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The FAFSA is available for completion on January 1 and must be submitted (with valid signatures) by Virginia Tech's March 1 priority deadline in order to be considered eligible for all types of aid.

General Information

In order to receive financial aid through Virginia Tech, each student must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) each year. The FAFSA is used to determine eligibility for many scholarships (including general scholarships from our office) and to award a student financial aid in the form of grants, work study, and federal loans.  (Alternative educational loans must be applied for separately through a private lender or bank.)  The FAFSA is available for completion on January 1 prior to the upcoming aid year, and must be submitted (with valid signatures) by Virginia Tech's priority deadline.

Please Note: If you indicate on your FAFSA that you will sign a paper signature sheet and send it in, then the federal processor holds your FAFSA application for 10 days. However, the FAFSA is not held if it is signed with a valid PIN(s).

If the FAFSA is not processed with valid signatures by the priority deadline:

  • The awarding process will be delayed
  • The student will be ineligible for some scholarships and grants such as the Virginia Guaranteed Assistance Program (VGAP), Virginia Tech Grants, and the General Scholarship Program
  • If eligible, the student will still be able to receive some federal aid, including the Federal Pell Grant and Federal Loans

The FAFSA can be completed online or on paper. Although the online FAFSA is the preferred method, a student can request up to three paper FAFSAs by calling the Federal Student Aid Information Center toll-free at 1-800-4-FED-AID (1-800-433-3243). The requested paper FAFSAs can be expected to come in the mail within 3-7 business days. Online FASFA applications can be accessed through the Department of Education's FAFSA Website.

Where to Start

  • Don’t know how to fill out a FAFSA?  The FAFSA on the Web Worksheet is a helpful tool you can use to review the FAFSA questions before beginning the online submission process.
  • Think you're ready to start? The FAFSA 4Caster is an excellent way to experience the application process before filling out the FAFSA. It also gives a general estimate of your eligibility for federal financial aid. 
  • Before you complete the FAFSA, you will need a  Personal Identification Number (PIN) from the Department of Education. 
  • After you have completed the FAFSA, you will receive an  Estimated Family Contribution.
  • After you have completed the FAFSA, you will also receive a  Student Aid Report (SAR).
  • Want more information? Our page of helpful tips may be helpful when completing or correcting the FAFSA.

Documents Needed for the FAFSA

It is helpful to assemble the documents needed to complete the FAFSA ahead of time. Students and parents will need;

  • a Social Security Number
  • a driver's license
  • income tax return (or estimated income amounts)
  • bank statements
  • investment records
  • W-2 forms (for student and spouse or parent, depending on dependency status)
  • Schedule C (for individuals who own their own businesses)

7 Common FAFSA Mistakes

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Data Retrieval Tool Instructions

Click here for simple steps to transfer tax information into your FAFSA.

FAFSA/Help Sites

Apply for financial aid at Virginia Tech by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

The FAFSA on the Web Worksheet allows you to read and complete the questions before entering your information online. The questions are listed in the same order that they appear on the Web site.

FAFSA4caster will help you get an early start on the financial aid process by providing you with an early estimate of your eligibility for federal student aid.