Financial Aid Information for Parents

Demystifying Financial Aid

The Financial Aid Office's goal is to provide important information to the parents of our students that will hopefully help to demystify the financial aid process.

Every January the new Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) becomes available for students and parents to complete for for the upcoming year. This is a good time while your son/daughter is home for the break to discuss completing the financial aid application. 

How to Apply for Financial Aid

To apply for financial aid you must complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). This form is available online at All information should be as complete and accurate as possible. The FAFSA must be submitted after January 1 and received by the processor by March 15 to receive priority consideration for all types of financial aid. Students may still apply for aid after the priority date; however, aid will be awarded on a funds available basis.  

Important: The School Code 002936 must be used on the FAFSA/Renewal FAFSA to insure that information is released to Johnson C. Smith University.

Remember to reapply each year

If a valid email address was provided on the current FAFSA, the Department of Education will send a Renewal Reminder in the beginning of the year prompting students/parents to file their 2016-2016 FAFSA. Any student who has a current FAFSA may complete the renewal application by accessing the federal website at .

Student Financial Aid

Johnson C. Smith administers an extensive financial aid program that provides financial assistance to more than 80% of its student body.

Financial Aid staff are available to assist students and parents navigate through the financial aid process. Our office is located on the 2nd floor of Biddle Hall and we can be reached at 803.378.1035 to answer any questions you may have.

We will continue to provide updates ad provide vital information that we hope will make your pursuit of resources to finance your child’s Smith education a productive one.