Free Application for
Federal Student Aid
F A F SA
The FAFSA is required for federal and state financial aid program eligibility and is an annual process. The
information you provide in your FAFSA calculates an Estimated Family Contribution (EFC) based upon family
income, assets, number of family members, number of family members in college, and other factors. The EFC
is the amount the family can expect to contribute to educational costs in a year. Subtracting the EFC from the
school’s Cost of Attendance calculates the student’s financial need. This is the amount the school attempts to
meet with scholarships, grants, and need-based loans.
S t eps t o Comp l e t i ng you r F A F SA
You may file a FAFSA after January 1 in the year you begin fall enrollment.
You and a parent will each need a PIN (Personal Identification Number) to electronically sign your FAFSA.
Apply for one at
Fill out the FAFSA at
Be sure to enter the federal school code for Hardin-Simmons University:
You’ll receive your Student Aid Report (SAR) shortly after submitting your online FAFSA. Review all of the
answers on your SAR and make sure they are correct. If there are any errors, return to
to make corrections.
Once you receive admissions approval to HSU and we process your FAFSA results, the Financial Aid Office
will send you an official Financial Aid Award Notification (award letter) indicating the financial aid for
which you qualify.
F A F SA Ve r i f i ca t i on
Approximately 30% of FAFSAs are selected by the Department of Education for verification. HSU may also select
students for verification to resolve conflicting information. You will be notified by our office if you are selected for
verification. Selected students must provide HSU with documentation to validate the information they submitted
on their FAFSA. Once selected for verification, federal and state aid will not be awarded until this process is
completed. All documentation must be received by the Financial Aid Office by April 30, 2014, to be eligible for
federal aid in 2013-2014. Unsolicited documentation received by HSU will be shredded.