Student Financial Aid
How to Apply
We at Auburn University recognize the importance of a quality education. The Auburn University Student Financial Aid Office is dedicated to providing a way for you to achieve your higher education goals. Help us to help you by following these simple steps in applying for aid. You should complete the required forms as early as possible to ensure that you receive the maximum amount of aid for which you are eligible.
Priority DeadlineStudents should complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)*, available October 1 online at fafsa.ed.gov. Need-based scholarships will be awarded to incoming freshmen beginning in December, requiring the FAFSA to be received by December 1 for maximum scholarship consideration. The FAFSA should be received by February 1 for consideration of other financial aid. All documents required to process your aid must be completed and received by our office no later than February 1 in order to receive maximum consideration for some federal funds that are limited such as Federal Work Study and Supplemental Grants. Please note that an early application will not guarantee eligibility for these funds because they are extremely limited. Applications received after February 1st will be processed on a first come, first served basis if funds are still available. Your Financial Aid Requirements page on AU Access>My Finances displays your aid requirements.
Complete the FAFSAThe FAFSA should be completed online each year beginning in October. It is very important that you complete your FAFSA accurately in order to avoid delays. The best way to ensure accuracy is to use the IRS Data Retrieval when you file the FAFSA. If you do not use IRS Data Retrieval and/or you estimate your income information, you are more likely to be selected for verification which will delay your application. See the Verification section below for more information. If you do not have Internet access, you must complete the paper FAFSA. You may request this application from our office or from your high school counselor. You may check the status of the application at 1-800-4FED-AID. Our office receives FAFSA results electronically.
What happens after I file the FAFSA?After you file your FAFSA, the federal processor will send you a confirmation email. You should expect to receive the email one to two weeks after you file. Pay careful attention to the instructions they provide. If you did not use the IRS Data Retrieval Process, you will be instructed to do so via the FAFSA corrections process. If Auburn University is listed as the school to receive your information (our school code is 001009), we will receive your results electronically. This data provides a detailed analysis of the financial information you reported and the data needed to determine your eligibility for financial assistance. If AU requires additional documentation, we will contact you via your Auburn email address.
VerificationThirty percent of all aid applicants are selected for verification by the U.S Department of Education and verified by our office through review of tax documents. This is to ensure that your FAFSA was completed correctly. If you are selected, the federal processor will let you know. We will also contact you via your AU email address to let you know if there are additional items required after we receive your FAFSA. These requirements are located on your AU Access>My Finances page. The Verification Worksheet located on our Forms and Documents page provides details re: the items required for verification.
After our office receives your FAFSA, the Financial Aid Requirements page of your AU Access> My Finances> will display your required documents.If not provided within 60 days of the request, your file will be marked inactive and no award will be made. Our office will make corrections to your FAFSA, if necessary, as a result of verification. You will be notified by the Federal Processor and/or our office either with a corrected FAFSA or a revised Award Letter. This process will result in a 2-3 week delay. A FAFSA that is completed correctly will not require corrections. All financial aid applicants are encouraged to file federal income tax returns for applicant or parent or spouse, as applicable prior to completing the FAFSA. This will allow you to use the IRS Data Retrieval Process when initially completing the FAFSA which will provide you with the fastest, easiest, and most secure solution for meeting verification requirements, if applicable. The IRS Data Retrieval Process may also be used with the corrections functionality of FAFSA on the Web after you initially file the FAFSA. Please note that students who do not use the IRS Data Retrieval Process when initially completing the FAFSA will be more likely to be selected for verification. Re: IRS Data Retrieval availability, please allow two weeks after filing taxes electronically and six-eight weeks after filing by paper. In general, all applicants who elect not to use the IRS Data Retrieval Process will be subject to being selected for verification based upon the risk they pose to federal funds and, if they are selected, will be required to support their reported FAFSA data with information obtained directly from the IRS. There are some situations where an applicant will not be eligible to use the IRS Data Retrieval. These situations include but are not limited to married couples who file separate tax returns and applicants whose marital status has changed since January 1 of the processing year.