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The MOST IMPORTANT process in applying for financial aid is filing the FREE APPLICATION FOR FEDERAL STUDENT AID (FAFSA) application each year. The FAFSA can be completed online at www.fafsa.ed.gov -- the fastest and most accurate way to apply. At FSU, the FAFSA is the only application required for Federal, State, or Institutional grants, work-study or loans for Fall and Spring term financial aid.
Note -- be sure to go to www.fafsa.ed.gov - that is the official, federal, FREE web site for the FAFSA. There are look-alike sites that request payment to complete the FAFSA -- payment is not part of completing the FAFSA - it is a FREE application. If you have questions about filing the FAFSA, contact our financial aid staff for free assistance (email to :firstname.lastname@example.org or call 850-644-0539 Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
The FAFSA FSU school code is 001489.
In order to be eligible for any form of federal, state, or institutional financial aid, you must fulfill the following requirements:
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Apply online. The FAFSA is available online at www.fafsa.ed.gov. Be sure to note that the FSU school code is 001489.
Keep up with your application for aid
Financial Need/Award Of Need Based Aid
If your EFC and other resources are less than the COA, then you may have financial need, and every effort is made to meet that need with a package that may include grants, work-study, and subsidized loans. APPLY EARLY - OTHERWISE YOU MAY FIND THAT THE ONLY FUNDS AVAILABLE ARE FROM LOAN PROGRAMS.
The Award Notification
Once FSU has your valid FAFSA data and you have been officially admitted to the university, we will notify you of your eligibility for aid (generally starting in late March of each year) by posting an estimated award offer on your Financial Aid Student Toolkit. This notification will specify all the aid for which you are eligible. Read the Terms and Conditions, as they will include information on any conditions that must be met to receive the award as well as how to accept, reduce or decline an award. If you are awarded a loan, you have the right to decide if you want to accept the loan, and if so, how much you want to borrow. You may accept a loan in full, or refuse in full, or accept an amount less than the amount offered.
If you have applied for scholarships or state financial aid programs, we may not be aware of those awards until you or the agency notify us. If you know of additional awards that you will be receiving (awarded, not applied for), you will need to note such resources on the Financial Aid Student Toolkit. If additional awards are not reported and recalculated in your financial aid eligibility, you may later have to repay federal, state or institutional aid awarded and disbursed to you.
The Office of Financial Aid reserves the right to revise awards based on new information (i.e. outside resources, data corrections due to the verification process, change in residency, etc.) If your eligibility changes, a new award notification will posted on your Financial Aid Student Toolkit.
Your actual receipt of payment will depend on your continued eligibility and your enrollment in the required number of hours required for each award program.
last updated Feb 24, 2011