The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is the most important financial aid form you will need to complete. It is important to use the most accurate information as possible when completing your FAFSA since the information you report is used by the Department of Education and Harrisburg University to determine your Expected Family Contribution and eligibility for federal and institutional need-based grants.

How to File a FAFSA

You can complete FAFSA in one of the following ways:

  • Online at the FAFSA web site.
  • Complete and mail in a paper application.
  • Over the phone with a Department of Education counselor at 1-800-433-3243 (TTY Line for Hearing impaired is 1-800-730-8913)

Harrisburg University recommends that you file your FAFSA online in order to make the process as efficient and timely as possible. In order to complete the FAFSA online, you and your parent (if you are a dependent student) will need to first retrieve your FSA ID.

The FAFSA application is specific to an academic year, so you will need to make sure you are completing the correct version of the application. New FAFSA applications become available online at the beginning of January.

Finalizing Your FAFSA

You will need to provide Harrisburg University’s Federal School Code in order for your FAFSA to be received and processed by the University. HU’s school code is 039483. If you attended another university or already completed a FAFSA but did not originally list Harrisburg University’s school code, you will need to update your application with Harrisburg U’s school code. You will also need to sign your FAFSA in order for the Department of Education to process it and send the information to Harrisburg University. If you are a dependent student, then one of the parents listed on your FAFSA will also need to sign the application. If you are completing the form online, you and your parent can sign the FAFSA electronically using your FSA ID.

Student Aid Report

The Department of Education typically takes 3-5 business days to fully process your FAFSA once you have submitted a complete application. Once your FAFSA is fully processed, you will receive a Student Aid Report (SAR) that will indicate any issues with your application and your potential next steps. If there are any errors or issues that you need to resolve you will need to follow the instructions listed on the SAR to correct them. Your Student Aid Report will also include your Expected Family Contribution as calculated by the Department of Education.

Your EFC is the amount of your educational costs the government has determined you and your family can afford to pay either out-of-pocket or through various financing options. Your EFC is listed as a numerical value on your Student Aid Report and is transmitted to all of the schools listed on your application along with the rest of your FAFSA data. HU uses your EFC to determine the amount of your financial need and eligibility for need-based federal and institutional financial aid. The information that is reported on your SAR is also sent to the schools you listed on your FAFSA. Harrisburg University should receive your FAFSA data at the same time you receive your SAR.

For more information on the FASFA and scholarships and grants at HU, sign up for one-on-one meeting with Vince Frank, Director of Financial Aid. You may e-mail him at, or call 717.901.5115.