Apply for Aid

We assist students in applying for aid from federal and state governments, St. Catherine grants or scholarships, and educational loans.

Step 1:  Submit FAFSA Application

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 FAFSA 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 Documents

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.

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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.

Step 2:  Submit St. Kate's Financial Aid Application

  • At St. Catherine University, we have a wide array of scholarships, grants and loans available for our students.

Please note: To be considered for state and institutional financial aid, you must also submit the St. Kate's Financial Aid Application (which is separate from the FAFSA). If you are a College for Women, first-time first-year student you are not required to complete the St. Kate's Financial Aid Application.

The application is a short online application that asks questions about your degree program, housing plans and anticipated number of credits. Students are encouraged to complete the St. Kate's Financial Aid Application to maximize their eligibility for all types of financial aid. Please note that all new students must have already been accepted to the University as a degree or certificate candidate applying for financial aid.

Submit a St. Catherine University Financial Aid Application for the appropriate year. Make sure to keep copies of your materials for your personal records.

The annual priority date for submitting your application is April 15. This is not an absolute deadline, but financial aid funds for some programs start to run out for applicants after this priority date.

Step 3:  Assess Award Package

Financial aid awards are prepared throughout the summer on a first-come, first-serve basis for students who have submitted all application materials.

  • Your award package details your eligible aid awards from federal, state, and private sources. It is based on average enrollment for your program as well as your housing selection, and is considered your 'estimated need'. The suggested need in your letter is best used as a general guideline and not a rule. We recommend that you calculate your own personal expenses using our Cost of Attendance Worksheets to better assess your individual financial needs when deciding what kind of aid to authorize.
  • Use our 2019-2020 Award Guide (PDF) to better understand types of aid, eligibility requirements, and costs and payment.
  • Please let us know via the Revision Request form if you make changes to your housing, registration credits, or FAFSA information. Awards are subject to change based on this information.

Authorize Your Award

Once you have assessed your award offers and personal financial needs, you need to decide what aid to authorize from your award package. You have the right to decline any particular type of financial aid or other assistance listed on the award letter. Should you choose to decline aid, please notify us via the Revision Request form.

  • Grants and Scholarships do not need to be repaid. We assume you will accept these awards. Grant and scholarship money will be posted to your account automatically when financial aid is disbursed for the year.
  • Loans must be authorized or declined each year, so we do not assume that you will accept loans. If you choose to authorize a loan, go on to Step 4: Apply for Loans. The authorization process for each loan will be different. Remember, you may choose to borrow any, all or none of the loan funds, depending upon your needs. Should you choose to decline a loan, please notify us via the Revision Request form.
  • Work Study: If you are interested in working on campus to meet your work-study award, more information is available on our student employment page.

Outside Scholarship or Grant Recipients

An outside scholarship, grant or benefit not listed on your award may affect your financial aid package. You are required to report outside funding, including any Veteran’s Education Benefits, to us. Please use our Outside Aid form to do so. Outside scholarship and grant money is posted to student accounts once the funding is received.

Step 4:  Apply for Loans

After you have assessed your award package and would like to proceed with the loan(s) listed, we require further information from you.