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Apply for Financial Assistance


Steps to Apply for Financial Aid

1. File your FAFSA!

File Your FAFSA

To be eligible for many types of financial aid, all students - first-time freshman, returning and transfer - must file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online. The 2023-24 FAFSA (Fall 2023/Spring 2024 semesters) is open, the 2024-25 FAFSA (Fall 2024/Spring 2025 semesters) will open December 2023.

The Office of Student Financial Assistance has computers available, where staff can assist students who would like help completing their FAFSA online. Please note that most students and parents are able to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool to add tax information to FAFSA.

Additional FAFSA Resources:

2. Notifications and Next Steps

Starting for the 2023 - 2024 Award Year, The Office of Student Financial Assistance is moving to a new interactive award interface. Please visit Notifications & Next Steps for more information on what to do next. This system will show you what documents are needed, your award offer and receiving funds. 

  • Additional Financial Assistance Forms 
  • You will need to be admitted to PSU before receiving an award offer. To apply for Admissions, please contact the Admissions Office.
  • If you need assistance logging into GUS, please contact Gorilla Geeks.
  • Any missing documentation will cause a delay in receiving your financial aid. Please submit any requested documentation in a timely manner to avoid receiving your financial aid late.

3. Verify your Enrollment

Verify your Enrollment online through GUS Classic. Each semester you are required to verify your enrollment online before any funds will be disbursed to you. Make sure that you do not have any University holds on your account that will prevent you from verifying your enrollment and/or disbursing your funds. You will need to verify your enrollment before any federal aid or scholarships will be disbursed.

4. After the Semester has Started...

  • After you have completed all the steps necessary to apply and receive financial aid, your financial aid will be directly applied to any outstanding balance due to PSU for the current semester's tuition and fees and/or on-campus housing.
  • If you have a credit balance after your financial aid has been applied, this credit will be given to you as a refund. See the Cashier's and Student Accounts policy on how refunds will be given to students.
  • If you are receiving any type of financial aid and are planning on dropping a class or withdrawing from the University, you need to check with the Office of Student Financial Assistance before to find out what effect this will have on your financial aid and future semesters at PSU.
    • How do I withdraw from PSU?
    • What are the consequences of withdrawing during the semester?
    • What happens if I drop a class or don't pass all of my classes?

Monitor your GusMail account for correspondence from all PSU administrative offices (Financial Assistance, Registrar's, Cashier's, and Admission's). If you need help setting this account up, please contact Gorilla Geeks.

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