Office of Scholarships & Financial Aid

Welcome to the Office of Scholarships & Financial Aid at Fayetteville State University. We offer an array of different options to help you with your educational expenses. You must submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to be considered for grants, scholarships, work-study, and student loans.

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is now available on October 1 for each academic year, so don't miss out! We understand applying for financial aid can be overwhelming, and confusing for our current and prospective students. If you need assistance completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA,, please contact us at (910) 672-1325, or visit us at the Lilly Building, first floor.

FAFSA Verification Process

If you receive an email or letter from the Office of Scholarships & Financial Aid. Please respond immediately with the necessary documents as requested.

Failure to respond will result in a delay of your financial aid. For questions regarding the verification process, please email, call (910) 672-1325.

Steps for Applying for Financial Aid

To be eligible for scholarships, grants, work-study, and/or loans, students must complete each of the following steps.

  1. Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) - This form can be obtained at The FAFSA must be filed to determine a student's financial need and eligibility for financial aid at Fayetteville State University.
  2. Verification - The U.S. Department of Education randomly selects a certain percentage of financial aid applications for verification. Students whose applications are selected for verification will be contacted by the Office os Scholarships & Financial Aid. If you receive an email about required documents needed to complete the verificaiton process, please respond immediately. For questions regarding the verification process please send an email or call (910) 672-1325. You will need to submit requested documents to the Office of Scholarships & Financial Aid, and the documents can be sent by email, fax, or mailed to 1200 Murchison Road, Lilly Gym, Fayetteville, NC 28301. If you do not submit requested documents in a timely manner, your award letter will be delayed.
  3. Award Letter - When the review process is complete, the student will receive an award letter. The award letter is also available in Banner Self Service. Students who receive an award letter should go to Banner Self Service to accept, reduce, or decline their federal student loans. Loan funds will not pay to student accounts unless they are accepted on Banner Self Service. In Banner, students can view their financial aid status at any time. They can also view any outstanding requirements, view their student account summary, and view and pay bills.
  4. Summer School - Students are awarded based on summer registration.

Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible to receive financial aid assistance by the Office of Scholarships & Financial Aid, you must:

  1. Be admitted and currently enrolled in at least half time status as an undergraduate or graduate student.
  2. Be enrolled in a degree-seeking program at Fayetteville State University.
  3. Be a U.S. citizen, permanent resident or eligible non-citizen.
  4. Make satisfactory academic progress (See “Satisfactory Academic Progress”) toward the completion of his or her academic program.
  5. Not be in default status on any Title IV aid from a previous enrollment period.
  6. Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by the priority deadline of January 15.

Eligibility for most financial aid programs administered by the Office of Financial Aid is based on “Financial Eligibility” as demonstrated on the Institution Information Student Report (ISIR).

Eligibility need is the difference between the costs to attend college and what the student and his or her family can reasonably afford to contribute toward the student's education. Graduate students are eligible for unsubsidized student loans.

Total Educational Cost - Expected Family Contribution (EFC)
(Based on congressional calculation)
= Eligibility (Need)

A student’s eligibility for financial aid is determined by the U.S. Department of Education from information provided on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), which is often referred to as the need analysis document. A need analysis is a systematic method of measuring the ability of the student to pay for educational costs, and student’s eligibility to receive funds from federal, state, institutional, and/or other financial aid programs.