Filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

Creating a Account

We strongly recommend you  before starting your FAFSA form. When you create your account, be careful to enter your name and Social Security number (SSN) exactly as they appear on your Social Security card.

2024–25 FAFSA® Form

On the 2024–25 FAFSA form, every contributor—anyone (you, your spouse, a biological or adoptive parent, or your parent’s spouse) who’s required to provide information on the FAFSA form—needs a account before accessing and completing their section of the online form. Contributors can access their account by using their FSA ID (account username and password).

Note: Contributors without an SSN can create a account to fill out their portion of your 2024–25 FAFSA form online.

To start the online 2024–25 FAFSA form, select “Start New Form.” You’ll be taken to the “Log In” page to enter your account username and password. After logging in, you’ll be given the option to select your applicable role to fill out the FAFSA form: “Student” or “Parent.” You (the student) should select “Student.” If a parent wants to start their dependent child’s FAFSA form, they should select the “Parent” option.

Applying for Financial Aid With the FAFSA® Form Video


*We encourage students to submit their FAFSA by March 15 to be considered for all forms of financial aid. You can still submit the FAFSA after March 15, but some financial aid might not be available.

Steps to Apply for Financial Aid

2024–25 FAFSA® Form

You might need the following information or documents as you fill out the

2024–2025 FAFSA form:

  • Your parents’ SSNs if you’re a dependent student
  • 2022 Tax returns
  • Records of child support received.
  • Current balances of cash, savings, and checking accounts
  • Net worth of investments, businesses, and farm

Keep these records! You may need them again.

The FAFSA is a crucial application to determine eligibility for federal, state, and institutional financial aid.

Here’s what you need to do:

  1. Submit your 2024 – 2025 FAFSA online: You can complete your application by visiting the link:
  2. Use your 2022 tax returns: When completing the FAFSA, use your 2022 tax returns to provide accurate financial information.
  3. School code for Sul Ross State University: Our school code is 003625. Include this code on your FAFSA to ensure your application is correctly processed.

If you have any questions or need assistance with the financial aid application process, please contact our financial aid office at We provide the guidance and support you need to make informed decisions about your financial aid options.

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Financial Aid Review and Award Process at Sul Ross University:

Once we receive your electronic data and you complete the admission requirements for the university, our Financial Aid Office will:

  • Review the submitted data for completion and ensure data integrity.
  • Request any additional documents or information if necessary.
  • Evaluate and verify reasonable academic progress.
  • Determine your Cost of Attendance (COA) budget.
  • Create an award package based on your academic and financial eligibility and the availability of aid funds.
  • You will receive an award letter promptly detailing the amount and types of aid offered as soon as your financial aid package is prepared.
    It’s important to note that the amount of financial aid a student receives is determined by the college or university in which they are enrolled. Therefore, if a student changes their college or university, they must reapply for financial aid at the new institution. Sul Ross State University students cannot receive financial assistance to attend another school, nor can a student receive aid at both Sul Ross and another institution simultaneously.

To schedule an appointment with a Financial Aid Counselor or for further assistance, please get in touch with Financial Aid by email at or call (432) 837-8050.

Your success is our priority, and we are here to support you throughout your financial aid journey.