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Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

Applying for financial aid almost always begins with completing a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). When students submit the FAFSA, they are applying for federal financial aid including grants, work-study funding and loans

Students and parents of students need to create an FSA ID and password with the U.S. Department of Education in order to apply online. Keep your FSA ID somewhere safe because you'll not only use it to sign for loans, you will need it to apply for aid the entire time you are enrolled in classes.

The U.S. Federal Department of Education uses the information students, parents of students, and/or spouses of students provide on the FAFSA to determine eligibility for federal financial aid. Many states, including Kansas, also use the FAFSA to determine eligibility for state financial aid programs.

Newman’s priority date to complete and submit the FAFSA is December 1 prior to the following academic year. For example, if a student plans to attend Newman during the 2023-24 academic year, he or she should complete the FAFSA by December 1, 2022 to meet Newman’s FAFSA priority date.

The results of a student's FAFSA are electronically sent to Newman University when our Federal School Code of 001939 is included.

Complete and submit the FAFSA


Verification is the process of confirming the accuracy of the information supplied by students when they apply for Federal Student Aid for the current FAFSA award year.  The Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended, and Subpart E of 34 CFR Part 668 regulations govern the Verification procedures.  Newman University will follow the Verification Guide as published by the U.S. Department of Education regarding verification requirements.

Applicants selected for verification will be requested to complete and submit the required documentation. Additional forms or documents may be requested by the Financial Aid Office if needed to clarify any conflicting information.

The Financial Aid Office must receive verification worksheets and associated documents at least 4 weeks prior to the first day of class to ensure a complete Financial Aid file before the start of the semester. Forms/documents received after this date will be processed and their files verified but may result in the student having a later disbursement date and may require the student to make other payment arrangements.

Verification Completion

Completed verification is defined as when the student has submitted all requested documentation to the school and the school also has a valid Institutional Student Information Record (ISIR - the file sent to schools containing your FAFSA information) on file and it shows an official EFC (Expected Family Contribution) that can be used to calculate Federal Financial Aid eligibility.

If the applicant does not complete verification by the established deadline, they forfeit the Federal Title IV aid for the Award Year.  Need-based institutional and state aid also requires verification completion.

Financial Aid will request any required documentation to complete Verification.  Additional documents may be requested if there is conflicting information that must be resolved. 

The Financial Aid Office reserves the right to select a student for Verification. 

Verification Notification

After a FAFSA is received, the Financial Aid Office will notify the student if they are selected for Verification.  If selected, the student will receive an e-mail notification requesting the applicable documents via e-mail. 

The requested forms can be found via the Financial Aid Portal and the Newman Financial Aid Forms page.  Students are responsible for completing all necessary items and providing them to the Financial Aid Office. 

Verification Deadline

Return the verification worksheets and requested information ASAP. If you miss the deadline to submit your information, it will delay the disbursement of your financial aid. In some cases, you might even lose your aid. Respond as quickly as you can!

Documents are processed in the order they are received.  If documents are submitted during peak times (January, July, and August), we cannot guarantee they will be processed before your classes begin. 

Verification Document Deadline:

Fall Term Preferred Deadline: December 1

Spring Term Preferred Deadline: April 30

Summer Term Preferred Deadline: July 15

IRS Data Retrieval Tool

IRS Data Retrieval Tool simplifies the federal verification process

The U.S. Department of Education highly encourages all FAFSA applicants to utilize the IRS Data Retrieval Tool (IRSDRT) that is available within the FAFSA online application. The IRSDRT allows students and parents, who have already submitted their federal tax returns to electronically transfer their tax information from the IRS to their FAFSA. If students and/or parents utilize the IRS Data Retrieval Tool without making any changes, the amount of documentation requested for the verification process by the Financial Aid Office may be minimized.