FAFSA tips for new and continuing students

Remember, the first "F" stands for free. The Free Application for Federal Student Aid FAFSA can be completed without cost or professional assistance.

Here are some more FAFSA facts—Provided a student maintains satisfactory academic progress in his or her program of study, federal student aid will help a student complete his or her education. There’s no income cut-off to qualify for federal student aid. Many factors besides income—from the size of your family to the age of your older parent—are taken into account.

And completing it online at fafsa.gov is easier than ever. There you’ll find detailed instructions for every question, and the form walks you through step by step, asking only the questions that apply to you. If you need help, you can access real-time, private online chat with a customer service representative.

New students

  • File the FAFSA as soon as possible after January 1. Xavier University's priority deadline for filing for financial aid is February 15, though families are still encouraged to apply for FAFSA once this date has passed. Students whose FAFSA is received at the federal processor by this date will receive priority aid consideration.
  • Be sure to list Xavier's federal school code 003144 on the FAFSA.
  • If your family's taxes will not be completed by February 15, complete the FAFSA using reasonable estimates of your family's income.
  • Be sure to use the student's legal name as it appears on the student's social security card.
  • Do not leave any items blank, unless indicated to do so by the instructions. If a question does not apply, write in the number "0."
  • Keep copies of all of the family's tax returns.

Continuing students

  • Remember to file the renewal FAFSA annually.
  • Continuing students must remember to update their expected enrollment status and grade level (step one of the FAFSA) each year.