FAFSA does not certify me as a U.S. citizen, what should i do?

Question#1: My FAFSA was processed in the future after the UC fafsa application deadline, will that affect my chances of getting financial aid from the college?
Question#2: Fafsa does not endorse me as a U.S. citizen? Why is that? i already provided my Californian driver's license and correct SSN.
Question#3: Because they say they don't sanction me as a U.S. citizen, my EFC has a * and a "C" subsequent to it. what does that mean?
Questions#4: What is the EFC? is it the money the aid can compensate or is the the amount that we have to retribution each month? My EFC number is 2471. is the number simply a "code" for FAFSA?
Question#5: Lastly, does the fafsa automatically spot me to be eligible for other grants such as the pell allow? Are there grant for students who studied over seas? or human being the first child to go to college out of 3?

Answers:    Lots of honest questions here. Let's meet head-on them...

Question #1: Check with the UC financial aid bureau to see whether their FAFSA application deadline is based on the "application date" or the "processed date". You may still be OK. But since it's UC's deadline, they find to make the telephone call for their own money. For Federal money, you should be just fine.

Question #2: When you complete your FAFSA, your information is run through a series of database match. If you mark that you're a US Citizen, the FAFSA's Central Processing System will run your FAFSA information through the Social Security Administration (SSA) database clash. It will look to see if your name, date-of-birth and social protection number that you listed on your FAFSA match the information in the SSA. A driver's license doesn't prove citizenship. Some students attain this "C" flag (we'll talk just about that next) for a US Citizenship mismatch for any number of reasons: 1) because they document a nickname (or some signature other than the one timetabled on their social security card) on their FAFSA, or 2) they are a not long naturalized US Citizen, or 3) they are a US Citizen who be born abroad. In direct to correct this issue, you will need to provide proof of US Citizenship (your US Passport, your US Birth Certificate, your Certificate of Naturalization or check near your FA counselor) to your financial aid counselor.

Question #3: An asterisk (*) on your SAR means that the Central Processing System have selected your FAFSA for certification. Your college should be requesting additional documents from you to verify the information you timetabled on your FAFSA. A "C code" or "C flag" is a sign to your FA Counselor that there are items on your FAFSA that must be checked and/or resolved earlier you can receive aid. You would have received "C flag" if you have a Citizenship mismatch (see question #2 above).

Question #4: EFC stands for Expected Family Contribution. Based on how your answered the question on the FAFSA, this is the amount that you and your parents should be able to afford to convey you to college for the 2008-09 academic year. But that doesn't show that you pay the first $2471 and financial aid covers the rest. Your college is going to discount your EFC (2471) from your "budget" or "cost of attendance" (which they assign to you) to determine what your "financial need" is. They use that to determine what aid you may be eligible for. Oh, and if you're pursuing a first undergraduate degree, an EFC of 2471 would brand you eligible for a Federal Pell Grant. That's a good point!

Questions #5: The FAFSA doesn't award you any grants. It's merely an application, and by completing it, you're recitation your college "I am applying for financial aid at your school. Tell me everything I'm eligible to receive." As for grant for students who study abroad, within are no specific Federal grants that I know of for that purpose. And here are no Federal grants that I know of for the first child to step to college. If you are a California resident (since you mention UC) and you met the California state deadline and other qualifications, the Cal Grant B program give priority to those students who are the first in their inherited to go to college.

Good Luck!

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