Complete and File Your FAFSA or Free Application for Federal Student Aid
FAFSA is the only application required by Hofstra University to begin the financial aid process. That makes it the single most important step!
Why It's Important
Information from your FAFSA is used to determine your eligibility for financial aid. No FAFSA – No aid. So be sure to file!
When to File
For the 2018-2019 academic year, FAFSA applications are now available. For the 2019-2020 academic year, FAFSA applications will be available for processing starting October 1, 2018. Deadlines for filing your FAFSA vary based on your situation.
- Hofstra University recommends that you file your application by November 15 of the year before for which you desire aid. For example, most incoming freshmen, should file their FAFSA by November 15 of their senior year in high school.
- Just by filing your FAFSA, you are automatically considered for a variety of federal loan programs! One application – many possibilities!
- FAFSA deadlines vary based on your situation. Visit our deadline calendar for more info.
- FAFSA FAQs
A Note about the deadlines: When you visit the FAFSA web site, you may notice the official deadline to submit the FAFSA on the Web. Please realize that Hofstra must receive your completed FAFSA prior to your last date of attendance for the academic year. Filing your FAFSA by November 15 will ensure that your application is in order prior to the school year.
How to File
File your FAFSA online at www.FAFSA.gov. Have your US Department of Education PIN handy. And when you're asked to enter a “federal code” for Hofstra University, input: 002732. Take a look at our FAFSA FAQs to get answers to common questions, or contact your SFS Counselor for assistance.
What to Expect
AWARD NOTIFICATIONS BEGIN IN MID JANUARY FOR ADMITTED STUDENTS. THIS NOTIFICATION WILL OUTLINE WHAT YOU ARE ELIGIBLE FOR AND WHAT NEXT STEPS YOU NEED TO TAKE. Here's how it works:
Once you complete the FAFSA and provide the required signatures, you must wait 3-5 days while your FAFSA is processed. Your information will be automatically sent to you and you'll receive a Student Aid Report (SAR).
Your SAR will summarize the data you reported on your FAFSA, so be sure to check it carefully and keep a copy of it. Please pay close attention to your Expected Family Contribution (EFC). If your FAFSA information is complete, an EFC will appear in the upper right corner of your SAR. Your EFC is based on the financial information you provided on the FAFSA, and this figure will be used by Hofstra to award your financial aid.
On occasion, the federal processor of the FAFSA may ask for additional or corroborative information. This process is known as Verification. If your student's application is selected for verification, you will be notified directly. It's important to follow through on any requests for additional information, or you may not receive any aid. For more information about verification, including why you may have been chosen and what YOU MUST DO NEXT
Still Have Questions?
Visit our FAFSA FAQ first. If you don't see an answer to your question, contact your SFS Counselor.