Applying for Financial Aid


Helpful Links on the FAFSA and VASA

How to Fill Out the FAFSA

How to Create an FSA ID

FAFSA Overview

How to Complete the VASA


Which year's FAFSA do I complete?

 If you plan to attend any of the following semesters you should complete the 2022-2023 FAFSA:

  • Fall 2022
  • Spring 2023
  • Summer 2023

Having the following information on hand will help you fill out the 2022-2023 FAFSA. Click here for more information 2022-2023 FAFSA.


If you plan to attend any of the following semesters you should complete the 2023-2024 FAFSA:
  • Fall 2023
  • Spring 2024
  • Summer 2024

 The Financial Aid process can be completed by following a five-step process.

Step 1 - Create your Federal Student Aid ID (FSA ID)
You can create your FSA ID at You will need your FSA ID to electronically sign your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). If you are a dependent student for FAFSA purposes, one of your parents will also need to create a FSA ID at to electronically sign the FAFSA. This will ensure the quickest, most accurate filing process. In addition, your FSA ID will allow you to:

  • View the status and results of a processed FAFSA application on the FAFSA website.
  • Make corrections to your FAFSA online.
  • Access your Federal Student Financial Assistance information on the National Student Loan Data System (NSLDS) website.
  • Request a duplicate copy of your Student Aid Report (SAR).

Keep your FSA ID in a safe place as you will need this information in order to access any Federal Student Aid information.


Step 2 - File the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
To be considered for any type of financial aid, all students must complete the FAFSA. Remember to include Reynolds's federal school code on the FAFSA (003759).

The FAFSA can be completed at There is no fee to apply.

Be sure to complete your FAFSA before the Reynolds' priority deadlines:

Fall semester April 15
Spring semester September 15
Summer semester March 15

Please note that you must apply once every school year. You must also be accepted into a degree program by Admissions and be in good academic standing to receive financial aid.


Step 3 - FAFSA is Processed
After your FAFSA is processed, you will receive notification of your Student Aid Report (SAR) from the Department of Education. 

Once you receive your SAR, you should review it for accuracy. Students who receive their SAR electronically can make any necessary corrections online at Please check your Reynolds email or MyReynolds SIS Student Center regularly to see if we are requesting any additional information.


Step 4 - Additional Information
After your FAFSA is processed by the Department of Education, Reynolds will be sent the information electronically. For electronic filers, the FAFSA information is usually received by the college within 5 business days.

Once Reynolds receives your FAFSA, you may be required to submit additional information to the Reynolds Office of Financial Aid. Please check your To Do List in SIS to see if any additional documentation is needed to complete the processing of your financial aid application.

*Optional Special Circumstances

Step 5 - Award Notification & Additional Applications
After your FAFSA is processed and all required information has been reviewed, you will receive a notification of how to view your awards through the SIS Message Center. 

To apply for a student loan, you must complete a Federal Direct Student Loan Request Form, which can be obtained online or from the Office of Financial Aid. For specific instructions, please see Student Loans.