It’s easier than you think and we’re here to show you how.
The vast majority of students in the United States pay for college through federal student loans or grants, and to receive federal aid, you must file a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Everyone applying for any type of aid at Fort Valley State University has to complete this application. You (and your parents) are just showing the government and the university how much help you need by providing household and income information.
Don’t worry, once you have all the information you need to provide, completing the application can take as little as 30 minutes.
VERY IMPORTANT DATES
Applying for aid is way easier if you stick by some important dates.
- October 1: You can begin applying for aid using the FAFSA.
- March 1: New and returning FVSU students who have completed their FAFSA by this date will receive processing priority.
- April 30: Deadline for completing your FAFSA if you are enrolling in the fall semester.
- June 1: Deadline for completing your FAFSA if you are enrolling in the spring semester.
TYPES OF AID
Generally, there are four types of aid:
- Grants- money you don’t have to pay back. These are usually based on need, meaning the gap between what your family can afford to pay and how much it costs to attend college. Grants may provide some or all of your need. Learn more.
- Scholarships- money you don’t have to pay back. These are usually based on merit, meaning achievement like your G.P.A. or leadership accomplishments, your answers to essay questions, or how well you fit the special criteria of the donor. Learn more.
- Loans- money you do have to pay back, but not right away. When you take out a loan, you have to pay it back with interest over a period of time once you complete your education. Most student loans come from the federal government, but there may be times when you need to take out private loans from a bank or other financial institution. Learn more.
- Work study- earning money by working part-time jobs (mostly on campus) while you are enrolled. Learn more.
WHAT TO EXPECT
The financial aid process can seem like a lot to wrap your mind around, but it’s really pretty simple if you understand the steps in process. It’s like walking–just put one foot in front of the other.
About the FAFSA
Watch: What is the FAFSA?
- Watch: Learn about the process as a first time filer
- Watch: How do I know if I qualify?
- Watch: What do I do if I can’t get my parents’ information?
- Watch: Dependent vs. independent students
- Watch: What are award letters?
- Watch: What is a federal student aid i.d. (FSAID)?
Explore more about understanding the FAFSA here.
- Watch: How do I provide my (or my parents’) tax information?
- Watch: Can my (or my parents’) tax info be retrieved directly from the IRS?
- Watch: I (or my parents) didn’t file a tax return filed last year.
Explore more about tax information for the FAFSA here.
Watch: What is an appeal?
- Watch: What responsibilities do I have regarding “Satisfactory Academic Progress?”
- Watch: Am I eligible to file an appeal?
- Watch: What is financial aid probation?
Explore more about financial aid appeals and satisfactory academic progress here.