All Gettysburg students interested in receiving consideration for need-based financial aid, including Gettysburg College grants or Federal Direct Loans, must complete a new financial aid application each year.
Due by April 15
Information for International Students
NOTE: The Financial Aid PROFILE is not required for continuing students. Additional information may be required for first-time financial aid applicants; contact the Office of Financial aid for more details.
New! FSA ID Replaces the "PIN"
As of May 2015, students and parents must create a FSA ID (username and password) in order to access the FAFSA, studentloans.gov and other Federal Student Aid sites. Please note: each FSA ID user must have a unique e-mail address.
If you already have a PIN, you can link your information to your new FSA ID by entering your PIN while registering for your FSA ID. More information about the FSA ID.
Recommended: Use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool!
This useful feature in the FAFSA permits you to access submitted Federal Tax Return information, when possible, to populate many questions on the FAFSA.
Your Federal Tax Return should be submitted to the IRS at least three weeks in advance (if filing electronically) or eight weeks in advance (if filing by mail) in order to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool.
Check out helpful step-by-step instructions for updating your FAFSA using the Data Retrieval Tool.
What if I am selected for verification by the Department of Education?
The Office of Financial Aid will follow up with students who, after submitting the FAFSA, have been selected for Federal Financial Aid Verification by the Department of Education to collect additional information.
Is other information needed?
For the 2016-17 academic year, if students and/or parents do not use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool in the FAFSA, it is likely that signed copies of 2015 Federal Tax Return(s) will be requested in early May 2016.
If a FAFSA is selected for Federal Financial Aid Verification, families may need to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool/submit tax return transcript(s), complete the Gettysburg College Verification Worksheet and submit any other information requested by the Office of Financial Aid.
Additional information may be required for first-time financial aid applicants; contact the Office of Financial aid for more details.
When will I be notified of my financial aid award?
Due to Satisfactory Academic Progress verification requirements, we will not prepare financial aid awards until after we are able to review spring grades. Typically awards are available in mid-June. Beginning with the 2016-17 academic year, students will view their financial aid award via Student Center. Paper copies will not be mailed home.
Financial aid awards typically remain consistent from year to year. However, a decrease in the number of siblings in undergraduate study or increases in income or assets may cause a decrease in need-based financial aid eligibility, including Gettysburg College Grant funds.
Fall billing statements, which reflect anticipated financial aid funds, will be distributed by the Student Accounts Office in late June and due by August 1. Contact the Student Accounts office at 717-337-6220 for information about the monthly payment plan through Tuition Management Systems.
Additional FAFSA Information
The student and parent will need a FSA ID (which has replaced the "PIN") in order to complete the Renewal FAFSA. Create a FSA ID at: https://fsaid.ed.gov/npas/index.htm
The Federal Student Aid Programs should send students who completed a FAFSA during the previous year a Renewal Reminder e-mail in mid-late January. Students need to share this information with their parents.
Although not recommended, the FAFSA can be completed by mail; a paper version can be obtained by calling the Federal Student Aid Information Center at 1-800-4-FEDAID or by printing a copy from fafsa.ed.gov.