To be considered for most forms of financial aid, you and your student must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). You both will need to access family financial information, like tax forms. You’ll find a list of required documents on the FAFSA Web site. Keep a copy of all of these documents in a handy place; you may need them later in the process. 

It’s important to file the FAFSA as soon as possible after January 1 and before March 15, if your student is planning to enter school in September. If you have not completed your tax return, you should complete the FAFSA with your best estimates of the information. 

You and your student should try to complete the FAFSA together. We encourage you to do so online at the FAFSA website, which enables us to receive your results within three to five business days. 

To complete the FAFSA, both you and your student will need federally issued Personal Identification Numbers (PINs). You may get your PINs through the FAFSA web site. Once you have the PINs, please be sure to keep them in a safe place. You will use your PIN to check the status and update this year’s FAFSA, complete the electronic requirements for federal loans and complete the FAFSA in future years.

Your FAFSA Result

The FAFSA result is called a Student Aid Report (SAR.) The Federal Student Aid Processor will send your FAFSA results (your SAR) to you, and to all the schools you have listed on your FAFSA. To check on the status of this report, log on to the FAFSA website or call the U.S. Department of Education at 1-800-433-3243. You and your student should check the SAR for accuracy and make any needed corrections online. Be sure to act promptly on any special instructions on your Student Aid Report. Our office will email your student if additional documentation is needed. Make sure your student keeps his or her preferred email and mailing address up to date in Campus Connection​ so that you both receive all important communications from DePaul.

Verification Process

The U.S. Department of Education and the Illinois Student Assistance Commission ask us to verify FAFSA information for a select group of students each year. If your student is selected for verification, we will ask you to submit a verification worksheet, tax returns and W2s as needed. This does not mean that anything is wrong with your application; it simply means that you are part of a random sample. We will notify you if your verification documents require that we make changes or updates to your FAFSA. Be sure to send us any requested documents as soon as possible so that we are able to consider your student for all financial aid programs.