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FAFSA Instructions


Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) each year to apply for grants, loans, work-study, scholarships and State aid.

Follow these steps to get started:

Step 1

Apply for an FSA ID

If you have never done so before, you will need to establish an FSA ID. This is your individual log-in to the Federal Student Aid website. You/your spouse, and if dependent, your parent(s), will each need their own FSA ID. You’ll need your SSN, and your own mobile phone number and/or email address. Do not use the same number/email for multiple FSA IDs. Remember, these are individual accounts.

Step 2

Organize your income information.

The FAFSA uses 2 years prior income information to determine aid eligibility. For the 2024-2025 FAFSA, this will be 2022 income. For the 2023-24 FAFSA this will be 2021 income. Get together your/spouse's and your parent(s)’ (if dependent) federal tax returns, W2s, records of untaxed income
received, and information on current assets and investments.

Step 3

Complete and submit your FAFSA

Delta's Federal School Code is 002251. If you plan on applying for Fall 2023, Winter 2024 and/or Spring 2024 semester aid, please be sure to choose the 2023-24 FAFSA. If you plan on applying for Fall 2024, Winter 2025 and/or Spring 2025 semester aid, choose the 2024-25 FAFSA.

Step 4

A FAFSA Submission Summary will be sent directly to you from the government. This was formerly called the Student Aid Report (SAR) for 2023-24 and prior. When you receive your Summary, look it over carefully to make sure it is correct, since this is the information Delta will receive electronically. The information on this will be used to determine your eligibility for the Federal Pell Grant and for most other types of aid. If corrections are needed, follow the directions on your FAFSA Submission Summary.

If you need assistance completing or making corrections to your FAFSA, you may stop in the Financial Aid Office, during office hours and a Financial Aid Advisor will be available to assist you.

Please review your financial aid status and documentation required to complete the application process. Follow these steps from the Inside Delta for Current Students page:

Tools -> Student Self-Service -> Financial Aid.  Submit these items to the Financial Aid Office promptly, as it may delay awarding.

Other helpful information

You never have to pay for help with your federal student aid, including your student loans. Make sure you understand which companies and claims are legitimate. For more information about how to avoid scams and what to do if you think you’ve been scammed, watch the video below:

The Federal Student Aid website provides additional information regarding the financial aid process and describes the various types of financial aid.

SUCCESS TIP: Apply for financial aid, even if you don't think you'll qualify.

It's not a waste of time because lots of scholarships require you to apply for financial aid. Plus, you may be eligible for more than you think.

Less than half the cost

Less than half the cost of a public university, with the same quality education.

Interest free tuition plan

An interest-free tuition plan that spreads out your payments.

50 percent

Half of Delta students receive some form of assistance.