We want to help you understand the financial aid process.
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The financial aid process can raise more questions (and possible confusion) than any other step in the college admission process.
To help you get started, we’ve distilled it down to three main steps to help remove some of the mystery. But beyond this, reach out to a college financial advisor to discuss your eligibility and needs. At St. Edward’s, your personal advisor will work with you — throughout your college career — to identify all of the scholarships, grants and loans you qualify for, and walk you through the application process.
Our bottom line? We’re committed to helping right-fit students find their place here, with generous scholarships and financial aid packages that meet their family’s need.
How to Apply for Financial Aid at St. Edward’s
1. Apply for Admission
When you apply for admission before the priority deadline, you'll be automatically considered for the most scholarships.
Priority Application Deadline: Feb. 1
2. Complete the FAFSA
The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) asks questions about a family's income and assets to determine an Expected Family Contribution (EFC). Make sure to list the St. Edward's federal school code, 003621, in the school release section, so the university gets your results. Because every school has a limited amount of financial aid to offer, students who meet our FAFSA priority deadline are most likely to get the best financial aid package. Of course, those who submit FAFSAs after the priority deadline are still considered for financial aid, but it may be a lesser amount than if they had met the deadline. Check out our tips for completing the FAFSA.
FAFSA Priority Deadline: Jan. 15*
3. Log Into myHilltop
After you’re admitted and have provided all the required awarding documents, you’ll receive an award letter in the mail. Financial aid awards are also displayed in myHilltop. You’ll be asked to go to myHilltop to accept the aid offer and complete any additional requirements to secure your aid offer. Many aid offers combine three types of aid — merit-based, need-based and supplement aid.
All Other Financial Paperwork Due: July 1*
* For a spring start date, the FAFSA priority deadline is October 1, and all other financial-aid paperwork is due Nov. 15.
3 Tips for Completing the FAFSA
1. You don't need anything besides the FAFSA and your application.
To apply for financial aid at St. Edward’s, you only need to submit the FAFSA. However, some colleges require additional forms or applications for aid along with the FAFSA. Check with each school’s financial aid office for specific requirements.
2. Get an FSA ID at fsaid.ed.gov.
Your FSA ID allows you to complete and sign your FAFSA electronically, and check the status and make corrections to it online. Students and parents must apply for separate FSA IDs. You’ll use your same FSA ID throughout your student’s college career to complete the FAFSA and access your records, so file it in a safe, convenient place.
3. Make sure you get your FAFSA email.
You will receive an email acknowledgment from the Department of Education after completing the FAFSA. If you do not receive a response within 48 hours, contact the Federal Student Aid Information Center at 800-433-3243. St. Edward's will receive your results in a week.
Office of Student Financial Services
seu.finaid [at] stedwards.edu
512-448-8523 or 800-555-0164