Applying for Financial Aid

If you are worried about or need help paying for college, apply for financial aid using the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Too often students assume that they aren't eligible for financial aid so they don't even apply for it. However, the only way to know if you're eligible for aid is to complete a free, online FAFSA. It costs nothing in time or money to fill out. Yet, the financial payoffs could be tremendous!

What you’ll need to fill out the FAFSA

Before filling out your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), you’ll need to gather some information. You will need:

  • your most recent federal tax returns and W-2s for you and your parents if you are their dependent;
  • your Social Security number and your parents' Social Security number if you are a dependent;
  • a Federal Student Aid (FSA) ID to gain access to FSA online systems and can serve as your legal signature;
  • your Alien Registration number, if you are an eligible non-citizen;
  • your driver’s license number, if you have one;
  • information on savings, investments, and business and farm assets for yourself and your parents if you are dependent.

Next steps

  1. Create your FAFSA account. Using your social security number or FSA ID, create your FAFSA user ID and password. If you are a dependent, a parent or guardian will need an account, too.
  2. Complete the online application. Our Federal School Code is 004452.
  3. Keep track of important deadlines.
    • To be eligible for PHEAA state grants and Foundation Scholarships, you must apply by the priority deadline:
      • Fall semester deadline is May 1st.
      • Spring semester deadline is October 15th.

Please note that you can apply after the priority deadline but you may miss out on funding opportunities. Also, your financial aid may not be processed in time for payment due dates. In other words, don’t miss those deadlines!

Attend a FAFSA Workshop

Get hands-on assistance from our Financial Aid Office.