The FAFSA, or Free Application for Federal Student Aid, is the first and most important step in securing financial assistance for college. The FAFSA is integral for receiving aid in virtually almost any format: Scholarship, Grant, or Loans. Completing the FAFSA automatically applies you for several National and State programs like the Pell Grant (national) and the Promise Scholarship (state) - as well as need based scholarships within your individual colleges/universities. If you are thinking of continuing your education after high school whether it is at a four year school, two year school or a vocational/technical school, you should file your FAFSA - even if you do not think you're eligible for financial assistance.
The FAFSA is available at 12:04 am on October 1st at fafsa.ed.gov. Submitting the FAFSA electronically is the single fastest way to file your FAFSA, but you may also:
- Fill out a PDF FAFSA (PDF FAFSAs may be filled out electronically or by pen but they MUST be physically mailed by the filer for processing) and mail it to
- Federal Student Aid Programs
P.O. Box 7002
Mt. Vernon, IL 62864-0072
- Federal Student Aid Programs
- Request a paper and pen copy of the FAFSA by calling 1-800-4-FED-AID (1-800-433-3243) or 319-337-5665.
If you are hearing impaired, contact the TTY line at 1-800-730-8913.
For anyone who needs assistance with financial aid and completing the FAFSA, the counseling dept. has you covered! Check out the different workshops scheduled between October 1 and March 1 to help families file the FAFSA:
October 6, 2016 - Webinar: FAFSA, Line-by-Line. 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm.
October 6, 2016 - Degrees Not Debt: Financial Aid 101 @ Shepherd University. 6:00 PM
The Shepherd University Office of Financial Aid and the Eastern Panhandle Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc are hosting an event at the Shepherd University Storer Ballroom on Thursday, October 6th at 6:00 pm. Any and all students are welcome to attend and learn about the financial aid filing process, as well as PROMISE requirements and scholarship information. Doors open at 5:30 pm and there will be door prizes!
October 13, 2016 - Webinar: State and Financial Aid Overview. 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm.
November 15, 2016 - Financial Aid Night @ JHS. 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm.
*Filing your FAFSA should be free. Do not pay scamsites to file your FAFSA.*
For additional assistance with financial aid and completing the FAFSA, contact your school counselor.
On May 10, 2015, the Federal Student Aid (FSA) PIN was replaced with the new FSA ID. You CAN link your old PIN to the new ID, but the process is much simpler to create and new ID from scratch. Your FSA ID is used as an electronic signature for FSA online documents - including the FAFSA - as well as to confirm your identity when you access your financial aid information.
Students AND parents/guardians must create a valid FSA ID when filling out and submitting a student's FAFSA.
(Be aware of individual post-secondary school deadlines)
October 1 - Promise Scholarship application is available online at CFWV.com in advance of the FAFSA.
October 1 - FAFSA is available at 12:04 am at fafsa.ed.gov
March 1 - Priority deadline to submit the FAFSA at fafsa.ed.gov.
Deadline to apply for PROMISE Scholarship with CFWV (both FAFSA and Promise application must be complete)
April 15 - Deadline for WV Higher Education Grant Program (FAFSA application must be complete)
June 30 - Deadline to file FAFSA for aid for the 2016-2017 year by midnight CST.
September 17 - Deadline to make any corrections or updates to 2016-2017 FAFSA submissions by midnight CST.