What is the FAFSA?
The FAFSA, or Free Application for Federal Student Aid, is a free application provided by the federal government. It allows you to be automatically considered for federal, state, and university financial aid programs based on your Dependency Status and Expected Family Contribution (EFC). The easiest way to submit this application is online at www.fafsa.gov. Be certain to request that USFSP receives your FAFSA results by listing our institutional code of 001537 on your FAFSA.
The FAFSA website has many resources to help you complete the form correctly. The online application is significantly faster and more accurate than using the paper application. By obtaining a Federal Student Aid ID number (FSA ID), which can be used in subsequent years, you can also electronically sign your application, make changes to your information and update personal data. Get your FSA ID. If you are a dependent student, one of your parents must have their own FSA ID to sign your FAFSA.
The financial information analyzed from the FAFSA provides a foundation for the equitable treatment of all financial aid applicants. This data is used to calculate your Expected Family Contribution (EFC). Your EFC is subtracted from the annual cost of attendance to determine your financial need. The Central Processor electronically provides this information to USF. Please allow up to two weeks for it to be imported into our system.
The Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships reviews the results and notifies students of their financial aid award. All awards are made on the assumption that the student will attend USFSP as a full-time student. Awards may be adjusted for enrollment of less than full-time. The financial aid award includes all funds that the student is eligible to receive.