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Your first step in securing any financial aid is to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). All students must complete this, regardless of your family's financial status. Your FAFSA information determines your eligibility for a broad range of financial aid. Even if you do not have financial need, according to your FAFSA results, everybody qualifies for some form of financial aid.

Priority deadlines

If you complete the FAFSA and BSU Financial Aid Application by our priority deadline March 31 you increase the likelihood that you will receive grants and/or scholarships that do not have to be repaid.

School code 002336

Be sure your completed FAFSA includes BSU's School Code:  002336. The federal processor uses the code to send the University your FAFSA results, on which your financial aid eligibility is determined. If possible, use income and related information from your completed tax return, instead of estimated figures.

Once your FAFSA results are received by the University, you will be awarded financial aid, according to your eligibility. For a complete list of all financial aid programs, click here.

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Have you completed your FAFSA application? Check your status here.


  • 2015-2016 Priority Application Date: The 2015-2016 Financial Aid process must be completed by March 31, 2015 to be considered for Federal SEOG Grant, Perkins Loan, and Work Study.
  • Federal Pell Grant recipients must finalize all registration within the first 30 days of the semester. A student  who withdraws from a course within the first 30 days of the semester will have their Pell award reduced to the adjusted level of enrollment.
  • A completed FAFSA must be received by the Federal Aid Processing Center within the first 30 days of the semester to be eligible for a Minnesota State Grant.