Applying for Financial Aid

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is the foundation we use to determine your eligibility for federal, state and institutional programs. The (FAFSA) is an application that collects household and financial information for the student and the student's parents/family. You will need an FSA ID to submit the FAFSA.

How and when do I apply?

You can file your 2020-2021 FAFSA beginning October 1, 2019 using 2018 tax information.

The priority deadline for filing a FAFSA is March 1 of each year; filing after March 1 means you may not be considered for the maximum financial aid eligibility. Since your FAFSA does require tax information from the prior-prior year (PPY) you can file any time on or after October 1.

For added convenience you can use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool to transfer your tax data directly into your FAFSA from the IRS website.

To receive aid for the current 2019-2020 academic year you can complete the 2019-2020 FAFSA anytime.

Which FAFSA Do I File?

If You Plan to Attend College From

During at Least One of the Semesters

You Will Submit This FAFSA

Using Income and Tax Information From

July 1, 2019 - June 30, 2020

Fall 2019, Winter 2020, or Spring/Summer 2020



July 1, 2020 - June 30, 2021

Fall 2020, Winter 2021, or Spring/Summer 2021



Tips for Filing the FAFSA

Fall Bridge

Am I eligible for financial aid?

Financial aid includes funds in the form of grants, scholarships, work study or loans that are made available to students and their families. These funds are designed to assist students and their families with college costs. Eligibility for financial aid is dependent on the type of aid for which you are applying.

Federal Aid

To be considered for federal aid programs, you must file a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The FAFSA requires you have the following eligibility:

  • be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen

  • be enrolled in an eligible program as a regular student seeking a degree or certificate

  • have a high school diploma, General Education Development (GED) certificate, pass an approved "ability to benefit" test, or have completed a high school education in a home school setting that is treated as a home school or private school under state law

  • be registered with the Selective Service if required (in general, if you are a male over the age of 18)

  • have a valid Social Security Number

  • not have been convicted of a drug offense while receiving financial aid

There may be additional requirements. Our office will contact you by mail or email if additional information is required.

State Aid

The State of Michigan has many financial aid programs for residents of Michigan. Each program has different requirements.

Institutional Aid

All students at Grand Valley are reviewed for scholarships at the time of admission. Additional scholarships are listed in our scholarship database. In addition to scholarships, all students who file the FAFSA will be reviewed for need-based grant eligibility.

Follow Up Requests

On occasion our office will need additional information from you in order to process your FAFSA. The additional information we would ask for simply verifies the information you listed on your FAFSA form. The list below are the types of information we may request. Do not send us information unless you receive a request. This can cause confusion and delay your award notification.

If you receive a request for additional information respond as quickly as possible. We are not able to finalize your award notification until the process is completed.

Please note that your award eligibility will be reassessed as a result of required follow-up requests. This may increase or decrease the amount and type of aid awarded to you.