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Financial Aid Application Procedures

In an effort to reduce the paperwork burden on students and parents, Ringling College requires a two-step process for initiating the financial aid request for all programs administered by the Office of Financial Aid. These requirements are:

  1. Apply for admission to Ringling College.
  2. File the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) with the U.S. Department of Education.

The FAFSA is available online at fafsa.ed.gov as of January 1 each year. We highly recommend filing an online FAFSA. Paper copies are available at your public library, local high school, or directly from Ringling College. 

The Title IV code for Ringling College, which designates the College as a recipient of the processed information, is 012574.

After your FAFSA is processed, you will receive your Student Aid Report (SAR) from a central processing agent. Ringling College will receive an electronic file directly from the U.S. Department of Education, which will then be used to process your financial aid. To be considered for all of the aid for which you may be eligible, Ringling College must receive your FAFSA by our priority date of March 1. If you need assistance completing the FAFSA, click here for guidance.

It is important that the FAFSA be completed accurately and submitted on time to the College. Errors can result in long delays or denial of funds. In general, the FAFSA is not difficult to complete, and Ringling College’s Financial Aid staff is available to answer any questions.

Students who apply via the Internet will receive their application results within 3-5 days, versus 6-8 weeks if the application is sent by mail. When the FAFSA information is transmitted over the Internet, it is completely secure. Application entries are edited thoroughly, reducing the number of errors and potentially reducing the need to submit additional documentation later in the process. 

Financial aid applications may be selected by the Department of Education for a process called verification. If your FAFSA is selected for verification, it will be necessary for the Office of Financial Aid to collect other supporting documentation in order to complete your file. Please contact our office for guidance as soon as you know you have been selected for verification.

Financial Aid Notification Letters will be mailed or emailed as soon as the financial aid review process has been completed.

You are encouraged to research other sources of financial assistance that may be available in your local area, including foundations, civic organizations and your parents’ or spouse's employers. Please visit Ringling College's list of third party Scholarships