Applying for Aid
Step 1: Apply for Admission
In order to receive financial assistance, you must be accepted to St. Mary’s University.
Step 2: Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
Submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid annually online at www.fafsa.gov and list St. Mary’s University (FAFSA code 003623). The application process begins every year on October 1 1. We recommend you complete the FAFSA by our preferred Dec. 15 date in order to meet the March 1 priority deadline.
If you complete the FAFSA online, you must register to receive a Federal Student Aid ID, which can be used to electronically sign your FAFSA, or you can print out, sign and mail the signature page to the processing agency. If you register for a PIN, both you and your parent must complete the signature process electronically. About three days after submitting the FAFSA, you’ll receive a Student Aid Report (SAR). It summarizes the information you reported on the FAFSA.
To be considered for all scholarships and financial assistance, complete the Application for Undergraduate Admission and Scholarship by Dec. 15, and complete the FAFSA no later than Feb. 15.
Renewed financial aid packages will be awarded for the following academic year accordingly to the date your FAFSA results were received and you continuing to meet the Satisfactory Academic Policy/SAP (from the previous academic term). Renewed financial aid packages will be available electronically during the summer, after grades are finalized. Again, the FAFSA is scheduled to be made available in October.
Though you have completed the FAFSA, the process of getting financial assistance is not yet complete. In order to secure financial assistance, if selected, you must complete the Federal Verification process.
Step 3: Accept your Award
Once it’s awarded, accepting your money couldn’t be easier. You’ll receive a letter in the mail detailing your financial aid offer. Read it. Sign it. Return it promptly. Admitted students can accept their award on Gateway, the student portal. (Directions for how to accept your award on Gateway will be included in the letter.)
Financial aid awards aren’t confirmed until you are. Once you are accepted, confirm your enrollment by paying your enrollment confirmation deposit and your residence hall deposit, if you are living on campus. Finally, attend the orientation program, Zaragoza, to register for the fall semester.