Filing the FAFSA®

The FAFSA may be the only document needed to apply for federal financial aid. Students must file the FAFSA each year to receive financial aid. 

The College’s Title IV Code “003709” must be on the FAFSA for Emory & Henry College to receive a student’s FAFSA results.  Complete the FAFSA online at

Not Filing the FAFSA?

Students not completing the FAFSA should contact the Financial Aid Office to finalize any academic scholarships for which the student is eligible each academic year. Returning students who have not previously applied for need-based student aid or loans will continue to have any merit-based aid applied to their financial aid award. Students can notify the Financial Aid Office any time during the year of filing the FAFSA and receive other types of aid at that time.

Applying for an ID

The ID is the electronic signature for the FAFSA. If a student’s parents’ information is required on the FAFSA, one parent should obtain an ID to use as his or her signature. Students and parents can also use the ID for signing electronic master promissory notes, accessing federal aid records, and filing for aid for the next year. Need to obtain an ID or more information?

Special Circumstances

The U.S. Department of Education gives the College’s Financial Aid Office latitude in considering special circumstances not reflected on the FAFSA. Special circumstances that might call for professional judgment from the Financial Aid Office include loss or reduction of income, changes in family dynamics not shown on tax returns and unreimbursed medical expenses. Students with circumstances not addressed by the FAFSA should share the details in writing with the Financial Aid Office. 

This process allows the Director of Financial Aid to consider certain limited situations that will impact the student/family’s ability to contribute financially. These situations must be unexpected in nature and can include:
• Involuntary Unemployment
• Divorce or Legal Separation 
• Death or Disability of a family member 
• Unreimbursed Medical Expenses 

Students and parents are encouraged to present any situations that they believe might fit the criteria for a Special Circumstance review. In order to submit an appeal, you must provide the following:
• Completed and signed Special Circumstance Form
• Completed and signed Verification Worksheet  
• Signed Copy of Tax Return with all supporting schedules 
• Copies of W2 forms and/or 1099 forms 
• Copy of Tax Return Transcript or use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool (DRT) on the FAFSA  
• Documentation of your Special Circumstance (refer to Special Circumstance Form)
• All applicable documentation of a circumstance not listed on the Special Circumstance Form

Your request cannot be considered until you have submitted all documentation required. The review process takes anywhere from 2-5 days to complete. You will be notified, in writing, of the outcome of your appeal.