Why the FAFSA?
To apply for federal and state financial aid, students must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). An analysis of your FAFSA calculates an Expected Family Contribution (EFC), how much you and your family might be expected to contribute to your education for the academic year, based on a U.S. Department of Education need analysis formula.
A variety of factors are taken into account:
- Family income
- Available assets
- Family size
- Parents’ age (which calculates their need to save for retirement)
- Number of siblings enrolled HT or greater in college during the applicable FAFSA academic year
You may submit the FAFSA in one of two ways:
Complete the FAFSA on the web at www.studentaid.gov.You will be required to create your own Federal Student Aid (FSA) ID, which you will use as your electronic signature for the FAFSA.
We recommend you Create your FSA ID and password before you start your FAFSA application.
Submitting the FAFSA on the web is the most accurate way to complete the FAFSA. Remember, this application is free of charge. If you are being asked to submit a payment, you are on the wrong website.
Processing of a paper FAFSA takes approximately three to four weeks without the online edits, skip logic and error messages to prevent filing mistakes. It is therefore not the recommended route for submitting your FAFSA.
If unable to complete your FAFSA online, you may request a paper FAFSA by calling the U.S. Department of Education at 1-800-433-3243 or 344-523-2691. If you are hearing impaired, contact the TTY line at 1-800-730-8913. Once completed, mail your completed pdf FAFSA to:
Federal Student Aid Programs
P.O. Box 7654
London, KY 40742-7654
When completing the FAFSA, be sure to indicate that you want the results of your analysis sent to Pacific Lutheran University (use code 003785). Keep copies of everything you submit.