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How to Apply

We at Auburn University recognize the importance of a quality education. The Auburn University Student Financial Aid Office is dedicated to providing a way for you to achieve your higher education goals. Help us to help you by following these simple steps in applying for aid. You should complete the required forms as early as possible to ensure that you receive the maximum amount of aid for which you are eligible.

Priority Deadline

To receive consideration for need based scholarships, your FAFSA must be received by AU no later than February 15. All documents required to process your aid must be completed and received by our office no later than March 28 in order to receive maximum consideration for Federal Work Study and Federal SEOG Grants. Please note that an early application will not guarantee eligibility for these funds because funds are extremely limited. Applications received after March 28 will be processed on a first come, first served basis if funds are still available.

Complete the FAFSA
The FAFSA should be completed online each year. It is very important that you complete your FAFSA accurately to avoid delays. Paper FAFSAs are available but are not recommended. You may request this application from our office or from your high school counselor. Be sure to list Auburn University on your FAFSA so that we will receive it electronically. Please refer to our FAFSA Tips prior to beginning your FAFSA.
What happens after I file the FAFSA?

After you submit your FAFSA, the federal processor will send you a confirmation email. You should expect to receive the email one to two weeks after you submit. Pay careful attention to the instructions they provide. If Auburn University is listed as the school to receive your information (our school code is 001009), we will receive your results electronically. This data provides a detailed analysis of the financial information you reported and the data needed to determine your eligibility for financial assistance. If AU requires additional documentation, we will contact you via your Auburn email address.


Thirty percent of all aid applicants are selected for verification by the U.S Department of Education and verified by our office through review of tax documents. This is to ensure that your FAFSA was completed correctly. If you are selected, the federal processor will let you know. We will also contact you via your AU email address to let you know if there are additional items required after we receive your FAFSA.

After our office receives your FAFSA, the Financial Aid Requirements page of your AU Access> My Finances> will display your required documents.

If Verification tasks are not submitted by the student within 60 days of the request, the file will be marked inactive and no federal aid offers will be made. Our office will make corrections to your FAFSA, if necessary, as a result of verification. You will be notified by the Federal Processor and/or our office either with a corrected FAFSA or a revised Financial Aid Offer Notice. This process will result in a 2-3 week delay. A FAFSA that is completed correctly will not require corrections.