How to Apply for Financial Aid

Office of Financial Aid

Start your financial aid application

When you apply for financial aid, the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is where you begin. Provided by the US Department of Education, the FAFSA helps students like yourself apply for federal financial aid.

The 2024-2025 FAFSA is now available for students to complete on However, schools will not receive information from the FAFSA submissions from the Department of Education (ED) until March, at the earliest. Once the FAFSA data is released to us, we will complete financial aid awards for the 2024-2025 academic year as soon as possible.

The 2024-2025 FAFSA is required for financial aid consideration during the fall 2024, winter 2025, spring 2025, and summer 2025 semesters.

The 2023-2024 FAFSA is required for financial aid consideration during the fall 2023, winter 2024, spring 2024, and summer 2024 semesters.

How to 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
Master’s, doctorate, graduate certificates Half-time At least 4 credits per semester
Full-time At least 8 credits per semester

How to apply for 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 when you get your financial aid application done. 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 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 FAFSA guide (PDF).
  • You won’t be able to use your FSA ID until your FSA ID information is verified. This can take a few days.
  • Previously, a Social Security Number (SSN) was required to obtain an FSA ID. However, contributors on the FAFSA that do not have an SSN can now obtain a FSA ID. For instructions on creating a FSA ID without a SSN, reference this guide. Instructions in Spanish can be found in this guide. For instructions on how to submit the FAFSA form if your contributor doesn't have an SSN, view the information on

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.

2023–2024 and 2024–25 FAFSA

  • Federal income tax returns and schedules for 2021 (for 23-24), and 2022 (for 24-25).
  • W-2 forms for 2021 (for 23-24), and 2022 (for 24-25).
  • Records of any untaxed benefits received in 2021 (for 23-24), and 2022 (for 24-25).
  • Current bank statements.
  • Records of other savings and investments such as stocks, bonds, and mutual funds (not including retirement or pension accounts.

We strongly encourage you to begin the FAFSA application process in February, prior to the fall start, if needed (see step 1). Hamline's federal school code is 002354.

Final deadlines are prior to the end or withdrawal of your enrollment for the academic year or term in which the FAFSA is used. If attending in summer, it must be completed prior to the end of such term, or by June 30: whichever is sooner

However, to receive your aid more expeditiously, we have priority deadlines. Refer to the table below to see which deadline applies to you. 


Student type Priority 2024–25 deadlines
New undergraduate (first-year and international) students April 1, 2024
New transfer and online bachelor's degree completion students April 1, 2024
Returning undergraduate students April 20, 2024
All post-baccalaureate students April 20, 2024
All graduate and licensure students April 20, 2024


Missed a priority deadline? Don't worry; we will work with you.

Contact us at  651-523-3000 (office) or email us at


Haven’t received your financial aid offer from Hamline yet?

If you’re a 2023–24 or 2024–25 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.

Financial aid eligibility and verification

Some students will be selected for verification or need to provide extra documentation before a financial aid package 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