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Your Step-By-Step Guide to Financial Aid

Financial aid is available to those who qualify.

The following steps and information will help guide you through the Free Application for the Federal Student Aid process. The information is a brief overview of what to expect when navigating through the online application. For more specific and detailed explanations, please log on to the Federal website www.fafsa.ed.gov or contact the Kenneth Shuler School of Cosmetology Financial Aid Processing Center @ 864-804-6810. We want this to be an easy process for you and we are happy to help you in any way that we can!

STEP 1

Apply for a U.S. Dept. of Education FSA ID.
  • Your FSA ID is an electronic access code that will enable you to sign on-line documents and access your Federal Aid records.
  • If you have a FSA ID already and have completed a 16/17 FAFSA - go to STEP 2.
  • If you have a FSA ID and have not completed a 16/17 FAFSA - go to STEP 3.
  • If you have not yet applied for a FSA ID go to www.fafsa.gov and follow the instructions. If you are a dependent student (which you will find out by answering the questions in STEP 3), both you and a parent will need a FSA ID to complete the on-line process.
  • Once received, keep your FSA ID confidential since it can be used to access personal/confidential information.

STEP 2

If you have already completed a 16/17 FAFSA.
Go to www.fafsa.ed.gov and click on "Make Corrections to a Processed FAFSA" and add the school code for the Kenneth Shuler School you are planning to attend. The school codes are listed below for your reference.
  • Columbia, SC - St. Andrews Rd. Campus - #016588
  • Columbia, SC - Garners Ferry Rd. Campus - #E40439
  • Spartanburg, SC - Spartanburg Campus - #E40438
  • Greenville, SC - Greenville Campus - #E40440
  • Rock Hill, SC - Rock Hill Campus - #012092
  • North Augusta, SC - North Augusta Campus - #030523
  • Florence, SC - Florence Campus - #E40441
  • Goose Creek, SC - Goose Creek Campus - #E23411

STEP 3

Determine your Dependency Status.
The Federal Government has specific guidelines established to determine the dependency status of a student for Financial Aid purposes. If a student is found to be "dependent" based on these guidelines, parent income and asset information will also be required to complete the FAFSA.

The following FAFSA questions will determine if you are an independent or dependent student. If you can check yes to ANY of the following questions, you WILL NOT be asked to provide parental information. If you cannot check yes to any of the following questions, you WILL be asked to provide parental information.
  • I was born before January 1, 1993.
  • As of today, I am married.
  • I will be working on a master's or doctorate program (e.g., MA, MBA, MD, JD, PhD, EdD).
  • I am serving on active duty in the US Armed Forces, for other than training purposes.
  • I am a veteran of the U.S. Armed Forces.
  • I have children and I will provide more than half of their support, now through 06/30/17.
  • Since I turned age 13, both of my parents were deceased.
  • I have dependents (other than my children or spouse) that live with me and I provide more than half of their support, now through 06/30/17.
  • I was in foster care at any time since turning age 13 (documentation needed).
  • I was a dependent or ward of the court at any time since turning age 13 (documentation needed).
  • I am currently or I was in legal guardianship as determined by a court (documentation needed).
  • I am currently or I was an emancipated minor as determined by a court (documentation needed).
  • I am homeless or I am at risk of being homeless (documentation needed).

STEP 4

If you are completing a 16/17 FAFSA for the first time.
Go to the www.fafsa.ed.gov website and complete the FAFSA worksheet, which will help you gather all of the necessary items to prepare for the actual on-line process.

For assistance with the on-line application call the Federal Student Aid Information Center @ 1-800-4-FED-AID (1-800-433-3243).

If you are hearing impaired, contact the TTY line @ 1-800-730-8913.

Once the worksheet is complete, select "Filling Out a FAFSA" and follow the prompts to complete it. Don't forget to sign the signature page (and your parent, if dependent) with your FSA ID!

STEP 5

Need more answers?
Call the campus Admissions Representative nearest you.