FAFSA – Applying for Financial Assistance

All students are eligible for some form of financial assistance to help pay for college. Most financial assistance is based on the results of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid; other assistance is based on academic achievement or other merit criteria.

Eligibility for some assistance may be tied to your major, your religious affiliation, your home area or your association with certain civic groups or places of employment. All students may borrow through the Federal Stafford Loan Program after the (FAFSA) is filed.

FAFSA Method Estimated Processing Time Benefits
Web with PIN
(best method)
One day or less Error checking, online corrections, and online status confirmation
Web without PIN
(mail signature page)
10 – 14 days
(up to 30 days if problem with signature page)
Error checking
PAPER FAFSA
(slowest method)
21-30 days None