Step 1 - Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

The FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) is the form that you will need to complete in order to apply for Federal and State financial assistance.

Please Note: The 2015-2016 FAFSA is not available until January 1, 2015.

To complete the FAFSA on-line or for practice worksheets, go to

  • Villanova's College Code number for FAFSA is 003388.
  • The deadline to submit the FAFSA is February 7th for Prospective Freshmen, June 1st for Fall Transfers and April 30th for returning undergraduates.
  • Check the Key Dates Calendar for the deadlines.

For further FAFSA information, contact:
Federal Student Aid Information Center
P.O. Box 84
Washington, DC 20044-0084

The PIN - (Personal Identification Number) ***

Most government forms can be completed online. If you wish to complete the FAFSA online, you must first obtain a PIN (Personal Identification Number). This serves as a digital "signature" in place of a handwritten signature. In addition, if you are a dependent student, one of your parents must also obtain a PIN.

You may obtain a PIN at

   ***As of May 10, 2015, FAFSA is replacing the 4 Digit PIN with a FSA ID Username and Password for security purposes and to simplify and streamline the application process.  For step by step instructions on how to create a FSA ID Username and Password please click on the instructions

This new update also includes the following features:

  • New Look to the “Login” Page: With the implementation of the FSA ID, FOTW users will have the choice to log in with their new FSA ID Username (or verified e-mail address) and Password, or to use the existing login functionality and log in with their name, Social Security number and date of birth.
  • FSA ID Status Information Added to the “My FAFSA” Page: Students will be able to view their FSA ID Status on the “My FAFSA” page, as well as have the ability to update or create an FSA ID.
  • “Create a Save Key”: Users logging into FOTW will be asked to create a “Save Key”, which will be used to save the application in the event the user logs into an application or correction record and then exits the record prior to submission. This replaces the “Password” functionality that previously existed. The benefit of the “Save Key” is that students and parents can use this function to pass the FAFSA back and forth if they are completing the FAFSA in separate locations.
  • FSA ID Persistence: Users who choose to log in to FOTW using their FSA ID will encounter “FSA ID persistence”, meaning that, once they have successfully authenticated with their FSA ID within FOTW, they will not have to enter it again to link to the IRS (in order to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool), to sign and submit their application, or to view their Student Aid Report (SAR). Since FOTW users will have the opportunity to log in with either their FSA ID or their personally identifiable information (PII), it’s important to remember that students who log in with PII will need to create an FSA ID in order to access any processed information or use the IRS DRT.

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