Step 1: File the 2017-2018 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) as soon as possible after October 1, 2016. Priority consideration for need-based scholarships and grants awarded by the UI OSFA will be given to students whose FAFSA record has been received by the University of Iowa on or before December 1, 2016. When completing the FAFSA, the UI OSFA recommends that you use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool to transfer your tax information directly from the IRS onto your FAFSA.
Step 2: Receive Student Aid Report (SAR) from federal processor
Step 3: Receive Award Notification
Step 4: Complete Federal Verification (only if you were selected by the U.S. Department of Education)