Info for Parents Counselors

Applying for Aid

To apply for financial aid you must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Designate on your FAFSA that you want your application information sent to the University of Puget Sound by including school code #003797. You must reapply for financial aid by completing the FAFSA each year.

The easiest way to complete your FAFSA with accurate tax information is by using the IRS Data Retrieval Tool. In a few simple steps, you may be able to transfer your tax information directly into your FAFSA.

The financial information you and your family provide on the FAFSA will be analyzed and used to calculate your Expected Family Contribution (EFC) — how much you and your family are expected to pay toward higher education. Should you or your family’s circumstances be different from the information submitted on the FAFSA, or there are extraordinary circumstances that impact your ability to contribute to your educational expenses, you may request a review of your special circumstances.

If you are completing the FAFSA as a dependent student, you will need to provide your parent's information. Although you may consider yourself to be independent, the Department of Education is extremely strict with regard to determining dependency status for financial aid purposes.

You may also be required to submit additional documentation in order for us to process your financial aid award. You will be notified of any documents needed. If you have any questions as to which documents you need to complete, please check your financial aid status on your account.

Application Deadlines

Several financial aid programs have limited funding. By completing your application by the priority deadlines below, you will have the best opportunity to receive consideration for financial aid from all funding sources.






FAFSA (code 003797) Nov 15 Nov 15 Jan 15
Student Notification Begins Dec 15

Begins Jan 15

Begins Mar 15

Transfer Students




FAFSA (code 003797)    Mar 1 Nov 1
Student Notification Begins
Mar 15
Dec 1

Graduate Students


(M.A.T. & M.Ed.)



FAFSA (code 003797)   March 31 March 31 March 31
Student Notification Begins
May 1
May 1
May 1

Continuing Students

FAFSA (code 003797)                       March 31
Student Notification Begins
June 15

Summer Students

 FAFSA (code 003797) March 31
Student Notification Begins
April 15

IRS Data Retrieval Tool

To insure accuracy and faster processing of your FAFSA data, we encourage you to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool.