Federal School Codes For Colleges

An important part of the FAFSA formula is locating the federal school codes for colleges you have applied to. This unique code is assigned by the Department of Education.

All college-bound high school seniors must input these codes on their FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) forms to indicate which colleges and universities they want to receive their financial aid results.

Although finding the federal school codes for colleges is a pretty simple process, there are a few things to keep in mind as you do this and put the finishing touches on your FAFSA form.

But before we dive into the details, here are a few words of encouragement…

Dear Stressed High School Senior,

I have wonderful news for you! Although it may seem like the dreaded FAFSA form will never leave your life alone, it will soon be over with.

Just a year ago, my mom reminded me that it was time to fill out my FAFSA, and it took every fiber of my being not to roll my eyes. Before I knew it though, I was looking up the federal school codes for colleges that I was most interested in attending, and putting the final touches on my application.

I promise you, this will soon be you. Shortly, you can press submit and do a celebratory dance around your house with your parents. (Yes, I’m speaking from experience!)

Now, let’s get back down to business…

Federal School Codes For Colleges

What are the federal school codes for colleges? Great question. A federal school code for colleges is a six-digit identification number that every college and university is assigned to make the FAFSA Application process run smoother.

Do not feel pressured to limit yourself when listing your federal school codes for colleges. Although you may have a very good idea, or may have even made a decision as to where you will be attending college next fall, do not cut your list down on your FAFSA application.

Your mind can change very fast, especially when the financial aspect is involved! My best advice is to include all the federal school codes for colleges that you applied to. This way, you won’t have to stress about choosing a college right away and all the colleges on your list will still receive your financial aid results.

Can’t locate the federal school codes for colleges you’re interested in? Don’t sweat it! There are two simple ways to search for federal school codes.

  • Using the college’s website, locate its financial aid office webpage. The code should be easy to find.
  • Use this FAFSA link to easily find the federal school codes for colleges you need. The federal school codes also allow you to access information that’s important to you, such as the retention rate (the percentage of freshmen who return the next year), the graduation rate, and basic tuition costs. When you select multiple colleges to the list, a side-by-side comparison of your selected schools will appear.

Double check your federal school codes for colleges before submitting. Although the codes are only 6 digits long, one finger slip could completely re-write your future!

Financial aid distribution is greatly influenced by the cost of tuition at a particular college, so take the time to double check your federal school codes for colleges before pressing submit.

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Kaitlyn Taylor

Kaitlyn Taylor

Kaitlyn Taylor is a freshman at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, pursuing a degree in broadcast journalism and a minor in Spanish. She comes from a small farm town of 1,000 in West-Central Illinois, making the transition to a large campus challenging. At school Kaitlyn is involved with the University’s Women Glee Choir, and also sings in her Church choir and is involved with her residence hall’s Resident Board. She enjoys writing, biking, and volunteering.
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