File the FAFSA
Developed by the U.S. Department of Education, the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA, is one of the key components to college affordability. Once filed, this form determines a student's eligibility, as well as the amount of grants, loans, and work-study programs for which they qualify.
Create a Federal Student Aid ID (FSA ID)
Assigned by the U.S. Department of Education, your FSA ID is an electronic signature used when you file your FAFSA, correct your Student Aid Report (SAR), sign your Master Promissory Note (MPN), and monitor federal loans you receive. Your FSA ID and password are confidential and should not be shared. To provide required information on the FAFSA, parents of dependent students should also create an FSA ID.
Complete and submit the FAFSA
Students should file the FAFSA as early as possible after it becomes available on Oct. 1 and must file by Feb. 1 to be considered for aid programs with limited funds. KU’s federal school code is 001948. The Department of Education recommends that you file the FAFSA online, but paper versions of the application are also available.
Complete the aid application for your specific state
You may qualify for financial aid through your home state. If you are a Kansas resident, additional information is available at kansasregents.org. Note: An application fee is required for Kansas applicants.
Review your Student Aid Report (SAR)
Your SAR summarizes the information included in your FAFSA and indicates your Estimated Family Contribution (EFC). If you provided an email address on your FAFSA, you should receive your SAR by email within five to seven days of filing; otherwise, your SAR will be mailed within three weeks. If information is deemed incorrect or absent, see How to Review and Correct Your FAFSA® Application to make adjustments. If your current financial situation was not accurately reflected on the FAFSA, adjustments can be made in some cases. Contact your financial aid counselor about a Special Circumstance Re-evaluation Request.
Submit additional requested documents
If further information is required to complete your financial aid file, a notification will be sent to your registered KU email address. You may also check your to-do list on Enroll & Pay. Financial aid will not be awarded until all requested information is received, processed, and your file is complete. Failure to promptly submit could affect your eligibility for some limited funding.
Verification is a process mandated by the U.S. Department of Education to ensure information provided on your FAFSA is accurate. If you are selected for verification, you will receive an email at your KU address if you're a current student, or your home address if you will be a freshman this fall. Please complete and submit the Verification Worksheet at ku.verifymyfafsa.com along with all required documents listed, which may include federal tax return transcripts, W-2s, and 1099 forms. Verification may take up to four weeks after FAS receives all required documentation. Read KU's full verification policy.