Federal and State Financial Aid Programs
APPLYING FOR FINANCIAL AID
To apply for financial aid, incoming day students must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by Feb. 15. Returning day students must complete the FAFSA and the La Salle Institutional Data Form (IDF) by April 15. New and returning Professional and Continuing Studies Pennsylvania residents must complete the FAFSA by May 1 to be eligible for the PHEAA State Grant.
While all Professional and Continuing Studies and graduate students must complete the FAFSA and IDF to be awarded financial aid, there is no La Salle deadline. However, remember that it takes at least six weeks to process financial aid. If a Professional and Continuing Studies or graduate student wishes to have a refund check for books and living expenses at the start of the term, and to pay all outstanding balances to avoid late fees, then the student should apply early for aid.
La Salle’s Title IV code is 003287. The FAFSA can be completed online at www.fafsa.ed.gov.
For some students, the federal government requires us to collect additional documentation to complete an application. Notification will be sent that details the additional documentation that is needed. The documentation must be submitted within 30 days of receipt of the request letter. (See the section below on deadlines for more information.) No aid information will be awarded until the requested documentation is returned.
All students must reapply each year for all forms of financial aid.
Financial aid and loans cannot be awarded once the student ceases to attend.
The purpose of the deadline dates is to ensure that there is enough time for the student’s financial aid to be processed and credited to the student’s account for the beginning of classes. Filing late or submitting requested documentation after the deadline may cause a reduction in the financial aid award or a delay in having aid credited to the account. (However, generally, if a student files after the deadline date, there are still many types of aid available.) If a student misses the application or the additional documentation deadline, and if the financial aid is not in place for any reason, then the student must be prepared to use the payment plan offered by the Office of Student and Accounts Receivable. If the necessary payment arrangements are not made, late fees will be charged.
Please note,students must also be prepared for a delay in receiving a refund check for living expenses or a transfer of funds to their Gold Card to buy books if a deadline is missed and the financial aid is not in place.