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Applying for Financial Aid

To apply for federal and institutional aid, including grants, scholarships, loans and work-study you must submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) each year.  The quickest way to file is electronically at  You and one of your parents (dependent students) will each need a FSA ID to sign your application.  If you need to apply for a FSA ID, visit

The FAFSA application will ask for information from you and your parents’ (dependent students) most recent federal tax return.  We recommend you file your FAFSA after you have filed your taxes with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).  If this is not possible, you may file your FAFSA with estimated figures and update your information after you have filed your taxes.  You may be eligible to file or update your FAFSA using the IRS Data Retrieval Tool.

Once your FAFSA is processed, you will receive a summary of your FAFSA information, called a Student Aid Report (SAR), via email if you entered an email address on your FAFSA.  If you did not enter an email address, you will receive your SAR in approximately 10 days via the US Postal Service.  Please review your SAR carefully for accuracy and for any messages describing issues affecting your eligibility for federal financial aid.

If you need to make changes to your FAFSA or update the financial information you originally submitted, you may do so on-line at  You will need your FSA ID and your parent’s FSA ID to submit changes. If you are eligible to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool but did not use it when you originally filed your FAFSA, you may do so at any time.

Based on the information you submitted on the FAFSA, the Department of Education may require you to verify certain information.  Your SAR will contain a message if you have been selected. You will also receive an email from Student Administrative Services (SAS) indicating you have been selected and informing you of the next steps. Required forms and documentation will be listed on your "To Do" list in PeopleSoft.

As a result of submitting your FAFSA, the US Department of Education will calculate your Expected Family Contribution (EFC).  We will use your EFC to determine your financial aid eligibility and create your award package.  You will receive your award package in late spring after the conclusion of the Spring term.  Be sure to sign and return one copy of your Financial Aid Notification (FAN) to the Financial Aid Office.

Clarkson Federal School Code – 002699 – you will need to enter this code on your FAFSA application.

The recommended deadline to submit your FAFSA is April 15th. 

While we encourage all students to file a FAFSA, you are not required to do so if you are only interested in renewing your Clarkson merit-based scholarship aid. 

New York State Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) – New York State Residents may apply for TAP and other state scholarships by completing the FAFSA.  On the FAFSA Submission Confirmation Page there will be a link to the TAP application. If you do not apply for TAP at the time you filed the FAFSA, you may also apply at  Please note that certain scholarships awarded by New York State, such as the NYS Award for Academic Excellence, require you submit a FAFSA annually.

Clarkson NYS TAP Code – 0120 – You will need to enter this code on your TAP application.