As of April 11, 2024.

2024 FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) FAQ

What is happening with FAFSA?

In December, the federal Department of Education released a new FAFSA form that will calculate eligibility for federal aid (like Pell Grants) and federal student loans differently than in years past. In order for all colleges and universities—including Longwood—to determine your eligibility for financial aid, state financial aid, federal loans, and federal work study, the Department of Education must first send us information from your filed FAFSA form.

Typically, we begin receiving this information much earlier in the process and can by now share with you complete financial offers. This year, however, the Department of Education did not begin sending FAFSA information to colleges and universities until mid-March. We were alerted in early April that some of our students’ FAFSA information is incorrect and needs to be fixed so that we can ensure no one misses out on need-based aid they are eligible to receive.

This has put every college, university, and family in the same position: waiting until we have a significant number of correct FAFSA forms before we can start processing financial aid offers and sending them to you.

What does this mean for students and families?

For students whose FAFSA forms are correct, it means that we are working on putting together your financial aid offer as quickly as possible and will send it to you as soon as you are ready.

For students who have been told their FAFSA forms need to be corrected, it means it might take slightly longer to get your offer. The Department of Education has said it will fully make forms open to corrections sometime during the week of April 15. Once the corrected form has been sent to us, we will work on preparing your financial aid offer as soon as possible.

We’re frustrated because it feels like time is running out to make a decision about college.

We understand your frustration. Frankly, we are frustrated too. Choosing the right higher education option is an important and exciting decision, and we want you to have all the information you need in enough time to make that decision. That’s why we’re working very hard to process the FAFSA information we have been given as quickly as possible.

As you wait, we’re here to help, or even just talk to you about your concerns with the process. Call us anytime at 434-395-2077 or text 434-207-6514 and we’ll be happy to answer any and all questions you have.

What if I need more time after I receive my financial aid package to make a decision?

We at Longwood understand that some students and families are going to need more time to consider all the offers from schools before they make their decision. We’ve extended the deposit deadline to May 15 so you have the time you need to make the right decision. If you need more time, just let us know.

We're happy to help you understand your aid offer from Longwood and even compare it to other schools with you. Just email finaid@longwood.edu or call 434-395-2077 and we’ll be happy to talk it through.

When will I receive my financial aid offer from Longwood?

For new students whose FAFSA forms are correct, it means that you will have to wait until mid to late-April to receive your financial aid offer from Longwood. We have moved our deposit deadline to May 15 to give you more time to get your financial aid offer and decide your best higher education path.

For new students who need to make corrections to your FAFSA forms, it means you will have to wait slightly longer to receive your financial aid offer. The sooner you correct your FAFSA, the sooner we can process your offer.

For current students, it means that you will have to wait until mid-May (after grades are posted) to receive your financial aid offer.

Does this affect my university merit scholarships (Presidential, Provost’s, Dean’s, Rotunda Award, Lancer Distinction Award), athletic scholarships, Cormier Honors College scholarships, or other non-federal award?

No, while those awards are part of your overall financial offer, they are not impacted by federal or state aid or loans. If you have been awarded one of the scholarships listed above, they will stay the same no matter the FAFSA information we receive.

Will I know if Longwood has been sent my FAFSA information?

There are two ways you can find out if your FAFSA information has been sent to us.

First, you should get an email from the Department of Education when your FAFSA information begins to be sent to universities. (Note that not all universities you choose to send your information to may receive it on the same day.)

Second, you can look in the Department of Education’s FAFSA portal. When you can view your FAFSA Submission Summary, it has been processed by DOE and will become available to institutions.

How will I know when Longwood has processed my FAFSA information?

New Students: You can log into your Longwood Admissions portal. If the “Submit the FAFSA" box on the Next Steps Checklist is checked, we have processed your FAFSA information and are preparing to share it with you. Because we are working on a compressed timeline, it may take some time to process your FAFSA information. We know you’re eager to have all the information to make a decision about higher education, and we are eager to welcome you to Longwood! We appreciate your patience as we process this information as quickly and as accurately as possible.

Current Students: You’ll need to log into myLongwood and select the Financial Aid tab and Financial Aid Status/Eligibility. Next, choose Student Requirements and select aid year 2024-2025 Academic Year. In the Eligibility Requirements section, under Satisfied Requirements, you will see FAFSA Submission Summary. The status will indicate if Longwood has received and processed your FAFSA and the date that occurred.

How long will it take Longwood to process my FAFSA information and share my Financial Aid offer with me?

We will share financial aid offers with students and families as soon as we possibly can—hopefully, that means by late April. That timeline depends solely on how quickly the Department of Education can get us a substantial portion of the FAFSA information we need.

New students who need to make corrections to their FAFSA forms will have to wait slightly longer to receive their financial aid offer. The faster you make corrections, the faster we can process the forms and get an offer to you.

In the meantime, we will continue to communicate with you as this process unfolds. We know that uncertainty about such a major decision can cause students and family members to become anxious, so we are here to help. You can call our financial aid office at (434) 395-2077 or email finaid@longwood.edu, and we will talk you through the process and answer any questions you might have.

How will I receive my financial aid offer?

You will receive an email with a personalized link. Just click the link to open a PDF of your financial aid offer which you may download or print.

I got the email from the Department of Education that my FAFSA information has been sent to Longwood, but the box in my Admissions Portal isn’t checked.

As soon as we begin to receive FAFSA information from the Department of Education, we’ll begin processing. We expect a heavy influx of data in March, however, so it may take some time to process everyone’s information. We know you’re eager to have all the information to make a decision about higher education, and we are eager to welcome you to Longwood! We appreciate your patience as we process this information as quickly and as accurately as possible.

I need to correct my FAFSA form. Can I do that now?

The Department of Education has let us know that families who need to make corrections to their FAFSA forms will be able to do so “in the coming days,” with limited access at first, then “broadly available” at some point the week of April 15.

For most applicants, the corrections should only take a few minutes, so we urge you to check the website at www.studentaid.gov regularly over the coming days to ensure you get your FAFSA submitted correctly so that we can process it as quickly as possible. We cannot process your financial aid offer without a completed and corrected FAFSA.

How can you correct your FAFSA?

  • Log into your account at www.studentaid.gov
  • A list of items that need to be corrected will be noted as “Action Required”
  • Correct the items and re-submit
  • When the necessary items are corrected, your FAFSA application status will be “Processed.”