Applying for financial aid can be intimidating. But don’t let that stop you. Even if you don’t think you qualify, give it a go. There may be money out there with your name on it!

First, a few definitions. Financial aid comes in two forms—need-based and merit-based. Need-based financial aid is awarded based on financial need; merit-based scholarships are awarded for academic performance, athletic ability and other talents.

To apply for need-based aid, start here:

  • Put your financial house in order. Collect all your tax information—and if your parents still claim you on their taxes, encourage them to do the same--as soon after January 1 as possible. You’ll need this information to complete financial aid forms.
  • Fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid—the famous FAFSA. Because financial aid is awarded generally on a first-come, first-served basis, submit your FAFSA by February 1—if possible—and no later than March 1 for priority consideration for additional aid. (If you don't get it done by then, you can still file after that date but additional aid goes fast!)  You can complete your FAFSA online at Be sure to include both school codes—003812 Fairmont State and 040385 Pierpont—on your FAFSA.
  • West Virginia high schoolers will want to complete the application for PROMISE Scholarships long before March 1. Apply online at
  • Wait. You will receive results from your FAFSA applications in as little as three days if you submitted it online and provided a valid email address.  During busy processing times, this may take a little longer. Review everything carefully. Some students will have to correct their results. Others will be asked to submit verification. If this is the case, contact our office—(800) 641-5678, Opt. 2, or (304) 367-4213—and we’ll help you through it.
To apply for merit based aid, start here:
  • Complete the Scholarship Application by February 1 each year.  The application is available on this website and in the Turley Student Student Services Center from November 1-February 1.
  • And, there’s good news about the merit-based Falcon Scholarships: these are awarded based on your admission file being completed by December 15. So apply for admission early, we award these scholarships on a first-come, first-served basis beginning in February.

Contact Info

Office of Financial Aid
Turley Student Services Center
Room 303
Phone: (800) 641-5678, Opt. 2
(304) 367-4141
Fax: (304) 367-4789

School Code
When filling out your FAFSA, use 003812 as the school code

Office Hours

  • Monday - Wednesday 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
  • Thursday 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
  • Friday 8:00 am - 4:00 pm


Net Price Calculator

Net Price Calculator
Fairmont State is pleased to provide this student aid calculator to assist you in estimating your costs to attend FSU.  Results are based on 2014-2015 Cost of Attendance figures and student aid eligibility requirements which are subject to change.  These results should assist you in determining an estimate of your out-of-pocket expense to attend Fairmont State.