Federal School Codes on the FAFSA

on February 8, 2017

Students can list up to 10 colleges on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at a time.


It is possible to list more than 10 colleges on the FAFSA by changing the list of colleges after the student receives his or her Student Aid Report (SAR) or SAR Acknowledgment.


Since 2016, the U.S. Department of Education no longer shares the list of colleges on the FAFSA with colleges because of concerns that colleges might use this information to influence college admissions and financial aid decisions.


The U.S. Department of Education continues to share the list of colleges with state-grant agencies. Some state-grant agencies will consider students for state grants only if the student lists an in-state public college first on the FAFSA.


Each college is identified by a Federal School Code. Use the tool that is built into the FAFSA to look up the federal school codes for your colleges. Be careful about colleges with similar names, as they are easy to confuse. In most cases, these colleges will be located in different states.


The Federal School Code number on the FAFSA is different than the school codes used on the SAT, ACT and CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE.


When you list a college on the FAFSA, you will be asked to choose a housing plan (on campus, off campus, with parent). The choice of housing plan affects the amount of financial aid for which the student is eligible. Students who select “With Parents” generally will get less aid. Students should choose “On Campus” if they are unsure whether they’ll be living on campus in a dorm or not.


Note that choosing the “On Campus” housing option is not an application for on-campus housing. Ask the college admissions office for the housing application form and deadlines if the student intends to live on campus. A housing deposit might also be required.

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