FAFSA Information

Completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is the first step to help you finance your education at Commonwealth University.

The FAFSA is a free application that helps determine your eligibility for various state and federal aid, as well as need-based aid here at Commonweath University. Even if you think you or your family won't qualify for need-based aid, it's important to file the FAFSA every year while you're enrolled in college as it may help you receive grants, scholarships, loans and even employment to help pay for college. The FAFSA is available for 2024-2025 beginning in December. If you're a PA resident, you should complete the FAFSA by May 1 for potential state aid eligibility through PHEAA (Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency). Please remember, filing the FAFSA is FREE! Any fee for service request for application submissions are neither endorsed nor necessary for financial aid.

FAFSA Simplification for 2024-2025 Academic Year

Due to the passing of the Free Applicaiton for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) Simplification Act on December 27, 2020, as a part of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, the FAFSA is changing for the 2024-2025 aid year.

You can expect the following changes:

  • The 2024-2025 FAFSA will not be available until December 2023.
  • The 2024-2025 FAFSA determines your financial aid eligibility for summer 2024, fall 2024 and spring 2025 terms.
  • The FAFSA application process will be streamlined and easier for students to complete.
  • New terminology will be added to the FAFSA.

We will continue to update this page as additional information becomes available.  

File your FAFSA

Get Your FSA ID

Before you file the FAFSA, you need to get an FSA ID which is a unique username and password you'll use to access all Federal Student Aid websites. You'll use it for multiple years so we recommend you store it in a safe location that you will remember. If you're a dependent student, your parent/supporter will need to create their own parent FSA ID for use on these sites as well.

Create FSA ID

FAFSA Checklist and FAQs

  • Please use your first-choice campus Federal Title IV Code on the FAFSA:
    Commonwealth University - Bloomsburg: 003315
    Commonwealth University - Lock Haven: 003323
    Commonwealth University - Mansfield: 003324
  • Student and parent FSA IDs
  • Student and parent Social Security numbers
  • Student and parent prior, prior year federal income tax returns (include Schedule 1, 2 & 3 if applicable) Note: The IRS Data Retrieval Tool (DRT) is an option within the FAFSA to automatically retrieve and transfer income and tax data from the IRS into the FAFSA. This is the preferred method, if possible.
  • Student and parent prior, prior year W-2 forms and other records of money earned
  • Student and parent prior, prior year untaxed income received including: workers’ compensation, child support, payments to tax deferred pension, savings plans, etc.
  • Current bank statements & records of stocks, bonds, 529 plans and other investments
  • Cash, checking & savings accounts
  • Real estate (other than home you live in)
  • Financial assets, such as: stocks, bonds, certificates of deposit, mutual funds & money market accounts
  • UGMA/UTMA custodial accounts
  • College Savings plans, including: 529 plans and Coverdell accounts (list as a parent asset)
  • Your primary residence (the home you live in)
  • Retirement plans
  • Business that employs less than 100 full time employees
  • Family farm if family’s principal residence & parents participate in farming operations
  • Qualified life insurance policies
  • Personal possessions
  • Initial Application - 30 min
  • Renewal Application - 15 min or less
  • FAFSA Correction - 10 min or less

You're considered a dependent for the 2023-2024 academic year and required to provide parent information unless you can answer YES to one of the following questions:

  • Were you born before January 1, 2000?
  • As of today, are you married?
  • At the beginning of the 2023-2024 school year, will you be working on a graduate program?
  • Are you currently serving on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces for purposes other than training, or are you a veteran of the U.S. Armed Forces?
  • Do you have children or dependents who will receive more than half of their support from you between July 1, 2023 and June 30, 2024?
  • At any time since you turned 13, were both your parents deceased, were you in foster care or were you a dependent ward of the court?
  • As determined by a court in your state of legal residence, are you or were you an emancipated minor?

Dependent students are required to report parent information on the FAFSA. For reporting purposes, parent means your legal biological or adoptive parent or stepparent, or a person that the state has determined to be your legal parent. 

Flowchart to determine which parent's information to include on FAFSA

The following people are not your parents unless they have legally adopted you:

  • Widowed Stepparent 
  • Grandparents 
  • Foster Parents 
  • Legal Guardians 
  • Older Siblings 
  • Aunts or Uncles
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