What is FAFSA?
It’s an acronym that stands for FREE Application for Federal Student Aid. I made that ‘free’ part bold on purpose. Never pay to submit this application. It has the word free right in the title.
Free. Remember that.
The name pretty much says it all. With the FAFSA, you apply for financial aid. Your application goes off to the United States Department of Education, then that information is reported to the schools you want to attend, and those schools can use it to determine your need-based aid.
Most schools require it to get any aid, regardless of your need.
What’s on the application?
In a word: taxes. Once you (or your parents) file taxes, you’ll use the information on your tax return to fill out the application. Before you sit down to file the FAFSA, make sure you have your tax returns and/or your parent’s or parents’ tax returns. (If you only live with one parent, you need the information of the parent you live with most.)
How do I fill out the application?
Online is best. They do the math for you, so there are fewer mistakes, and it speeds up the processing time. Plus, does anyone even use paper forms anymore? 🙂
But seriously, just go to www.fafsa.gov. They provide very simple, step-by-step instructions. But here’s the best part, if you get hung up, just give us a call. Our Office of Financial Aid is here to help.
To finish the application, you have to sign up to get a PIN. Both you and your parent(s) will need PINs with which to sign the FAFSA. PIN = Electronic signature. So, keep it secret. Keep it safe.
When do I have to get this done?
Indiana’s deadline is March 10. To get the most of your aid, you should file your FAFSA before that date. If you want financial aid from the University of Saint Francis or the State of Indiana, make sure you file by March 10!
Contact our Office of Financial Aid
Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.