2024-2025 Financial Aid Instructions

Getting Ready to Apply for Financial Aid

The 2024-2025 FAFSA will be available December 31, 2023.  FAFSA filers will need the following:

  • Student and parents' 2022 W-2(s) and 2022 federal tax returns
  • Current FSA IDs for the student and parent (contributor)

The FSA IDs serve as your legal signature on the FAFSA.  Manage your FSA IDs here.

June 1 is the recommended deadline to apply for need-based financial aid, (grants, student loans, on-campus employment).

Your financial aid package will be e-mailed to your campus email beginning in early June.


Steps to Apply for Financial Aid

1. Complete the FAFSA at https://studentaid.gov.

Use the appropriate Federal School Code:

College of Saint Benedict: 002341

Saint John's University: 002379

2. If your FAFSA is selected for Verification you must also complete:

    Students selected for verification are notified through the FAFSA Submission Summary (FSS), which is sent via email from the FAFSA processor after your application is processed.  CSB/SJU will also notify you of the verification requirement, so please monitor your campus email account.

    Special Circumstances

    We recognize that the FAFSA does not always provide a clear picture of your family's financial situation.  You may complete the CSB/SJU Special Circumstances Form to report family financial information that might impact your aid eligibility.  Circumstances that may be considered include the following:

    • Private Elementary/Secondary School Tuition
    • College Tuition For Siblings
    • Loss of Employment/Reduced Wages
    • High Medical/Dental Expenses
    • Marital Separation/Divorce
    • One-Time Income
    • Educational Loan Payments

    Please note that initiating a special circumstance request may result in your FAFSA being selected for verification.