Filing the FAFSA

Filing the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) helps JBU make you the best financial aid offer possible. The FAFSA is required in order for you to be considered for federal financial aid, including federal student loans.

Complete the FAFSA

Everyone who is eligible should file the FAFSA

All U.S. citizens and eligible non-U.S. citizens applying to JBU should file the FAFSA.

Even if you think you won't get anything in the form of federal aid, you should still file the FAFSA. JBU offers its own need-based aid based on your FAFSA results. The FAFSA is also required to determine work-study eligibility and for some state scholarships, like the Arkansas Academic Challenge Scholarship.

If you are a U.S. citizen living abroad, please review these important notes.

When to file

Applying sooner rather than later is in your best interest. The 2022–2023 FAFSA (which is for the school year beginning with the Fall 2022 semester) becomes available on October 1, 2021.

The sooner you file, the sooner JBU can send you a financial aid offer. Also, some federal aid (like the Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant) is offered on a first-come, first-served basis.

How to send your results to JBU

To send your results to JBU, add JBU to your FAFSA form on the School Selection page. You may search for us by name or use our school code (001100). If you have already submitted your FAFSA, you will need to log in to the FAFSA form, select "Make FAFSA Corrections" and then navigate to the School Selection page. View more information about adding schools to your FAFSA.

After you file the FAFSA

Once you complete the FAFSA, you will receive your Student Aid Report (SAR) via email. The SAR will contain your EFC (Expected Family Contribution). Please review the FAFSA for accuracy and make corrections as necessary. You will need to resubmit the FAFSA after making corrections.

It usually takes the Financial Aid Office about 3-5 business days to receive FAFSA submissions. The JBU Financial Aid Office will email you if we have any questions or need you to take any further action with your FAFSA.

How to file the FAFSA

FAFSA Prep Checklist

It typically takes less than 30 minutes to complete the FAFSA if you gather what you need ahead of time. Use our FAFSA Prep Checklist to get started.

FAFSA Prep Checklist

Getting help

If you have questions about financial aid, contact your admissions counselor.

If you have technical issues related to the FAFSA form, or the myStudentAid mobile app, contact the U.S. Department of Education.

If you have been selected for verification, learn more about that process.

Other questions may be directed to JBU's FAFSA Specialist:

Bradonia Napier
FAFSA Specialist
(479) 524-7178

Notes for U.S. citizens living abroad

  • When completing the Untaxed Income section of the FAFSA, note the question for "Housing and other living allowances paid to members of the clergy." Any housing or other type of living allowance that is not included in your W-2 wages (but is reported to the IRS Schedule SE) should be included in the Untaxed Income section FAFSA.
  • Because the analysis builds in an allowance for your FICA tax, do not include self-employment tax on FAFSA question 86. On question 86, use only the amount from form 1040 line 55.
  • If you also pay tax to the country in which you reside, do not include that tax on line 85.