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Filing the FAFSA

What You Need to Know

Make sure you file the FAFSA for aid during the correct academic year:

  • Complete the 2023-2024 FAFSA for fall 2023, spring 2024 or summer 2024 terms.
  • Complete the 2024-2025 FAFSA* for fall 2024, spring 2025 or summer 2025 terms.

The 2023-2024 FAFSA is available now and you can read instructions here. When filing the FAFSA, you will need University of Dayton's Title IV school code, which is 003127.

*Please note the 2024-2025 FAFSA is scheduled to be available in December 2023.

Changes for 2024-25 FAFSA

The 2024-25 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) will introduce the most significant changes to the federal financial aid application in the past 40 years.

2023-2024 FAFSA Instructions

To be considered for need-based financial aid (including grants, loans and work-study), you should file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

The state of Ohio uses the FAFSA to determine state aid eligibility. As a result, it is important to file your FAFSA by February 1 each year. If you are not from Ohio, please check with your state's agency for higher education to see if an additional application is needed to be considered for state aid.

Because gift aid is limited, the majority of a graduate or law student's financial aid eligibility comes in the form of federal student loans. If you wish to be considered for these loans, you must file the FAFSA. As an independent student, you will only need to submit your income and asset information, and that of your spouse if applicable.

We encourage graduate students to submit the FAFSA three months prior to the first term you plan to enroll for that academic year.

How to File the FAFSA

In order to file your FAFSA electronically, you'll need to create your Federal Student Aid (FSA) ID. This ID will be used to authenticate your identity for numerous federal financial aid processes.

Create Your FSA ID

We encourage you to complete the web-based version of the FAFSA, known as FAFSA on the Web (FOTW).

The University of Dayton's Title IV school code is 003127.

Complete the FAFSA

When filing your FAFSA On The Web (FOTW), you will be encouraged to use the IRS DRT, which will allow the U.S. Department of Education to access your tax year data directly from the IRS, rather than having you provide the data. This will ensure the most accurate aid award for you and will satisfy any need for further tax information if selected for Federal Verification.

Learn More About the IRS DRT

The SAR contains the information you reported on your FAFSA. If you file the FAFSA electronically, you will receive your SAR electronically. Be sure to review this and correct any errors you find.

Learn More About the SAR

Based on the results of your FAFSA, we may need to collect additional information and/or documents from you to finalize your aid for the year. You will be notified via email, which will provide you with instructions on how to login to Porches to access your financial aid information. Many types of aid cannot be credited to your student account until satisfied so please respond to any request for information within 30 days to prevent unwanted finance charges or cancellation.