Can you get financial aid for online classes?
Most U.S. citizens or eligible noncitizens can receive financial aid if they demonstrate financial need and are enrolled in an online degree or certificate program. Other eligibility criteria for U.S. citizens include having a high school diploma, or GED, and a valid social security number.
In-person or online students should fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to determine their eligibility based on their unique circumstances. Learn more about how both U.S. citizens and noncitizens can receive financial aid at Arizona State University and other institutions in the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Federal Student Aid website.
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What is financial aid?
How to apply for financial aid
To apply for financial aid:
Apply for admission to ASU. We look forward to receiving and reviewing your ASU application.
- Review your Student Aid Report (SAR) and make any needed corrections. This will be emailed to you within 3-4 days after your FAFSA has been processed.
- Look out for any verification documents requested by Financial Aid and Scholarship Services in My ASU.
What kind of financial aid can online students receive?
What is the FAFSA?
FAFSA, also known as the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, is an application that enables you to receive the financial assistance needed to complete your college degree.
The FAFSA opens every Oct. 1. Be sure to apply early in order to ensure timely processing. Besides student loans, the FAFSA can also qualify you for scholarships and grants. It doesn’t cost anything to fill out a FAFSA and usually takes less than an hour to complete.
When completing a FAFSA, you’ll need access to your prior-prior year tax information: your two-year-old income information. This means you don’t have to wait until you file this year’s taxes to complete your FAFSA. You can also use the Internal Revenue Service’s Data Retrieval Tool to pull this information into your FAFSA, which makes the process a lot easier to complete. Plus, this allows you to fill out the FAFSA form earlier than before so you can receive your financial aid package sooner.