USM's financial aid office — helping you achieve your dreams


The University of Saint Mary is dedicated to making your college education affordable. We offer aid to accepted students who qualify — and about 98 percent of our students receive financial aid of some kind.

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is your first step to receiving a financial aid package.

And this year, you can complete FAFSA online beginning October 1.

Things to Know

  • FAFSA Fridays in De Paul Library


  • Financial aid packages are designed to help you easily manage your education expenses — typically involving a combination of scholarships, state and federal grants, work study, and student loans. You must submit FAFSA before receiving any kind of aid at USM.  

  • In order to complete the FAFSA, you now need a Federal Student Aid ID (FSA ID). This is made up of a selected username and password. IMPORTANT: You and your parents should create your own in order to electronically sign the FAFSA and other federal financial aid documents.

  • On the 2017-18 FAFSA, you — and your parent(s), as appropriate — will report your 2015 income and tax information (rather than your 2016 income and tax information).

  • The IRS Data Retrieval Tool (DRT) used to access your tax information for the FAFSA is currently unavailable.

    This does not limit your ability to apply for aid. You can manually provide your tax return information—and file online, as you normally would.

    Applicants filing a 2016–17 or 2017–18 FAFSA must use data fromyour 2015 tax returns.

    You should always retain a copy of your tax return (either electronically or on paper), and keep it in a secure place. If you did not keep a copy of your tax return, here are some options:

    1. Access the tax software product you used to prepare and file your 2015 return. You may be able to access your account to download/print a copy.

    2. Contact the tax preparer/provider who filed your 2015 return if you used a tax professional.

    3. Download your tax transcript (a summary) at Get Transcript Online. Review the rigorous identity authentication requirements for Secure Access before attempting to register.

    4. Use Get Transcript by Mail and a transcript will be mailed to the address on your return within five to 10 days. Or you can call the automated line at 800-908-9946 to order a transcript by mail.

    If you filed an amended tax return, Form 1040X, you should use the adjusted gross income and earned income listed on your revised tax return."

Questions? Call us toll-free at 800-752-7043 or email [email protected].

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