Applying for financial aid almost always begins with completing a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). When students submit the FAFSA, they are applying for federal forms of student aid including grants, work-study, and loans.
The U.S. Federal Department of Education uses the information students, parents of students, and/or spouses of students provide on the FAFSA to determine the students' eligibility for federal financial aid. Many states, including Kansas, also use the FAFSA to determine your eligibility for state financial aid programs.
As the name implies, the FAFSA is free! There are no fees to process the FAFSA.
Since this electronic process uses built-in edits, the number of potential errors in completing a FAFSA is greatly reduced. Students and parents of students, need to obtain a personal identification number (PIN) from the U.S. Department of Education in order to apply online.
The results of a student's FAFSA are electronically sent to K-State when our Federal School Code of 001928 is included on the FAFSA.
The K-State priority date to complete and submit the FAFSA is March 1 prior to the next academic year. For example, if a student plans to attend K-State during the 2013-14 academic year (Fall 2013, Spring 2014, or Summer 2014) he/she should complete the FAFSA by March 1, 2013 to meet K-State’s FAFSA priority date.