Guide to Completing the FAFSA

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Students applying for federal student aid programs, as well as need-based university aid programs must meet basic eligibility criteria and complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Students may complete the FAFSA online at

If you filed a prior year FAFSA, you may complete the Renewal FAFSA on the Web (RFOTW) application available on the federal web site. If you do not have access to a computer you may submit the hardcopy version available by contacting the Federal Student Aid Information Center at 1-800-433-3243.

While completing your application online you should complete the FAFSA On The Web Worksheet available online on the federal web site to assist you through the process. Please make sure you read the instructions for the FAFSA carefully.

  • Answer ALL questions and do not leave any fields blank. If the answer is zero, enter 0.
  • As a graduate or professional student, you are considered independent, and you are not required to submit your parents' financial information.
  • Check your Social Security card to be sure you write the correct number. Use the same name on the FAFSA as is listed on your Social Security card.
  • The 2013-2014 FAFSA is required for the school year starting July 1, 2013 through June 30, 2014.
  • Do not use commas and do not include cents when indicating dollar amounts.
  • If your tax form is not completed when you complete the FAFSA, estimate as accurately as possible. Once you have completed your returns, make any necessary update or corrections.
  • Include our school code on your FAFSA in order for us to receive your application. The University of Miami School of Law's Title IV code is E00532.
  • Do NOT select "On-Campus" housing on your FAFSA, as the University of Miami does not provide campus housing for law students. You should select "Off Campus" or "With Parent" as your housing choice.
  • Upon receipt of your FASFA results, the Financial Aid Office will notify you if other documents are needed. Respond immediately to any requests for information from the Financial Aid Office.
  • Please do not contact your financial aid administrator regarding special circumstances until after you have received your financial aid offer letter.

Once your application is processed the federal processor will generate a Student Aid Report (SAR). If you completed your FOTW you should receive an email notification within two to three weeks. However, if you submitted a paper application, you will receive your SAR within four to six weeks after submitting your FAFSA. Please review your SAR for accuracy and to ensure that the information has been transmitted to us electronically by verifying the Title IV school code, E00532, and school name, University of Miami School of Law, appear. If our school code and name do not appear you should submit a correction to the federal processor with the correct school code and name.

If you have questions regarding your eligibility or the various financial aid programs, contact the Financial Aid Office at 305-284-3115 or via e-mail at For questions regarding the FAFSA application you may contact the Federal Student Aid Information Center, 800-433-3243.