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Students applying for any of Financial Aid program must complete the steps described below in order to be evaluated for any loan or scholarship program, including all federal and institutional programs. Loan and scholarship applications will not be processed until the Financial Aid Office has received all required documents.
If you are applying for any of the following aid programs, you must complete all steps as follows:
What is the FSA ID?
The FSA ID, implemented on May 10, 2015 as a replacement to the Federal Student Aid PIN, is now being successfully used by millions of students, parents, and borrowers to access personal financial aid information online and to electronically sign and submit certain documents.
Only the FSA ID owner should create and use an FSA ID. Just as was the case with the Federal Student Aid PIN, the FSA ID is the legal signature that can be used to electronically sign important federal student aid documents, including the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) and Direct Loan promissory notes. The FSA ID also allows online access to private and confidential information, including data from a student's FAFSA and loan information from the National Student Loan Data System (NSLDS®). For these reasons, maintaining the security of the FSA ID is critical to the integrity of student aid information and systems.
It is important that every FSA ID Owner:
Do you need help with your FSA ID – resetting ID or Password:
Note to all applicants
Whichever method you use, please complete the FAFSA according to the instructions provided. An incorrect or incomplete application will delay the financial aid process. When completing "Step Six" of the FAFSA, please provide the Institution Code for University of South Florida Systems, which is 001537.
|FAFSA Needed:||Semesters Attending:||FAFSA Available Beginning:||Priority Application Deadline:||Use Federal Tax Data From:|
|2021-22||Fall 2021, Spring 2022, Summer 2022||October 1, 2020||January 1, 2021||2019|
|2022-23||Fall 2022, Spring 2023, Summer 2023||October 1, 2021||January 1, 2022||2020|
Use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool (DRT) to transfer your federal tax data directly to your FAFSA.
Be sure our federal school code 001537 is on your FAFSA when you apply each year. Use your FSA ID to sign your FAFSA electronically.
PRIORITY APPLICATION DATE:
Meeting the priority date allows you the best opportunity to be considered for the most aid types possible. USF Priority Deadline is January 1.
Watch a video on "The 7 easy steps to the FAFSA" by clicking here.
The FAFSA is free - there is no charge to apply for financial aid. Beware of sites advertising services to help you apply for financial aid for a fee. If you use one of these services, you will be providing personal information to a non-government agency.
Federal Student Financial Aid Penalties for Drug Law Violations
A student with a drug conviction may be ineligible for federal student aid (grants, loans, work-study). If you are convicted of a state or federal offense of selling or possessing illegal drugs that occurred while you were receiving federal student aid you should still complete and submit the FAFSA. Eligibility may be regained after documentation of successful completion of a rehabilitation program.
The federal financial aid programs administered by the U.S. Department of Education, Department of Health and Human Services and the University of South Florida are subject to a process called verification. A percentage of the FAFSA's processed at USF will be selected for verification. If your application is selected, there will be a note under "My Requirements" and instructions for completing this process. The verification process must be completed within 30 days of notification. Loan and/or scholarship funds will not be disbursed until verification is completed.
The FAFSA, Master Promissory Note(s), Entrance Counseling(s) and verification (if required) must be completed in order to obtain Federal Unsubsidized Direct Loans, and Graduate PLUS loans (Grad PLUS).