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What is FAFSA?

FAFSA determines a student’s eligibility for need-based federal and state financial aid for college, which may include grants, scholarships, work-study, and loans. It is administered by the U.S. Department of Education.

Completing your FASFA is as important as completing your college application, and it’s free to apply. 

To ensure that the schools you are interested in can create your award package, your application must include the school codes of the colleges and universities you are considering attending.  
GSU's school code is 009145.

Why #DoTheFAFSA?

1) The FAFSA is the most important step in the “Financial Aid equation.” If a student wants to be considered for federal and state aid (specifically grants, but including federal loans and Work Study opportunities) the FAFSA must be completed. Often other aid (institutional and external) requires a FAFSA to be completed as well.

2) It's Money for College! Filing a FAFSA automatically qualifies you for low-interest federal student loans of at least $5,500 a year. Don't lose money you are entitled to.

3) More Money for College! Illinois MAP grants are tied to FAFSA. Grants are education dollars that you don’t have to pay back. This year’s MAP recipients are eligible to receive up to $7,200. As always, MAP is awarded on a first-come, first-served basis. If you wait to apply, the money could run out, so fill out your FAFSA as soon as you can.

4) Graduate Earlier! Students can now graduate sooner by taking summer classes. Learn more.

5) It's Easy.
How easy? Click here!

Plus, the IRS Data Retrieval Tool (DRT) safely and securely links your and/or your parents' tax information directly from the IRS to your FAFSA.

This online video shows you the ease of applying for FAFSA.

Students Who Did the FAFSA

Trelissa Moses
D’eandre Sellers

What’s Required?

• An FSA ID to sign electronically. What if I forget my FSA ID?
• Your Social Security Number
• Your Alien Registration Number (if you are not a U.S. citizen)
• Your 2021 federal income tax returns, W-2s, and other records of money earned. (Note: You may be able to transfer your federal tax return information into your FAFSA using the IRS Data Retrieval Tool. (
• Bank statements and records of investments (if applicable)
• Records of untaxed income (if applicable)

Whose tax information should I provide? 

Generally speaking, if you are 23 years old or younger, you are considered a dependent student. You will report your and your parents' information.

If you are 24 years old or older, you are generally considered an independent student. You will report your own information (and, if you're married, your spouse's).

These are general guidelines. For more information about determining dependent status, click here.

When Should You #DoTheFAFSA?

The FAFSA needs to be completed annually, and the earliest date it is available is October 1. There are no national deadlines, but Illinois declares an arbitrary deadline each year, to determine eligibility for the state MAP Grant. Students are encouraged to complete their FAFSA as early as possible to maximize their chances at getting the most aid. 

FAFSA Workshops

Please join the Office of Financial Aid for one of our FAFSA COMPLETION WORKSHOPS! All workshop participants will be entered into a drawing for a GSU Bookstore Gift Card! Select any of the FAFSA workshop dates below to attend.

Monday, October 3, 10:00-11:00 a.m. The Cube, D2430H
Tuesday, October 11, 3:00-4:00 p.m. The Cube, D2430H
Wednesday, October 19, 10:00-11:00 a.m. The Cube, D2430H
Thursday, October 27, 3:00-4:00 p.m. The Cube, D2430H
Friday, November 4, 3:00-4:00 a.m. The Cube, D2430H
Thursday, November 10, 10:00-11:00 a.m. The Cube, D2430H
Wednesday, November 16, 3:00-4:00 p.m. The Cube, D2430H
Tuesday, November 22, 10:00-11:00 a.m. The Cube, D2430H
Monday, November 28, 3:00-4:00 p.m. The Cube, D2430H
Tuesday, December 6, 3:00-4:00 p.m. The Cube, D2430H
Wednesday, December 14, 10:00-11:00 a.m. The Cube, D2430H

These workshops are in-person, and we are positioned to provide this service while still practicing safe social distancing. If you would rather us assist you remotely, please reach out to our office: | 708.534.4480.

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