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Financial Aid Timeline
This page lists key dates and gives a general timeframe for completing activities in the filing process.
After October 1st; Before March 1st
Any student who wishes to apply for financial aid should file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) prior to March 1 of each calendar year.
The Financial Aid Office strongly suggests filing the FAFSA no later than February 15th to ensure that the form is successfully completed before the March 1 priority deadline. You may begin filling out the FAFSA form as soon as January 1. FSU's school code is 002072.
The Financial Aid Office typically begins mailing out electronic award notification instructions to incoming freshman and transfer students the second week of March of each calendar year.
The Financial Aid Office also begins mailing out "Missing Information Letters" to all students who have been selected for the verification process. "Missing Information Letters" tell the students what documents need to be turned in to the Financial Aid Office. About 1/3 of all students who file a FAFSA are selected for the process. While not all students are selected for verification, all awards are considered tentative until the verification process is complete. The Financial Aid Office will not award any financial aid to returning students until it has received all items required for the verification process. All returning students who are selected for verification must turn in all items by May 1, in addition to completing the FAFSA by March 1, in order to be considered for priority funding.
The Financial Aid Office typically begins emailing electronic award notification instructions to returning students the second week of June of each calendar year. These instructions are sent to students via their official FSU email account.
It is very important that each student check their FSU email account regularly for important announcements and updates.
After July 1st
Instructions on how to accept a Stafford Loan, and information on how to apply for a Parent PLUS Loan, are available on the Loans page after July 1.
Instructions on how to accept Perkins Loans and Federal Work-Study are mailed out to students under separate cover during the summer.