The financial aid process begins with the completion of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

The FAFSA is the application that Ferris State University uses to determine student eligibility for federal, state and institutional aid such as grants, loans and work study.

Once your FAFSA has been received by the Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid, you will be notified by email if any additional documentation is needed to complete your financial aid file.

Click here to access a Step by Step FAFSA completion video.


The Department of Education has implemented a big change for 2017-2018 FAFSA filers. You may file your FAFSA on October 1, 2016 for the 2017-2018 academic year. The 2017-2018 FAFSA will be based on your 2015 tax data. Because the majority of tax filers will have already completed their taxes for 2015, FAFSA filers are encouraged to file on October 1 and use the IRS Data Retrieval tool to transfer 2015 tax data into their FAFSA.