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Apply for Financial Aid: Continuing Undergraduate
Continuing undergraduate students must reapply for financial aid each year. The FAFSA should be completed online at www.fafsa.ed.gov by the priority deadline of May 1 for AU need based financial aid consideration.
Step 1: FAFSA
Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online at www.fafsa.ed.gov for the academic year in which aid is being requested.
To ensure accurate and efficient completion of the FAFSA, students should be sure to file their taxes before filing the FAFSA. This will allow students to utilize the IRS Data Retrieval Tool (DRT). The DRT extracts the student’s IRS tax information and populates the FAFSA with the student’s tax return data. It typically takes two weeks after filing tax information before the DRT is available for use.
American University School Code for the FAFSA is 001434.
Students will need to fill out or renew the FAFSA each year
The CSS Profile is not required for graduate students
A pin number is required to electronically sign the FAFSA. To request one, go to www.pin.ed.gov
Step 2: Reviewing the Student Aid Report (ISIR)
Once a FAFSA has been submitted, an electronic Student Aid Report (SAR) from the U.S. Department of Education will be generated. Review the SAR IMMEDIATELY and make any corrections (if necessary). To update information provided on the FAFSA go to www.fafsa.ed.gov
Do I need to fill out a FAFSA to keep my merit scholarship?
No, merit recipients do not need to complete a FAFSA to keep their scholarships. They only need to have met AUs satisfactory academic progress (SAP) requirements in the previous academic year.
When will my financial aid package post on my AU portal for next year?
In general, returning students who have filed a FAFSA on time and have submitted any requested documents are able to view their packages on their AU portals by July 1st.
Will my financial aid change after my first year?
The financial aid office evaluates a student's financial aid eligibility each year. Provided that students financial circumstances remain relatively the same, our office will make every effort to ensure consistency in student financial aid awards. Families should complete the FAFSA each year by the prescribed financial aid deadlines for maximum consideration of aid. However, if your family financial circumstances change significantly from year to year this could affect your aid package during the next academic year. Increases in income, and decrease in the number of students attending college may affect financial aid eligibility