As with many new experiences, the financial aid application process may seem both complicated and overwhelming. However, if you meet the application deadlines and complete all of the required forms, you will find the entire process straightforward. The St. Lawrence University financial aid staff is available by phone, online, or in-person to assist you every step of the way.
Applying for financial aid is an annual process. There are many factors used in calculating eligibility for financial aid. For example, a student who doesn't qualify one year might become eligible during the next year when a sibling enrolls in college. Changes in family financial circumstances might affect your eligibility for need-based student aid each year.
To apply for need-based student financial aid from St. Lawrence University and the federal government, including St. Lawrence University Grants, Federal Pell and Supplemental Opportunity Grants, Federal Student Perkins and Direct Loans, and work-study, you will need to submit a minimum of two applications. The first is the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). There is no charge for submitting this form.
|FREE APPLICATION FOR FEDERAL STUDENT AID (FAFSA):
The FAFSA is a student's application for federal and need-based aid programs and will be mailed to students who have indicated an interest in applying for financial aid. Students may also apply on line (www.fafsa.ed.gov/). Students should submit the FAFSA no earlier than January 1, 2013 and no later than February 1, 2013. St. Lawrence University's school code is 002829.
The College Scholarship Service (CSS) Profile form is also recommended. Note that should you choose not to complete the Profile, it will not affect your aid offer.
|CSS/FINANCIAL AID PROFILE:
Completion of the Profile is a two-step process: 1. Registration, and 2. Application, apply online at https://profileonline.collegeboard.org, to complete the registration and application indicating St. Lawrence University as one of the schools to receive the information (CSS code 2805).
These worksheets are not available yet.
You will need information from the following documents to complete the FAFSA and other financial aid application forms. (And, the St. Lawrence Financial Aid Office will request certain copies of some of these forms for verification purposes.)
Don't worry if you have not completed your income tax returns by the application deadlines mentioned above. All you need to do is provide your best estimates on the forms and make any corrections after the income tax forms are filed.
- The student's driver's license (if available) and social security card.
- The student's income tax returns, W-2 forms, and 1099 forms for the previous year. If the student is married, you will also need the documents for the student's spouse.
- The parents' income tax returns, W-2 forms, and 1099 forms for the previous year.
- Current bank statements and mortgage information.
- Records relating to stocks, bonds, mutual funds, and other investments.
- Documentation of non-taxable income, such as Social Security income, AFDC, and Veterans Benefits.
- Business and farm records.
Records relating to any unusual family financial circumstances, such as medical and dental expenses not covered by health insurance, unusually high child care costs, death, divorce, and loss of employment.
The priority deadline at St. Lawrence University for filing the FAFSA and the Profile is February 1st. If you are interested in applying to St. Lawrence through our Early Decision Program, please review the Early Decision financial aid information.