Questions about financial aid? Here’s the full picture.

Financial aid is important (and often confusing), and we want to help you understand the process.

To help you get started, we’ve distilled it down to the following three steps. Beyond this, reach out to a college financial advisor to discuss your eligibility and needs. At St. Edward’s, your personal financial aid 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.

We’re committed to helping right-fit students find their place here, with generous scholarships and financial aid packages that meet their needs.

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How to Apply for Financial Aid at St. Edward’s

Step 1

Apply for Admission

When you apply for admission before the priority deadline, you'll be automatically considered for the most scholarships

Priority Application
 Feb. 1


Average merit scholarship and/or grant awarded to first-year students


Average tuition paid by our first-year students who received scholarships and/or grants

step 2

Complete the FAFSA

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) asks questions about a family's income and assets to determine a Student Aid Index (SAI). 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
 May 1*

Step three

Log into myHilltop

After you’re admitted and have provided all the required documents, you’ll receive a financial aid offer letter in the mail. Financial aid offers 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*

* The FAFSA priority deadline is May 1 for entering freshmen, new transfers and continuing undergraduates.

Why Everyone Should Submit the FAFSA

At St. Edward's, nearly every student receives scholarships and grants they don't have to pay back. But every year, some students miss out on making college more affordable because they didn't complete the FAFSA, or Free Application for Federal Student Aid. Learn why every student should complete the FAFSA

3 Tips for Submitting your 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
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.

Contact Us

Office of Student Financial Services
512-448-8523 or 800-555-0164