Apply for Financial Aid

Apply for Financial Aid

You don't have to wait until you are accepted by Admissions in order to apply for financial aid. At The University of Scranton, we strongly recommend that all students apply for financial aid. Our experience is that families who do not apply for financial aid would often be eligible.

Students who wish to borrow through the Federal Direct Stafford Loan Program must still complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Electronic FAFSA

Please complete and submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The FAFSA Title IV code for The University of Scranton: 003384.
  • Helpful Filing Informationplus or minus

    Beginning with the 2024-25 FAFSA, all persons on the FAFSA must provide consent for the Department of Education to receive tax information or confirmation of non-filing status directly from the IRS. The student's FAFSA will not be complete until all contributors to the FAFSA have provided consent.
  • Checklistplus or minus

    Applying for financial aid may seem complicated and confusing, but its completion is not as difficult as it may appear. Applications are available in October. Be aware of any filing deadlines. The following is a checklist of items you will use to complete the form:

      • - Parents' and student's federal tax returns from the prior-prior year of the student's entering term (for example, if the student plans to enter college in Fall 2024, then tax returns from 2022 would be used).
      • - Current bank, stock and investment statements for both parents and student.
      • - Value of real estate. Do not include primary residence.
      • - Value of any business assets, which includes value of any S corporation or investment farms. Information on cash; savings and checking account balances; investments, including stocks and bonds and real estate (but not including the home in which you live); and business and farm assets for you and for your parents if you are a dependent student.
  • Common Errorsplus or minus

    Using an incorrect student social security number: Refer to an official document, such as your Social Security card. The FAFSA cannot be processed without a proper social security number. Do not risk your eligibility for aid by an avoidable error.

    Reporting name incorrectly: Report your name as it appears on your Social Security card. Do not use nicknames or Confirmation middle initials. A computer match with the Social Security Administration recorded name must agree with the FAFSA name.


    Misreporting parents marital status: As of the day you file the FAFSA, what is your parent(s)' marital status?


  • What’s Next?plus or minus

    What to Expect After Filing:

    1.  After submitting the online FAFSA you will receive a FAFSA Student Summary from the processor via email. If the SAR is complete, carefully review application data for accuracy. Be sure The University of Scranton is listed as a college choice.

    2.  Most colleges will send an official notification of eligibility, commonly referred to as an award notification, indicating institutional awards and estimates of federal and state aid. The University of Scranton notifies accepted applicants beginning late February and early March.

    3.  Respond promptly to all requests for additional information. They may have an impact on your eligibility for assistance.

    In addition to filing the FAFSA, there are a number of special circumstance forms that allow you to report items that the FAFSA does not. Please visit our Financial Aid page for more information and a list of forms.

  • Incoming Transfer Student Informationplus or minus

    Transfer students must follow the same application procedures as all other financial aid applicants. Transfer students are also responsible for providing academic transcripts from previous college(s) to the  Admissions Office for transfer credit evaluation. Academic transcripts will also be required for measuring the satisfactory academic progress of PA State Grant recipients as well as determining grade level for loan eligibility.