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Important FAFSA Notice:

New federal requirements impact the 2024-25 FAFSA, which is available now so apply as soon as possible. The updates to the new form could impact your aid package so please review the current FAFSA Simplification Act details.

Applying for Financial Aid

EFSC makes it easy to apply for financial aid each academic year, but please don't hesitate to contact the Financial Aid Office if you have any questions.

Due to federal regulations, you can only use financial aid for classes that count toward a declared, financial aid-eligible degree or certificate program. Learn more on that in our steps to apply for aid section.

Financial aid doesn't cover audited courses or prerequisite courses you might need for upper-division coursework.

You're also not eligible to receive financial aid if you're in default on a federal or state loan, or if you owe a refund on a grant you received to attend any institution. See more info about the aid process in our Titan Financial Aid Fast Facts brochure.

Remember that any aid offers factor in eligibility and financial need. EFSC publishes annual Cost of Attendance estimates that are used as part of the aid eligibility equation. Offers also are based on enrollment status, with funding priority given to full-time students.

What Is My Enrollment Status?

Table Caption
Full-Time 3/4-Time 1/2-Time Less Than 1/2-Time
12 or more credit hours 9 to 11 credit hours 6 to 8 credit hours 5 or fewer credit hours

How to Apply for Financial Aid at EFSC

As you follow the steps below, make sure your program is eligible for federal financial aid by checking the Programs and Admission Requirements chart. Under Dept. of Education rules, only the coursework that counts toward your declared, eligible degree or certificate program will be used in determining your hours of enrollment for federal aid purposes (grants, loans, and Federal Work-Study). See more about this important requirement, including resources to help you track required courses so your aid is not reduced or canceled.

Complete the FAFSA

To apply for financial aid, you must fill out the online Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) as early as possible, even if you are not required to file taxes. The 2024-25 FAFSA is available now with some important updates due to the federal FAFSA Simplification Act.

We recommend using the IRS Data Retrieval Tool (DRT), which transfers your tax data directly from the IRS website into the FAFSA, saving you time and allowing you to skip subsequent verification.

You (and your parents, if you're a dependent student) must create an FSA ID to electronically sign the FAFSA. You're required to use the name that appears on your Social Security card to sign. The Federal Student Aid website provides additional information on how to apply.

If you enter Eastern Florida State College's Federal School Code (001470), we will automatically receive your FAFSA information from the federal government.

Check Your Titan Email & myEFSC Message Center

After you submit the FAFSA, keep an eye on your Titan student email — the Financial Aid Office's official means of communicating with students. It typically takes EFSC three to five business days to receive your FAFSA. After that, we will notify you that it's time to submit your required documents.

To see which forms you must submit, check your individualized Message Center in the myEFSC Portal.

The required forms can differ from student to student; for example, if you didn't use the IRS DRT to complete your FAFSA, you may be asked to provide additional verification.

Submit the Required Documents

Except for the Verification of Identity and Statement of Educational Purpose form, which must be mailed or dropped off in person, you can submit all forms using EFSC's secure Financial Aid Document Upload Tool. The Financial Aid Office does not accept documents via email.

Log In to the Financial Aid Document Upload Tool

Printers and scanners capable of turning your documents into PDFs for submission are available in EFSC’s open computer labs and libraries, plus it's easy to use your Apple phone or device or Android phone or device to scan a document to PDF format.

Wait for an Offer Notice

If you're eligible for financial aid, EFSC will offer you an aid package based on your demonstrated need, and you'll receive an offer notice via your EFSC Titan student email stating the terms and conditions of that aid.

This notice will also contain information about how to review and accept your aid.

You can also view your financial aid in the TitanWeb section of the myEFSC Portal by selecting Financial Aid Services and then view Fianancial Aid By Aid Year.

When additional aid is offered, canceled, or adjusted, an updated notice is generated and sent to you via your Titan student email, so be aware that you may receive multiple notices.