Take the first step toward assistance for your USJ undergraduate or graduate degree

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) provides more than $150 billion in grants, loans and work-study funds each year.

Deadline for applying

Administered by Federal Student Aid, which is part of the U.S. Department of Education and the largest provider of student financial aid in the nation, FAFSA gives you access to the largest source of financial aid to pay for school.

Visit the Federal Student Aid website now to begin the free FAFSA application and to get some great tips on how and why to apply. You can also contact Student Financial Services for more information.

FAFSA tips & tricks

Common Errors:

  • Social Security Numbers
  • Divorced/remarried parental information
  • Income earned by parents/stepparents
  • Untaxed income
  • U.S. income taxes paid
  • Household size
  • Number of household members in college
  • Real estate and investment net worth

Things to Keep in Mind:

  • Make sure your name and Social Security number exactly match what is provided on your Social Security card.
  • Make sure you are answering for the student in the student sections and the parent(s) in the parent section.
  • Do not leave any answers blank. If a question does not apply to you, fill in a zero.
  • Report income and taxes using the 1040 federal tax form, not W-2 forms. The FAFSA will refer to the lines on which you will find the information required.
  • Report all sources of untaxed income where required, including Social Security, child support and Aid to Dependent Children (ADC).
  • If the custodial parent (the parent the student lives with more than half the year) is remarried, stepparent information MUST be provided.
  • The student should always be included in the household size, even if s/he did not live with parents during the previous year.
  • Sign the application!
  • For dependent students, both the student and at least one parent MUST sign the FAFSA. When applying online, that means both must have their own PIN, which will be used each time you resubmit the FAFSA in the future.


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