Applying for Financial Aid

To be considered for federal, state and most institutional aid, you must submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) using Simpson University’s School Code (001291).

If you are planning to attend Fall 2020, Spring 2021, or Summer 2021, you will need to complete the 2020-2021 FAFSA using your 2018 income and tax information. Simpson University’s priority deadline is March 2, 2020. However, you are encouraged to complete the FAFSA as soon as possible to receive the best consideration for scholarships and grants.

Students planning to attend Summer 2021 are required to complete a separate institutional financial aid application.

All students and parents of dependent students will need to create a Federal Student Aid (FSA) ID to electronically sign federal student aid documents, including the FAFSA and Master Promissory Note (MPN). Please visit the Federal Student Aid website to create your FSA ID.

By completing the FAFSA, you will be considered for Pell Grant, Federal Supplemental Opportunity Grant, Federal Work Study, Federal Direct Loans, California Cal Grant, institutional scholarships and grants. Simpson will receive your FAFSA electronically. The information you reported will be verified. Additional information may be required for further review.

Next Steps

  • Verification

    Students may be randomly selected for a federal review process called verification. During the verification process, the Office of Financial Aid may ask for additional documents such as copies of federal tax returns or other pertinent documents. You will be notified via email to sign into the Student Financial Services Eligibility Center (SFS Eligibility Center) to view a list of required documents. Verification can take 2-4 weeks for processing depending on our peak times. Visit our Verification page for more information.

  • Accepting Aid Offer

    The Office of Financial Aid will begin sending estimated award offers in December via email. Students will not be able to accept or decline these awards as they are only estimates. Official award offers will be emailed beginning early March to students who have met all requirements. Official award offers will include instructions on how to accept or decline award offers. All required documents must be submitted before awards are considered final.

  • Disbursements

    Even if you are expecting financial aid, you should come to Simpson with sufficient funds to purchase books, supplies and other items necessary to begin the semester.

    Financial aid is generally credited to students' accounts the third week of the semester, the week after the add/drop period. This allows the Office of Financial Aid to verify that all eligibility requirements are met prior to releasing funds. Funds will apply directly toward educational-related charges on your student account. You may check your student portal for exact disbursement amounts. Funds will continue to disburse twice a week throughout the semester.

    If your financial aid exceeds your charges, you may be eligible for a credit balance refund. Please note, institutional and endowment scholarships are non-refundable. Therefore, if your credit balance is determined to be caused by institutional or endowed scholarships, your awards will be reduced or canceled. Additionally, any changes to your enrollment or housing status can impact your eligibility for a credit balance refund.

    You have a right to cancel all or a portion of your Federal Direct Loan. If you wish to cancel all or a portion of your Federal Direct Loan, please notify the Office of Financial Aid within 14 days of the date the funds credited to your account. All requests must be in writing and can be emailed to