The first step in the financial assistance application process is completion of the FAFSA. Click here to access FAFSA. The FAFSA collects information that will be analyzed for use by Francis Marion University's Office of Financial Assistance to determine the types of assistance for which you qualify. It is highly recommended that you and your parent(s) apply for a FSA ID before completing your FAFSA. FMU's Title IV School Code is 009226.
The FAFSA must be completed for every academic year that you want assistance. Each academic year begins in the fall and ends in the summer. For example, the 2015-2016 FAFSA are for the Fall 2015, Spring 2016 and Summer 2016 terms at Francis Marion University.
FAFSA allows you to enter the FAFSA information into the program and transmit the information directly to the U.S. Department of Education. You and your parents will sign the FAFSA with the FSA ID. If you or your parent do not have a FSA ID, save your FAFSA and complete the FSA ID application. Once you and your parents receive your FSA ID, go back into your saved FAFSA and sign with the FSA IDs. Signing with FSA IDs saves 2 - 3 weeks processing time.
An FSA ID is a username and password that you must use to log in to certain U.S. Department of Education (ED) websites. Your FSA ID identifies you as someone who has the right to access your own personal information on ED websites such as the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) at fafsa.gov.
If you are a parent of dependent student, you will need your own FSA ID to sign your child's FAFSA electronically.
What happened to the PIN?
pThe FSA ID replaces the Federal Student Aid PIN. If you already have a PIN, you can link your information to your new FSA ID by entering your PIN while registering for your FSA ID. (This will save you time when registering for your FSA ID.) However, a PIN is not required to create an FSA ID.