FAFSA Tutorial Step #3: School Selection

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This question is your opportunity to list the schools where you want your FAFSA application information to be sent. You don’t need to know exactly where you want to go yet, and you can even make changes later. But you should be listing all the schools you are interest in, even if you have yet to apply. 

The FAFSA gives you an opportunity to easily list 10 colleges at any given time on the web or on the mobile app (the paper application will only allow you to list four). Your school list will not be shared with the schools listed. If by chance you want to have your information sent to more than 10 colleges, you will have to log in after you submitted the application and add/delete schools.

Steps for Adding Schools to the FAFSA

  1. Find your college's Federal School Code. You will be asked if you know the college’s federal school code. If is okay if you don’t know it, you can search for your school. You need to input the state where the school is located, and it is recommended you also list the city or the school name. Click “Search."
  2. Choose your school. Identify the school from the list which appears.
  3. Indicate your housing plans. You will have three options: on campus, with parents, or off campus. This is asked to help you school award you the appropriate financial aid based on your housing plans. Keep in mind, this is not an application for your school's housing, you need to ask your school for an application.
  4. Repeat for all schools. 

For paper FAFSA applicants, you can find your federal school codes online, by calling your school's financial aid office, or by calling the U.S. Department of Education at 1-800-433-3243.

School List Order on the FAFSA

There is no impact of the order you list your schools on the FAFSA for federal student aid, however, there may be an impact for your state aid.

Some states will require that your schools be listed in a specific order. You can check out the U.S. Department of Education's list to determine if your state requires you to list schools in a certain order.

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