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Financial Aid Office



Timeline to Apply for Financial Aid

IMPORTANT: Before applying for financial aid, you first must apply for admission to St. Ambrose University (which includes supporting material such as test scores, official transcripts, etc.).

October 1 – First day to submit the FAFSA. (Example: For a student attending college during the 2017-18 school year, the first day to submit a FAFSA can be as early as Oct. 1, 2016.)

St. Ambrose University federal school code: 001889
Completing a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is the primary way to assess you and your family's financial picture and determine what scholarships, grants and/or loans for which you qualify.

With the new FAFSA deadline you will now be able to use prior-prior year tax information.

Read more about FAFSA changes for 2017-18 on the U.S. Department of Education's Federal Student Aid website.

March 15 – Submit your FAFSA by this date to have priority consideration on financial aid from SAU.

July 1 – Iowa residents only: Submit the FAFSA by this date to be considered for State of Iowa scholarships and/or the Iowa Tuition Grant.

What happens after submitting the FAFSA?

Once your FAFSA has been processed, the SAU Financial Aid Office will send an electronic and paper copy of your award letter describing your financial aid package. You don't need to notify the University of your award acceptance. Simply follow the instructions on your award letter or visit Award Letter Next Steps.

If your award letter includes a Federal Direct Subsidized/Unsubsidized or PLUS Loan, please go to the Student Loan page to learn more.

Returning students: View awards on Beeline. If you borrowed loans in the previous year, they will be processed automatically for the amount on your award, unless you notify the Financial Aid Office of any changes.


For more information email the Financial Aid Office or call us at 563/333-5775.

Whats Next

Scholarships and Grants

St. Ambrose University offers several merit and need-based scholarships. Learn about them here.