Apply for financial aid


To apply for financial aid, you need to complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The information you provide determines whether you qualify for federal and state grants and federal loans based on financial need. We strongly encourage students to file their FAFSA application as early as possible.

You must apply for admission to St. Petersburg College and pay your application fee before the college will have access to your FAFSA information. To qualify for financial aid, you must be a degree-seeking student. You must submit all academic transcripts from prior schools attended and allow time for evaluation.

This chart details changes to the FAFSA process for 2017-18.


Easy as 1, 2, 3

FAFSA step 1 

  • Gather the documents you'll need. In certain circumstances, the FAFSA allows a student and/or parent to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool to get information directly from the IRS. Unfortunately, this tool is unavailable at this time. No need to panic – you can still fill out both your 2016-2017 and 2017-2018 FAFSA’s by manually inputting your tax information. Use the same 2015 tax information for both applications. Read a Press Release from the U.S. Department of Education. See tips from the IRS to getting your tax information.
  • Use the FAFSA on the Web worksheet to help you complete the FAFSA.
  • Request your FSA ID. It is recommended that you allow the system to create your FSA ID. This is your electronic signature for federal student aid and gives you online access to your U.S. Department of Education records. If you are a dependent student, your parents must also apply for an FSA ID. Only the owner of the FSA ID should create and use the account. Never share your FSA ID. You may request a duplicate FSA ID or change your FSA on the FAFSA website. If you have a Federal Student Aid PIN, you will be able to enter it and link it to your FSA ID. You can still create an FSA ID if you have forgotten or do not have a PIN. Your FSA ID will need to be renewed every 18 months. Students whose last names have changed need to make sure their last name is correct with the Social Security Administration. Watch this detailed video on how to create an FSA ID.

FAFSA step 2 

  • Complete a FAFSA as soon as possible after Oct. 1 each year, regardless of the date you begin college.  See 12 common FAFSA mistakes.
  • Applications submitted on or before May 1, SPC's Priority Deadline, are given priority consideration for many types of aid.
  • If you cannot complete a FAFSA online, call the Federal Student Aid Information Center at 800-433-3243 to request a paper copy.  

  • To help eliminate delays, file your tax return early.

  • Make sure you choose SPC's school code: 001528.

FAFSA step 3 

  • If you provide all required information and required signatures, your FAFSA will be processed and a Student Aid Report (SAR) will be sent to you and the colleges you have listed. Your SAR summarizes the data reported on your FAFSA.
  • Three to five business days after you submit the FAFSA, go back to the FAFSA website to review your Student Aid Report for accuracy. Follow the directions on the SAR to submit any needed corrections.
  • To add SPC, you will need to make a correction using your FSA ID.
  • You do not need to send a copy of your SAR to SPC.
  • Check your financial aid status and To Do list.

Early FAFSA Filing


2017-18 Tutorial - First time FAFSA filers

2017-18 Tutorial - Renewal FAFSA filers

Making corrections to the FAFSA

Applying for Financial Aid

Understanding the FAFSA

IRS Data Retrieval Process

After the FAFSA: What Happens Next?