When filing your 2018-19 FAFSA, we encourage you to select the IRS Data Retrieval option so your FAFSA can be updated automatically with 2016 federal tax figures. The 2018-19 FAFSA will be based on 2016 calendar year income so your federal tax return should already be on file with the IRS to enable you to use this option. View Retrieval Video below for more information.
Students randomly selected for verification by Federal Student Aid Programs upon filing the FAFSA will receive separate notification and will be required to complete a Verification Form. In the event they have not selected the IRS Data Retrieval Option on the FAFSA, they will be required to request an IRS Tax Return Transcript directly from the IRS. You can download the tax return transcript in a pdf format and email it to firstname.lastname@example.org, clearly noting the student's name in the subject line, or you can mail it to: Arcadia University, Financial Aid Office, 450 S. Easton Road, Glenside, PA 19038. Tax Transcripts are also available by calling the IRS at 1-800-908-9946.
Any financial aid package prepared for an accepted student who is selected for verification remains only an estimate until this documentation is provided.
Aid Package and Award Letters
We'll prepare a financial aid package for you, once you have been accepted for admission and followed the steps to apply for financial aid. Award letters are being sent to all Fall 2018/Spring 2019 accepted students who have submitted the appropriate paperwork. Financial Aid packages are prepared on an on-going basis throughout the spring as the paperwork is received by the Financial Aid Office. Most 2018-2019 forms can be completed online.
You will be notified via email once your aid package has been prepared and can view the package immediately on the Financial Aid Portal. A paper copy will also be mailed to your home address. Please note that this is an Award Letter and not a bill. It is a summary of the aid that you qualify to receive for the upcoming year.
To find additional aid sources to cover your balance, please visit Financing Options. You should attemp to file applications for student/parent loans by June 15, 2018 for the fall 2018 semester. Also, be aware of registration deadlines for the Monthly Payment Plan. We also encourage you to pursue any outside scholarship opportunities.