do not claim the student as a dependent for income tax purposes.
  • The student demonstrates total self-sufficiency.

Unusual circumstances do include (and may cause any of the above conditions) abandonment by parents, an abusive family environment that threatens the student’s health or safety, or the student being unable to locate their parents. In such cases a dependency override might be warranted. If your circumstances warrant a dependency override, contact your financial aid advisor for guidance.

Disbursement Information

Financial aid is expected to be released to student accounts 10 days prior to the start of classes for each semester. Aid cannot be disbursed until the requirements are met for each program. Disbursements to student accounts continue as requirements are met. If the disbursement of aid to student accounts create a credit balance, refunds will be released to students within 14 days of the financial aid payment. The University of Detroit Mercy recommends students set up Direct Deposit for financial aid refunds as students will have access to the funds earlier than those who are issued paper checks.

Students can sign up for Direct Deposit in the My Portal, on the Student tab, under Personal Profile, and then under Direct Deposit. Students who do not select to receive refunds by Direct Deposit will be issued a paper check, which will be mailed to the Home Address listed in their the My Portal Account.

Accept your award online

Students can review and accept their financial aid award online using the . Applicants will be notified about their financial aid awards, missing requirements, and loan disbursements via their the My Portal email account.

The information provided on this website explains the financial aid process, as well as available scholarships, grants, college work-study, loans, and more. It is designed to answer frequently asked questions and provide helpful information.

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  • Verification Process

    Each year the federal government selects families to verify the information submitted on the FAFSA.

    Verification must be completed no later than 30 days after the last date of the term you are enrolled in. Failure to do so will result in loss of any federal or state aid, including grants and loans. The student will be responsible for any resulting balance.

    If your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is selected for verification, you may be required to verify one or more of the items listed below.

    VERIFICATION ITEMS

    1. Household size, taxable household income, untaxed household income

    If your application is selected for traditional verification, the Verification Worksheet is available in our office, or you may Please complete ALL sections of the Verification Worksheet. This form must be signed and dated by both the student and one (1) parent (if the student is dependent). Please read the verification request carefully and follow the instructions to avoid delays.

    Because this form of verification includes taxable household income, we must request that the student and/or their parents provide Federal income tax information before funds may be paid to the student's account. If you are completing the 2022-2023 FAFSA, please use 2020 tax information. Students/麻豆传媒社区 may provide this information by doing one of the following - EITHER a. OR b.:

    a. IRS Data Retrieval - When completing the income sections of the FAFSA, the applicant is given the option to have this data retrieved directly from the IRS. If the IRS tax retrieved information is changed on the FAFSA, the applicant will be required to submit an IRS tax transcript. However, the IRS data can be retrieved by the applicant when a correction is made to the FAFSA. If the retrieved data is not changed, then an IRS tax transcript will not be required. The applicant must have a 2020 IRS tax return on file with the IRS for the 2022-2023 FAFSA.

    b. If the applicants decide not to use the IRS data retrieval process and the application is chosen for verification, the applicant and the parents will be required to submit a 2020 IRS Tax Return Transcript.

    2. High School Completion

    Students who are selected to verify high school completion must provide either the Admissions Office or the Financial Aid Office with proof of graduation from a high school or equivalent. For complete instructions, please see our High School Completion Verification Instruction Sheet.

    3. Identity & Educational Purpose

    Students who are selected for identity and educational purpose must visit the Financial Aid Office in person to verify their identity and sign a statement declaring that their financial aid will be used for the purpose of paying for their education. To verify identity, the student must present a government issued ID such as a driver's license or passport. For complete details, please see our Statement of Educational Purpose.

    TAX FILERS WITH SPECIAL CIRCUMSTANCES

    The IRS Tax Retrieval may not be available for the applicant in the following circumstances:

    • If the student or the student's parents have filed the FAFSA with a marital status of separated, divorced or widowed, but a joint tax return was filed for 2020 with the IRS;
    • If the tax filer is married to someone other than the individual included on the 2020 joint tax return;
    • If the parent or student was not married in 2020 but is married at the time the FAFSA is filed. The current spouse's income must be reported on the FAFSA;
    • If the parents or the student are married but filed tax returns separately;
    • If an amended tax return was filed.
    • Please indicate the student's I.D. number or SSN on each form.

    REQUESTING AN IRS TAX TRANSCRIPT

    Here are two (2) ways tax filers can request a tax transcript:

    1. ONLINE Go to and request a copy of your 2019 Tax Return Transcript. For more detailed instructions, please see our IRS Tax Return Transcript Request Instructions. A paper transcript will be mailed to the requestor within 5 to 10 days. THIS CANNOT BE SENT DIRECTLY TO 麻豆传媒社区. Please sign the tax transcript and send it to 麻豆传媒社区.

    2. VIA TELEPHONE You may call the IRS at (800) 908-9946 and request a 2020 TAX RETURN TRANSCRIPT.

    IRS DATA AVAILABILITY

    In general, tax filers can anticipate that the IRS data will be available within either:

    • Two weeks if the tax return has been filed electronically with the IRS OR
    • Eight weeks if the tax returns have been mailed to the IRS.

    If the tax filer has changed or corrected the federal income tax return, the amended information may not be available through the IRS data retrieval process. You will be required to submit both the original IRS tax transcript as well as the amended IRS tax transcript.

    IRS 1040 WILL NOT AND IS NOT REQUIRED TO BE FILED

    The filers must attest that an IRS 1040 has not and will not be filed and that the IRS 1040 is not required to be filed. Copies of all 2020 W-2 forms from ALL employers must be submitted to the office of Scholarships and Financial Aid.

    Applicants filing a Puerto Rico tax return or a foreign tax return may not use the IRS Tax Retrieval and must send a signed copy of their 2020 tax documents.

    MORE INFORMATION

    We may require additional documentation to complete the verification process.

    IMPORTANT NOTE

    All Federal/State Aid listed on the My Portal award will remain an estimate until the verification process has been completed by the financial aid office. If your financial aid award changes as a result of verification, you will receive an email to your My Portal account informing you that your financial aid has been revised.

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