Applying for Aid
If you are an incoming student applying only for merit-based scholarships and do not wish to be considered for need-based federal or institutional financial aid, you only need to complete your admission application. The Office of Admissions can assist you with any questions regarding your admission application.
The Catholic University of America assists students in financing their education by offering financial assistance in the form of scholarships, grants, loans, and work-study programs. These programs are funded by the U.S. Department of Education and Catholic University. Scholarships generally use merit or academic achievement as the main criterion. Most grant and loan programs are need-based. These programs help students pay the difference between the cost of education and the amount that they (and their parents, if they are dependent students) can contribute. As you continue to pursue your academic endeavors, please take some time to review our aid programs.
Prospective undergraduate students starting Fall 2023 are required to complete the 2023-2024 FAFSA. The FAFSA is submitted electronically at studentaid.gov/h/apply-for-aid/fafsa. The Catholic University of America's Federal Title IV School Code is 001437.
Early Action & Early Decision
Students seeking admission for the fall can file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for the upcoming year after it is available on October 1. You should file your FAFSA by December 1 to ensure timely processing.
Regular Decision & Transfer
Students seeking admission for the fall can file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for the upcoming year after it is available on October 1. You should file your FAFSA by February 1 to ensure timely processing. The FAFSA should be filed as soon as possible near October 1.
Students submitting a FAFSA after April 1, will be considered for need-based assistance on a funds-available basis.
Financial Aid Notification (FAN) letters for admitted students with a valid FAFSA on file will be mailed beginning April 1.
Spring transfer students who are seeking financial aid should file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for the current year.
Spring transfer students should file their FAFSA by September 1 to ensure timely processing.
Students submitting a FAFSA after December 1, will be considered for need-based aid on a funds available basis.
Financial Aid Notification (FAN) letters for admitted spring transfer students with a valid FAFSA on file will be mailed on a rolling basis, beginning November 15.
For all applicants, we frequently ask for additional documentation after we have reviewed the FAFSA and mailed a Financial Aid Award Letter. Additional documents will be request via a Missing Information Letter, email, and your to-do list in Cardinal Station. Your financial aid offer may be revised based on the additional documentation.
If you have not previously done so, we also urge you to create a FSA ID at studentaid.gov/fsa-id/create-account/. If you are a dependent student, one of your parents will also need to create a 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.