Learn how to get started with FASFA
Who should file a FAFSA?
All U.S. citizens and permanent residents seeking to earn an undergraduate or graduate degree are eligible to file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The Office of Financial Aid will rely on this information to locate grants, loans, and need-based scholarships to help you fund your education. International students should not file the FAFSA.
Should I submit an admissions application first?
Yes. New students should submit an application for admission before starting the financial aid process. This helps our counselors locate additional scholarships and grants based on your academic performance, affiliations, and financial need. Apply online: www.stritch.edu/apply
Getting started with FASFA and more
Step 1: Create your FSA ID
Students and parents (of dependent students) will need a login called the FSA ID to access the U.S. Department of Education website to begin the FAFSA
Step 2: File the free application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
Begin the process at www.fafsa.gov
and follow the prompts. You need to enter the school code for Cardinal Stritch University, which is 003837. If you have trouble accessing the FAFSA, call their Customer Service department at (800) 433-3243.
Step 3: Receive your Student Aid Report (SAR)
Use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool to transfer your tax information directly into the application. After you have submitted the FAFSA, the federal government will send you and the Office of Financial Aid a copy of the processed application, called a Student Aid Report (SAR). From this report, we will be able to determine if any additional documentation is required.
Step 4: Review of your information
Once everything has been received your information will be reviewed. We will send you a notice if anything is missing or if additional information is required. Some students might be randomly selected for verification, which is a normal part of the process. In those cases we will ask you to complete a Verification Worksheet.
Step 5: Scholarships are applied
If you have already been accepted by the Office of Admissions to your degree program, we will use data from your FAFSA and admissions application to automatically award scholarships funded by the University. In most cases there are no additional forms for you to complete!
Step 6: Review and accept your financial aid package
Your financial aid award letter will include any scholarships, grants, and loans for which you are eligible. You can expect to receive a hardcopy by postal mail in addition to viewing it through our Online Aid Services
. Both new and continuing students can use this service to:
- Manage and accept a financial aid package.
- View a list of required documents and what has been received.
- Download any required forms or documents that are missing.
FAFSA for current students
Submit the FAFSA each year
If you previously filed the FAFSA, make sure you reapply each year. This ensures that the Office of Financial Aid receives current information needed to create your award for the upcoming semester(s).
Let us help you! We want you to focus on getting an education and not on worrying about your financial aid. Our counselors are available for walk-in appointments in Bonaventure Hall, by phone and email.
- Locate or create an FSA ID: The FSA ID, which consists of a user-created username and password, replaced the PIN in 2015, but you’ll have an opportunity to link your current Federal Student Aid PIN to your FSA ID. Creating an FSA ID is simple and only takes a few minutes. Get help creating your FSA ID. This allows you to electronically access personal information on Federal Student Aid Web sites as well as electronically sign a FAFSA. Parents of dependents will also need an ID.
- Complete a FAFSA Renewal Form: You can complete a FAFSA or check on the status of a completed FAFSA at www.fafsa.ed.gov. You can use your FSA ID to sign your FAFSA form. 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.
- 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.
New and current students can use this service to view a list of required documents, see what we received, and download any required forms or documents that are missing. You can also manage your financial aid award package by accepting or declining portions of your award.
FAFSA dates and deadlines
October 1– First date on which you may file the FAFSA to enroll for the following semester. File early, as many forms of aid are offered on an application date priority.
December 1 – Priority deadline for submitting your FAFSA and any other required paperwork to receive full consideration for all of our scholarships and grants, and other limited funding.