File Your FAFSA


FAFSA Basics

Students can apply for financial aid before they apply for admission to the university; however, students must be admitted to a degree-seeking program of study in order to be offered financial aid.

**Are you attending in the 2018-2019 academic year? You can still file a FAFSA and receive aid.

The 2019-2020 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) can be filed beginning October 1, 2018, using 2017 federal income tax information. To maximize the amount of aid a student can receive, the FAFSA should be completed before BGSU's priority filing date of January 15, 2019 for incoming freshman and transfer students and February 15, 2019 for all continuing students. Eligible students who apply by these dates will be considered for all need-based aid.

The FAFSA is a free application. To avoid scams, please use the link above. The application will never ask for credit card information or payment.

After filing your FAFSA, you will receive a Student Aid Report (SAR) listing all the information that was provided in the online application. The Expected Family Contribution (EFC) will be included in the SAR. All universities use the EFC to determine what aid a student is eligible for. Please review your SAR for accuracy and make any necessary corrections online. Contact the U.S. Department of Education if you do not receive your SAR or have questions regarding your SAR.

If you have filed your FAFSA and your family's financial situation is different than your 2017 federal income tax information, please contact Student Financial Aid and Scholarships to discuss the process of appealing to use current income and family information.

Need more information on how to complete the FAFSA?

Check out this video with seven easy steps to file the FAFSA.