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 001403
- Application available October 1
- Click the FAFSA icon to complete the application online
Complete the Undergraduate Part-Time Confidential Information Form
- Complete the form online under the Apply Online tab on SHUAwards OR complete the paper 2016-2017 Undergraduate Part-Time Confidential Information Form.
The FAFSA and UG Part-Time CIF should be submitted at least six weeks prior to the beginning of your first enrollment period. Please note that additional documentation may be required.
Review Your Awards Package
- 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)
Financial Aid Eligibility
In order to be considered for federal financial aid, you must meet the following conditions:
- Possess a high school diploma or GED
- Be admitted and matriculated in an undergraduate degree program
- Be in attendance on at least a half-time basis (6 credits) in each enrollment period
- Be a U.S. Citizen or permanent resident (eligible non-citizen) and have documented proof of your status
- Not be in default on a federal student loan and not owe a refund on a federal student grant
- Be maintaining SAP as defined by the SHU Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy and be maintaining a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.00