FAFSA Information

Applying for Financial Aid

*Please ensure that you are completing the FAFSA for the correct academic year*

1. Obtain a Federal Student Aid ID - FSA ID.

    • The FSA ID is your username and your E-Signature for the FAFSA. You will use the same one each year, so be sure to link it to an email you won't lose access to!
    • If you are a dependent student, you need to provide parent information. At least one parent must also obtain a FSA ID.
      • Not sure if you need to supply parent information or don't know which parent to file with? click here.

2. Complete and submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

  • ASU's school code is 002906.
  • Opt to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool. This allows you to securely link your tax information from the IRS to the FAFSA to populate the FAFSA tax return questions. Using the IRS Data Retrieval Tool will simplify the FAFSA filing and can expedite the verification process. 
  • Need extra help? This is a great resource!

3. You will receive a summary of your FAFSA (called a Student Aid Report, or SAR) either by email or by U.S. mail. Review this carefully because it contains your FAFSA  responses with important comments and the status of your filing. 

  • Need to make changes? If you find inaccurate information or need to update a field based on one of the comments, please log into your FAFSA to make a correction.
  • If you have not received the SAR within a few weeks from the date of filing or if you would like to check the status of the filing, you may use any of these options:
    • Check the status of a submitted FAFSA.
    • The toll-free phone number for automated response is 800-433-3243.
    • The toll number to speak with a person is 319-337-5665.

4. The schools that you listed on the FAFSA receive your data.

  • Occasionally we need additional informationto process your FAFSA.  If we request documentation, the notice will be sent via email to your ASU email account.
  • We cannot award financial aid until all outstanding requirements have been completed.


5. The Office of Student Financial Aid awards financial aid to students based on their eligibility (as determined by the FAFSA).

6. Students should respond to the award by accepting or declining the aid offers through their AppalNet account.

7. Students (and parents, if applicable) need to complete requirements for accepted aid. (See New Borrowers)


Financial Aid will pay toward your bill at the start of the term. For more information on financial aid disbursement, please read the Financial Aid Terms and Conditions.

 Also see: I was selected for Verification. What does that mean?