What is FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid)?

Posted: June 08, 2016 | Author: Southern Utah University | Read Time: 1 minutes

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What is FAFSA?

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is a free financial aid application used to determine eligibility for federal financial aid. At Southern Utah University applications are accepted after January 1. Early application is strongly encouraged. Students should apply during their senior year of high school and every year they are in college.

How Do I Apply for FAFSA? 

The first step in applying for financial aid is to complete the application. FAFSA collects information about you and your family to determine your eligibility for Federal aid programs. The application is most easily completed online, and can be found at fafsa.gov. Once completed, your information is processed and sent to the financial aid office at SUU.

The FAFSA will require information about your taxes for the prior year. If you are claimed as a dependent by your parents, you will need their tax information. In most cases, the tax information can be pulled directly from the IRS electronically.

Once your FAFSA has been received by SUU, financial aid professionals will process your application. In certain cases, more information may be required. The financial aid office will notify you of any additional information that they need in order to process your application. Once all the required information has been collected and processed, you will be awarded based on your determined eligibility.

To have your FAFSA information submitted to SUU, enter school code 003678 when prompted.

Find the version of this article in Spanish here: ¿Qué es FAFSA?

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