Find federal school codes by using the Federal School Code Search on the FAFSA website, by consulting the Federal School Code List, or by contacting schools directly. Every post-secondary school that receives federal financial aid funds has an individual school code.
Federal school codes are most commonly used during the college financial aid application process. When you are filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA, you can enter up to ten different school codes. Each school code entered lets the government know where to send the completed FAFSA results, allowing the schools you are interested in attending to award you federal financial aid based on your results.
While you can edit your FAFSA later to add school codes, it is important to pay attention to financial aid deadlines for each school you are hoping to attend. The process varies from school to school, but every school uses the Estimated Family Contribution calculation to determine your eligibility for federal grants, such as the Pell grant and federal loans, such as the Stafford and PLUS loans. The FAFSA and EFC also determine eligibility for grant and loan programs offered by individual states and any institutional grants offered by your school. Without a correct federal school code on your FAFSA, schools cannot award any of these types of aid.