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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
Financial aid awards are prepared throughout the summer on a first-come, first-serve basis for students who have submitted all application materials.
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.
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.
After you have assessed your award package and would like to proceed with the loan(s) listed, we require further information from you.