How to Apply for Financial Aid

If it is your intent to receive financial aid you need only complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for most programs. Students who complete the FAFSA will be considered for the Federal Pell Grant, the Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG), TEACH, the Pennsylvania State Grant (or other state grant), the Federal Perkins Loan, Federal Direct Stafford Loan, as well as the Federal Work Study Program.

The FAFSA may be completed as early as January of the year you will begin college - you do not need to wait until you have applied for admission and/or been admitted to Lock Haven. You will be asked to provide the Federal School Code on the FAFSA. Lock Haven University's Federal School Code is 003323. Students are encouraged to file the FAFSA online at The FAFSA on the Web Worksheet will help you (and your parents if you are dependent student as determined in Step 3 of the FAFSA) collect information needed to complete the FAFSA.

Beginning on May 11, 2015, the U.S. Department of Education initiated a new procedure for logging in to many of its websites, including the site to file a FAFSA. If you are a student, a parent, or a borrower of a federal loan program you will now be asked to create new log-in credentials known as the FSA ID.

According the U.S. Department of Education, the FSA ID- a username and password benefits you in four ways:

  • It removes your personally identifiable information, like your Social Security number, from your log-in credentials
  • It creates a more secure and efficient way to verify your information when you log in to access your federal student aid information online
  • It gives you the ability to easily update your personal information, like your phone number, email address, or your name.
  • It allows you to easily retrieve your username and password by requesting a secure code be sent to your email address by answering challenge questions

Creating an FSA ID is simple and should only take a few minutes. For more information about creating an FSA ID please refer to The How to Create an FSA ID Tip Sheet, created by the U.S. Department of Education.

LHU's suggested deadline date for filing the FAFSA is March 15th. Filing early is crucial because funds may be limited. If you miss the March 15th deadline, you should complete the FAFSA as soon as possible. Pennsylvania undergraduate students should note the FAFSA deadline for the Pennsylvania State Grant is May 1st.

When submitting the FAFSA families can now link the application to their federal tax information. This process is referred to as the IRS Data Retrieval. This tool allows applicants who have already filed their federal tax return to prefill the answers to some of the questions on the FAFSA. This can save the family some time and also reduce the likelihood that a mistake is made when answering certain questions.

Students who are eligible for the Pennsylvania State Grant will receive an email from PHEAA. In the email they will be asked to complete the State Grant Form. First time recipients must complete a form or PHEAA will not forward the funds to LHU. To complete the form students can go to and log in through “account access”.

Note: Applying for financial aid is an annual process. You must reapply for financial aid every year during your college career.