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Applying for Graduate Financial Aid


Federal Financial Aid

To apply for Federal Financial Aid, students must complete the FAFSA. The FAFSA application must be completed each year and is available October 1. Students will not be considered for need-based grants or qualify for federal student loans without a completed FAFSA application.

Here's some helpful information to help you get started. To complete the FAFSA application visit

  1. Gather the necessary information, which can include the following:
    • Your social security number
    • Your parent’s social security numbers (if you’re a dependent student)
    • Your driver’s license number, if applicable
    • Your alien registration number, if you are not a US Citizen
    • Tax returns from 2 years prior from you (if applicable) and your parent/s. For the 2020-2021 application, you’ll need 2018 tax information.
    • Records of other income you or your parent received, such as interest earned on savings, VA noneducation benefits or child support received.
    • Information on the current balances of cash, checking and savings accounts and investments, including stocks and bonds and real estate (but not including the home in which you live); and business and farm assets for you, and for your parents if you are a dependent student
  2. Create an FSA ID (Federal Student Aid Identification)
  3. Begin the FAFSA application through one of the options below:
    • Log in to gov to apply online or
    • Fill out the form in the myStudentAid mobile app, available on the App Store (iOS) or Google Play (Android) or
    • Complete a 2020-21 FAFSA PDF or a 2019–20 FAFSA PDF (note: you must print out and mail the FAFSA PDF for processing) or
    • Request a print-out of the FAFSA PDF by calling us at 1-800-4-FED-AID (1-800-433-3243) or 334-523-2691 (TTY for the deaf or hard of hearing 1-800-730-8913); then fill out the form and mail it for processing
  4. Follow the prompts and answer all required questions. As you do this, be sure to:
    • List Florida Institute of Technology as your school. Our code is 001469.
    • Attempt to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool (IRS DRT), if possible. This is the easiest way to provide tax information for you and/or your parent/s.
    • Sign and Submit! Just saving the signed application won’t complete the process.

What’s next?

Once the FAFSA is completed through the online or myStudentAid mobile app (only students can log in for status on the app), you’ll be able to check the status immediately (paper FAFSA forms will take 7-10 days to process once mailed).  When checking the status, you’ll one of the following 4 status messages:

  1. Processing: Your application is still processing. It typically takes three to five days, plus one additional business day to be made available to the schools you listed on the form.
  2. Processed Successfully: Your application was processed successfully. No further action is needed.
  3. Missing Signatures: Your application is missing the required signature(s).
  4. Action Required: Your application requires further action. Contact your school to resolve the issue.

It takes about 3 business days for Florida Tech to receive your FAFSA after you submit it.  If you have any questions about the status or results, just give us a call.  We’ll be happy to help guide you through the process.

Outside Scholarships

These are scholarships that do not come from the University, Federal Government or State.  Students apply for these on their own.  The application process varies and is controlled by the scholarship donor.  There are a great number of resources online to help students find scholarship opportunities.  You can find a list of resources our students have found helpful on our Outside Scholarships page.


  • Application fees, processing fees or other types of fees are a sign of a scam. Never pay to submit a scholarship application.
  • Never provide sensitive information, like your Social Security number, banking numbers, credit card numbers or other information.
  • Typos and spelling errors in a scholarship offer or on a site are a good indicator that the offer is not legitimate.

For more information on potential scholarship scams, visit 

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