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 and list St. Mary’s University (FAFSA code 003623). The application process begins every year on October 1. We recommend you complete the FAFSA by our preferred Dec. 15 date in order to meet the March 1 priority deadline.

To complete the FAFSA online, you must have a registered Federal Student Aid ID (FSA ID), which is used to electronically sign the FAFSA. Alternatively, you are able to print, sign, and mail the signature page to the processing agency, but we recommend signing electronically to reduce processing time. You will receive an email notifying you that your FAFSA has been processed approximately two to three business days after submitting the FAFSA. Upon receiving that notification, you will be able to log into your FSA account and view your Student Aid Report (SAR). We recommend reviewing your SAR as early as possible as it summarizes the information you reported on the FAFSA and indicates if you were selected for a federal review process called Verification.

For incoming freshmen 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.

Questions? Contact the Office of Financial Assistance at 210-436-3141, 1-800-367-7868 or

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