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Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

The U.S. Department of Education Federal Student Aid provides billions in grants, loans and work-study funds to help pay for college.  In order to apply for federal student aid (including loans), state and SVSU aid, the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is used to determine student eligibility.   The application is based on income records from the prior tax year and requires parent information for dependent students.

The FAFSA must be completed each year the student wishes to apply for financial aid. Make sure to include SVSU's Federal School Code on your FAFSA, it is 002314.

The 2019-20 FAFSA can be completed October 1, 2018 through June 30, 2020 and is used to apply for financial aid for the 2019-20 academic year which includes:

  • Fall 2019
  • Winter 2020
  • Spring/Summer 2020

The income information needed to complete the FAFSA form can be found on a previously filed tax return. (The 2019–20 FAFSA form requires your 2017 tax data.) If you are not able to do the IRS Data Retrieval on the FAFSA and do not have a copy of your tax return, you may be able to access the tax software used to prepare the return or contact your tax preparer to obtain a copy. You also may visit irs.gov/transcript to view and download a summary (called a “transcript”) of your tax return or to request that a tax transcript be sent to you by mail. The IRS Data Retrieval is the easiest way to input your tax information onto the FAFSA.

The 2018-19 FAFSA can be completed October 1, 2017 through June 30, 2019 and is used to apply for financial aid for the 2018-19 academic year which includes:

  • Fall 2018
  • Winter 2019
  • Spring/Summer 2019