Step 1: Create Your FSA ID »
The Federal Student Aid (FSA) ID is a unique number assigned to you through the U.S. Department of Education. Creating an FSA ID, a username and password combination that allows you to sign your FAFSA form electronically. Once you receive your FSA ID, you will have immediate access to sign loan contracts and to access certain information online. Only one FSA ID and FAFSA application are needed per student, even if you are applying to multiple schools.
Step 2: Make sure to gather your documents »
The FAFSA questions ask for information about your and your financial situation. Depending on your circumstances, you might need the following information or documents as you fill out the application: social security number, parents’ social security number, driver’s license number, federal tax information, records of untaxed income, bank statements and more.
Step 3: Complete the FAFSA »
Once you have created your FSA ID, you will need to complete the application, which can be completed on your own online or as a paper copy that can be mailed in. You may also have the option to complete the form with your high school guidance counselor or the College’s Financial Aid Office. This application determines your eligibility for all forms of financial aid, so it is very important that you take the time to read all instructions carefully and be as accurate as possible. The filing is free, and your application can be submitted anytime after Oct. 1 each year to be eligible for aid the following academic year.
High school students can submit the FAFSA after January 1 of the senior year. Note to South Carolina students: if you’re applying for the South Carolina Tuition Grant, you will have to submit the FAFSA on or before June 30th. Be sure to have the results of your FAFSA sent to Presbyterian College. PC’s FAFSA ID: 003445.
Step 4: Provide Additional Documentation »
Not everyone has to go through Step 4, but we want to make you aware of the potential verification process. Each year, a number of applications are selected for verification, a process required by the U.S. Department of Education through which information on the FAFSA must be documented to assure its accuracy. If you’re selected for verification, don’t assume you’re being accused of doing anything wrong. Some people are selected at random, and some schools verify all students’ FAFSAs. All you need to do is provide the documentation the College asks for — and be sure to do so by the deadline given.