How to Apply for Financial Aid

Start your financial aid application

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is provided by the US Department of Education to help students like yourself apply for federal financial aid.

The 20222023 FAFSA is required for financial aid consideration during the fall 2022, winter 2023, spring 2023, and summer 2023 semesters.

Determine your enrollment status

Program types Enrollment status Credit requirement
Undergraduate, post-baccalaureate, online bachelor’s, teaching licensure Half-time At least 6 credits per semester
Full-time At least 12 credits per semester
Full-time (for state grants) At least 15 credits per semester for full reward
Master’s, doctorate, graduate certificates Half-time At least 4 credits per semester
Full-time At least 8 credits per semester
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First time? Get your FSA ID

Are you a student, parent, or borrower? Create an FSA ID so you can complete all the forms required to receive federal student aid.


Ready to go? Start your FAFSA

Complete the FAFSA form to determine your eligibility for undergraduate or graduate financial aid.

A step-by-step guide to the FAFSA

Finding the appropriate funds to secure a higher education can feel overwhelming. But it doesn’t have to be. Use our easy-to-follow guide to complete your FAFSA and get one step closer to making your education affordable.

1. Create an account to get your FSA ID

The FSA ID—a user name and password—has replaced the Federal Student Aid PIN and must be used to log in to certain US Department of Education websites. Your FSA ID confirms your identity when you access your financial aid information and electronically sign Federal Student Aid documents.

  • If you do not already have an FSA ID, you can make one by creating an account using the buttons above. For more information about FSA IDs, reference this guide (PDF).
  • You won’t be able to use your FSA ID until your Social Security number is verified. This can take a few days.

2. Prepare your required documents

Once you’ve created an account, you’re ready to get started with the FAFSA form. Before filling out the application, make sure you have the necessary documents.

2022–23 FAFSA

  • Federal income tax returns and schedules for 2020
  • W-2 forms for 2020
  • Records of any untaxed benefits received in 2020
  • Current bank statements
  • Records of other savings and investments such as stocks, bonds, and mutual funds (not including retirement or pension accounts)

 3. Complete the FAFSA form by the priority deadline

We strongly encourage you to begin the FAFSA application process in January by creating an FSA ID, if needed (see step 1). Hamline’s federal school code is 002354.

Take your time as you go through the FAFSA form, but try to make the priority deadline. Refer to the table below to see which deadline applies to you. We also recommend that you elect to download tax data directly from the IRS. Learn more about how to take advantage of this option on our IRS Data Retrieval Tool page.

Student types 2022–23 deadlines
New undergraduate (first-year and international) students February 1, 2022
New transfer and online bachelor's degree completion students February 1, 2022
Returning undergraduate students April 20, 2022
All post-baccalaureate students April 20, 2022
All graduate and licensure students April 20, 2022

Haven’t received your award yet?

If you’re a 2022–23 FAFSA applicant, check to see if you need to upload any additional documents by logging in to the appropriate student portal. Whether you’re a prospective or returning student, you’ll use Workday to verify your financial aid eligibility and view any pending action items.


New undergraduate students

Log in to the prospective student portal for undergraduate students, and then select “My Financial Aid Requirements.”


New graduate students

Log in to the prospective student portal for graduate students, and then select “My Financial Aid Requirements.”


All returning students

Log in to Workday, select the “Finances” icon on your home page, and then “View Financial Aid” in the lower righthand corner.

Financial aid eligibility and verification

Some students will be selected for verification or need to provide extra documentation before an award can be created.

You can check your student portal (see above for links) to see if you have been selected or if additional documentation is required.

If you feel the FAFSA has not allowed you to record all the factors that affect your financial situation, please request a "Special Circumstance" form from the Office of Financial Aid at

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