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How to Submit

To be considered for any financial aid from the federal government (including federal grants or loans, work study and some scholarships) the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) must be submitted each year. 

  • FIU School Code: 009635
  • FIU Priority Deadline: March 1
  • New students: Apply by Dec. 1 for faster award offers

FAFSA: Apply for Aid

Steps to Submit

Who can apply?

You must intend to enroll in a FIU degree program, or an eligible certificate program*. For all basic requirements see Federal Student Aid Eligibility. Additional requirements may apply depending on type of aid you are offered.

Need-based federal and state aid is not available to international or ineligible non-citizens. If you aren’t eligible, search university or private Scholarships for other opportunities.

*Eligible certificate programs are Legal Studies Institute and Museum Studies. Students enrolled in the FIU Embrace program may qualify for Federal Pell Grants only.

When to apply?

The FAFSA must be submitted once a year and applies to fall, spring and summer semester for the upcoming year. FAFSA becomes available Oct. 1. We encourage students to apply as soon as possible to ensure you get your financial aid on time for the start of the next year.

Students who are admitted to FIU for the summer term are required to complete 2 FAFSAs. One for the current academic year (which includes the summer semester) and another one for the upcoming academic year starting in fall.

Check your FIU email account! The Financial Aid Office will send you reminders when FAFSA opens and when the deadlines get closer.

What do I need?


The Federal Student Aid (FSA) ID allows you and your parents to electronically sign your FAFSA application and provides access to Federal Student Aid websites. Both you, and your parent will need an FSA ID.

Create/Manage FSA ID

Tax information

You must use your income tax information (or your parent’s or spouse’s) to complete the FAFSA. The IRS Data Retrieval Tool transfers the required tax return data directly from the IRS to your FAFSA. If you are eligible to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool, it is the easiest way to provide accurate tax data.

If you do not use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool you may be required to submit an official IRS Income Tax Return Transcript from the IRS. Federal regulation requires an IRS Income Tax Return Transcript instead of the actual IRS Tax Return (i.e. 1040, 1040EZ, etc) which cannot be accepted for verification.

Beware of Scams: Be careful when offered assistance in searching for student financial aid information including scholarships, make sure any offer is legitimate. You should never have to pay a fee to file the FAFSA.


Calculate Your Financial Aid

Get an estimate of how much financial aid you could receive at FIU using the Net Price Calculator (undergraduate students only).


Next Steps

  • Determining Your Financial Need

    Financial need is defined as the difference between the estimated cost of attendance and the amount you and your family can reasonably be expected to contribute toward your educational expenses. Evaluation of the financial circumstances of the student and family follows a federal methodology established by the U.S. Congress to determine eligibility for federal student aid programs.

    The formula, established by law, measures in an equitable and systematic manner how much individual students and their families can afford to pay for higher education. The process takes into consideration household income, assets of the student and family (other than your primary residence), number of individuals in the household and in college, taxes paid and other relevant factors.

    This results in an Expected Family Contribution (EFC). The EFC is included on the Student Aid Report (SAR) this is the response that the student will receive after completing the FAFSA. Once the expected contribution from the student and family has been determined, the amount of eligibility for financial aid is derived by this simple formula:

    FIU Cost of attendance - EFC = Financial Need

    Scholarships and other monetary awards from private sources must be considered in determining eligibility when awarding federal financial aid. The amount of financial aid that is met will depend on the timing of the completed application, on the availability of funds and the types of assistance the student is willing to accept.

    For an early estimate of your cost, the Net Price Calculator may be of assistance for students who have never attended college and plan to enroll full time.

  • Changes or Special Circumstances

    After you’ve submitted the FAFSA, you can still revise your information if a change has occurred in your life or if you realize you’ve made an error. Some changes you may be able to report on your own, but after you receive your award notification or if the change significantly impacts your eligibility, you will need to work with OneStop.

    Report Changes or Special Circumstances

  • Verification

    You may be selected for verification randomly or if you fail to submit the correct information on your FAFSA. If you are selected, you will be notified on the Task tile on MyFIU and via your FIU email.

    FAFSA Verification

  • Financial Aid Notification

    After you receive your financial aid notification through MyFIU or your FIU email, you can learn more about what aid you may receive in Types of Aid.  Learn more about accepting your financial aid, getting your financial aid refund and how to keep your aid in Receiving Aid.

Last updated: September 27, 2023

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