We would like to tell you that getting financial aid is easy, but, the truth is, the FAFSA can be intimidating and difficult to decipher. We can, very honestly, tell you that we are here to help you figure it out.

We’ve compiled a few tips to help you through the process and we've created a FAFSA playlist to keep you going as you complete the FAFSA. You can also call our Office of Financial Assistance at 319.895.4216 if you have any questions.

What information should I have available before I file for federal student aid?

  • An FSA ID for yourself, and if you are a dependent, another for a parent. Your FSA ID will act as your digital signature in order to submit the FAFSA.  Keep this ID in a safe spot, you will use it for loan forms and in future years.
  • Your tax information from two years prior to the year you start college.
  • Your parents’ tax information from two years prior to the year you start college. (Not sure which parent to choose? See “What do I do if my parents are divorced or separated?” below.)
  • Your Social Security number.

What is the FAFSA deadline?

The FAFSA priority deadline for Cornell College is March 1. Complete your FAFSA starting Oct. 1, and use your 2015 tax information to file the 2017-2018 FAFSA.

How do I make sure that Cornell receives my FAFSA?

Cornell College’s Title IV School Code is 001856.  Be sure we are listed as one of your schools and we will receive the results electronically within three days after you submit your FAFSA.

Helpful hints on how to fill out the form

Common financial questions

Interpreting the Student Assistance Report and my financial assistance award

Other helpful resources