FAFSA Overview

About the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

Apply for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

About Federal Student Aid



Important Dates

  • Santa Fe College Priority Dates
    • October 1st prior to the academic year: Apply now (or as soon as possible after this date). Complete the FAFSA for the upcoming academic year.
    • March 15th prior to the academic year: Submit application by the priority "on time" deadline to get full funding for the upcoming academic year.
  • Federal and State Deadlines

Apply online

You must apply for financial aid each academic year. Apply online using FAFSA on the Web at www.fafsa.ed.gov. Sign your FAFSA using your FSAID.

If you have already completed your IRS Tax Returns, the application will allow you to obtain the income information directly from the IRS. List Santa Fe's federal school code of 001519 and your housing plans in step six. If you leave your housing plans blank, you will be awarded financial aid based on a commuter budget. SF will receive an electronic file with your FAFSA information that will be used in awarding your aid. If you need help in transmitting the information, first complete the FAFSA on the Web worksheet and visit the Computer Lab in R-226 for assistance.


FAFSA Application Process

To obtain federal, state, and institutional financial aid (including many scholarships) you must complete and file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) www.fafsa.ed.gov. Start the process as early as possible when making plans for your education.

The federal processor must receive all required signatures to send results to the schools indicated on your application. After the FAFSA is processed, you will receive a Student Aid Report (SAR) through the mail or the Internet. Review the SAR for accuracy; if correct, keep it for your records. If incorrect, make the necessary corrections electronically by accessing the "Make corrections to a processed FAFSA" link at www.fafsa.ed.gov or by mail if you received a hard copy. You must send the corrected SAR back to the processor.

SFC will receive an electronic file of the information on your SAR, and will contact you if additional information is needed.

To be eligible for financial aid, you must prove financial need.

How is need determined?

The financial aid information you and your family provide on the FAFSA is analyzed by the federal processor to determine the expected family contribution (EFC). Family contribution is the amount you and your family should be able to pay toward your cost of education. Need is the difference between the amount you and your family can contribute and the cost to attend the college of your choice. The primary responsibility for paying for your education belongs to you and your family.

  • Cost of Attendance
  • Expected Family Contribution
  • Financial Need

Award Notification

If you meet requirements for financial aid, you will receive an important notice to view eSantaFe. Once there click on "My Financial Aid" and then "view award". Here you will find the types and amounts of aid offered, specific program information, your responsibilities, and the conditions that govern the award.