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MEMO TO: U.S. citizens or permanent residents who may be appointed as Graduate Assistants or
Teaching Assistants for 2010/2011
FROM: Mary MacLean, Graduate Assistant Coordinator
The Graduate School
RE: Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) 2010/2011
Why do I have to submit the FAFSA?
The Graduate School requires that you submit the FAFSA for 2010/2011 in order to determine the funding
source for your stipend. While your GA/TA appointment is merit based, The Graduate School has two
sources of funding, one of which is needs-based (Federal Work Study). You will not be placed on the payroll
nor will your tuition be paid until The Graduate School has received your Student Aid Report (SAR) data.
Also, the FAFSA is required if you wish to apply for federal student loans.
When should I file the FAFSA?
If you have not already filed the 2010/2011 FAFSA, you should do so immediately. You must file the
FAFSA even if you applied for an extension from the IRS for your 2009 Federal tax return. Following an
analysis of your FAFSA data, a determination will be made as to the funding source for your stipend. Please
complete your FAFSA so that you will be paid on time!
How do I file a FAFSA?
· You may file the FAFSA on the web at www.fafsa.ed.gov.
· Be sure that you complete Worksheet C and include all earnings/grants which you (and your spouse)