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Financial Aid

Welcome to Fairmont State University Financial Aid Services!

Fairmont State University is committed to making a difference in the lives of all of our students. Though we strive to offer a transformative, quality education at a reasonable price, we know the cost of attending a university can present a challenge.   

Financial Aid Services is dedicated to helping you overcome that challenge and pay for school. We offer several types of aid, including:


Federal and State Grants are available and generally do not have to be paid back.  Completion of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is necessary to determine eligibility for these grants.  Fairmont State currently receives funds from the States of:  West Virginia, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Maryland, and the District of Columbia.  You should check with your state’s education office or your high school counselor to see if they allow you to use your state grant funds in a state other than your home state.

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Student loans are available from the Federal government and private sources.  Federal Government loans are available to all students who complete the FAFSA and meet the eligibility criteria.  Federal student loans and parent (PLUS) loans are borrowed directly from the U.S. Department of Education.  Private loans are based on credit-worthiness and generally require a co-signer.  Loans require repayment.  

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Parent Plus Loan applications are available online  


Scholarships are awarded based on need, merit and talent and most require an application.  Many scholarships have deadline dates that vary by scholarship.  Students may receive scholarships from Private Sources, Federal and State Funds, or from Fairmont State.  Most scholarships do not need paid back. 

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Work Programs

Student worker positions are available in almost every office and department at Fairmont State. 

Federal Work-Study provides part-time jobs for undergraduate and graduate students with financial need, allowing them to earn money to help pay education expenses. The program encourages community service work and work related to the student’s course of study.  If you’re interested in getting a Federal Work-Study job while you’re enrolled in college or career school, make sure you complete the FAFSA by March 1 and indicate on the application that you are interested in work study.  Federal Work-Study funds are awarded based on the March 1 priority date and financial need.  

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Each type of aid has different requirements (you can find more info by viewing the pages for each), but whichever type proves to be the best fit for you, your first step is to fill out your Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA.

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Filling Out Your FAFSA

Important information you need to know.

Completing your FAFSA should be relatively straightforward. If you have questions, don't hesitate to contact Financial Aid Services at

You'll need the Fairmont State University School Code to complete your FAFSA. The code is 003812.

The process for filling out your FAFSA begins by creating an FSA ID on the Office of Student Aid website. This will let you save your application and sign electronically. You will also need the following information to complete your FAFSA:

  • Your Social Security Number
    • If you aren't a U.S. citizen, you will need your Alien Registration Number
  • Your most recent federal income tax returns, W-2s, and other records of money earned.
    • Note: You may be able to transfer your federal tax return information into your FAFSA using the IRS Data Retrieval Tool.
  • Bank statements and records of investments (if applicable)
  • Records of untaxed income (if applicable)
  • If you are a dependent student, then you will also need most of the above information for your parent(s).

FAFSA Deadlines

  • Complete your FAFSA as soon as possible after October 1.
  • Fairmont State University's priority deadline is March 1st.
  • State deadlines: 
    • Promise Scholarship Deadline:  March 1st
    • West Virginia Higher Education Grant Deadline:  April 15th

If you are admitted to Fairmont State University as a freshman and successfully apply for aid, you should begin receiving your award packages in December. If you're a returning student, you will begin receiving award packages in May, as long as your application is complete and you are making satisfactory academic progress.


Fairmont State is pleased to provide the student aid calculator to assist you in estimating your costs to attend. Results are based on 2023-2024 Estimated 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.