University Scholarships & Financial Aid Services

Complete The FAFSA

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) allows you to be automatically considered for federal, state, and university financial aid programs based on your Dependency Status and Expected Family Contribution (EFC).

Complete the FAFSA each year.

Note: If you are a new student for summer 2015, you also need to complete the 2014-2015 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). You must do this by April 17th to ensure your funds are ready when classes begin.

Beginning May 10, 2015, the Federal Student Aid PIN will be replaced with an FSA ID. The new FSA ID is comprised of a user-created username and password for electronically accessing personal information on Federal Student Aid websites including,, and

Beware of sites advertising services to help you apply for financial aid for a fee. If you use one of these services, you will be providing personal information to a non-government agency.

The FAFSA is free - there is no charge to apply for financial aid.

USF's Priority Application Date is March 1 each year for the aid year that starts the following fall.

Federal Student Financial Aid Penalties for Drug Law Violations
A student with a drug conviction may be ineligible for federal student aid (grants, loans, work-study). If you are convicted of a state or federal offense of selling or possessing illegal drugs that occurred while you were receiving federal student aid you should still complete and submit the FAFSA. Eligibility may be regained after documentation of successful completion of a rehabilitation program.

Watch a video on "The 7 easy steps to the FAFSA" by clicking here.

Not from Florida?  Click here to check state specific grants and programs.