You must complete a FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) for each academic year you would like to receive aid. LSU’s financial aid process begins with the Summer term. Complete the new year’s FAFSA to request financial aid for the Summer.
To increase your chances of being considered for programs with limited funds, complete and submit the FAFSA as soon after January 1 as possible.
Completing the FAFSA at www.fafsa.gov:
- Read all instructions.
- Provide only the information requested on the FAFSA.
- Use your legal name — not nicknames — and your correct social security number.
- "You" and "your" refer to the student. Sections that refer to you, the student, are yellow. Sections that refer to your parents are purple.
- If your parents are divorced, you must use the information for the parent you lived with most in the last 12 months. If that parent is remarried, you must also include the stepparent's income. Be sure to provide the information requested about your parents.
- Make sure you include #002010 on your list of school codes. Also, if you were required to provide parental information, a parent is also required to sign the FAFSA.
- If you complete the FAFSA electronically, don't forget to sign using your PIN (Personal Identification Number). You (the student) will need a PIN as well as your parent. These are two separate PIN numbers.
Allow 2-3 weeks for your FAFSA to be processed. If after 4 weeks you have not received a Student Aid Report (SAR) from the Federal Processor, call them at 1-800-433-3243 (1-800-4FEDAID).
- Make a copy of your completed FAFSA for your records.