Need assistance in paying for college? These steps will help you apply for federal student aid by completing the FASFA and for financial aid at Southern State.
Note: Financial aid is NOT automatically renewed each year. Students must reapply each year to be considered for financial assistance. FAFSA results received prior to July 1 will be considered for priority aid (SEOG and college Work Study). Scholarship applications received by March 15 will receive priority processing as well.
Additional Note: Classes taken that are not required in the student’s major will not be covered by federal financial aid.
Overview of the Financial Aid Process
Step 1 – Apply for a Federal Student Aid PIN
A PIN (Personal Identification Number) is your electronic signature used when applying for federal student aid through the FAFSA. All students, and at least one parent of a dependent student, must have a Federal PIN. Apply at:
If you choose to create your own PIN, it will take seven to ten days to receive it. If you choose to receive a random PIN (select "Display Now"), you can immediately view and print your PIN that can be used to complete the FAFSA real time.
If you already have a PIN, visit pin.ed.gov, select "Request a Duplicate" and enter your personal information. If you have forgotten your challenge question, you may reapply for a PIN after three attempts.
Step 2 – Gather Required Info to Apply
The following information is required for the completion of the FAFSA:
- Student’s social security number and a household parent’s social security number and birth date (if dependent)
- Student’s driver’s license number
- Federal income tax information for all members of the student’s household (student, spouse and parents if dependent) for the last completed calendar year
- Untaxed income received in the household for the last completed calendar year (child support, veteran’s benefits, social security, etc.)
- Information on any investments or assets (not including the home)
Step 3 – Complete the FAFSA
All students must complete and submit the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) after the close of each tax year in order to have eligibility determined for federal, state and some types of institutional financial aid. Apply at:
- 1. Select "Start Here".
- 2. Enter your personal required information.
- 3. Select the appropriate academic year for processing.
- 4. Answer all of the questions.
- 5. In the income area, select the option to retrieve you and your spouse’s or you and your parent’s income tax data pulled into the FASFA directly from the IRS 1040 form (otherwise the student will need to request a copy of their tax transcript from the IRS).
Step 4 – Complete a Southern State Scholarship Application
Southern State offers several types of scholarships for our new and returning students that can be applied for online. Learn how at:
Financial Aid for Senior Citizens
Southern State offers discounted tuition to senior citizens. To apply, complete the following form and submit it to the Office of Financial Aid.