Applying for Aid

McMahon Hall

Continuing students should file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for the upcoming year after it is available on October 1.

Continuing students should file their FAFSA by February 15 to ensure timely processing. The FAFSA should be filed as soon as accurate income and tax information are available.

Students submitting a FAFSA after May 1 will be considered for need-based assistance on a funds-available basis.

For undergraduate applicants, we may be required to ask for additional documentation after we have reviewed the FAFSA and mailed a Financial Aid Offer letter. Your financial aid offer may be revised based on the additional documentation. Monitor your To-Do List in Cardinal Station for requirements.

We strongly suggest that you submit the application electronically at The Catholic University of America's Federal Title IV School Code is 001437.

If you have not previously done so, we also urge you to create an FSA ID at If you are a dependent student, one of your parents will also need to create an FSA ID in order to submit the FAFSA. Beyond using it to complete the FAFSA, the FSA ID can be used to make any needed FAFSA corrections and to monitor your status with federal aid programs. 

We will begin mailing Financial Aid Offer Letters for continuing students with a valid FAFSA on July 1.