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Applying for Aid

During the process of applying for federal student financial aid, certain conditions must be met before and after the application process. Florida Atlantic University offers a comprehensive financial aid program to assist in meeting reasonable educational expenses by both full-time and part-time students who might otherwise be unable to afford college. Reasonable educational expenses include tuition and fees, room and board, books and supplies, transportation, miscellaneous personal expenses, and expenses related to child care of a student's dependents. Thus, this page offers the basic procedures necessary to apply for financial aid.

Additional Areas of Interest

To apply for financial aid, complete an online Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

The FAU priority deadline is March 1st each year. All applications received after that date will be reviewed in order of receipt. Apply online to save time and effort. When filling out the application, make sure to complete the planned housing code (on Step 6, Housing Plan, on your FAFSA form) with your appropriate housing status, since leaving this section blank could result in underfunding.

FAU School Codes

  • Boca Campus: 001481
  • Davie Campus: E00584
  • Jupiter Campus:  E00830

For help completing the FAFSA or questions related to the status of your FAFSA or your Student Aid Report (SAR), please call the Federal Processor at (800) 433-3243.

After you have applied for financial aid and you indicated on the FAU as one of the schools on your FAFSA, visit the Check Your Financial Aid Status  webpage for directions on viewing information such as:

  • Did we receive your FAFSA (ISIR)
  • Student Requirements
  • Award Offers
  • Satisfactory Academic Progress

After Applying for Financial Aid

When the Federal Processor completes the analysis of your information, you will receive a  Student Aid Report  (SAR). On this report the government will provide data regarding your Expected Family Contribution (EFC). It is what the Federal Government has determined that your household contributes towards your education, based on the information you provided on our FAFSA.

The Office of Student Financial Aid will then compute your financial need by taking the Cost of Attendance estimate for your program (which is primarily a function of how many credits you are taking, your planned housing status, and whether or not you are a Florida resident etc.), subtract from this the EFC, and arrive at a determination of financial need.

COA (Cost of Attendance) - EFC (Expected Family Contribution) = NEED

You may be awarded combinations of fee waivers, grants, scholarships, subsidized loans up to this need level, depending on the availability of funds. These are defined as need based programs. 


Financial Aid Resources

Social Security Number Collection & Usage

In accordance with Section 119.071(5), Florida Statutes, the following statement denotes the purpose and legal authority for the collection, disclosure, and usage of social security numbers by the Office of Student Financial Aid at Florida Atlantic University (“FAU” or “University”):

Required by Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended (§§483 and 484) and 20 USC §1091, The Office of Student Financial Aid uses SSNs in the application process for determining financial aid eligibility. The SSNs are used to identify students by the Florida Office of Student Financial Aid and the US Department of Education. Every student must report his or her SSN on the FAFSA. If a SSN is not provided, the FAFSA will not be processed. Similarly, a student who does not have a SSN is not eligible to obtain a Federal Student Aid PIN.


Incoming First-Year Students

A First-Year student is someone who has never attended a college or university before coming to FAU.

Incoming First-Year Students

Returning Students

Someone who attended FAU and is now returning to continue their education.

Returning Students

Transfer Students

A student that attended another college or university and is now a student at FAU.

Transfer Students

Graduate Students

A student that has completed a bachelor's degree and is now pursuing a higher degree.

Graduate Students

Transient, Study Abroad, or International Students

Also called Special Programs. Students enrolled in these programs have unique financial aid requirements.

Special Program Students

Summer Financial Aid

Students seeking financial aid for the summer semester.

Summer Financial Aid

Verification Process

Each year, 30% of applicants who fill out the FAFSA are randomly selected for verification by the U.S. Department of Education.

Verification Process