FAFSA: How to Apply

Apply for Financial Aid in 3 Easy Steps

STEP 1 – Create an FSA ID

Before completing the FAFSA you will need to create an FSA ID. This will be composed of a username and password specifically for you that will give you access to submit your FAFSA online, make corrections to your FAFSA online, and apply for Direct Stafford Student Loans. This FSA ID will serve as your electronic signature online for Student Aid purposes. You will also need to have one of your parents create an FSA ID if you are a dependent student (per the Department of Education's definition). If you are independent, then only you need to create an FSA ID. Create yours here.

 

BASIC ELIGIBILITY GUIDELINES:

> Have a high school diploma, GED, or satisfactorily completed a homeschool program
> Be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen
> Be fully accepted into a degree-seeking or certificate program NOTE: Acceptance is needed to accept FAFSA loans, not to submit your FAFSA
> Be enrolled at least part-time
> Have a valid Social Security number
> Make satisfactory academic progress 
> Be registered with selective service if male
> Not be in default or pending default on any educational loan

What do I need to fill out FAFSA?

> Social Security numbers
> Federal income tax return (1040, 1040A or 1040EZ) 
> W-2 forms from all employers
> Additional untaxed income tax records may be needed such as Veteran’s noneducational benefits, child support paid/received, and worker’s compensation.
> Alien registration or permanent resident card (if not a US Citizen)
> Bank statements and records of investments
> If the applicant is a dependent, the parents' Social Security numbers and financial records will also be needed

STEP 2 – Complete your FAFSA online at www.fafsa.ed.gov

Use your FSA ID to "sign your FAFSA on the web". Eastern University's School Code is 003259.

       

After the FAFSA: What Happens Next

Have you filled out your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and are wondering what happens next? Check out this video to learn what to expect after completing the FAFSA.

STEP 3 – Submit Verification Documents

Students may be required to submit additional documentation to the university in order to verify the accuracy of their responses on the FAFSA.

STEP 4 – Complete your Stafford Loan paperwork

Complete both your Master Promissory Note and Entrance Counseling at studentloans.gov. You must sign into studentloans.gov with you FSA ID. This is the same FSA ID used to sign into FAFSA.

Check your status: Watch your email/mail for your Student Aid Report (SAR) which is the report generated from the submission of your FAFSA.

           > Check your SAR to make sure all your information is correct.