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Completing the FAFSA

Financial Aid Starts with the FAFSA

The financial aid process begins with the completion of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

The FAFSA is the application that Ferris State University uses to determine student eligibility for federal, state and institutional aid such as grants, loans and work study.

the ferris state university school code is 002260

the 2024-2025 FAFSA IS NOW available 

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If you have questions about the FAFSA, our financial aid experts are here to guide you through the process. Schedule a one-on-one virtual or phone appointment them now.

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  • Before you can file the FAFSA, you will need to create a user name and password called an FSA ID.
  • You will do this on the website.  Select Create Account next to the log in box.
  • Unless you are 24, married, supporting a child or other legal dependent, a veteran or on active duty military service or have other special circumstances, at least one of your biological or adoptive parents will also need an FSA ID to sign your FAFSA. 
  • The parent that provides most of your financial support (FAFSA contributor) is the parent that goes on your FAFSA, even if you live with the other parent. If your FAFSA contributor is currently married to a stepparent, the stepparent is also a FAFSA contributor. The tax filing status of your FAFSA contributors determines whether one or both contributors needs as FSA ID. If parent and stepparent filed a joint tax return for the tax year of record (2022 tax year for 2024-25 FAFSA), then only one contributor needs an FSA ID. If your contributor and  stepparent filed their taxes as "Married Filing Separately", then both will need to obtain FSA ID log-in credentials. 
  • Once you and your parent(s) each have an FSA ID, after January 1, 2024, select "Complete the FAFSA Form" on the right menu of the webpage or use the "Start Your FAFSA Now" link above. 

After You Have Submitted Your FAFSA

Once you have been admitted to Ferris and your FAFSA has been received by the Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid, you will be notified by email if any additional documentation is needed to complete your financial aid file.