Returning Students - Application Process

Changes to FAFSA for 2017-18

Starting with the 2017-18 financial aid application cycle, the following changes to the FAFSA application process will take effect:

    • Students (and Parents, as appropriate) will be able to submit a FAFSA earlier. Students will be able to file a 2017-18 FAFSA as early as October 1, 2016. The earlier submission date will be a permanent change.
    • Students (and Parents, as appropriate) will use earlier income information. Beginning with the 2017-18 FAFSA, students will be required to report income information from an earlier tax year. For example, on the 2017-18 FAFSA, students (and parents, as appropriate) will report their 2015 income information, rather than their 2016 income information.

The application deadline for returning undergraduate students will continue to be March 15, 2017 regardless of the early availability of the FAFSA (October 1st). However, we do encourage students and parents to complete the application process early if possible! 

The Department of Education has made these changes in hopes of making it easier to import your 2015 information for which your taxes should already be complete.

It is important to remember that the 2016-17 and 2017-18 FAFSAs will use the same income and tax information. To avoid conflicting information, we strongly encourage families to use the Data Retrieval Tool on BOTH FAFSAs. Prior to completing the 2017-18 FAFSA, we strongly encourage you to access the 2016-17 FAFSA and confirm if you have successfully used the DRT. To learn more about how to use the data retrieval tool, visit here

Complete the FAFSA

  • School Code 001403FAFSA Icon
  • Application available October 1
  • Priority deadline is March 15
  • Click the FAFSA icon to complete the application online

‎Financial Aid Renewal

  • You must maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress
  • You must be registered for a full-time course load for the upcoming semester
  • You must demonstrate continued financial need for renewal of need-based aid
  • You must have completed the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
  • Recipients must maintain the specific required cumulative GPA for Merit scholarship renewal 

Review your Award Package

SHU Awards Icon‌‌Your SHUAwards Account: 

Log-in information remains the same from year to year. Students will log in using their 7-digit Student ID number and PIN. If you have forgotten your PIN, click Forgot Your PIN? in the LOG IN box for it to be emailed to you.

Returning students can do the following via SHUAwards:
  • view their financial assistance awards by semester
  • accept, reduce, or decline their award(s)
  • confirm the status of financial assistance documents (received, incomplete, etc.) 
  • review the financial assistance messaging relating to their award(s) 
  • view their loan history from the National Student Loan Database (NSLDS)