Apply for Financial Aid

Click here to complete the FAFSA.

Semester What FAFSA? What Tax Year to use?
Spring 2024 2023-24 Application opened on October 1, 2022 2021
Summer 2024 2023-24 Application opened on October 1, 2022 2021
Fall 2024 2024-25 Application opens December 2023 2022
Spring 2025 2024-25 Application opens December 2023 2022

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.

Southern State Community College School Code = 012870

Overview of the Financial Aid Process

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.

The FAFSA Process Graphic

Step 1 – Create a Federal Student Aid ID

The FSA ID - a username and password - has replaced the Federal Student Aid PIN and must be used to log in to certain U.S. Department of Education websites, this change effects our current students as well as new students. Your FSA ID confirms your identity when you access your financial aid information and electronically signs Federal Student Aid documents. If you do not already have an FSA ID, you can create one when logging in to:

For further information on creating an FSA ID watch this video:

For further information refer to the link:

Create a FSA ID

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 student, student’s spouse (if married) or parents, if student is dependent:
    • The 2022-2023 FAFSA form asks for 2020 tax information
  • 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:

  • Select "Start Here".
  • Enter your personal required information.
  • Select the appropriate academic year for processing.
  • Answer all of the questions.
  • 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).

For additional information on filing the FAFSA, visit

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.