We want to make applying for financial aid as easy as possible for you and your family.
We welcome any information you feel will help us understand your financial status and ask that you are mindful of the required priority dates so you don’t miss any deadlines and we can properly assist you in a timely manner.
Financial Aid Process
This process is for incoming first-year and transfer students.
1. File the Free Application for Student Aid (FAFSA).
The FAFSA is the application for federal and state-funded assistance. You are encouraged to file the FAFSA electronically. You will need to obtain a federal student aid ID, with which you will be able to electronically sign the FAFSA online. All applicants must file for the FAFSA.
If you choose not to submit your FAFSA online, you may print and complete this PDF FAFSA form. List Springfield College federal code #002211 on the FAFSA.
2. Begin your financial aid form before being accepted for admission.
File forms to meet the priority filing date. Financial aid decisions are issued only to students who have been accepted for admission. Students accepted after the financial aid priority date will be awarded pending eligibility and availability of funds.
3. Be prepared for a potential verification request that may be made on some applications.
Students will be notified by the Office of Financial Aid if they are required to provide additional information due to the verification process. Students can check for their required documents and forms on PrideNET.
Students selected for a process called “verification” by the U.S. Department of Education will be required to provide income verification documents and complete the Springfield College Verification Worksheet. Do not complete this worksheet unless requested by the Office of Financial Aid.
If required, we prefer to have the income documentation for selected students prior to the April 1 priority date, but we will issue an estimated decision if the income verification is not on file. Send the requested documentation directly to the Office of Financial Aid. Do not submit income verification, W-2s, or other documents to the FAFSA processor. These forms will not be forwarded to Springfield College by external processors.
4. Clearly and correctly write the student’s name and Springfield College on all forms and in all communications with the Office of Financial Aid.
Keep copies of all forms for your own records.
5. Allow for adequate mailing and processing time.
Complete the FAFSA at least two weeks prior to priority dates. Priority dates refer to receipt of information by the Office of Financial Aid, not the filing dates. Late applications may reduce access to grant funding. Estimate if you do not have exact figures, as corrections can be made at a time when more accurate data is available. Good estimates will cause fewer changes in your aid eligibility. Awards are not final until the FAFSA data is received from the federal processor and if selected for verification, verification of application data/income is conducted.
6. If applicable, send a letter to us detailing special circumstances that may impact paying for college expenses.
This is not required information but it may help us better evaluate your financial status. Be as specific as possible when reporting changes in family income and/or significant expenses not detailed on other forms.
Send your signed statement directly to the Office of Financial Aid. Advise us in writing if there are changes to family finances after the FAFSA is completed. Changes in employment status, family size, medical expenses, or other major financial events may affect your financial aid eligibility. Submit any supporting documentation along with your written explanation.
7. Check your email for your financial aid award letter.
One copy of the letter must be signed and returned to the Office of Financial Aid. This will reserve your award.
Springfield College does not guarantee funding to all eligible applicants.
Next Steps After Applying
You’ll receive a financial aid decision letter advising you of your eligibility for federal, state, and College financial assistance.
We know that a family’s financial information is extremely sensitive. Please be assured that all income information submitted to the Office of Financial Aid is held in strict confidence. In addition, your financial status does not affect your admission into the College.
Grants and Awards
Springfield College grants are awarded based on financial need, with consideration given to your academic, co-curricular, and community achievements. The Office of Undergraduate Admissions may recommend first-year applicants for a merit scholarship, which is not based on financial need and does not require a financial aid application for consideration. The Office of Undergraduate Admissions will notify you if you are selected.
Students are asked to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Once Springfield College receives the processed FAFSA, there may be other documents or forms that will be requested of the student applicant and their parents. The request for additional information is called verification.
Applicants who are accepted late or who complete their financial aid files after the established deadlines will receive decisions on a rolling basis.