Apply for financial aid

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New! Complete the 2018-19 FAFSA now!
Use your 2016 tax information to file your FAFSA application for 2018-19.

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.

afsa-process-changes 

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. You may use the DRT to complete the 2018-19 FAFSA, but not the 2017-18 FAFSA. See more information about the DRT. See tips from the IRS to getting your tax information.
     
  • Use the FAFSA on the Web worksheet to help you complete the FAFSA.
      
  • Create 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. See more on creating and using your FSA ID. 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.

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

Select the Applying for Financial Aid playlist to get answers to the following questions:

  • How do I apply for financial aid?
  • Does it cost to apply for financial aid?
  • When should I apply for financial aid?
  • When should I fill out a FAFSA?
  • Do I have to reapply for financial aid each year?
  • Do I have to wait for admission before applying for financial aid?
  • What does "Early FAFSA" mean?

Early FAFSA Filing

Select the Early FAFSA Filing playlist to get answers to the following questions:

  • When should I apply for financial aid?
  • What tax information do I need to complete my FAFSA on or after October 1st?
  • What does "Early FAFSA" mean?

2018-19 Tutorial - First time FAFSA filers

Select the 2018-19 Tutorial - First time FAFSA filers playlist to find out more information about completing the FAFSA


2018-19 FAFSA Tutorial - Renewal FAFSA filers

Select the 2018-19 Tutorial - Renewal filers playlist to find out more information about completing the FAFSA


Making corrections to the FAFSA

Select the Making corrections to the FAFSA playlist to get answers to the following questions:

  • 2018-19 FAFSA Corrections - Overview
  • 2018-19 FAFSA Corrections - Getting Started
  • 2018-19 FAFSA Corrections - Making Corrections to a Processed FAFSA
  • 2018-19 FAFSA Corrections - Confirmation
  • 2017-18 FAFSA Corrections - Overview
  • 2017-18 FAFSA Corrections - Getting Started
  • 2017-18 FAFSA Corrections - Making Corrections to a Processed FAFSA
  • 2017-18 FAFSA Corrections - Confirmation
  • 2017-18 Can I make corrections to my FAFSA after I have submitted it?

Understanding the FAFSA

Select the Understanding the FAFSA playlist to get answers to the following questions:

  • What is the FAFSA?
  • What is the difference between a dependent and an independent student?
  • My family's financial situation is different than the income information I reported on my FAFSA. What can I do?
  • I am moving out of my parents' house and will support myself. Am I an independent student for the FAFSA?
  • I did not file a tax return last year because my income was too low. Can I still submit a FAFSA?
  • I submitted my FAFSA over 4 weeks ago, but haven't heard anything. What should I do?
  • What does the term EFC stand for?
  • What is an Award Letter?
  • Can my tax data be retrieved directly from the IRS?
  • 2017-18: Can I make a correction to my FAFSA after I have submitted it?
  • What tax information do I need to complete my FAFSA on or after October 1st?

IRS Data Retrieval Process

Select the IRS Data Retrieval Process playlist to get answers to the following questions:

  • What is the IRS Data Retrieval Process?
  • Do I have to use the IRS Data Retrieval Process?
  • What are the advantages to using the IRS Data Retrieval Tool when filing my FAFSA?
  • When will I be able to retrieve my tax information using the IRS Data Retrieval Process?
  • Will everyone be able to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool when filing the FAFSA?
  • IRS Get Transcript Tutorial

Understanding the FAFSA

IRS Data Retrieval Process

After the FAFSA: What Happens Next?