The Financial Aid Process


Start by filling out your FAFSA. The online process has been simplified and has very clear instructions. The financial aid office at Salem State does not have paper FAFSA applications. All applications must be done online. Students and parents will each need their own unique Federal PIN Number to sign the FAFSA electronically. The student's Federal PIN Number may also be used to sign other financial aid documents throughout their college career.

Applying for financial aid is essential to affording college! You must apply in order to find out if you qualify for a scholarship, loan, grant, work-study award, or other aid. The process can seem overwhelming, but you'll complete it with ease if you:

  • read the instructions carefully
  • get all your paperwork together before you begin
  • follow all the steps
  • meet all the deadlines