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Incoming, new freshmen, and transfer students will be awarded the week of February 18th, provided that our office has received the FAFSA. Current students will be awarded at the end of the Spring 2019 semester after grades have been posted. Make sure you've submitted your 19-20 FAFSA, if you haven't already!

"Live Like Student" is a FREE, non-credit course (6 meeting times), open to all UNI students. Attendees will explore the concepts of budgeting, saving & investing, credit, student loans, and identity protection.  Classes will be offered in February.  View times offered and register!

We have received new guidance from the Department of Education regarding alternative documents for completing the verification process. We are now allowed to accept a SIGNED copy of the federal tax return instead of the tax return transcript from the IRS. A signed 2016 federal tax return will be accepted for the 18-19 year and a signed 2017 federal tax return will be accepted for the 19-20 year. We hope this will alleviate delays students and families have been facing with the verification process. For more information, please contact our office.

IRS warns of fraudulent emails, which appear to be sent from “IRS Online,” contain an attachment labeled “Tax Account Transcript,” or something similar. The IRS, however, does not send unsolicited emails to the public. The IRS asks the public not to open the email, and if using a personal computer to delete it or forward it to phishing@irs.gov. If one is using an employer’s computer, the IRS asks that the employee notify his or her company of the email.

The 2019-20 FAFSA is available as of October 1, 2018. Students and parents will complete the FAFSA using 2017 tax information. The IRS Data Retrieval Tool, a streamlined option in completing the FAFSA will be available again this year with some modifications. Learn more about the changes to it here.