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How to: Apply for Financial Aid


NOTE: Students must be in a degree program to be eligible for financial aid. Financial Aid awards are FINAL based upon completion of the verification process (if selected). If you feel your families financial situation has changed, you may submit an appeal and provide documentation. 


Financial aid packages for NEW incoming 2020 students will be sent in December.

Returning student awards will be sent in mid to late spring. Returning student's financial aid file's must be complete to receive an award.





All students are strongly encouraged to complete the Free Application for Federal Aid (FAFSA) every year they are enrolled at Salem State. The majority of all aid programs at Salem State require the FAFSA to be completed.

Steps to complete the FAFSA:

  • Both Student and Parent need to apply for a Federal Student Aid (FSA) ID in order to sign the FAFSA.
  • An Federal Student Aid ID
  • Once you have an FSA ID, you may log into: to complete your FAFSA


TIP: The FAFSA is available each year beginning October 1st. You should use the IRS data retrieval tool which is located within the application for faster completion.


For additional help please review this video tutorial: