FAFSA Banner

FSA ID--user name and password has replaced the Federal Student Aid PIN and now must be used to log into and Please review the How to Create an FSA ID for more info. It is recommended that a user link to their PIN so they may immediately use the FSA ID to perform important activities, such as signing electronic documents.

Click here for the On-line tutorial "7 Easy Steps to the FAFSA"

To apply for financial assistance, just follow these step-by-step directions:

  1. Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). We recommend filing electronically at or on the mobile app myFAFSA.
    • Both student and parent will need their FSA ID
    • We recommend that you use the IRS data retrieval process to retrieve all your tax information.
    • Do keep a copy of your application for your records
    To receive your aid notification at the earliest possible date, get your application to the processor by March 1.
  2. If you are unable to complete the FAFSA online, a paper version is available. 
  3. Submit additional requested documents in a timely manner. Review "My Documents" on the Gustavus WebAdvisor to see outstanding forms required to complete your file.
  4. Apply for all outside sources of assistance for which you are eligible. Community organizations, churches, insurance companies, corporations, and employers often give awards and/or matching grants based on financial need, academic achievement or membership. Review the applications posted outside the financial aid office. In most cases, outside scholarships will reduce the amount of loan you will need to finance your Gustavus education.
  5. If there are special circumstances that affect your ability to contribute or your parent's ability to contribute to your educational expenses, please submit the Appeal Form outlining these circumstances to the Financial Aid Office. Instructions for reporting and documenting the most common circumstances can be found on the forms section of the Financial Aid web site under Appeal Form.

It is important that you meet all application deadlines to maximize the amount of assistance available to you. Minnesota residents should take special note of the state grant deadline posted in the FAFSA instructions.

Award notifications will be e-mailed to your Gustavus e-mail account on a rolling basis as files are completed.

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