Financial Aid Office


FAFSA: How to Get Started


STEP 1: What will I need?

You want to have your 2016 Federal Tax Return and 2016 W-2(s) available and an FSA ID.  

For new, or returning, users, visit The FSA ID acts as the FAFSA online signature, as well as the login for other federal websites.

For dependent students, an FSA ID is required for both student and parent. We encourage that you watch the video below before continuing to STEP 2. 

Watch these video tutorials:


STEP 2: Complete the FAFSA - CCSU School Code: 001378

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is free and completed on Avoid websites asking for payment. Charging a fee for completing and submitting the FAFSA is prohibited by law.

You can file the FAFSA prior to officially applying for Admissions. 

You may file after the priority processing deadline. Aid will be limited to Direct Federal Stafford loans and Pell Grant, if eligible.

To be eligible for financial aid, a student must be matriculated at CCSU, a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen, and maintaining a minimum of six credit hours per semester.

Helpful video:

Visit 7 Easy Steps to the FAFSA for step by step videos that will help to simplify the FAFSA

CCSU will receive your application within 3 to 5 business after the date of submission. Corrections/updates are generally received within 2 business days.

STEP 3: What's Next? (This step is unavailable for the 2017-2018)

This involves using the IRS Data Retrieval Tool to import the tax information directly from the IRS (also known as Link to IRS).

Watch this video tutorial:

The IRS Data Retrieval Tool allows students and parents to access the IRS tax return information needed to complete the FAFSA and transfer the data directly into their FAFSA from the IRS Web site.

If you are eligible to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool, we highly recommend using the tool as it is the easiest and best way to ensure you are using the accurate tax information. 

The IRS Data Retrieval Tool will not be available if students or parents filed their tax returns electronically within the last three weeks, or through the mail within the last eleven weeks. You may enter the tax return information manually and return at a later date to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool.

(Note: If you previously transferred your tax return information from the IRS, or you indicate that you filed your tax return electronically within the last three weeks or through the mail within the last eleven weeks, then the Link To IRS button displays once you click the "View option to link to the IRS" hyperlink)

If you are ineligible, we may require a copy of your IRS Tax Return Transcript (or your parents' IRS Tax Return Transcript, if you are a dependent student), ordered from 

Ineligible is defined below:

Students or parents who are married and filed as Married Filing Separately, are married and filed as Head of Household, filed a Form 1040X amended tax return, or filed a Puerto Rican or foreign tax return are not eligible to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool, and will need to enter their tax return information manually. Remember, the Form 1040X is used to correct your original filed tax return.