Filing the FAFSA

File a FAFSA Every Year

A FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) must be filed for EACH YEAR a student wants to be considered for financial aid eligibility. 

A new FAFSA is available each year on October 1st and asks for financial data from two years ago.

Students and their families are encouraged to file the online version of the FAFSA. The on-line version provides edits which alert filers to possible problems with their applications, including required items that are left blank or completed incorrectly, before the application is submitted. Applying on line is also quicker and updates and corrections can be submitted with ease.  If unable to file online, please contact Student Financial Services for assistance.

File the FAFSA by SU's February 1 priority funding deadline. All types of aid are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis.  Many funds are extremely limited.  Applications received after the priority deadline will be considered in the order received on a funds-available basis.

Select the correct version of the FAFSA to complete as each year, from October 1st through June 30th, two versions of the FAFSA are available: 1) for the current academic year and 2) for the upcoming academic year.

New students

New students must be admitted to the university and have completed the FAFSA (including any additional information requested by SU) before a financial aid award will be prepared for them.  To be considered for institutional aid, new students must submit their FAFSA by February 1st or within 30 days of admission if admitted after January 1st.

Continuing Students

Continuing students should complete the FAFSA and provide any additional information requested by Student Financial Services in order for an award to be prepared for them.  Students wishing to be considered only for the non-need-based academic scholarship received in the prior year and for which they have met all the requirements for continuation, may be exempt from this requirement.

All Students

Student Financial Services strives to distribute financial aid award letters to new freshmen students in mid-March, to entering transfer students in mid-April and to continuing undergraduate students and all graduate students, new and continuing, in May.



FAFSA Filing Tips

  • Select the correct version of the FAFSA to complete.
  • Sign your FAFSA. The quickest way is to create and use a FSA ID--a user name and password that let you sign your FAFSA electronically. You can apply for a new FSA ID online.  Remember: a dependent student's FAFSA requires that both the student and one parent listed on the FAFSA have an FSA ID to sign the FAFSA electronically.
  • Meet the Seattle University February 1 priority funding deadline.
  • The FAFSA asks for financial data from two years ago.  This allows many students and families who have filed their taxes to electronically retrieve their tax data from the IRS database using the Data Retrieval Tool. (**As of 3/30/2017,  the IRS reports that the Data Retrieval Tool is unavailable for remainder of the 2017-2018 year.  Expected to be operational for 2018-2019 FAFSA**)
  • FAFSA RESULTS. You will receive an email acknowledgement from FAFSA letting you know your application has been processed and will be forwarded on to the schools listed. After SU processs your FAFSA, you will also get an email from our office with more detailed information.