Cornell College school code for the FAFSA: 001856

We've compiled some FAFSA tips for you and created a playlist to keep you going while you fill out the FAFSA. 

  • You'll complete your FAFSA on the FAFSA website. You'll need to create a FSA ID if you haven't already. Make sure to keep your user ID and password handy when filing your FAFSA because you will use that information as your "electronic signature".
  • You will use prior, prior year tax information when filing the FAFSA. For example: use 2018 tax information for the 2020-2021 FAFSA for students entering college in Fall 2020. 
  • Add the Cornell College school code (001856) to your FAFSA before you submit it. 
  • Complete your FAFSA before March 1 to avoid any delays in your financial assistance award. 
  • You'll receive your Student Aid Report (SAR), which outlines your family contribution. If there are any errors, correct them on the FAFSA website
  • If you have any special circumstances not reflected in your FAFSA that you'd like us to consider, tell us about them by emailing us at or by calling us at 1.877.579.4049. 
  • Avoid the most common mistakes people make when filing their FAFSA. 
  • Watch a step-by-step demonstration that includes helpful tips on how to file your FAFSA.

Remember, if you haven't completed your Cornell College application for admission yet, we cannot process your financial aid.