How to Apply for Financial Aid
Filing Your FAFSA
Students apply for aid by submitting their FAFSA each year. The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for the 2023-24 academic year opens Oct. 1 at fafsa.gov. The aid application process is annual, and students must reapply for financial aid each year. Students should submit the 2023-24 FAFSA if they will be enrolled for the fall 2023 and/or spring 2024 semesters. Guilford's School Code is 002931.
Guilford College has a priority FAFSA filing deadline of February 15 of every year! However, due to the high number of FAFSA applications received, grant funding is awarded on a first-come, first-served basis; therefore, it is important to submit the FAFSA and any other requested information as soon as possible. Students may be required to submit information in addition to the FAFSA. This additional documentation, if required, must be submitted in order to be considered for financial aid. The FAFSA and additional documents should be submitted as early as possible in order to optimize aid eligibility.
The 2023-24 FAFSA requires 2021 tax and income data. The most reliable way to complete the FAFSA with accurate tax information is by using the online IRS Data Retrieval Tool within the FAFSA application. As an added security measure, when linking to the IRS website from the FAFSA website, applicants will not be able to see the tax data on the DRT web page, nor will it be visible on the FAFSA website when transferred into the FAFSA form.
The Department of Education or Guilford College may select any student's FAFSA for a process called verification. About one-third of students are selected to complete the verification process. Students who are selected are required to complete an online worksheet along with additional documentation. If you are selected, you will receive an email with a link to our verification portal. You will need to set up an account that will allow you to complete the verification process. Our verification link is at guilford.verifymyfafsa.com.