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FAFSA Updates

Information current as of 02/13/2024.


When did the 2024 FAFSA become available?

The FAFSA became available on Dec. 31, 2023 (in years past, it was available as early as Oct. 1). If you haven’t filled it out, you can fill it out now. For those who have had trouble filing, we encourage you to file now. The government has made a series of edits to the forms and you should have access to the form now.


When will Saint Xavier receive my official FAFSA information?

The government was supposed to make your FAFSA data available to colleges by Jan. 31, 2024. They’ve announced a delay until the middle of March. We will keep our fingers crossed that the process is not delayed again and update this site with new information when it becomes available. For now, we are providing estimates using data provided when you file your FAFSA.


How long after you get my official data will you make my final financial aid offer?

The Financial Aid office at Saint Xavier has plans to ramp up our efforts to in order to prepare financial aid packages for students in a very compressed timeframe this year due to the government delays. Our staff will be faced with long hours and heavy workloads, but we’re committed to turning things around for students as quickly as humanly possible. This has been a difficult new process for all of us, but we love what we do and we’re here to help you through the process so you can join Saint Xavier University next year.


How can I receive an estimate of my Financial Aid package?

If you are an incoming student, you can receive an inside look at your financial aid estimate in two steps. Step 1 – File the free application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at www.studentaid.gov/fafsa (if you haven’t already) and list SXU’s school code (001768). Step 2 – Send your SAI and Pell eligibility information provided (to the student) in the confirmation email sent upon submission of the FAFSA to finaidFREESXU. We’ll send you an estimate of your aid awards so you can have an expectation of what to expect in financial support as a Saint Xavier student.


What if my parents don’t have a social security number?

For students who are considering Saint Xavier University and are unable to file the FAFSA as a result of the parent social security number issue, we are prepared to use information students and families submit on a paper FAFSA form to provide our best estimate for need-based aid eligibility.

The paper FAFSA is the only option for students and families in this situation. Complete the paper FAFSA as soon as possible. The paper form is available online in both English and Spanish.

  • Students and families can answer questions in the form using a computer, then save and print the form. Or, the form can be printed and completed by hand.
  • For the "Colleges" section on page 12, students should enter our school name and school code (001768) so we receive the official results once processed by the DOE.
  • Students should complete the paper FAFSA, submit the original to the U.S. Department of Education for processing, and mail or drop-off a copy to our Office of Financial Aid.

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What should current Saint Xavier students do?

We understand filing the FAFSA has been a difficult process for everyone, even students who have gone through the process in previous years. If you have questions, visit your financial aid counselor or email us at finaidFREESXU. We’re here to help!
 

The Office of Financial Aid welcomes you and is here to answer any questions you may have.

Students may contact their financial aid counselor via phone or email. If you are unsure who to contact, you may send an email to finaidFREESXU to be transferred to the next available counselor.

Students are advised to check their SXU email and mySXU Self-Service frequently for changes to their aid.

Filing for Financial Aid

The 2024-2025 FAFSA was made available to file on December 31, 2023. You are encouraged to complete your FAFSA as soon as possible to maximize your financial aid eligibility.

Federal Student Aid (FSA) will not transmit FAFSA information to institutions until the first half of March. The student will receive an email from the Department of Education informing them that their FAFSA form has been fully processed and their FAFSA information has been sent to the schools listed on their form. Students will be able to make corrections to their FAFSA after the data has been sent to institutions in the first half of March.

We understand that completing the financial aid process can be complicated and stressful and the delays we are experiencing this year further impact those complications. We are aware of the delays and working diligently to ensure Financial Aid packages will be available soon after we receive your results from the U.S. Department of Education.

Financial Aid counselors are available to work one-on-one with your specific questions or concerns, please feel free to contact the Office%20of%20Financial%20Aid or your Financial Aid Counselor for assistance.

The 2023-2024 FAFSA was made available to file October 1, 2022. You are encouraged to complete your FAFSA as soon as possible to maximize your financial aid eligibility. SXU's priority filing deadline is December 1, 2022.

To file:

  1. Create your FSA ID
  2. Complete the 2023-2024 FAFSA
    • Click the "Start Here" button and login using your FSA ID
  3. Include Saint Xavier University's school code: 001768
  4. Include student and parent's (if requested) FSA IDs to electronically sign the form or print the signature page; the FAFSA will not process without necessary signatures
  5. Submit: The application is not complete until your confirmation number is displayed
  6. Follow up: Check the status of your FAFSA, make corrections, view and print your Student Aid Report online
Help is available for every question in the "Help & Hints" boxes on the FAFSA. Call 1-800-4-FED-AID with any questions regarding your FSA ID or FAFSA.

Stay Connected with FAFSA

2024-2025 FAFSA and FAFSA Simplification

The FAFSA Simplification Act represents a significant overhaul of the processes and systems used to award federal student aid starting with the 2024-2025 award year. This includes the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) form, need analysis, and many policies and procedures for schools that participate in federal student aid programs.

These changes are aimed at making it easier for students and their families to apply for financial aid with a more streamlined application process.

  • Contributor: anyone who is asked to provide information on the FAFSA -- student, student spouse (if married), parent(s), and stepparent(s) for example.
  • Consent: each contributor will now need to provide their consent to their Federal Tax Information (FTI) being included in the FAFSA, even if they did not file a U.S. tax return.
  • SAI: Student Aid Index (SAI) replaces the Expected Family Contribution (EFC).
  • FTI: Federal Tax Information (FTI) transferred directly from the IRS.

