The FAFSA, or Free Application for Federal Student Aid, is the first step to be considered for any type of federal or state aid and most institutional aid (including scholarships). The FAFSA is available on October 1 each year.
- Governors State University school code is 009145. In order to have your FAFSA data sent to Governors State University, this code must be included on the FAFSA.
- File the FAFSA each year you plan to attend.
- Your social Security Number must be on your application for admission in order for it to link to your FAFSA. If you already applied and did not include your SSN, contact Admission Processing at firstname.lastname@example.org or contact the main office at 708.534.4490.
- You do not have to be admitted to the university to submit the FAFSA.
Are you new to the FAFSA? Find links to informational websites.
Collect these items before filling out the FAFSA
- Your FSA ID username and password. Students, parents and borrowers are required to create an FSA ID, made up of a username and password, to access certain U.S. Department of Education websites. Your FSA ID is used to confirm your identity when accessing financial aid information and electronically signing federal student aid documents. Learn how to create an FSA ID.
- Your tax information. Dependent students will also need their parents' tax information.
- If you have filed taxes, use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool option to transfer IRS data directly into your FAFSA. The tool will ask you to log in by providing your name and other information exactly as you provided it on your tax return.
- If you (or your parents) are married and filed taxes separately, or you filed a foreign return, you cannot use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool.
Get details about the IRS Data Retrieval Tool, and visit Frequently Asked Questions.
Please note: If you are an Illinois resident but are
ineligible for federal aid as an undocumented student, you can
still apply for state assistance. The Retention of Illinois Students &
Equity (RISE) Act became law in January 2020. Find out whether you should
complete the Alternative Application for Illinois Financial Aid instead of the FAFSA.