Girl sitting at desk with homework and books opened in front of her.The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is used to apply for federal financial aid (grants, work-study, and loans).

We use your FAFSA information to award state, federal, and college aid. The process is free (never pay to apply for federal financial aid).

You must complete the FAFSA each year. Follow these easy steps to simplify the process of applying for federal student aid. Be aware of all deadlines.

Reminder: The FAFSA for the 2017-2018 award year will be available as early as October 2016. You will use your 2015 income tax information to complete the 2017-2018 FAFSA.

Step 1: Apply for Aid

Need help completing the FAFSA? Contact us or try one of these self help options:

Step 2: Follow Up

  • Your application will be processed by the Department of Education and you will receive an email message with a link to your Student Aid Report (SAR) within 3-5 days.
  • If you did not provide an email address, you will receive your SAR by mail within 7-10 days.
  • The results are sent electronically to the schools you listed on your application.
  • If you do not hear from FAFSA within three weeks go to www.fafsa.ed.gov and select “Check the Status of a Submitted FAFSA.”
  • What is the Student Aid Report (SAR)?
    • Your SAR summarizes all the information you provided on your FAFSA
    • It must be correct before you can receive federal aid
  • What to Do with Your SAR
    • When you get your SAR, review it for accuracy. A complete, correct SAR will contain your:
    • If you discover you made a mistake log in to your FAFSA and make corrections online.

Step 3: Submit Additional Information to the RSU Office of Financial Aid

Once the RSU Office of Financial Aid has received your SAR, we will send you a letter requesting any additional information that may be required to complete your financial aid file. You can also check for required documents on MyRSU. Some items we may request include:

  1. IRS tax transcript and W-2’s.
    1. Get a copy of your Tax Return Transcript online:
      • Visit www.irs.gov
      • Under Tools, click on “Get Transcript of Your Tax Records”
      • Select “Get Transcript by MAIL”
      • Complete the request
    2. Order a Tax Return Transcript via telephone:
      • call 1-800-908-9946.
  2. Verification Form (V1, V3, V4, V5, V6)

Step 4: Financial Aid Awards

After you have provided all the necessary information to the RSU Office of Financial Aid, your file will be given to a financial aid counselor.

  • Your initial financial aid award may be based on the number of credit hours in which you are enrolled and your eligibility, as determined by the U.S. Department of Education (based on the information you provided on the FAFSA.)
  • When your file is complete and your awards have been determined, you will be sent an award letter or email if it is your first time to attend.
  • Your financial aid award letter or email may list several types of aid. Log in to MyRSU to accept all of the aid awarded to you, part of it, or none of the aid.
  • However, you must sign and return the award letter within two weeks, indicating your decision to accept or reject the awards.
  • If you are a returning student you will be notified via email to view and accept your awards via MyRSU.

Summer Financial Aid

A separate award package is created for those who have remaining financial aid eligibility and who are attending the summer session once the Financial Aid Office has received your Application for Summer Financial Aid. Some students may have received their annual maximum amounts from during the fall and spring semester and will not have any federal aid remaining for summer term.

Have Special Circumstances?

The Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended (HEA) allows financial aid administrators to make professional judgment decisions for special or unusual family or student circumstances. Circumstances requiring professional judgment decisions must be analyzed on a case-by-case basis. The reason for the adjustment must relate to your special circumstances. Professional judgment decisions may be made to adjust eligibility for all institutional, Title IV, and campus-based aid. Special circumstances include things such as a changes in your family’s income, homelessness, unusually high medical or child care expenses.

Need Help Applying?

Get assistance in completing the FAFSA or ask any questions.

Toll-Free Help Line
between 8:00 a.m. and 11:00 p.m.
1-800-4-FED-AID (1-800-433-3243) or 1-800-730-8913 (TTY) for the hearing impaired

RSU Office of Financial Aid
Monday – Friday,  8:00 am – 5:00 pm
918-343-7553
800-256-7511