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Applying for Financial Aid

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Getting Ready to Apply for Financial Aid

  • NEW THIS YEAR - The 2017-2018 FAFSA becomes available October 1, compared to January 1 in past years. Also, FAFSA filers will report income and tax figures from two years prior: You will provide 2015 income and tax figures on the 2017-18 FAFSA, even if your 2016 taxes are complete. The CSB/SJU Financial Aid Office will begin reviewing financial aid applications of accepted students in early or mid-November, and expects to begin sending out award letters in early December.
  • By completing the FAFSA, you are applying for need-based aid (grants, student loans, and on-campus employment). We encourage you to make use of the IRS Data Retrieval Tool* when completing the FAFSA. Doing so will lessen your chances of being selected for verification.
  • Students and at least one parent must each create an FSA ID that serves as your legal signature on the FAFSA. Do not use the same email address for the student and parent. Create your FSA ID here:
  • March 15 is the recommended final deadline to apply for need-based financial aid. Please note: we still accept financial aid applications after March 15. If you apply after March 15, the financial aid staff will work hard to complete your financial aid award and send it to you before May 1 if possible.

Two Steps to Apply for Financial Aid

  1. Complete the FAFSA. The FAFSA goes live on October 1. Make sure you use the correct FAFSA website which ends in .gov, not .com. You will need the CSB/SJU FAFSA codes. Prospective men use the SJU code 002379 and prospective women use the CSB code 002341.
  2. If your FAFSA is selected for verification* you must also complete:

Students selected for verification are notified through the Student Aid Report, which is sent via email from the FAFSA processor after your application is processed. CSB/SJU will also notify you of the verification requirement, so please monitor the email account you provided on the FAFSA.

*If your FAFSA is selected for verification, please read this new information from the Department of Education.

**Please note: CSB/SJU were recently notified that the IRS Data Retrieval Tool on is currently unavailable. The Department of Education and the IRS are working to resolve the issue as quickly as possible. However, at this time, the IRS anticipates the online data tool will be unavailable for several weeks.

This does not limit families' ability to apply for aid. Applicants have other options while the data tool is unavailable. Applicants filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) can manually provide the requested financial information from copies of their tax returns. The online FAFSA remains operational, and applicants can continue filing the FAFSA as they normally would

Special Circumstances

We recognize that the FAFSA does not always provide a clear picture of your family's financial situation. You may complete the CSB/SJU Special Circumstances Form to report family financial information that might impact your aid eligibility. Circumstances that may be considered include the following:

  • Loss of employment
  • Other loss or significant change of income
  • High unreimbursed medical and/or dental expenses
  • K-12 parochial school tuition expenses

Please note that initiating a special circumstances request may result in your FAFSA being selected for verification.

FAFSA Tips for Parents

Important Information

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FAFSA School Codes
  • CSB 002341
  • SJU 002379
Helpful Links

Office of Financial Aid
College of Saint Benedict
37 S. College Ave.
St. Joseph, MN 56374
Fax 320-363-6099
[email protected]

Office of Financial Aid
Saint John's University
PO Box 5000
Collegeville, MN 56321
Fax 320-363-2189
[email protected]