Find answers to frequently asked questions about financial aid at Saint Louis University.
Visit the contact student financial services page for your counselor’s contact information.
No appointment is necessary. Learn more about contacting student financial services.
Yes, you can use our cost calculator. The exact cost of attending SLU can vary depending on your program or degree.
Your SAI is a measure of your family's financial strength and indicates how much of your and your family's financial resources could be available to help pay for your education. The SAI is calculated from the information you reported on your FAFSA. The amount you have to pay at any school may be different from your SAI because your SAI is a constant, while costs at each school may vary.
Saint Louis University uses resources from generous donors in addition to state and federal funds to provide you with your financial aid package. While our institutional funds provide a great deal of assistance to our students, our funds are also limited. We strive to distribute our awards to each family equitably and ethically based upon the information given.
Regardless of household income or assets, you will qualify for student loans. We recommend that everyone complete a FAFSA before their first year of school so that we can award the best financial aid package possible. The FAFSA takes many factors into consideration including household size, number in college, asset portfolio and more. In fact, families with more than $200,000 in adjusted gross income have qualified for aid.
No, you may only participate in one federal work-study job. However, you can work a second job on campus; these are known as "student worker" positions. Your work-study job hours are limited by federal law to a maximum of 15 hours per week. As a student worker, your hours are set by the department in which you work. You can search both types at career services.
It is your responsibility to notify student financial services of all outside awards (scholarships, loans, etc). If you receive a scholarship check made out to your name instead of SLU, bring it to our office in DuBourg Hall, Room 119, so that it can be credited your student account. Make sure to include your Banner ID on the check. You can also mail your private scholarship checks to the address below:
Saint Louis University
Office of Student Financial Services
Attn: Scholarship Department
One Grand Boulevard
DuBourg Hall, Room 119
St. Louis, MO 63103
Saint Louis University's FAFSA school code is 002506.
File the FAFSA by the SLU priority deadline of Feb. 1 to maximize your scholarship and grant eligibility.
You do not have to fill out a FAFSA, but we highly recommend doing so. Even families with high income levels can be awarded some type of aid after filing their FAFSA.
Yes. To be considered for aid, the FAFSA must be completed each year.
When filing the FAFSA, beginning each year in October for the upcoming school year, you will use the tax return you already filed in April, i.e. for the 2024-25 academic year, you will use your 2022 tax return.
Another advantage is the service the Internal Revenue Service provides called the Direct Data Exchange. When filing the FAFSA, students will be asked to use the Direct Data Exchange to provide the answers from the federal tax return. This will both automatically draw the appropriate tax information into the FAFSA populating the fields with the correct corresponding data and cut down on potential corrections, verifications and award adjustments.
|If you play to apply for financial aid for ...||Use information from ...||Submit the FAFSA as early as ...||Preferred time frame to file is ...||SLU will begin to award aid on or after ...|
|2023-2024 academic year||2021||Oct. 1, 2022||Oct. 1, 2022-Feb. 1, 2023||Feb. 2022|
|2024-2025 academic year||2022||December 2023||Jan. 1, 2024-Feb. 1, 2024||Feb. 2024|
Verification is an audit process required by the Department of Education. The Department of Education selects FAFSAs to audit for a variety of reasons, some of which include incomplete or inconsistent answers.
The FAFSA Simplification Act was passed by Congress in 2020 and represents a significant overhaul of the processes and systems used to award federal student aid. This includes the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form, the need analysis that determines federal aid eligibility, changes in terminology, and many policies and procedures for schools that participate in federal student aid programs.
- The application will be shorter and more user-friendly
- Students can list up to 20 colleges
- FAFSA is available in more languages
- Applicants will be required to use the IRS Direct Data Exchange
- All contributors must provide financial information
- Student Aid Index (SAI) is replacing Expected Family Contribution (EFC)
- The Federal Pell Grant expands to more students and will link eligibility to family size and the federal poverty level.
- The guidance on which parent income to report for students whose parents are separated or divorced has changed to the parent who provides the most financial support to the student, rather than the parent who lives at the student’s primary residence.
- Family farms and small businesses must be reported as assets
- Unlike the EFC calculation, the SAI will not include the number of family members in college. This may reduce need-based aid eligibility for current students with siblings in college.
- To speed up processing time, parents without a Social Security Number will be able to apply for an FSA ID and submit their FAFSA application online. They will no longer have to print, sign and mail the form.
- Your SLU aid offered is guaranteed for 10 semesters, as long as you maintain a 2.0 GPA.
- The FAFSA is still required for consideration of federal and state financial aid every year.
- Federal Student Loan limits will not change
- Dependency status questions that determine if your parent(s) must complete the FAFSA will remain the same.
- The FAFSA will still request tax information from the prior-prior year, which means you’ll report 2022 income and assets on your 2024-2025 application.
FAFSA guidelines say you should answer the parent section using information about the parent that provided more financial support for you over the last 12 months.
If one parent did not contribute more than the other, you should give answers about the parent who earns the greater income.
The parent that provided more financial support during the last 12 months is identified as the custodial parent, and you will use their information on the FAFSA. If the custodial parent is remarried as of the date you are filing your FAFSA, answer the questions using information about your parent and your stepparent.
All contributors will need an FSA ID, including parents without a Social Security Number.
- The student
- Student's parent(s) and/or step-parent(s), if dependent
- Student spouse, if married
Parents of dependent students that filed taxes married filing jointly in 2022 will only need one parent FSA ID. Parents that filed taxes married filing separately will each need an FSA ID to complete the FAFSA. Parents without a Social Security Number will be able to establish an FSA ID in order to electronically file the FAFSA.
If you already have an FSA ID, you do not need to create a new one. You can recover your FSA ID and password here.
The most common student loans are Federal Direct Loans. There also are federal Parent PLUS loans, federal Graduate PLUS loans and private loans.
Interest rates vary with the type of loan. Specific rates for the 2023-24 school year are displayed below.
- Federal Direct Subsidized Loan (Undergraduate) - 5.50%
- Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan (Undergraduate) - 5.50%
- Parent PLUS Loan (Undergraduate) - 8.05%
- Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan (Graduate) - 7.05%
- Graduate PLUS Loan - 8.05%
Private loans have fixed and variable rates based either on the prime interest rate or the three-month LIBOR (London Inter-Bank Offer Rate) and the credit scores of the applicants.
- Dependent, Undergraduate: $31,000 (no more than $23,000 of which can be subsidized Federal Direct loans)
- Independent, Undergraduate: $57,500 (no more than $23,000 of which can be subsidized Federal Direct loans)
- Graduate: $138,500 (no more than $65,500 of which can be subsidized Federal Direct loans)
You can review all the federal student loans you have taken out while an undergraduate and/or graduate student online. You will need your FSA ID to access this information. To obtain information regarding non-federal loans such as a private loan, contact your loan provider.
- Federal student loans go into repayment six months after you drop below half-time (usually six credit hours for undergraduate and may vary for graduate programs) or graduation.
- Private student loans vary by lender.
- Federal parent loans generally begin repayment 60 days after the final loan disbursement; however, parents may request a deferment (delay in payment) for up to four years. There is no grace period. Interest begins to accumulate at the time the first disbursement is made.
Private loans are an option for financing your college education that are separate from the standard forms of lending from federal and state governments, such as the Federal Direct loans and PLUS loans.
While federal student loans are not credit-qualifying loans but limit borrowing to specific amounts, private loans are credit-qualifying loans requiring a credit-worthy co-signer. Private loans allow you to borrow up to cost of attendance minus your other financial aid.