Applying for Aid

The FAFSA uses income tax information from two years prior.  For example, for the 2023-2024 FAFSA, you will enter your and your parent's 2021 federal tax information.  However, if you or your parent have not yet filed your 2021 taxes, you may fill out your FAFSA using estimated tax information. You’ll have the opportunity to correct this information when you receive the processed Student Aid Report (SAR). It’s better to use estimated tax information than risk missing the financial-aid deadline.

Financial Aid FAQs

To assist students through the financial aid process, we have compiled a list of frequently asked questions and their answers. If you are unable to find an answer to your question, please contact our Office of Financial Aid for more information.

Merit Aid and Non-Need-Based Aid

When you receive an award from an outside source, we will first fill any unmet need and then, if necessary, reduce your self-help resources (loan and/or work study), and gift aid. We do this to encourage you to seek outside sources of aid. In recognition of the effort you made to obtain the award, we do not first seek to reduce your grant aid.  However, any scholarships awarded over the amount of unmet need and self-help may result in a reduction of Saint Anselm College grant and/or scholarship aid.

Students must notify the Office of Financial Aid of any outside scholarship(s) received due to the federal government's mandates. We must include all outside scholarships as part of your financial aid funding.

How Financial Aid is Determined

Send a letter detailing those circumstances, along with appropriate documentation, to the Saint Anselm College Office of Financial Aid. Examples of special circumstances could be loss of employment, unusually high medical expenses, or reduced income. Upon receipt of your letter and documentation, your eligibility will be re-evaluated.

Change of Residency Status

Your need-based and non-need based financial aid may be affected by a change in residency status. Please contact the Office of Financial Aid as soon as possible if you are considering a move from on- to off-campus or vice versa. We will create a workup for you which details the difference in your financial aid and affect on your bill for on- vs off-campus.

Loans/Managing Debt/Financial Literacy

For subsidized loans, the government pays the interest on the loan while you are going to school.  Interest begins accruing on subsidized loans 6 months after you graduate or cease attending at least half-time.

For unsubsidized loans, interest begins accruing on the loan from the date the loan posts to your student account.   It is strongly recommended that you make regular payments for at least the minimum monthly accrued interest.  At the time of loan repayment (6 months after you graduate or cease attending at least half-time), any unpaid accrued interest will be added onto the principal of the loan ("capitalized") and you will then pay interest on your interest.  Please contact your loan servicer to determine what you may owe in accrued interest.