FAFSA

The FAFSA, or Free Application for Federal Student Aid, is used to determine how much a family is expected to contribute to the cost of attending college. FAFSA results are used in determining student grants, work study, and loan amounts.

To receive the best possible financial aid offer, submit your FAFSA online as soon as possible after October 1 of each year you will attend SPU. Remember:

  • You must reapply each year.
  • Get your FSA ID (your electronic signature), which you’ll need to complete the FAFSA. Parents can also get an ID and password, which they’ll need in order to electronically sign the FAFSA.
  • If you miss a deadline, file a FAFSA anyway. We will always consider you for the best aid available.

SPU does not require the CSS PROFILE or a separate institutional form.

Once your FAFSA has been processed, you’ll receive a Student Aid Report (SAR) and learn how much you and/or your family can expect to contribute financially. Federally mandated allowances are taken into account, as well as reported income and assets. Take a close look at the SAR and correct any inaccuracies.

2017–18 FAFSA deadlines
  • First Day to File: October 1, 2016
  • Priority deadline for Early Action, first-time freshmen: November 15, 2016
  • Priority deadline for regular first-time freshmen: May 1, 2017
  • Priority deadline for new transfers: May 1, 2017
  • Priority deadline for continuing students: May 1, 2017
  • Final day to file for 2017–18: June 30, 2018
  • Final day to file for 2016–17: June 30, 2017
2016–17 FAFSA deadlines
  • First Day to File: January 1, 2016
  • Priority deadline for first-time freshmen: March 15, 2016
  • Priority deadline for new transfers: March 15, 2016
  • Priority deadline for continuing students: June 1, 2016
  • Final day to file for 2016–17: June 30, 2017
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