Apply for aid
If this is your first time filing the FAFSA and if dependent, a parent must create an FSA ID to electronically sign your FAFSA and future loan requirements. You can create an FSA ID at this site.
When filing your FAFSA it is recommended you use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool, which will help you complete your FAFSA more accurately. If you plan to borrow through the Federal Direct Loan Program, you must still complete the FAFSA.
Lastly, don’t forget to add our School Code G41672 (Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine). Reminder: You must renew your FAFSA each year beginning Oct. 1.
After you complete the FAFSA, check your email for processing information from the Department of Education. And watch for emails from the financial aid department as we may need more information to process your financial aid, including verification documentation.
If you are a Pennsylvania Resident, your FAFSA must be filed no later than May 1. Once the FAFSA has been filed, you can create an account at the Pennsylvania High Education Assistance Agency (PHEAA) website, PHEAA.org. Select “Tools” from the drop-down menu at the top of the page, select “Account Access” (AES) and then create an account. You can submit additional documentation, if required, and view or change your Pennsylvania State Grant status online. Your PA State Grant will automatically be sent to the first school you listed on your FAFSA. If you plan to attend a different institution, you will need to log into PHEAA.org to change your school selection.
Federal regulations require colleges/schools to check the accuracy of the information submitted on a student’s FAFSA, and you may be selected for a process called “verification.” This process requires the financial aid office to compare information you and/or your parent(s) provided on the FAFSA to ensure its accuracy. If you have been selected for verification, you will be notified via email with a list of documents needed.
Requested documents may include:
- A completed verification worksheet, signed by both parent and student
- A federal tax return for both student and parent (if both filed taxes)
- IRS verification of non-filing status if applicable
- Other information regarding citizenship, marital status, low-income verification, household size or additional information as requested by the financial aid office
The verification process must be completed before financial aid can be disbursed.