First Time Filers

The Free Application For Student Financial Aid (FAFSA) is an online application available beginning on October 1 for students who plan to attend college the following Fall. In other words, if you are in your senior year of high school and intend on starting college in the Fall semester after your high school graduation, you should complete and submit your FAFSA between October 1 and June 30 of your senior year of high school. Transfer students can also follow this timeline, filing the FAFSA in advance of transferring from one college to another.


The FAFSA asks for basic information, such as your name and Social Security number, as well as details about your financial situation, mostly via your family's federal tax return. After you submit your FAFSA, you will receive confirmation of the submission and processing by the US Department of Education. This includes a student's Expected Family Contribution (EFC), which often helps students and their families make decisions as they choose a college.


As new students apply and are accepted to Alvernia, the Office of Student Financial Planning creates an individual aid package, which is then mailed to applicants. These mailings typically begin in November.


The deadline for accepted students to decide on where to attend is May 1. If you have questions about filing your FAFSA, there are resources offered to assist you in this process. You are also welcome to contact the Student Financial Planning Office at 610-796-8356 or email with questions.


FAFSA Free Application for Federal Student Aid