  • More streamlined application process with fewer questions and an easier way to transfer the tax information directly from IRS.
  • For students whose parents are divorced or separated, the Custodial Parent on your FAFSA will be the parent who provides you with the most financial support and will no longer be the parent with whom you lived with the most over the past 12 months.
  • Foster, homeless, and unaccompanied youth -- as well as applicants who cannot provide parental information -- will be able to complete the form with a provisional independent student determination and receive a calculated SAI, however these students must meet with a financial aid counselor before an offer letter can be created.
  • The number of family members in college will no longer be used in determining need-based aid eligibility calculation.

All FAFSA contributors must have their own FSA ID to log into the online FAFSA form. Your FSA ID will serve as your legal signature when completing electronic documents. You can create your FSA ID at any time at studentaid.gov. We encourage you to complete this step as soon as possible.

When you are creating your FSA ID account, you will be required to enter a mailing address and a personal email address. You are unable to use an email address that is already connected to another FSA ID.

If the parent and student have already completed a FAFSA in the past, you already have your own FSA ID. For assistance retrieving your FSA ID and/or password please visit studentaid.gov.

All FAFSA contributors regardless of citizenship status must have their own FSA ID to log into the online FAFSA form. Your FSA ID will serve as your legal signature when completing electronic documents. You can create your FSA ID at any time at studentaid.gov. We encourage you to complete this step as soon as possible.

When you are creating your FSA ID account, you will be required to enter a mailing address and a personal email address. You are unable to use an email address that is already connected to another FSA ID.

Studentaid.gov Account Creation Instructions (step-by-step) for individuals WITHOUT a Social Security Number (SSN)

Step 1: An individual should visit studentaid.gov, select "Create Account" and complete all steps, including answering 1-4 knowledge-based verification questions via TransUnion.

Step 2: Upon completing the Create Account process, the individual will see a confirmation page with the results of their identity verification. If they fail the TransUnion process, the individual will be informed that FSA was unable to verify their information and that they must contact the Federal Student Aid Information Center (FSAIC) at 1-800-433-3243.

Note: The individual will also receive an email from FSA informing them to call FSAIC for next steps and verify their identity.

Step 3: Once the individual contacts FSAIC, FSA will create a case number and send them a verification email, which will include guidance on how to submit copies of unexpired acceptable documentation (listed below) to verify their identity. Individuals will also be required to submit an attestation and validation of identity form along with their approved identity documentation. This form will be available on studentaid.gov.

Acceptable Documents to Establish an Individual's Identity:

Provide one (1) of the following documents to establish identity:

  • U.S. Driver's License
  • U.S. State/City Identification
  • Card Foreign Passport

Or One (1) set of documents below to establish identity:

  • Municipal Identification Cards + utility bill
  • Community ID + utility bill
  • Consular Identification Cards/Matricula Consular + utility bill

Step 4: Upon receipt of the email that FSA was unable to verify their identity, an individual is then required to submit one or a combination of their acceptable documentation from the list above and a signed attestation form to: IDVerification@ed.gov

Step 5: FSA will review an individual's submitted documentation and signed attestation form to ensure it is acceptable and matches the account information provided during the Create Account process. If there is a successful match, the Department will finalize the account creation. The individual will receive an email indicating their identity has been verified and that they may now use their account username and password (FSA ID) to log in at StudentAid.gov and complete applications for student financial assistance programs.

  • Each contributor (student, student spouse, parent(s) and/or stepparent) will have to provide consent.
  • If any contributor does not provide their consent the Student Aid Index (SAI) will not be calculated, and we will not be able to determine your eligibility for federal and state financial aid.

Disclaimer

Saint Xavier University's Office of Financial Aid is dedicated to providing timely updates to students, families, and our community. Due to the significant amount of changes that are occurring, portions of our website may not yet be 100% accurate for the 2024-2025 academic year. We'll continue to update this page as we receive more information from the U.S. Department of Education and Federal Student Aid, and we appreciate your patience as we work to implement the changes brought by the FAFSA Simplification Act.

Time to File your 2024-2025 FAFSA:

FSA ID Contributors without a Social Security Number:

What happens after submitting your FAFSA:

Resources

Acceptable Documents to Establish an Individual's Identity:

Provide one (1) of the following documents to establish identity:

  • U.S. Driver's License
  • U.S. State/City Identification
  • Card Foreign Passport

Or One (1) set of documents below to establish identity:

  • Municipal Identification Cards + utility bill
  • Community ID + utility bill
  • Consular Identification Cards/Matricula Consular + utility bill
 

Merit Aid Calculator

The Merit Aid Calculator is intended for use by prospective freshmen and by prospective full-time transfer students for our campus.

Merit Aid Calculator

Net Price Calculator

The Net Price Calculator is intended for use by prospective freshmen and full-time transfer students.

Net Price Calculator

Make Changes to Your Financial Aid Awards

Do you want to reduce or reject a loan or work-study award? You can make these changes online via Self-Service on mySXU. Just click Financial Aid from the drop-down menu where you will see the option to adjust awards.

New Students: Complete your Loan Requirements Today

All new student borrowers must complete these steps before Direct Subsidized and Unsubsidized Loans can be processed:

  1. Complete your Entrance Counseling
  2. Sign your Master Promissory Note (MPN)

Parent Loans

Parents of dependent students can apply for a Federal Direct PLUS Loan for Parents to finance educational costs for their dependent undergraduate student. The parent can apply online using the same FSA ID used to electronically sign the student's FAFSA.

Verification

If you have been selected for the Federal Verification process, go to Financial Aid via mySXU Self-Service to review the documents needed. Please complete and return all requested documents to the Office of Financial Aid as soon as possible to prevent funding delays.

Graduating Students - Complete Exit Counseling

All graduating students need to complete Exit Counseling for their federal student loans. Complete yours online today.

Exit Counseling: If you have borrowed from the Federal Direct Subsidized or Unsubsidized loan programs while attending SXU, Exit Counseling must be completed prior to graduation. Sign in using your FSA ID.

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