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Completing the FAFSA

Whether it's your first time or your fourth time, we know that filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) can be overwhelming and intimidating. That’s why Moravian University’s Office of Financial Aid Services is here to guide you every step of the way. 

Where and When to File

While the FAFSA usually launches annually on October 1 on, it launched in December for the 2024-2025 year. We strongly encourage you to complete and submit your FAFSA as closely after October 1 as possible. Submitting your FAFSA early ensures that we receive the application and can review your information to prepare and provide you with a financial aid offer in a timely fashion.

When Student Is
Attending College 
FAFSA Launch DateRecommended Filing Deadline
2024–2025December 31, 2023May 1, 2024
2025-2026October 1, 2024May 1, 2025

Although filing FAFSA early won't necessarily ensure that you receive your Financial Aid Offer from Moravian University or any other schools of interest immediately, you are putting your best foot forward to maximize your aid eligibility and also expedite your offer. 

What You'll Need 

To file the FAFSA, there are a few things you will need. Here's your checklist:

A verified FSA ID is a secure username and password that not only allows you to log in and sign the FAFSA, but also allows you to complete federal loan documents and access your federal student loan borrowing information. As the student, you will need your own personal student FSA ID.

If you are considered a dependent student, one parent whose information is required on the FAFSA needs their own parent FSA ID. If your parent has already created their own personal FSA ID (for example, if they have another student already in school), they do not need to create another FSA ID. They can use their personal FSA ID in existence as their parent FSA ID.

When filling out the FAFSA, it is important that the social security number (SSN) listed for the student matches exactly what's listed on the student's social security card; which should also match the SSN used on the student's FSA ID. Similarly, it is important that the SSN listed for the parent(s) on the FAFSA matches exactly what's listed on the parent(s)' social security card(s); which should also match the SSN used on the parent FSA ID.

The FAFSA looks at two-year prior income and tax information. Use the grid below to determine which year's tax records you should use on the FAFSA:

When Student Is
Attending College
Which Year’s Income and
Tax Information Is Required
2025–2026 2023

Because the FAFSA will ask for older income and tax information, you will already have done your taxes by the time you fill out your FAFSA. This means you won’t need to estimate your tax information and then go back into the FAFSA later to update it.

We recognize that two years ago, your financial picture may have been different than what it looks like now in the present day. If you have experienced any changes in your or your family’s financial circumstances, please contact the Office of Financial Aid Services to discuss your situation further.

Students and parents of dependent student will need to report any relevant additional income and untaxed information on the FAFSA for the applicable year. Please be sure to have your records handy to help you!

Students and parents of dependent student may be asked to report current asset information. Please be sure to have your records handy to help you!

Each time you submit the FAFSA electronically, you can list up to ten schools. You can list the schools by school code (Moravian University's school code is 003301) or by searching the name of the school. You'll want to send your data to any school to which you may be interested in applying. This will enable those schools to prepare for you a Financial Aid Offer once you've been accepted for admission and the school has started their award process for the year.