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Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
FAFSA Priority Filing Dates
Notification of Federal and State Eligibility
Verification of Student Aid Application

Any student needing financial assistance to attend UNCSA should apply for financial aid through the process outlined in this information.

REMEMBER:  You must reapply for financial aid each academic year.

You are strongly encouraged to begin the financial aid application process as soon as possible.  Since applying for financial aid and applying for admission to UNCSA are separate processes, you should not wait for a response to your admissions application before applying for financial aid.  Your data will be reviewed for financial aid eligibility when you have been officially accepted for admission into a degree or diploma program.   If you are a new UNCSA applicant, make certain that you contact the Admissions Office and follow their instructions regarding the admissions process.

Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

For the Office of Student Financial Aid to determine your eligibility for need-based assistance, you must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).   

The quickest way to file the FAFSA is to complete FAFSA on the Web at
UNCSA Federal School Code:   003981

Before beginning the FAFSA, you should apply for an FSA ID from the U.S. Department of Education at  The FSA ID will allow you to sign your FAFSA electronically and also to correct your processed FAFSA information online, if necessary.  If you are providing parent information on the FAFSA, one of your parents must also sign your application.  To sign electronically, your parent must apply for his or her own FSA ID.

A paper FAFSA is available for those who do not wish to use FAFSA on the Web.  This form may be obtained from a high school guidance counselor or any college financial aid office.  Please follow the FAFSA instructions carefully in order to complete the application correctly.  Errors and omissions will delay the processing of your data and could affect your chances of receiving assistance.  After completing the paper FAFSA, mail the form using the pre-addressed envelope provided with the FAFSA.  Do not mail your completed FAFSA to the school.

FAFSA Priority Filing Date

The priority filing date for students is March 1.  Students filing by this date will receive financial aid award notification letters by April 15th for new students and May 15th for returning students.

Applications submitted after the priority filing date will be considered as funds are available.  Most financial aid at UNCSA is distributed on a first-come, first-served basis.


Eligibility for Federal aid at UNCSA requires that you meet several criteria as follows:

  • You must be a United States citizen or an eligible non-citizen to receive Federal financial aid.  (Only limited scholarship funds are available for International students; inquire at your specific Arts School.)
  • You must enroll at least half-time for each term.  Because of limited funding, however, financial aid will be awarded to part-time students only after the needs of full-time students have been addressed.
  • You must certify that you are not in default on repayment of a Federal student loan and do not owe a repayment on a Federal grant.
  • If you are male, you must certify that you have complied with Selective Service Registration or give the reason that you are exempt from compliance.
  • You must make satisfactory academic progress.  Please refer to the Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) Policy” for students receiving Federal financial aid.

Notification of Federal and State Eligibility

After you submit your FAFSA, you will receive notification from the Federal government in the form of a Student Aid Report (SAR).  This form will provide you with your Expected Family Contribution (EFC), the amount you and your family are expected to be able to contribute to the cost of your education, according to the standard Federal formula.  It will also indicate if you are eligible for a Federal Pell Grant.

Your eligibility for State aid may be sent by the Office of Higher Education in your state of residence.  If you receive a notice from the North Carolina Higher Education Assistance Authority or from your appropriate state agency, it does not mean you are automatically eligible to receive a state grant.  You must meet all criteria required by the state granting the award.  You will be notified on your Financial Aid Award Notification from UNCSA if you qualify.

Verification of Student Aid Application

The U.S. Department of Education may select your application for a process called “verification.” As part of verification, you will need to provide certain documents and information to the Office of Student Financial Aid to verify that the information reported on your FAFSA is correct.

The verification process begins after the results from your FAFSA are received by the UNCSA Office of Student Financial Aid. At that time, you will receive notice from the Office of Student Financial Aid asking you to provide a copy of your lRS Tax Return Transcript, your parent's lRS Tax Return Transcript (or your spouse's lRS Tax Return Transcript, if you are married and your spouse filed a separate tax return) and other documents or forms. You will also be asked to complete a worksheet regarding your income, your household size, family members enrolled in post-secondary education, and untaxed income and benefits. You may also need to provide statements from agencies such as the Social Security Administration to verify benefits received.

You should be prepared to provide any required verification documentation as soon as possible to prevent delays in your financial aid. Failure to provide documentation means you will not receive aid from the Department of Education, and you may not receive aid from other sources.

To complete the verification process, the documentation you provide will be reviewed, and any necessary corrections to your FAFSA data will be made. If your eligibility for financial aid changes based on these corrections, your financial aid package may be adjusted, and you will have to repay any portion of aid disbursed that you should not have received.

Any person who intentionally makes false statements or misrepresentations on a Federal aid application is violating the law and is subject to a fine, imprisonment or both.