Applying for Financial Aid can be a very simple and easy process but must be done each year. Everything begins with your filing of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). This is the only application that the University of Delaware requires. This can be done for the next financial aid year as early as October 1st each year. Note you can find FAFSA tutorial videos, as well as other information on federal financial aid online from the U.S. Department of Education.
Steps to File the FAFSA
Students, parents, and borrowers are required to use an FSA ID, made up of a username and password, to access certain U.S. Department of Education websites. Your FSA ID is used to confirm your identity when accessing your financial aid information and electronically signing your federal student aid documents. See here for additional information on how to obtain your FSA ID.
Once you have a FSA ID, complete the FAFSA online at www.fafsa.ed.gov. Be sure to include the UD Federal School Code: 001431.
When filing your FAFSA on the Web, you will be encouraged to use the IRS DRT (Data Retrieval Tool), which allow the US Department of Education to access your tax year data directly from the IRS, rather than having you provide the data. This will ensure the most accurate aid award for you and may satisfy the need for further tax information if selected for Federal Verification.
After the FAFSA has been submitted, you will receive notification from the Federal government in the form of a Student Aid Report, (SAR). The SAR will contain your Expected Family Contribution and will also indicate your Pell Grant if eligible as well as Federal Direct Loans. Be sure to review this report and correct any errors that you may find.
When should I file?
Please keep in mind that you must file a FAFSA each academic aid year. You can begin filing as early as October 1st for the next academic year. This ensures newly admitted students can be notified of financial aid offers timely and returning students can finalize their application for the next academic year. Please note that there are sometimes state deadlines regarding state funded aid. For example, state of Delaware deadline is April 15th for state scholarships. See here for additional information.
You must be a matriculated student in a degree granting program at the University of Delaware
You must be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen
You must have a valid Social Security Card on file with the Social Security Administration (SSA)
Pay special attention not to make any errors when filing your FAFSA. Please verify all personal information you input, including the Social Security number and date of birth. If this information does not match up with the Social Security Administration, this can cause delays in financial aid awarding.
Closely review the information that is sent back after filing the FAFSA on your Student Aid Report. If there is a problem on the FAFSA, this will be indicated on that report. Corrections can be made by going back into the FAFSA at anytime.
This may also indicate that you have been selected for a Verification Audit Review. Please review our Verification page for additional information concerning the Verification Process.