Applying for Aid: New Students

Applying for financial aid as a new Stritch student.

1. Create or Locate Your FSA ID

If you’re a student, parent, or borrower and you’re logging in to a U.S. Department of Education website, you will be asked to create new log-in credentials known as the FSA ID. Creating an FSA ID is simple and only takes a few minutes. If you already have a Federal Student Aid PIN you will be able to link it to your new FSA ID. Even if you’ve forgotten your FSA PIN or don’t have one, you can still create an FSA ID.

Remember, your federal student aid account information is valuable. Only the owner of the FSA ID should create and use the account. And you should never share your FSA ID. For more information about the FSA ID, please visit:

2. Complete a FAFSA

The FAFSA serves as your application for federal, state and institutional financial aid funding. Begin your FAFSA at:

You will be asked to indicate the school code of the college or university that you will be attending. The Cardinal Stritch University school code is 003837.

3. Complete All Requested Documentation

After you have completed the FAFSA, the federal government will send you and the Financial Aid Office a copy of the processed application, called a Student Aid Report (SAR). From this report, we will be able to determine if additional documentation is required to complete your financial aid application. 

We will assist by sending reminders of what is still needed to complete the financial aid process. You can also use Online Aid Services to find out what has been received and what is still needed. Remember to choose the correct year after logging in to the system.