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Office of Financial Aid


Steps for Applying for Financial Aid

To be eligible for scholarships, grants, work-study, and/or loans, students must complete each of the following steps.

  1. Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) - This form can be obtained at The FAFSA must be filed to determine a student's financial need and eligibility for financial aid at Fayetteville State University.
  2. Verification - The U.S. Department of Education randomly selects a certain percentage of financial aid applications for verification. Students whose applications are selected for verification will be contacted by CFI School Services (College Foundation Incorporated). If you receive an email from or, please respond immediately. For questions regarding the verification process or CFI School Services, please send an email  or call 1-855-328-4400. You will need to submit requested documents to CFI School Services, and the documents can be sent by email, fax, or uploading directly from the portal, If you do not submit requested documents in a timely manner, your award letter will be delayed.
  3. Award Letter - When the review process is complete, the student will receive an award letter. The award letter is also available in Banner Self Service. Students who receive an award letter should go to Banner Self Service to accept, reduce, or decline their federal student loans. Loan funds will not pay to student accounts unless they are accepted on Banner Self Service. In Banner, students can view their financial aid status at any time. They can also view any outstanding requirements, view their student account summary, and view and pay bills.
  4. Summer School - Applicants must submit a separate summer school application that is available online and will be due by May 12 for Summer Session 1 and June 9 for Summer Session 2.  


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