Financial Aid FAQs

Frequently Asked Financial Aid Questions

How do I apply for Financial Aid?

Complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and use FSW school code 001477 to find out if you are eligible for any type of Federal Aid for your classes at FSW. A FAFSA is also required to be considered for any FSW scholarships you may apply for. Remember, both the FAFSA and the FSW scholarship application must be completed every year.

Which FAFSA do I need?

A FAFSA is required to be submitted each academic year; the 2022-23 FAFSA will be used for the current Fall 2022, Spring 2023 and Summer 2023 semesters. The 2023-2024 FAFSA will be for the Fall 2023, Spring 2024, and Summer 2024 semesters. Make sure you are completing the correct FAFSA for the correct year.

Where will I receive information about my financial aid at FSW?

Information will be sent to your Bucs (student) email from and will be available in your FSW Student Portal. Make sure to add to your safe senders list and forward your student emails to your personal email account if you will not be regularly checking your Bucs (student) email. Information can also be viewed by visiting:!/dashboard/home/2021

Where is the Scholarship application for 2023-2024?

The scholarship application can be completed at You must be accepted to the college to complete the scholarship application. Not an FSW student yet? Visit to get started!

How do I know if my Scholarship application was approved?

Students will receive an “application submitted email” to their BUCS email from Please add this email to your safe senders list. Students can also log onto their application at and view their status.

How will I know if I am awarded Federal Aid or an FSW Scholarship?

Students will receive an award notification via their Bucs (student) email with a link to view their offer. Sometimes the email might be in your junk mail folder, so please add and to your safe senders list.

How and where do I submit my requested Verification documents?

All your documents and tasks can be completed by registering at You can also fax (239-489-9127) or mail your documents to:

FSW – Office of Student Financial Aid, 8099 College Parkway, Fort Myers, FL 33919

How long does it take to get my Financial Aid offer?

Once FAFSA processors have successfully processed your FAFSA application, it is sent electronically to FSW, typically within 7 days. FSW will assess your aid eligibility and provide a financial aid offer shortly thereafter. The notification email will be sent to your Bucs email. If you have additional tasks/requirements to complete, this process will take an additional 14 days to process.

When will I get my Refund?

Financial aid funds will be applied to a student’s account after attendance has been verified by your professors after the add/drop period (see the current academic year Official College Calendar for semester dates at

Once your financial aid funds pay to your account, any credit balance refund will be sent within 14 days. Funds will be released only if the student has attended and been verified for attendance in all classes.

Why was I selected for verification?

Approximately 30% of our students who submit the FAFSA each year are randomly chosen for verification by Department of Education.

Why do I have an attendance hold?

You did not complete the attendance verification assignment in Canvas. For more information please review

My financial situation has changed since filing the FAFSA. What are my options?

If you have experienced the loss of a job, a large reduction in income, or extraordinary medical expenses, please request our "Professional Judgment: Special Circumstance - EFC Calculation Appeal" found at: to have your financial aid status reviewed on a case by case basis. Note: the FAFSA itself cannot be updated to reflect your current financial situation. The EFC Calculation Appeal can be used for unique circumstances. Contact your Financial Aid Specialist if you have any questions.

What is the best form of communications to have my questions answered?

Email us at from your Bucs email account. Please include your Student ID for the quickest response time.

Why did I not receive my full Pell award?

The federal Pell Grant is always assumed at full time enrollment which is at least 12 credits per semester. If you are not attending full time, your Pell grant will be pro-rated according to your attendance, whether it is 3/4 quarter or half-time enrollment.

How do I ensure that I am meeting Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) to maintain financial aid eligibility?

You must maintain good Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) to continue to be eligible for Financial Aid. This means a GPA of at least 2.00 and successfully completing at least 2/3 of all your attempted classes. Your completion rate is calculated by dividing all your earned credit hours (Ds and above) by your attempted credit hours (F’s, W’s, etc.) and multiplying by 100. The resulting percentage should be equal to or greater than 66.666%.

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Why is the "Cost of Attendance" on my financial aid award portal more than the charges on my student account?

"Cost of Attendance" is a term that is often confusing. A student’s cost of attendance is composed of both direct costs (tuition, fees, and other costs billed by FSW) and indirect costs (transportation, books & supplies, housing, etc. representing average amounts students spend but are not billed by FSW). The cost of attendance is used to help determine aid eligibility, but it’s not the amount you’ll pay to FSW. FSW will only charge you for actual tuition and fees for your courses each term (and for dorm charges if you've chosen to live in on-campus housing).

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