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Applying for Financial Aid: FAFSA

When Applying for Financial Aid, students and parents need to submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The FAFSA application allows the Financial Aid Office to determine all of the financial aid a student qualifies for from Catawba College in addition to any scholarships, grants, work-study, and loans from the Federal and State Governments. The FAFSA is free and easy to complete at www.fafsa.ed.gov .

The answer to every question on the FAFSA is used to determine the financial aid a student qualifies for, so students and parents should pay careful attention to all dates and use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool (DRT), if possible, to ensure accurate information is submitted. The IRS Data Retrieval Tool allows students and parents to securely transfer specific IRS information directly from their tax forms processed by the IRS in a few easy steps. For security purposes, some student and parents will not be eligible for the IRS Data Retrieval Tool and will need to use tax documents to complete the FAFSA.

In order to apply for financial aid through the FAFSA, both students and parents will need to create a Federal Student Aid (FSA) ID. The FSA IDs will be the log in information for the FAFSA. These IDs can be created at any point before filing the FAFSA. The Financial Aid Office encourages students and parents to have their social security card in hand when setting up their FSA IDs in order to use both the correct spelling of legal names and social security numbers. Please be advised that both students and parents will need to have their own separate e-mail address for the FSA ID log in.

FSA ID for Students

FSA ID for Parents

If a student does not intend on filing FAFSA, please fill out the Catawba College FAFSA Waiver so we can finalize your financial aid.