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 January 1 but we recommend that you file after you submit your taxes for the year so that you have the most up to date information as long as you are filing by the April tax deadline. You may want to consider filing earlier using an estimate if you are a late-filer but will then have to go into the FAFSA to update the tax information once you have finalized your taxes for pervious year.
Steps to File the FAFSA
Both the student and parent must apply for a personal identification number (PIN) from the U.S. Department of Education, www.pin.ed.gov. A FAFSA is not considered complete until both the parent and student have updated it with their PIN. This is considered the online signature to the form.
Once you have a PIN, complete the FAFSA online, 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 Student Aid Report 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. For all newly admitted students, we suggest that you file by February 15th so that as soon as admissions has made their decisions, admitted students can be notified of Financial Aid offers. For returning students, we suggest having your FAFSA in by April 15th. Having your FAFSA in early will only help your chances of receiving the max amount of Financial Aid available.
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.
Please 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.