Free Application for Federal Student Aid

No matter your family's financial status, you should complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form every year you're enrolled at UMKC. Submit your FAFSA by the recently updated priority deadline of April 1st to increase your chances of receiving awards you don't have to pay back.

Every Student. Every Year.

The information you submit through Federal Student Aid's FAFSA every year you're in school determines the amount of federal financial aid you are eligible to receive each year. In addition, when you submit your FAFSA you’re also automatically applying for state funds and automatic scholarships from UMKC.

New Changes to the 2024-25 FAFSA

The 2024-25 FAFSA contains updates that apply to both current and new students attending UMKC. These new changes are the result of legislation that passed in 2020 to help simplify the application process.

Four key changes to expect:

  1. Reduced number of FAFSA questions
    • The updated FAFSA is much shorter and now pulls information directly from your income tax return.
  2. The results of the FAFSA are now called the Student Aid Index (SAI). 
    • This replaces the former terminology called the Expected Family Contribution (EFC).
  3. Modifications to family definitions in FAFSA formulas
    • Student spouses and parents who provide information in the FAFSA are called contributors. This means they contribute information to the FAFSA and must create their own logins. 
  4. Expanded access to Federal Pell Grants
    • Pell Grants will now be calculated using the SAI or, under certain circumstances, your Adjusted Gross Income (AGI) from your tax return. The SAI and AGI levels for aid have also been adjusted and will allow more students to qualify for Pell Grants. 

Learn more about these changes on the Federal Student Aid website.

View a two-minute video about the changes to the 2024–25 FAFSA

What should you be doing now to prepare for the new FAFSA application?

  1. Complete the FAFSA starting Jan. 1, and submit it by the UMKC priority deadline of April 1.
  2. Create your account with Federal Student Aid. You and anyone who needs to contribute information on your FAFSA must create a FSA ID.

Questions about the new FAFSA process?

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Priority Deadline for Filing Your FAFSA

Funding for some financial aid is limited, so the awards are made on a first-come, first-serve basis. To increase your chances of receiving awards that do not have to be repaid, submit the FAFSA by the April 1st priority deadline

You don't have to wait

You may file your FAFSA as early as Jan. 1.

Filing Your FAFSA

Filing the FAFSA is free and takes the average student less than 30 minutes. Detailed instructions are included each step of the way.

The information you need to file your FAFSA

  • Social Security number
  • Driver’s license number
  • FSA ID — made up of a username and password
  • Financial records — bank statements and investment information
  • Tax returns
  • UMKC FAFSA code 002518

File your FAFSA

Parental information for dependent undergraduate students

Dependent undergraduate students under the age of 24 and unmarried must include parental financial information on the FAFSA. Parents who provide information in the FAFSA are called contributors and are required to create their own FSA ID.

Dependency status

IRS data retrieval tool

For the 2024-25 FAFSA, the IRS data retrieval tool (DRT) will no longer be in use. Instead, FAFSA can pull information directly from your income tax return. You’ll just need to consent using your FSA ID.

Health professional students

When completing your FAFSA, make sure you are entering information for the portion of the program you will be in for the upcoming year.

School of Medicine 6-Year Program

  • Years 1 and 2
    • Your College Grade Level - Select one of the "Undergraduate" levels
    • Your College Degree or Certificate - Select "Bachelor’s Degree"
  • Years 3-6
    • Your College Grade Level - Select one of the "Graduate/Professional" options
    • Your College Degree or Certificate - Select "College graduate or professional degree"

School of Pharmacy

Think You Don't Qualify for Financial Aid?

Financial aid eligibility is based on many factors besides income — such as the size of your family and your year in school. You can’t know how much financial aid you qualify for unless you file your FAFSA. 

The truth about FAFSA

Verification of Your Information

Before any financial aid funds can be disbursed to your UMKC account, the information you submitted on the FAFSA must be verified for accuracy by the DOE or our office.

If there are differences between your FAFSA and your financial documents, we will correct the differences and resubmit your FAFSA. You will then receive an updated Student Aid Report from the DOE.

Verification info (PDF)

How to submit documents for verification

You may be asked to submit documents to support the information you reported on your FAFSA, such as a tax return transcript (PDF).

Check your to-do list in Pathway for any requests for documents and respond as soon as possible. Verification of your file may be delayed until all requested documents are submitted.



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