Step 1Obtain a federal FSA ID
(Federal Student Aid ID)

  • The FSA ID acts as your electronic signature on the FAFSA.
  • Create your FSA ID at

Step 2Submit the FAFSA
(Free Application for Federal Student Aid)

  • FAFSA is available online at
  • The University of Akron's Federal School Code is 003123.
  • File between January 1 and March 1 to be considered for the maximum amount of aid.
  • You can still complete the FAFSA after March 1.

Step 3You will receive your SAR (Student Aid Report)
from the U.S. Department of Education

    • The SAR summarizes the information you provided on the FAFSA and indicates your Expected Family Contribution, which will help determine your need.
    • If you've made a mistake on your FAFSA, you can make corrections at

    Step 4UA will receive your FAFSA information
    from the U.S. Department of Education

    • You will receive notification by mail once UA has received your FAFSA information.

      Step 5Provide required documents

      Step 6Aid is awarded

      • You will receive an Award Notification by mail. 
      • If you have your UANet ID, you may also log in to My Akron to review your financial aid online.
      • If changes are made to your aid, all updates will be made to My Akron only, not by mail.

      Step 7Complete the process

      Step 8Check the status of your aid

      • You can view your student account in My Akron's Finances section.
      • Qualifying students who have financial aid that exceeds the amount due will be issued a refund by check or direct deposit after aid is disbursed. Learn more about refunds.
      • Make sure your mailing address is correct! Use My Akron to verify and update your address.

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