Steps to Apply for Financial Aid
Step 1: Apply to LSU
You must first apply to LSU, before you can apply for financial aid.
Step 2: Complete the FAFSA Each Year
You must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for each academic year you would like to receive aid. To increase your chances of being considered for programs with limited funds, complete the FAFSA as soon after October 1 as possible. LSU's financial aid process begins with the summer term.
FAFSA Helpful Tips
- Read all instructions carefully
- To ensure consideration for all available programs, it is recommended to complete the FAFSA Application as early as possible.
- Be sure to review the information prior to submitting; ensuring the information is as accurate as possible.
- Provide only the information requested
- Use your legal name and correct social security number
- Include LSU’s FAFSA code of #002010 on your list of school codes
- If you complete the FAFSA electronically, you will need to sign using your PIN (Personal Identification Number); both the student and parent will have separate PINs
- Sections that refer to “you” or “your” are referring to the student, and those sections are yellow; sections for parents are purple
- If you were required to provide parental information, a parent is required to sign the FAFSA
- If your parents are divorced, you must use the information for the parent you lived with most in the past 12 months. If you lived the same amount of time with each divorced parent, give answers about the parent who provided more financial support during the past 12 months or during the most recent 12 months that you actually received support from a parent. If that parent is remarried, you must also include the stepparent’s information and income
- Make a copy of your completed FAFSA for your records
Step 3: Complete Verification
Once completing the FAFSA, you will need to verify your financial aid application is complete by providing additional information or documentation. All requested verification documents must be completed before being awarded a financial aid package. It is imperative to respond quickly to any requests for additional information.
Verification with the FAFSA
The FAFSA is processed by the Central Processing System (CPS) and generates a printed Student Aid Report (SAR). The following are some helpful hints to ensure you have a valid SAR:
- Review the SAR for accuracy
- If corrections are required revisit the FAFSA website and select "make corrections to a processed FAFSA"
- If you do not receive an email directing you to your SAR within four weeks of completing your FAFSA, contact the CPS at 1-800-433-3243 to check the status of your application
Verification with LSU
Based on your responses to the questions on the FAFSA, our office may need additional information to validate your financial aid application. If additional information is requested, you will receive an email from our office indicating the item(s) needed to complete your file. Additional information requests can be found on myLSU by clicking on financial services, financial aid, and verification documents. All of LSU's verification documents can be found at www.lsu.edu/verification.
How to Submit Verification
Verification documents can be submitted through any of the methods below. Students are required to write their LSU ID number (begins with 89) or social security number on the top of every sheet submitted, not just the first sheet.
Email securely through a FilesToGeaux link
- Log in to myLSU. Only students have access to myLSU.
- Select "Computing Services" in the left menu, then select "FilesToGeaux."
- Select "Choose File"
- Select the document you would like to send to our office. Once the document is successfully uploaded, you will see the file name next to "Choose File."
- Select the checkbox next to "must authenticate to download." This ensures that only an LSU employee can open your document
- Optional: You may choose to password protect your file. If you do, name the file in File Descriptions (ex. Tax Return Transcript) and set an encryption password.
- Select "Upload the File"
- Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with the file URL for each document uploaded. If you chose to password protect your file, send the encryption password in a separate email.
Note: You should never send personally identifiable information in the body of an email or as an attachment.
Fax verification to 225-578-6300
Mail verification to:1146 Pleasant Hall
Baton Rouge, LA 70803
Bring verification in person to the front desk of Pleasant Hall, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.