Beginning the Process of Applying for Financial Aid

As you prepare to enter Stockton in the fall 2018 semester, I wanted to provide you with some guidance so that you can begin the process of applying for financial aid for the 2018-2019 academic year.

Now is the time to apply for financial aid (Federal Direct loans, grants and work study) using the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) on the web.

Getting Started

In preparation for completing the financial aid application,

  1. Apply for financial aid at as early as October 1, 2017.
  2. Include Stockton University’s federal school code number:  009345
  3. Collect all documents needed to apply for financial aid. A full list is available at
  4. Use IRS Data Retrieval Tool (DRT) to complete your FAFSA!
  5. Create your user ID and password by clicking on the FSA ID tab at the top of the web page.
  6. As you complete the FAFSA you will be prompted to enter your FSA ID and password to sign your FAFSA electronically or make corrections to your FAFSA.
  7. Students; provide driver’s license information.
  8. Instructions are provided for each FAFSA question in the Help and Hints section and are also available by clicking “Need Help”.
  9. Help is available any time during the application process at or 1-800-433-3243.

Within the FAFSA:  New Jersey residents, click the link on the 2018-2019 confirmation page.  You will see it as an optional feature – “Start your state application.  Go to to view the status of your state grant application with Higher Education Student Assistance Authority (HESAA).

After you submit the 2018-2019 FAFSA, you will receive a Student Aid Report (SAR). The SAR contains information you supplied on the FAFSA. Check the SAR for accuracy. The SAR includes the EFC (Expected Family Contribution) which is a measure of the family’s financial strength.  It is used to determine the student’s eligibility for aid.

We hope these tips assist you with the financial aid application process.

About Christopher Connors, Jr.

Chris Connors is Associate Director of Financial Aid at Stockton University. He received a bachelor’s degree in Business Management and a master’s degree in Instructional Technology from Stockton University. Chris is a member of the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (NASFAA) and New Jersey Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (NJASFAA). He is passionate about improving the use of technology within financial aid and uncomplicating the financial aid process for students and families.

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