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Prospective Students

Application Instructions

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is required for domestic students to apply for institutional grant aid and federal financial assistance. Follow the steps below to apply for financial aid at St. John’s College. It is important to observe the deadlines. See the financial aid timeline for guidance and deadlines for applying to the college and applying for financial aid.

According to federal guidelines, all students who wish to receive Title IV aid must now have a high school diploma, a recognized equivalent (e.g., GED), or meet the home school requirements. Please contact the Financial Aid office if you have questions about your eligibility.

Note that to be considered for merit aid, no separate application is necessary.

Step 1: Complete FAFSA

File a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) between January 1 and February 15. The federal code for Annapolis is 002092 and Santa Fe is 002093. You should file the FAFSA electronically at If this is your first time completing a FAFSA, you will need to apply for a FSA ID for both the student and parent at The pin number will serve as your electronic signature. Do not wait until you have completed your 2015 tax returns to submit the FAFSA; use your best estimates and update the information after your taxes are completed. To avoid processing delays be sure both the student and parent sign the application using the assigned pin number.

Step 2: Give supporting documentation to the Financial Aid Office

Once the Financial Aid Office has received your FAFSA, we will notify you of any supporting documentation we need. Examples of the additional information we may need are copies of parents’ and student’s 2015 federal income tax transcript (transcript must be requested from the IRS), W-2 forms, partnership and corporate returns when applicable. To send these documents, you can e-mail, fax, or send by mail to the Financial Aid Office.

Step 3: Maryland State Grants

Maryland Residents: File the FAFSA and state application before March 1 to be considered for programs offered by the Maryland Higher Education Commission. State scholarships are an important resource for Maryland residents. Residents from the states of NM, PA, RI and VT should file the FAFSA by March 1st in order to be considered for a state sponsored grant.

Policy Regarding the Integrity of Information

If the Financial Aid Committee has strong reason to believe that a family has intentionally misrepresented its circumstances in order to qualify for financial aid, the student may be permanently barred from receiving institutional funding.