Applying for Financial Aid

How to file the FAFSA

  1. File the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid)​: be sure to list Simpson University as your first school choice.
    • Simpson University's Title IV School Code is 001291.
    • Returning Undergraduate students: File your FAFSA by March 2 as this is one requirement of the Red Hawk Ready program in order to qualify for priority awarding.
    • Pay close attention to your housing plan and enrollment status!

    Each year you need financial aid, you must file a new FAFSA. The information provided on the FAFSA is used to determine your eligibility for all types of aid at Simpson University.

    The fastest and easiest way to apply for financial aid is to use the FAFSA on the Web. It is recommended that you save your year-end payroll stub if it shows earnings for the year. For the 2018-19 FAFSA, you will use the income information for the 2016 year. Income estimates are allowed on the FAFSA, but your aid is less likely to be affected if you and your parent(s) complete income taxes prior to filing your FAFSA and use actual income figures from your tax return. If you filed taxes for the 2016 year, it is recommended that you use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool (DRT) to populate the financial information. For further information on how to use the DRT, click here.

    The FSA ID - a username and password - has replaced the Federal Student Aid PIN and must be used to log into certain U.S. Department of Education websites. Your FSA ID confirms your identity when you access your financial aid information and electronically sign Federal Student Aid documents. If you do not already have an FSA ID, you can create one when logging in to, the National Student Loan Data Systems (NSLDA) at, or

  2. Cal Grant: Undergraduate and ASPIRE students, if you are a California resident and wish to be considered for the Cal Grant, be sure to apply by March 2. To apply, file the FAFSA and have a GPA Verification Form submitted by the officials at your last school of attendance.
    • If you received a Cal Grant last year, you do not need to submit a GPA Verification Form.
    • School of Education credential students, if you were a previous Cal Grant recipient you may be eligible to renew your Cal Grant award for an additional year. The additional year of payment is provided to students who are seeking an initial teaching credential and cannot be used for other graduate level courses of study. Please file a "Request for Cal Grant Teaching Credential Program Benefits" (G-44 Form) with the California Student Aid Commission.

  3. Graduate Students:
    • A.W. Tozer Theological Seminary Students: All applicants and returning students will receive an email containing information regarding financial aid. New applicants will receive this email shortly after their enrollment application has been processed. Returning student will receive this email in the spring semester.​ A link to a Credit Confirmation Form, that will assist Student Financial Services in determining your financial aid,​ will be contained within that email. To be considered for financial aid the form will need to be completed.
      • If you are a current recipient of a children/youth/young adult pastor award you must annually submit a letter of support (recommendation letter) verifying your position.
      • An email will be sent to request completion of a scholarship application if you qualify. Please make sure to submit this application to Student Financial Services before the deadline.
    • School of Education Students:
      • New students complete your initial advisement sheet with the School of Education. Student Financial Services will automatically receive a copy.
      • Current students are responsible to notify Student Financial Services of any changes to their advisement sheet.

  4. Acceptance: New students in all programs must file a FAFSA and be granted acceptance into Simpson University before a financial aid award will be created.

  5. Verification: This is a process required by the Department of Education that some federal financial aid applicants will be required to complete to ensure that a student's information provided on the FAFSA is accurate. You will be notified if you are selected for verification upon completion of the FAFSA. You will need to log in to the Student Financial Services Eligibility Center, found on the SU portal to see what documentation is needed from you.To avoid delays, please submit all requested documents in a timely manner.

  6. Award Letter: This will reflect the financial aid you are eligible to receive based on your program of study, enrollment plans, and FAFSA information. Award letters can be viewed through your Self-Service account.

  7. Student Loans: If you are interested in student loans please view our Student Loan page for additional information.

Simpson University staff members are here to assist you with the financial aid process.

Incoming students – contact your admissions counselor at 888-9-SIMPSON or

Continuing students – contact a Student Financial Services adviser at (530) 226-4621 or

Do not forget to apply for outside aid from local and national organizations. You can access several resources from our site.