File a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or a renewal FAFSA application each year. File as soon after October 1 of the upcoming academic year as possible. The priority application due date is April 15. This is not a deadline; however, financial aid funds for some programs could start to run out after this priority date. St. Catherine University FAFSA school code is 002342.
Information from your FAFSA is received electronically at our Financial Aid office and provides us with the information to create an Award package unique to your needs. Some students may be requested to verify their application data after their FAFSA is submitted--please familiarize yourself with the Verification process if this occurs.
Apply for an FSA ID
Both students and one parent (of dependent students) must apply for an FSA ID. Your FSA ID serves as your electronic signature on the FAFSA. Make sure to keep the FSA ID in a place where you will remember them. They will be used every year to fill out the application and to sign other documents. For step-by-step instructions, please read How to Create an FSA ID. The FSA ID has replaced the Federal Student Aid PIN.
Print FAFSA on the Web Worksheet
Go to the Federal Student Aid website and print the FAFSA PDF. This will make it easier to gather all of the required documents and to organize your information before going online to actually apply.
Gather all of the documents necessary to complete the form. It is always easier and more accurate to apply after your federal income tax forms have been completed. The FAFSA may allow you to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool to electronically gather tax information.
Submit FAFSA Application
We recommend that you file your FAFSA application electronically. If you need a paper FAFSA application, please contact the Office of Financial Aid or your high school guidance office.
Expect Student Aid Report (SAR)
After your FAFSA has been submitted, you should receive a paper or e-mail Student Aid Report (SAR). If you have not received your SAR within four weeks, please call 1-800-4FED-AID (1-800-433-3243) for assistance.