Completing the FAFSA
The first step in the financial aid process is to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Complete the FAFSA as soon as you can to receive the best possible aid package. It can be completed online at studentaid.gov and you can create your FSA ID, which is needed to sign your FAFSA electronically.
Dominican University's Federal School Code is 001750. Please contact the Office of Financial Aid if you have any questions about completing the FAFSA. The 2022–2023 FAFSA is available now for completion. The 2023–2024 FAFSA opens October 1, 2022.
The FAFSA is your application for federal grants and loans, the state of Illinois MAP grant as well as institutional need-based resources.
Alternative Application for Illinois Financial Aid
The 2023-2024 Alternative Application for Illinois Financial Aid also opens October 1, 2022. This application is for undocumented Illinois residents who are ineligible to file the FAFSA.
Using IRS Data Retrieval
The IRS Data Retrieval Tool allows students and parents to access the IRS tax return information needed to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), and transfer the data directly into their FAFSA from the IRS Web site.
If you are eligible to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool, we highly recommend using the tool for several reasons:
- It’s the easiest way to provide your tax data
- It’s the best way of ensuring that your FAFSA has accurate tax information
- You won’t need to provide a copy of your or your parents’ IRS transcripts to your college
Students or parents who are married and filed as Married Filing Separately, are married and filed as Head of Household, filed an amended tax return, or filed a Puerto Rican or foreign tax return are not eligible to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool, and will need to enter their tax return information manually.
If you are eligible to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool, then click "Link To IRS" to transfer your tax return information from the IRS Web site into your FAFSA. (Note: If you previously transferred your tax return information from the IRS, then the "Link To IRS" button displays once you click the “View option to link to the IRS” hyperlink.)
If you are ineligible or otherwise choose not to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool to retrieve tax information, we may require a copy of your IRS Tax Return Transcript (or your parents’ IRS Tax Return Transcript, if you are a dependent student).