Published Monday, February 12, 2024 - 12:28pm

We know a lot of things are changing with the FAFSA

We're here for you at every step of the way


Aid offers are delayed. 

The FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) is used to determine your financial aid based on financial need and eligibility. Your FAFSA information is typically transferred to schools when you complete the form. However, implementation of changes required by the FAFSA Simplification Act caused a delay with the newly designed 2024-2025 FAFSA and the information is not ready. Without your FAFSA information, we are currently unable to determine your aid offer.  We're working as hard  as we can to get that information and then award students as soon as possible.


 If you would like an estimate of your SAI and what federal aid you may be eligible to receive you can use the federal SAI estimator here.


Many students cannot complete the FAFSA.

There are known issues with the FAFSA form. If you are having trouble completing the form or are curious about the issues, you can find an updated list of issues here.

If you cannot sign the FAFSA form you may want to submit a paper FAFSA which can be found Here in English and Spanish.


 Still Need to Complete your FAFSA?

If you have questions or issues with the FAFSA or want help to complete it we're here for you.  We're available 8-5 Monday-Friday for  walk-ins, phone calls (828-262-2190), and emails ( for virtual Assistance feel free to find us here.

Published Wednesday, January 31, 2024 - 4:45pm

If you're having issues submitting the FAFSA you may not be alone

The Department of Education has reported some students are not able to complete their FAFSA applications.  If you or your parent have tried to complete the FAFSA application but are not able to sign it you may want to complete a paper FAFSA.  The 2024-2025 FAFSA is available in english and spanish versions.  

2425 Paper FAFSA

2425 Paper FAFSA (spanish)


Our office is happy to help with questions regarding the new FAFSA and will help as much as we can with trouble shooting any issues with the 2425 FAFSA.  

For more assistance find us here

Published Tuesday, January 2, 2024 - 12:15pm

The 2024-25 FAFSA is open! The Department of Education has opened the FAFSA for a Soft Launch. During the Soft Launch, the FAFSA form will be available for short periods of time while they monitor site performance and form functionality. 

Faster. Simpler. Spend less time on federal aid forms and more time thinking about college. Complete the 24-25 FAFSA now (For Fall 2024 and Spring 2025 ).

Published Friday, April 21, 2023 - 2:00pm

Financial aid is available to assist students taking classes over the summer.

Summer aid eligibility will be evaluated based on actual summer enrollment for 2024. We will begin reviewing enrollment and evaluating eligibility during the early registration period. (There is no separate application for summer aid.) Most financial aid requires a minimum of 6 credit hours of enrollment for eligibility. During the summer, those hours can either be divided into 3 credit hours per session or 6 credit hours in one session.  

It is important to note that May 29th is the last day to add classes for ALL summer sessions to be considered for financial aid eligibility. If you have not filed your 2023-2024 FAFSA, there is still time to complete an application at

Want to learn more about summer financial aid? We have additional information on eligibility criteria and the types of aid available at

Want to talk with a counselor about summer aid?  Our office is currently operating remotely and counselors are available to talk with you about your summer plans and options for financial aid! You can email our office at, call us at 828-262-2190, or schedule an appointment.  More information on our remote service arrangements here:

Published Monday, March 21, 2022 - 1:31pm

There are two situations in which a student may receive Pell Grant for Summer terms.

  1. Residual eligibility.

    1. When a student does not receive 100% of their eligible Pell Grant funding during the fall and/or spring terms, they may receive the remainder of their eligibility when enrolled during the summer term.

    2. Depending on the student’s Expected Family Contribution (EFC), the student may qualify at less than half time enrollment during the summer (less than 6 Credit Hours of enrollment).

    3. Residual eligibility results from not enrolling in a fall or spring term, or when the student is not enrolled full time in a fall and/or spring term.

  2. 150% Pell Grant Availability

    1. For the 2023/2024 academic year, the Department of Education authorized awarding of additional Pell Grant funds for summer enrollment.  Students who utilize 100% of their Pell Grant eligibility during the fall and spring terms may receive additional Pell funding for summer, up to an additional 50%.

      1. Students MUST enroll, and begin attendance, in at least 6 Credit Hours of coursework during the summer term to qualify.

      2. At Appalachian, the enrollment can be split across the summer sessions, but must equal or exceed 6 Credit Hours.