Steps to applying for aid

Important dates and information

2023-24 FAFSA Submissions Submit your FAFSA as soon as possible after Oct. 1 2022 for the 2023-24 school year
UNCSA Federal School Code 003981

Steps for applying for & receiving need-based aid

1. Create Your FSA ID:

Create an FSA ID for the U.S. Department of Education. Your FSA ID will give you access to Federal Student Aid’s online systems and serve as your legal online signature for those systems.

Your parent may also need to create their own FSA ID, if their information is needed for the FAFSA or they would like to borrow a parent loan to assist with your educational costs. 

You will be able to use the same FSA ID for many years, so keep it documented in a safe place.

2. Complete Your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

February 1 is the priority date for completing your FAFSA, so aim for completing before that date. Applications submitted after the priority date will be considered as funds are available, since most financial aid at UNCSA is distributed on a first-come, first-served basis. Learn about and prepare to complete the FAFSA.

  • Be sure to list UNCSA (Federal School Code 003981) as one of the schools you want to receive your FAFSA information. 
  • For best results, use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool to import income and tax information directly from the IRS into your FAFSA. 
  • Make sure both you (and your parent, if their information was required on the FAFSA) electronically sign the FAFSA with the FSA ID you each created.

Remember, you must apply for aid before each academic year by submitting a FAFSA. A FAFSA is required for all federal aid, including student loans, and all need-based aid. Your arts school may also use need in additional to talent in making scholarship decisions. Therefore, it’s a good idea to submit the FAFSA for each academic year you attend UNCSA. 

3. Review your Student Aid Report (SAR)

After you submit your FAFSA, you will receive notification from the U.S. Department of Education in the form of a Student Aid Report (SAR). 

Review your SAR to make sure all of the information listed is complete and accurate and to read and respond to any comments.

Your SAR will provide your Expected Family Contribution (EFC), Your EFC is calculated according to a formula established by federal law using your responses on the FAFSA. This EFC is an index number that will be used for your eligibility for need-based aid. It will also indicate if you are eligible for a Federal Pell Grant.

4. Respond to any Verification and Unsatisfied Requirements

Verification is the process used to check the accuracy of information provided on the FAFSA. You could be selected for verification when your FAFSA is processed or when your file is reviewed at UNCSA. To complete verification, you will need to provide certain documents and information. There could be other reasons you have unsatisfied requirements and need to submit additional documentation.

If you are selected for verification or have any unsatisfied requirements to complete your financial aid application:

  • You will receive an email guiding you to log on to your E-Z Arts student portal in mySA. Follow the directions provided by linking to each unsatisfied requirement listed in E-Z Arts. Promptly submit the additional documentation to the UNCSA Office of Student Financial Aid.
  • Documentation must be complete, and you must be accepted for admission, before you can be notified about your award package. 

5. Finally, Your Award Notification!

After you are accepted for admission and have satisfied your financial aid application requirements, you will notified by email to log on to your E-Z Arts student portal in mySA to view your award package

Your award package will be based on your Cost of Attendance Budget compared to your Expected Family Contribution (EFC) from the FAFSA.

Special Circumstances/Unusual Circumstances

If you or your family have experienced Special Circumstances such as your financial situation has changed significantly from the information you provided on the FAFSA (e.g. there has been a job loss or otherwise experienced a drop in income) you may be eligible to have your financial aid adjusted. If you have experienced such changes, the Office of Student Financial Aid can guide you through your options, forms, and other required documentation.

If you have Unusual Circumstances that make you unable to provide parental information on the FAFSA, you have other options that the UNCSA Office of Student Financial Aid can consider. Please contact us at (336.770.3297 or to discuss your unique situation so we can guide you further.  You will be asked to provide a personal statement explaining your situation.  You will also be asked to provide documentation to support your statement, such as legal documents and written statements from other individuals who can verify your situation (e.g., high school guidance counselor, clergy, social worker, psychiatrist/psychologist, or another medical professional.)   

For more information regarding these situations, please visit our Professional Judgement Policy.