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All students are typically encouraged to file their FAFSA as soon after October 1 as possible. However, because of changes to the 2024-2025 FAFSA, called FAFSA Simplification, the 2024-25 FAFSA will be available on January 1, 2024. For 2024-25, please file as soon after January 1 as possible. For subsequent years, the FAFSA will be available on October 1. It is recommended that you file as early as possible to get the best possible financial aid award package.

Federal Pell Grant and Federal Direct subsidized and unsubsidized loans are available throughout the aid year. All students that meet the eligibility requirements and complete the FAFSA process for these two aid programs will receive the funds, as long as they apply within the academic school year. There are other funds, however, that are limited and offered on a first-come, first-serve basis to eligible students. These funds include Ferris Merit Grant and Work Study funds. To be considered for these limited funds you must meet the eligibility requirements and you must complete the application process early.

It is important that all students file the FAFSA as soon as possible (after January 1 for 2024-25) to allow enough time to correct any mistakes and resolve rejected FAFSA issues. FAFSAs may be rejected by the federal processor for a number of reasons – missing electronic signatures, incomplete responses to questions, social security number or legal name mismatches, missing parental data, selective service issues and many others.

It is the student's responsibility to follow up and check for any missing financial aid requirements. You may monitor missing requirements in Ferris360.

Your financial aid application is considered complete on the date that all of the following have occurred:

  1. You are admitted into a degree-granting program at Ferris State University.
  2. We have received your FAFSA in a good (not-rejected) status
  3. You have completed the verification process, if selected.