Published Monday, October 15, 2018 - 10:25am

The IRS recently implemented new security features that redact (remove) a significant amount of personally identifying information from all of their documents.  While these added security features protect your personal information and identity, it makes our job more difficult.  As such, when submitting any documents from the IRS (tax return transcripts, wage and earnings statements, etc) to our office, we ask that you list the student’s full name and Banner ID in the top right corner of the document.  Failure to provide this information will increase processing time and may prevent us from processing your document entirely.  Additionally, when ordering tax return transcripts, please have them sent to you, NOT Appalachian, so that you can add the student’s name and Banner ID to the transcript before submitting them to our office.

Published Monday, October 1, 2018 - 11:02am

The FAFSA is now available for the 2019-2020 academic year!  If you do not already have an FSA ID needed to submit your FAFSA, please create one at  Then go to to submit your FAFSA.  The school code for App State is 002906.

Also, the IRS Data Retrieval Tool is available for the 2019-20 FAFSA, and allows students and parents to transfer tax information directly into the FAFSA.  When using the IRS Data Retrieval Tool for the 2019-20 FAFSA please retrieve 2017 tax information from the IRS.

Published Thursday, April 19, 2018 - 10:08am

For the Summer of 2018 and for the 2018-2019 School Year:  The Parent PLUS loan eligibility is no longer automatically being listed in your financial aid package, but it may still be an option for you. If  you are a dependent student and your financial aid award package does not cover your anticipated educational expenses, your parent may request to borrow money, up to your cost of attendance, from the Federal Direct PLUS Loan Program.

In order to do this, your parent must complete a credit-based application via to establish eligibility for funding. Your parent should visit the Parent Borrowers section of and sign in with their FSA ID to begin the application process. Your parent will need to include Appalachian State’s code of 002906 on the application. Please note your parent borrower must also complete an MPN before PLUS loan funding can disburse. 

To determine how much to borrow, visit our Cost of Attendance page for guidance.  This gives you the cost of attendance budget as well links to actual tuition & fees charges, and room & board charges.  You can deduct any other aid the student will receive from the cost of attendance budget.