Submitting a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is the first step in applying for federal, state, and most institutional aid. The FAFSA contains questions about your financial information, educational background, and your educational plans for Granite State College. Using this information, it will calculate your Expected Family Contribution (EFC), according to a formula established by law.

The Expected Family Contribution (EFC) is a measure of your family’s financial strength and available resources to assist with the cost of your education. Your family’s income (taxable and untaxed), assets, family size, and the number of family members attending college are the main factors considered in the federal formula. Your EFC will appear on the Student Aid Report (SAR) you receive after you file your FAFSA.

Completing Your FAFSA

1. Gather the documents you need:

  • Your Social Security Number
  • Your Alien Registration Number (if you are not a U.S. citizen)
  • Your federal income tax returns, W-2s, and other records of money earned
  • Bank statements and records of investments (if applicable)
  • Records of untaxed income (if applicable)
  • An FSA ID to sign electronically

The same information listed above will be required for a parent if you are considered a dependent student.

Important Note: We strongly recommend that you choose the option to import your tax information from the IRS when completing your FAFSA. If you are chosen for verification importing your data will be the fastest and most accurate option.

2. Create a Federal Student Aid ID (FSA ID)

  • If you don’t have one already, create a Federal Student Aid (FSA) ID at This will be used for other U.S. Department of Education websites as well.
  • If you have an FSA ID already but have forgotten the username or password, both can be retrieved at

3. Complete the FAFSA for the appropriate financial aid year

  • Students attending college from July 1, 2019, to June 30, 2020, should file the 2019-2020 FAFSA between October 1, 2018, and June 30, 2020, using their 2017 tax information. This covers Granite State College’s Summer 2019, Fall 2019, Winter 2020, and Spring 2020 terms.
  • Students attending college from July 1, 2020, to June 30, 2021, should file the 2020-2021 FAFSA between October 1, 2019, and June 30, 2021, using their 2018 tax information. This covers Granite State College’s Summer 2020, Fall 2020, Winter 2021, and Spring 2021 terms.

Start Your FAFSA

4. Don’t Forget to Put Granite State College’s Federal School Code 031013 on your FAFSA.

  • You can search for Granite State College by name in the School Selection tab or enter our School Code: 031013.
  • Without our school code on your FAFSA, Granite State College will not receive your FAFSA from the Department of Education.

FAFSA Reapplication Process

Students are required to reapply for student financial aid on an annual basis. The student aid period is July 1st to June 30th of each year which coincides with our Summer, Fall, Winter, and Spring terms. Please visit Tuition and Aid for step-by-step instructions.

Important FAFSA Notes

Here are a few additional FAFSA notes that could be helpful during your financial process:


A financial aid application may be chosen for verification by the U.S. Department of Education or by Granite State College. The purpose of verification is to maintain the integrity of federal, state, and institutional financial aid programs by verifying the information provided by students and parents on their FAFSA. If you are selected for verification, you are required to submit additional documentation.

Please note: We recommend that you choose the option to import your tax information from the IRS when you complete your FAFSA. Choosing this option will make the verification process easier. Visit Eligibility Requirements to learn more.

Conflicting Information

Your FAFSA application may also contain conflicting information that requires resolution. You are required to submit the appropriate documentation and/or additional information requested in order to resolve your FAFSA. Visit Eligibility Requirements to learn more.

Special Circumstances

We recognize that a student’s and/or family’s true circumstances may not be accurately portrayed in their FAFSA. Approved special circumstances allow the Office of Financial Aid to adjust a FAFSA accordingly which may increase financial aid eligibility.