How Do I Apply for Financial Aid?

For Students Fall 2019/Spring 2020:

The financial aid application process does not have to be confusing or time-consuming. Follow these simple steps to apply for federal, state and Arcadia University financial aid.  

Steps to Apply

Step 1

Apply (the student and one parent if dependent) for a FSA ID (personal identification number) at FSA ID serves as your e-signature on FAFSA. 

Step 2

Complete the  2019-2020 FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) 

Step 3

Complete the 2019-20 Arcadia Financial Aid Application for Undergraduate Students- available early December 2018


When filing your 2019-20 FAFSA, you should select IRS Data Retrieval option so your FAFSA can be updated automatically with 2017 federal tax figures.  View Retrieval Video below for more information. 

Students randomly selected for verification by Federal Student Aid Programs upon filing the FAFSA will receive separate notification and will be required to complete a Verification Form. In the event they have not selected the IRS Data Retrieval Option on the FAFSA, they will be required to request an IRS Tax Return Transcript directly from the IRS. You can download the tax return transcript in a pdf format and email it to, clearly noting the student's name in the subject line, or you fax it to 215-572-4049. Tax Transcripts are also available by calling the IRS at 1-800-908-9946.   REMEMBER TO INCLUDE THE STUDENT NAME ON ALL DOCUMENTS SUBMITTED!

Any financial aid package prepared for an accepted student who is selected for verification remains only an estimate until this documentation is provided. 

Priority Filing Deadlines

  • March 15, 2019 for new undergraduate students entering Fall 2019 semester.
  • April 1, 2019 for returning undergraduate, new and returning graduate students seeking financal aid for Summer 2019 and Fall 2019 semesters. 

Note: Applications received after these dates will still be processed, but on a rolling basis as received. For best changes of maximum aid, apply by the priority deadline listed.

Attention Pennsylvania Students: The FAFSA must be received at Federal Student Aid Programs (or transmitted electronically) by May 1 for state grant consideration.

Aid Package and Award Letters

We'll prepare a financial aid package for you, once you have been accepted for admission and followed the steps to apply for financial aid. Award letters are being sent to all Fall 2019/Spring 2020 accepted students who have submitted the appropriate paperwork. Financial Aid packages are prepared on an on-going basis throughout the spring as the paperwork is received by the Financial Aid Office.  

You will be notified via email once your aid package has been prepared and can view the package immediately on the Financial Aid Portal.  A paper copy will also be mailed to your home address. Please note that this is an Award Letter and not a bill.  It is a summary of the aid that you qualify to receive for the upcoming year. 

Accepting Awards

You must go onto the Financial Aid Portal to accept or decline your aid.

Additional Aid Sources

To find additional aid sources to cover your balance, please visit Financing Options. You should attemp to file applications for student/parent loans by June 15, 2019 for the fall 2019 semester. Also, be aware of registration deadlines for the Monthly Payment Plan. We also encourage you to pursue any outside scholarship opportunities.