Financial Aid FAQ

A student can apply for financial Aid by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online at which is available on October 1st for the following academic year.

The Title IV school code is 001406.

Yes, it is in your best interest to submit your FAFSA by the priority date even if you have not been accepted into the University. However, the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships will not process your application until you have been officially accepted as a matriculated student either by the Undergraduate Admissions Office or the Office of Graduate Studies.

Students who electronically sign and submit a valid FAFSA to the federal processor by the priority date will have their financial aid file reviewed before bills are due.


The priority date for filing the FAFSA is March 15th for new students and February 15th for returning students (which aligns with Connecticut’s priority date).. The Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships must receive the complete and valid processed FAFSA results by the priority date in order for the financial aid application to be considered on time.

Your financial aid application will still be processed but, you may not have financial aid in place by the bill due date.  You are urged to file your FAFSA online as soon as possible and to utilize the electronic signature component available to you upon completion of the application for the quickest processing time.

In most cases the information provided on the FAFSA is sufficient for the student to receive a financial aid award.  However, the federal government randomly selects financial aid applicants for a review process called verification. If selected, you may be required to submit copies of the documentation you used to complete the FAFSA.

Provisionally independent students who report a special or unusual circumstance are also required to submit supporting documentation.

We have partnered with a company called Inceptia who will walk students through this verification and special or unusual circumstance process. Additional information might also be requested in some cases by a Financial Aid Administrator in order to clear conflicting information reported on the FAFSA. Students are notified by SCSU e-mail if additional information is required. 

The Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships generally begins mailing award notification during the month of November for new incoming students and March for continuing students. 

For the 2024-2025 year, due to FAFSA simplification delays, students will be notified in early to mid-May regarding their financial aid eligibility.

Yes. Your financial aid package is based on a number of factors including, but not limited to, the information you provide on the FAFSA, current enrollment status, grade level, additional resources and scholarships, etc. Therefore, any changes or discrepancies may result in adjustments to your aid.

Federal financial aid is not available for the Winter and Spring intersessions.  For those sessions, you have the option to pay out-of-pocket or use a private loan.

To determine your eligibility for Summer aid, you must complete a FAFSA for the current award year and be registered for summer.  Students who wish to be awarded before registration can file a SCSU Summer Financial Aid Application to indicate how many credits they plan on taking.  Students must be enrolled in at least half-time status in order to receive aid for Summer (6 credits for Undergraduates and 4.5 for Graduates. The Summer Aid application will be available in March and must be submitted no later than the first of May.

Yes. You must pay your bill on time.  If your financial aid is not credited to your university account by the payment due date, you are required to pay the bill. The fall semester bill is due on July 15th and the spring semester bill is due on December 15th.

Please allow three to five business days for processing. We ask that you not re-submit documents unless requested because it can slow down the processing time. Thank you for understanding.

If you cannot answer 'Yes' to any question under Step Three (questions 46 - 58) listed here: Dependency Section, then you must provide your parents' information on your FAFSA.  If you feel extenuating circumstances exist that prevent you from including your parents' information, then please contact our office to speak with a financial aid counselor.

Our office will start receiving the Master Promissory Notes and Plus credit decisions in June.  You may confirm that these requirements were completed successfully by logging into before that. If you have successfully completed a Master Promissory Note or PLUS application and do not see the requirement on your Banner Web account satisfied by end of June, please contact our office.

The following sixth year professional diplomas and certificate programs are not eligible for federal financial aid. Therefore, students enrolled in one of the following programs cannot receive financial aid and must make payment arrangements with the Student Accounts Office or secure a private loan.

  • Women's Studies – certificate program
  • Master of Business Administration degree jointly conferred by SCSU and Liverpool John Moores University
  • Master of Science degree jointly conferred by SCSU and Liverpool John Moores University

Financial Aid can be used to cover courses that count towards a student’s degree program as long as the student maintains at least half-time status each semester.

A transfer monitoring hold is something that Financial Aid offices use to ensure the most up to date financial aid history is reviewed with the U.S. Department of Education.  This helps guarantee accurate financial aid awards for students.  No action is needed on behalf of the student but please note, the hold will prevent a student's aid from disbursing for 7 days.

  • If you are attending the Fall semester and graduating in December:

    • No
  • If you are attending both the Fall and Spring semesters but you prefer your loan to be disbursed fully in one term:
    • Yes
  • If you are attending the Fall semester but will not be in attendance in the Spring semester:
    • Yes (with an approved LOA on file)
  • If you are starting a new program in the Spring semester and did not receive a Fall loan disbursement at Southern or another institution:
    • Yes

(Please note, in all cases the loan must fit within a student's cost of attendance.)