How to Apply for Financial Aid
Start your financial aid application
When you apply for financial aid, the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is where you begin. Provided by the US Department of Education, the FAFSA helps students like yourself apply for federal financial aid.
The 2024-2025 FAFSA is now available for students to complete on studentaid.gov. However, schools will not receive information from the FAFSA submissions from the Department of Education (ED) until March, at the earliest. Once the FAFSA data is released to us, we will complete financial aid awards for the 2024-2025 academic year as soon as possible.
The 2024-2025 FAFSA is required for financial aid consideration during the fall 2024, winter 2025, spring 2025, and summer 2025 semesters.
The 2023-2024 FAFSA is required for financial aid consideration during the fall 2023, winter 2024, spring 2024, and summer 2024 semesters.
First time? Get your FSA ID
Are you a student, parent, or borrower? Create an FSA ID so you can complete all the forms required to receive federal student aid.
How to determine your enrollment status
|Undergraduate, post-baccalaureate, online bachelor’s, teaching licensure
|At least 6 credits per semester
|At least 12 credits per semester
|Full-time (for state grants)
|At least 15 credits per semester
|Master’s, doctorate, graduate certificates
|At least 4 credits per semester
|At least 8 credits per semester
How to apply for financial aid: a step-by-step guide to the FAFSA
Finding the appropriate funds to secure a higher education can feel overwhelming. But it doesn’t have to be when you get your financial aid application done. Use our easy-to-follow guide to complete your FAFSA and get one step closer to making your education affordable.
1. Create an account to get your FSA ID
The FSA ID must be used to log in to certain US Department of Education websites. Your FSA ID confirms your identity when you access your financial aid information and electronically sign Federal Student Aid documents.
- If you do not already have an FSA ID, you can make one by creating an account using the buttons above. For more information about FSA IDs, reference this FAFSA guide (PDF).
- You won’t be able to use your FSA ID until your FSA ID information is verified. This can take a few days.
Previously, a Social Security Number (SSN) was required to obtain an FSA ID. However, contributors on the FAFSA that do not have an SSN can now obtain a FSA ID. For instructions on creating a FSA ID without a SSN, reference this guide. Instructions in Spanish can be found in this guide.
2. Prepare your required documents
Once you’ve created an account, you’re ready to get started with the FAFSA form. Before filling out the application, make sure you have the necessary documents.
2023–2024 and 2024–25 FAFSA
- Federal income tax returns and schedules for 2021 (for 23-24), and 2022 (for 24-25).
- W-2 forms for 2021 (for 23-24), and 2022 (for 24-25).
- Records of any untaxed benefits received in 2021 (for 23-24), and 2022 (for 24-25).
- Current bank statements.
- Records of other savings and investments such as stocks, bonds, and mutual funds (not including retirement or pension accounts.
We strongly encourage you to begin the FAFSA application process in February, prior to the fall start, if needed (see step 1). Hamline's federal school code is 002354.
Final deadlines are prior to the end or withdrawal of your enrollment for the academic year or term in which the FAFSA is used. If attending in summer, it must be completed prior to the end of such term, or by June 30: whichever is sooner
However, to receive your aid more expeditiously, we have priority deadlines. Refer to the table below to see which deadline applies to you.
|Priority 2024–25 deadlines
|New undergraduate (first-year and international) students
|March 1, 2024
|New transfer and online bachelor's degree completion students
|March 1, 2024
|Returning undergraduate students
|April 20, 2024
|All post-baccalaureate students
|April 20, 2024
|All graduate and licensure students
|April 20, 2024
Missed a priority deadline? Don't worry; we will work with you.
Haven’t received your financial aid offer from Hamline yet?
If you’re a 2023–24 or 2024–25 FAFSA applicant, check to see if you need to upload any additional documents by logging in to the appropriate student portal. Whether you’re a prospective or returning student, you’ll use Workday to verify your financial aid eligibility and view any pending action items.
New undergraduate students
Log in to the prospective student portal for undergraduate students, and then select “My Financial Aid Requirements.”
New graduate students
Log in to the prospective student portal for graduate students, and then select “My Financial Aid Requirements.”
Financial aid eligibility and verification
Some students will be selected for verification or need to provide extra documentation before a financial aid package can be created.
You can check your student portal (see above for links) to see if you have been selected or if additional documentation is required.
If you feel the FAFSA has not allowed you to record all the factors that affect your financial situation, please request a "Special Circumstance" form from the Office of Financial Aid at firstname.lastname@example.org.