Use this checklist to help navigate the financial aid and scholarships process. Additional details on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) are below.
Scholarships: View detailed “How to Apply” Checklists
FAFSA: Set up an FSA ID
An FSA ID is required to submit your FAFSA, access federal websites and sign your loan promissory note. The FSA ID serves as your legal signature and is tied to your individual Social Security Number. If you are a dependent student, at least one parent also needs an FSA ID in their name in order to sign the FAFSA and apply for a parent PLUS loan, if desired. You will only create an FSA ID once, but will use the ID multiple times as a student.
FAFSA: Apply at FAFSA.gov
The online FAFSA application takes less than an hour if you have all necessary documents. Submitting the FAFSA is necessary to be considered for grants, loans, work-study, and some need-based scholarships. Be sure to complete the FAFSA for the correct academic year:
- Attending spring 2017, summer 2017: Submit the 2016-2017 FAFSA
- Attending fall 2017, spring 2018, summer 2018: Submit the 2017-2018 FAFSA
Both FAFSA submissions will use 2015 tax information due to new federal changes.