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To apply for need-based aid, students should complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) each year. 

  • The FAFSA and related information are available at fafsa.gov
  • Cabrini’s federal school code is 003241.

You are not charged a fee for completing the form, you do not have to apply or be accepted to attend Cabrini first, and applying for financial aid does not commit you to any funding liability to Cabrini or any other institution. If you ultimately choose not to attend Cabrini, there is no risk.


The FAFSA asks for information about:

  • the student’s income and assets
  • the student’s parents’ income and assets
  • number of people in the family
  • if anyone else will be attending college at the same time
  • other variables to determine financial need

All information supplied on the FAFSA is confidential.

The FAFSA data is submitted to the Department of Education and they calculate the Expected Family Contribution (EFC). This number is used to determine the student's demonstrated financial need.

Cabrini’s Financial Aid Office uses this data to determine eligibility for financial aid awards and mails a financial aid award letter to the student.

Students must create a Federal Student Aid (FSA) ID to log in and update FAFSA information. 

  • Pennsylvania residents receiving the PHEAA Grant must file the FAFSA by May 1 to be considered for state grant funding during the next academic year.
  • Students should complete a FAFSA every year, not just before their first year at Cabrini. 


2017­–18 FAFSA Changes:

  • Students can file a 2017–18 FAFSA as early as Oct. 1, 2016.
  • This is three months earlier than the usual January 1 FAFSA available date.
  • Students will use earlier income information, from an earlier tax year (2015 income information required for the 2017‑18 FAFSA).



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