Changes to FAFSA: What You Need to Know

Here at Onondaga School of Therapeutic Massage, we are proud to be able to offer financial aid to those who qualify. However, we know and understand how intimidating applying for financial aid may seem. We’re here to give you the latest update on FAFSA changes and to help you get assistance with applying to make it as easy as possible for you.

What Changes Have Been Made to FAFSA?

Previously, when filing a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) there was a retrieval tool that allowed students to go in and see their tax information. You could input your FSAID, and it would pull all of that for you. Unfortunately, that tool is no longer available, and it will not be available again until October of 2017. The great news is the Financial Aid Administrators at the Onondaga School of Therapeutic Massage can help you with the process!

Who Do These Changes Affect?

The change will affect any student looking to apply for federal aid before Oct. 2017. However, it by no means makes the process impossible, just a bit slower!

Why Did This Change Happen?

The change was made by the IRS strictly for the purposes of website security. It appears to be an extra precaution they are taking to protect student information. It may be a bit more inconvenient, but it is worth it to keep your info safe!

What Can OSTM Do to Help Me?

By scheduling your one on one financial aid appointment you will receive support and guidance throughout the financial aid process to finding out what you qualify for, and we will schedule a follow up financial aid appointment with you to complete the last steps on the online application. Before the second appointment, make your way to the State Department of Taxation (it’s right down the street from our Syracuse campus!) to obtain your 2015 taxes. During your second appointment with us, we will help you fully with completing your application.

Simply contact us with any questions you may have about getting your FAFSA started or about our massage program. We’re here to help!

Ready to Get Started?

Our friendly and helpful staff is here and ready to help you get started on your application if you qualify! Also, simply click here to book a tour today!

Other Helpful Links

Remember: never pay to receive information about or apply for federal aid or scholarships.
FAFSA Website
FSAID Website
Loan Status Check
Scholarship Information


We Are Here To Answer Your Questions!

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