How to Apply for Financial Aid

To receive financial aid, a student must

  • Be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen
  • Be registered with the Selective Service Administration (Males, ages 18 through 25, are required to register with Selective Service.)
  • Be formally admitted by the Undergraduate Admissions Office or the School of Graduate Studies by our priority date for maximum consideration of gift aid.
  • Complete the 2017-2018 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by our priority date.
  • Be enrolled for a minimum of 6 credits hours per semester for undergraduate students and a minimum of 4.5 credits per semester for graduate students.
  • Be making Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP).

Student Responsibility

  • Complete the upcoming years' FAFSA at by our priority date.
  • Click on "Link to IRS" to transfer your (and your parents, if applicable) Federal Tax Return Information into the FAFSA
  • Enter our federal code 001406.
  • Sign the FAFSA with your FSA User ID. If you are a dependent student, your parent must also sign the FAFSA using his/her own FSA User ID.

Valid FAFSA applications processed by the federal processor and received by the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships by the priority date will be reviewed before the bill due date.

Students who complete the FAFSA after our priority date may not have financial aid credited to their account by the bill due date. If the aid is not credited to the account or is not enough to cover the bill, the student must pay the bill by the due date or contact the Student Accounts Office to participate in a payment plan.

FAFSA applications that are incomplete, whether due to missing/incorrect information or signatures, cannot be considered for financial aid until the necessary corrections/signatures have been submitted to and processed by the federal processor, and received and processed by SCSU.