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The 2018-2019 FAFSA is available as of October 1, 2017 at

2018-2019 FAFSA Priority Dates:

  • November 1, 2017 - for new incoming freshmen attending fall 2018 and spring 2019
  • March 15, 2018 - for returning and transfer students attending fall 2018 and spring 2019
  • November 1, 2018 - for students starting in spring 2019

Full-Time Status

Please notify our office if you will not be attending full-time (12.0 credits for undergraduate, 9.0 credits for graduate students) as all financial aid awards are based on full-time status.

Year Round Pell Grant (Additional Pell Grant for Summer 2018)

The U. S. Department of Education announced that students who received a Pell Grant for the 2017-2018 year may be eligible to receive additional Pell Grant for summer 2018.     Students must register and maintain a minimum of six (6) credits during one or more of the summer sessions, and the courses must be part of their planned program.  To apply for summer financial aid, complete the Summer 2018 Financial Aid Application and submit it to the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships.  

It is important to note that this change will not result in extra Pell Grant being awarded to a student over the course of their undergraduate enrollment.  The maximum time frame that eligible students may receive Pell Grant is for twelve full-time semesters.   In the past, a full-time student could only receive two disbursements per year.   Now the student will be able to receive up to three Pell Grant disbursements in one academic year (fall, spring and summer).  Please click here for more information.


Southern students — We care what you think! Tell us about your experiences with the following offices: Academic & Career Advising, Financial Aid & Scholarships, Financial Literacy & Advising, Registrar, School of Graduate Studies, Student Accounts/Bursar, and Undergraduate Admissions. We want to hear from you!

Please visit our Gainful Employment Disclosures website for more information about non-degree (i.e. certificate programs) graduation rates, median loan debt of students who complete the program, and other important information.

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Date Important Info
October 1, 2017 2018-2019 FAFSA is available at
November 1, 2017

Priority date for completing the 2017-2018 FAFSA for students starting in spring 2018.

November 1, 2017, is also the priority date for completing the 2018-2019 FAFSA for new freshmen with an early admission decision for the 2018-2019 academic year.

 March 5, 2018  Summer 2018 Financial Aid Application will be available.
March 15, 2018

Our priority date for completing the 2018-2019 FAFSA.

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