How to Apply for Financial Aid
- Get a Federal Student Aid PIN (personal identification number to apply), “sign” your online Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), make corrections to your application information and more. Keep your PIN in a safe place to reference. You will use this PIN each time your apply.
- Collect all of the documents needed to apply, including income tax returns and W-2 forms. If your tax return is not completed at the time you apply, estimate the tax information, apply, and correct your information later.
- Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) as soon as possible after Jan. 1 to meet school and state deadlines. Be sure to list College of St. Joseph as the school to receive the results. Our title IV code is 003685.
The U.S. Department of Education will send you your Student Aid Report (SAR) – the result of your FAFSA. Review your SAR and, if necessary, make changes or corrections and submit your SAR for reprocessing. Your complete, correct SAR will contain your Expected Family Contribution (EFC) – the number used to determine your federal student aid eligibility.
Vermont resident students in their first undergraduate degree program should also complete the Vermont Grant application. Non resident students are encouraged to check with their state’s grant agency. The amount a student is eligible to receive is determined by VSAC.
Contact the VSAC grant program at 1-800-882-4166 for any assistance. If your actual Vermont State Grant is not the same as our estimate, other components have been taken into consideration.