The FAFSA

Since gift aid is limited, the majority of a graduate student's financial aid eligibility comes in the form of federal student loans. If you wish to be considered for these loans, you must file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). As an independent student, you will only need to submit your income and asset information, and that of your spouse, if married.

The FAFSA becomes available to file each January 1st for the next academic year. For our graduate student population, we encourage you to submit the FAFSA three months prior to the first term you plan to enroll for that academic year.

File the 2014-2015 FAFSA if you would like to be considered for student loans for any or all of the fall 2014, spring 2015, or summer 2015 terms.

File the 2015-2016 FAFSA if you would like to be considered for student loans for any or all of the fall 2015, spring 2016, or summer 2016 terms.


Acquire your Federal Student Aid (FSA) PIN

In order to file your FAFSA electronically, you'll need to acquire an FSA PIN. This PIN will authenticate your identity and will be used for numerous federal financial aid processes. If you are a dependent student, at least one parent whose information is provided on the FAFSA will also need an FSA PIN.


Complete your FAFSA

We encourage you to complete the web-based version of the FAFSA, known as FAFSA on the Web (FOTW). Please note the summer terms are considered 'trailer' terms at the University of Dayton, and therefore, we use the prior year's FAFSA information to determine eligibility.

The University of Dayton's Title IV school code is 003127.


IRS Data Retrieval Tool (DRT)

When filing your FAFSA on the Web (FOTW), you will be encouraged to use the IRS DRT, which will allow the U.S. Department of Education to access your tax year data directly from the IRS, rather than having you provide the data. This will ensure the most accurate aid award for you and will satisfy any need for further tax information if selected for Federal Verification. Read about the IRS Data Retrieval Tool or watch the DRT video to learn more.


Review your Student Aid Report (SAR)

The SAR contains the information you reported on your FAFSA. If you file the FAFSA electronically, you will receive your SAR electronically. Be sure to review this and correct any errors you find.


Request for additional information

Based on the results of your FAFSA, we may need to collect additional information and/or documents from you to finalize your aid for the year. You will be notified via email, which will provide you with instructions on how to login to Porches to access your financial aid information. Many types of aid cannot be credited to your student account until satisfied so please respond to any request for information within 30 days to prevent unwanted finance charges or cancellation.


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