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Navigating The FAFSA

  • FAFSA Overview
  • Verification Process

The Free Application For Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA, is the tool families use to qualify for any type of federal funding to assist with college/university tuition and fees. 

The FAFSA is open to being filed during a student's senior year as early as October 1st! You will want to file for the upcoming school year.

At LeTourneau University, we highly recommend that students file FAFSA in order to qualify for all possible student financial aid.


When filing a FAFSA, why should I use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool?

  • It's Easy: You don't manually fill in information from your paper tax return when you complete the FAFSA. 
  • It's Fast: With a couple of clicks and verification of identity, your tax information will automatically be transferred to your FAFSA. 
  • It's Accurate: By using the IRS Data Retrieval Tool, you are ensuring that the Financial Aid office is receiving your most accurate tax information. 
  • It Streamlines the verification process: For student applicants and parents that are selected for verification, the retrieval of your tax information to update the FAFSA application electronically is the most efficient way to provide tax information. 

Check out these videos from the Department of Education, for helpful information on filing your FAFSA!

At least 30 percent of all FAFSA applications filed are selected for verification.

Verification is a process by which the university reviews the reported information on the FAFSA if it is selected by the Department of Education. Selection for verification does not imply that you have made an error or made false statements. 

If you are selected for verification, you will be notified through your LeTourneau email account and asked to provide documentation to support the information that you reported. You will be able to see what documents are required (in an awaiting status) in MyLETU at under the Financial Aid tab in Document Tracking.


New Residential Students, if selected for verification:

For new residential students, we will be unable to disburse any financial aid funds until verification is complete. Any student whose FAFSA is not verified by the end of the semester will not be allowed to register for the next semester.

Returning Residential Students & all On-line Students, if selected for verification:

For returning residential and all on-line students, financial aid will not be awarded until verification has been completed. This could affect the confirmation of your courses for the next term.


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