What is Financial Aid?
Financial Aid refers to funds referred to students and/or parents to help them offset the costs of education. These funds come from the federal and/or state government, institutional and private scholarships, work-study opportunities and private loans. Also be advised that Federal Student Aid is a combination of grants and student loans.
- be a U.S. Citizen or eligible non-citizen
- have a valid social security number
- have a high school diploma or a recognized equivalent such as a GED, or certificate of completion of home-study program approved by the student’s home state
- maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress towards a degree or certificate in eligible program
- be registered for Selective Service
- not be in default on Federal Student Loans or have an over-payment on a federal and/or state grant
- not be convicted for an illegal drug offense while receiving federal student aid
- be enrolled or accepted as a regular student towards a degree or certificate in an eligible program
Where to Begin
In order for you to apply for financial aid, the first step for you and your parents (if applicable) is to create an FSA ID so gain access to the Federal Student Aid websites. Please be advised that it also serves as your legal signature. If you currently do not have a FSA ID, please obtain yours at https://fsaid.ed.gov/npas/index.htm
Where to Apply
Please complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at https://fafsa.ed.gov/. St. Vincent’s College’s Federal School Code is 006191. We encourage you to access your IRS income tax information and have it automatically imported into your FAFSA by using the IRS Data Retrieval Tool (DRT).
The College offers a variety of financial aid programs to assist students in meeting the cost of their education. We believe, however, students and their families have the primary responsibility for providing educational funding to the extent of their economic resources.
Any student needing assistance with the cost of higher education should apply for financial aid. Because all federal aid is based on need, we encourage all students to file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
Students should submit a FAFSA prior to March 15 for the fall semester and by November 15 for the spring semester if they wish to be considered for Federal SEOG, Work-Study and institutional Grants or Scholarships programs. Students who have completed the process by these dates will receive an earlier aid decision. Financial aid applications are accepted throughout the entire academic year. We strongly encourage students to complete the FAFSA or Renewal FAFSA via the U.S. Department of Education website: http://www.fafsa.ed.gov/.