Applying For Aid

Complete The FAFSA

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

FAFSA Needed: Semesters Attending USF: FAFSA Available Beginning: Use Federal Tax Data From: Priority Application Date: FAFSA Filing Deadline:


Fall 2023, Spring 2024, Summer 2024

October 1, 2022 2021 January 1, 2023

June 30, 2024


Fall 2022, Spring 2023, Summer 2023

October 1, 2021 2020


January 1, 2022

June 30, 2023

Use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool (DRT) to transfer your federal tax data directly to your FAFSA.  If you are completing the 2022-2023 FAFSA, use the DRT to transfer your (& parents) 2020 tax data to your FAFSA. If you are completing the 2023-2024 FAFSA, use the DRT to transfer your (& parents) 2021 tax data to your FAFSA. 

Be sure our federal school code 001537 is on your FAFSA when you apply each year. Use your FSA ID to sign your FAFSA electronically. If you are a dependent student, one of your parents must have their own FSA ID to sign your FAFSA.

NOTE: If you are attending USF in the summer of 2023, you must complete the 2022-2023 FAFSA in addition to the 2023-2024 FAFSA.

Meeting the January 1st priority date allows you the best opportunity to be considered for the most aid types possible.

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

Avoid Frauds & Scams
Check out these tips from the Federal Trade Commission and the Department of Education to protect yourself and your personal information.

Federal Student Financial Aid Penalties for Drug Law Violations
The U.S. Department of Education has rescinded the student eligibility requirement and that the student no longer faces penalties or suspension of Title IV aid due to a drug conviction that occurred while the student was enrolled and receiving Title IV aid; and while the information must still be provided, the loss of federal student aid for drug convictions no longer applies.

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