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 Applying for Financial Aid

For the Office of Student Financial Aid to determine your eligibility for need-based assistance, you must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). This form may be obtained from a high school guidance counselor or any college financial aid office.

You may also complete a "FAFSA On The Web" at  You must request and obtain PIN numbers for you and your parent in advance to use as "electronic" signatures or mail in an actual "signature page."

Whether you are completing a printed copy of FAFSA or the electronic version, please follow the FAFSA instructions carefully in order to complete the application correctly. Errors and omissions delay the processing of your data and could affect your chances of receiving assistance. It is also important to be accurate. Any person who intentionally makes false statements or misrepresentations on a federal aid application is violating the law and is subject to a fine, imprisonment or both.

IMPORTANT: The FAFSA form requires that you put in a federal school code and a recognized school name and location for every institution that you would like to receive your financial aid information. If you want the information forwarded to NCSA, be sure to insert the following information:

Federal School Code: 003981
School Name: North Carolina School of the Arts
School Location: Winston-Salem, NC

Mail the FAFSA using the pre-addressed envelope provided with the FAFSA. Do not mail your completed FAFSA to the school.

FAFSA Priority Filing Dates

The priority filing date for new students is March 1. The priority filing date for returning students is March 15. Students filing by these dates will receive financial aid award notification letters by May 1 for new students and May 20 for continuing students.

Applications submitted after the priority filing dates will be considered as funds are available. Most financial aid at NCSA is distributed on a first-come, first-served basis.

Eligibility Requirements

Eligibility for federal aid at NCSA requires that you meet the following criteria:

1.  You must be a United States citizen or an eligible non-citizen to receive federal financial aid. (Only limited scholarship funds are available for international students; inquire at your specific arts school);

2.    You must be enrolled at least halftime for each term. Because of limited funding, financial aid will be awarded to part-time students only after the needs of full-time students have been addressed;

3.    You must certify that you are not in default on repayment of a federal student loan and do not owe money back on a federal grant.

4.   You must make satisfactory academic progress. Please refer to the "Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy" in the NCSA Bulletin for students receiving federal financial aid;

5.    You must certify that you have complied with Selective Service Registration or give the reason that you are exempt from compliance.

Notification of Federal and State Eligibility

After you submit your FAFSA application form, you will receive a Student Aid Report (SAR) from the federal government telling you the Expected Family Contribution (EFC). The EFC is the amount you and your family are expected to be able to contribute to the cost of your education based on a standard federal formula. The SAR will also indicate if you are eligible for a federal Pell Grant.

Your eligibility for state aid may be sent by the Office of Higher Education in your state of residence. If you receive a notice from the North Carolina Higher Education Assistance Authority or from your appropriate state agency, it does not mean you are automatically eligible to receive a state grant. You must meet all criteria required by the state granting the award. You will be notified on your Financial Aid Award Notification from NCSA if you qualify.

Verification of Student Aid Application

The U.S. Department of Education selects some applications for a process called “verification.” If you are selected for verification, you must provide certain documents and information to the Office of Student Financial Aid to verify that the information reported on your FAFSA is correct.

You should be prepared to provide any required documentation as soon as possible to prevent delays in the processing of your financial aid package. Failure to provide documentation means you will not receive aid from the Department of Education, and you may not receive aid from other sources.

The documentation you provide will be reviewed and any necessary corrections will be made, in order to complete the verification process. If your eligibility for financial aid changes based on these corrections, your financial aid package may be adjusted. You will have to repay any portion of aid disbursed that you should not have received.

As with the FAFSA form, accuracy is important. Any person who intentionally makes false statements or misrepresentations on a federal aid application is violating the law and is subject to a fine, imprisonment or both.