Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
- Must be filed each year
Priority deadline to submit the FAFSA is March 1
- If the FAFSA is submitted after March 1, state and institutional aid may be affected. Federal aid may still be available to late applicants.
- Estimated tax information (prior year tax return and W-2s) may be used to initially submit the FAFSA. Once taxes have been filed update the FAFSA.
All award notifications will be sent to the student via email. The award will be posted to the student’s SPIRE account. Paper award letters will not be mailed.
- Financial Aid Services begins awarding incoming freshmen and transfer undergraduate students in April.
- Financial Aid Services begins awarding undergraduate upperclassmen in June.
If the FAFSA is selected for verification, additional documents will be requested.
- Submit requested documents within 30 days.
- Remind your student to check his/her "To Do List" in SPIRE for any requests.
- If the requested documents are not received and processed by Financial Aid Services, your student will not be eligible for financial aid.
- If changes need to be made to the FAFSA as a result of verification, the award may be adjusted. The initial award is only as accurate as the information provided on the FAFSA.
The award is tentative until all eligibility requirements are met and verification has been completed, if selected.
- Upperclassmen will not receive an award until all requested documents are received and processed.
- Incoming students may receive an award with outstanding documents, however, the award will not be finalized until all requested documents have been received and processed.
- Awards will not be disbursed if there are outstanding documents and will be canceled approximately 15 days after the start of classes.