Applying For Aid

How do I apply for Federal Financial Aid?

Early FAFSA filing begins October 1, 2017!

Important Deadlines:

Consideration for Federal SEOG and Institutional Aid March 1st.

Consideration for state aid (TAG, EOF, NJSTARSII):

  • If you are a continuing student, your FAFSA must be processed by April 15th.
  • If you are a new applicant, your FAFSA must be processed by September 15th.
  • All other applicants (Spring semester only) February 15th.

To be considered for most types of assistance, you must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). In order to electronically sign the FAFSA you will need to create a FSA ID.


The FSA ID allows you to electronically sign your online FAFSA, make corrections to the application, and more. If you are a dependent student, your parent will need to create one as well. You should create your FSA ID before you begin to complete the FAFSA. Create your FSA ID now!


For most students, submitting the FAFSA begins the financial assistance process. Keep in mind that you must file a new application for each academic year. The FAFSA is used to apply for federal financial aid (grants, work-study, and loans). In addition, the FAFSA is used to determine eligibility for state aid such as the Tuition Aid Grant (TAG), Educational Opportunity Fund, and NJ Stars II.

If you are enrolled between July 1, 2017 to June 30, 2018, please complete the 2017-2018 FAFSA using your 2015 income information

If you are enrolled between July 1, 2018 to June 30, 2019, please complete the 2018-2019 FAFSA using your 2016 income information

Apply online at FAFSA on the Web. Submit a FAFSA. The process is free. Never pay to apply for federal financial aid. For a helpful step by step tutorial for filling out the 2017-2018 FAFSA, visit this handy Web site FAFSASimplification created by the University of California, Santa Barbara.  

William Paterson University School Code: 002625

Priority filing deadline: March 1st.
New students who file the FAFSA well before March 1st, will receive earlier notification of eligibility.

Having the following information and forms on-hand will help you fill out the 2018-19 FAFSA: 
  • Your Social Security Number (can be found on Social Security card) 
  • Your driver’s license (if any) 
  • W-2 Forms from two years prior (2016) and other records of any money earned 
  • Your (and/or your parents’) Federal Income Tax Return from two years prior — IRS Form 1040, 1040A, 1040EZ, foreign tax return, or tax return from Puerto Rico, Guam, American Samoa, the U.S. Virgin Islands, the Marshall Islands, the Federated State of Micronesia 
  • Any untaxed income records for two years prior (2016) — e.g., payments to tax deferred pension and savings plans, tax exempt interest and child support received in 2016 
  • Records of taxable earnings from Federal Work-Study or other need-based work programs in 2016 
  • Records of any grants, scholarships, and fellowship aid that was included in your or your parents’ 2016 adjusted gross income (AGI) 
  • Any current bank statements 
  • Any current business and investment mortgage information, business and farm records, stock, bonds and other investment records 
  • Documentation that you are a U.S. permanent resident or other eligible noncitizen, if applicable

How do I apply for New Jersey State Aid?

FAFSA Confirmation Page

In order for the State of New Jersey to determine your eligibility for state awards (TAG, EOF, NJSTARSII), you need to complete several state questions when you complete your FAFSA.  These questions are found in a link on the Confirmation page.  The Confirmation page appears once you submit your FAFSA. Look for the sentence “Optional Feature – Start your state application – Click here if you want to apply for New Jersey state-based financial aid”.

The Federal Processor will forward your FAFSA information to the State of New Jersey for consideration for state financial aid.