File Your FAFSA

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is used to consider your eligibility for federal grants, federal loans, and state grants. You’ll complete the application each year at SEMO's FAFSA Code is 002501.

FAFSA Update

You may now submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for the 2024-25 year. You may be aware that filing was temporarily delayed due to a new process being implemented by the U.S. Department of Education. Issues with new process mean SEMO may not receive your FAFSA results until sometime in March, resulting in SEMO not being able to share your financial aid offer until we receive that information. This is not a delay specific to SEMO but is impacting all schools across the country. While this is not ideal, we will do our best to keep your informed regarding this important information as you weigh your college decision. Please also find additional resources below to help answer your questions.

Should I even complete the FAFSA this year?

Yes, filing the FAFSA as early as you can ensure that you’ll be considered for the maximum assistance possible. The FAFSA determines how much financial aid you are eligible to receive including grants, scholarships, work-study funds, and loans.

Where do I complete the new FAFSA?

Please visit

How do I find the latest information about the new process?

Please visit the 2024-25 FAFSA Issue Alerts & Knowledge Center

When is the deadline to file the FAFSA?

Missouri’s priority deadline is Feb. 1. Applications are accepted through April 1

What if I have FAFSA Questions?

If you have questions, we will do our best to assist you. Please contact SEMO Student Financial Services at (573) 651-2253 or Our Director of Student Financial Services Dr. Matthew Kearney also provided a virtual FAFSA Update in January, and that recording is available online.


The table below assists in helping you determine which tax year you’ll use to complete the application.

Semester Student Will Attend FAFSA to Complete Available Tax Year Used
Fall 2023/Spring 2024/Summer 2024 2023-2024 October 1, 2022 2021
Fall 2024/Spring 2025/Summer 2025 2024-2025 December 31, 2023 2022

What is Verification?

Verification is a federally regulated review process of your FAFSA to confirm it was properly completed. Being selected doesn’t mean you’ve done anything wrong, but it does mean you’ll need to work through the process.

Special Circumstances

A special circumstance refers to the financial situations (examples listed below) that may warrant an adjustment of the Expected Family Contribution (EFC) number, which could result in an adjustment to financial aid eligibility.

Circumstances may include

  • Loss or change of employment
  • Loss or change in the amount of child support or other benefits that have been reported on the FAFSA
  • Divorce or separation of parents, or spouse for independent students
  • Death of parent(s), or spouse for independent students
  • Unusual medical expenses paid out of pocket (not covered by insurance, MRA, or HSA accounts)

Before a review can be processed, you must complete the FAFSA for the proper academic year, and if chosen for verification, complete the verification process. Please allow 2-3 weeks processing time for the review of special circumstances, after all documentation has been submitted.

If you believe that your situation warrants review, please contact our office to discuss the matter and request a copy of the Review of Special Circumstances form.

Unusual Circumstances (Independent status appeal)

Most students, under the age of 24, are considered dependent when completing their FAFSA. This means they are required to provide parental information on the FAFSA. However, financial aid administrators may override a dependency status on a case-by-case basis for students with unusual circumstances.

The following are examples of circumstances that may be considered for a dependency override:

  • Abusive family environment
  • Abandonment
  • Death of Custodial Parent and no contact with living parent

The following circumstances, alone, would not be considered for a dependency override:

  • Parent(s) refuse to contribute to the student’s education
  • Parent(s) are unwilling to provide information on the application or for verification
  • Parent(s) do not claim the student as a dependent for income tax purposes
  • The student demonstrates total self-sufficiency.

If you believe your situation warrants a review, please contact our office to discuss the matter and request a copy of the Special Circumstances or Appeal for Independent Status form. Please allow 2-3 weeks processing time for the review of your appeal, after all documentation has been submitted.

Financial Aid Shopping Sheet

This consumer tool simplifies information prospective students receive about costs and financial aid so you can make informed decisions about which college to attend.

Get FAFSA Help

Gather your information and push play on this YouTube playlist as a SEMO student walks you through the steps and things you’ll need to file your FAFSA.

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