Top 10 Tips for Freshman Students

  1. File the Federal Aid application (FAFSA) as early and as accurately as possible. Filing is free and is available on October 1 with prior year tax information.
    • 2019-2020: Use 2017 tax information
  2. Contact the schools to which you have applied for their particular deadline information and other required forms.
  3. If you have a change in your financial status due to unemployment, disability or another reason, advise your financial aid counselor.
  4. Scholarship searches on the web are free. Contact the Office of Financial Aid and your high school guidance counselor for recommended search sites.
  5. Copy and date everything before you mail it.
  6. Keep everything relating to financial aid in one place (an expandable file folder, a box, a paper bag or a drawer all work well).
  7. If you don't know, please ask! Financial aid information is FREE!
  8. Keep your son or daughter involved in the financial aid process. Remember, most correspondence will be addressed to the student, not to the parent.
  9. You must file for Federal financial aid every year.
  10. Educate yourself about financial aid programs and terms through free sources, such as your high school guidance office and college financial aid websites. Check our "Useful Financial Aid Links" for great information.

For more information, or if you have a specific question, please call L800.2DELVAL or 215.489.2272 or email