Applying for Aid as a First-Time Undergraduate Student

To apply for need-based financial aid, students and parents of dependent students must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

FAFSA Overview

You must apply for aid every year by submitting a FAFSA.

The 2024-2025 FAFSA is available now.

Steps to Apply for Financial Aid

  1. Create a Federal Student Aid ID (FSAID) online. If you are a dependent student, one of your parents will also need to create an FSAID.
  2. Complete and submit the FAFSA online. 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 StudentAid.gov account before accessing and completing their section of the online form. Contributors can access their StudentAid.gov account by using their FSA ID (account username and password).

    Note: Contributors without an SSN can create a StudentAid.gov 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.

  3. After the FAFSA is submitted, some students are selected for a process called Federal Verification. To complete this process we review data reported on your FAFSA and confirm its accuracy. During our review we may request additional documentation, as required by law. Students who will need to provide additional documents will receive a missing information request via mail or email from the Financial Aid Office letting you know what documents are needed. It’s important that you address the request because a financial aid award offer will not be made until all required material is received.
  4. Check your email. Messages regarding next steps, missing documents and eligibility will be emailed to you.
  5. You will be notified via email once your financial aid offer is available on Regis Access.

To be Eligible to Complete a FAFSA You Must:

  • Be a U.S. citizen or an eligible noncitizen (Note: Eligible noncitizens may be asked to provide appropriate documentation.);
  • Have a valid Social Security number;
  • Be enrolled or accepted for enrollment as a regular student in an eligible degree;
  • Be enrolled at least half-time to be eligible for Direct Loan Program funds;
  • Maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress.

IRS Data Retrieval Tool

Students and parents are urged to utilize the IRS Data Retrieval Tool (DRT) to instantly transfer your tax information directly into your FAFSA. If you have already filed your FAFSA for the 2022-2023 year, please update it by logging back into your FAFSA and use the Data Retrieval Tool to import your 2021 tax information. Students and Parents may use the DRT in lieu of submitting 2021 federal tax transcripts (if requested by the Financial Aid Office).

Students and parents who do not or cannot use the IRS data retrieval process when filing a FAFSA may be required to provide a 2021 IRS tax transcript if selected for verification. A tax transcript can be obtained through the IRS web site at:

  • Order it online from the IRS website
  • Or by downloading IRS Form 4506-T and mail the form to the IRS
  • Or by calling the IRS at 1.800.908.9946

Tax transcripts should not be sent to Regis. Please have this form sent to you directly and then forward to Regis with the student name and ID number written across the top of the page.

Regis reserves the right to revise policies, procedures, fee structures, or information requirements at any time to conform to federal, state, local, or institutional policy.