How do graduate students qualify for financial aid?

To qualify for federal, state, and college financial aid for graduate school, you have to submit the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). The FAFSA is required to receive federal and state grants and scholarships, as well as federal student loans, including:

Submit your FAFSA form as early as possible after January 1 to maximize your eligibility for student aid.

What’s Different on the FAFSA for Graduate Students?

Students attending graduate school or professional school are handled differently on the FAFSA than undergraduate students.

Nearly all graduate students qualify as independent students. This means that parent financial information is not required to complete the FAFSA. (Some medical and law schools do require parent information for independent students.) But, if you are married, you’ll have to report your spouse’s income and asset information on the FAFSA.