Application Guidelines

The following financial aid guidelines will help ensure that you receive priority consideration for every type of assistance available. Meeting the deadlines for filing and submitting the FAFSA and University applications, as well as your tax return transcripts, is critical to receiving consideration for all available sources of aid.

Important Deadlines

Mercer University's priority deadlines for the 2022-23 academic year:

Macon Campus & Regional Academic Centers: 5/1/2022
Atlanta Campus: 5/1/2022

All required forms must be RECEIVED in our office by the priority deadlines above for you to receive priority consideration for every type of assistance available. We recommend that you submit your FAFSA to the Federal Processor no later than ONE MONTH PRIOR to the deadline, in order for Mercer to receive your information by our priority deadline. Remember, it can take a few weeks from the time you submit your FAFSA until your information is received and finalized by the University. No Federal awards can be made until this information is received by our office. The information you provide on these forms will determine your eligibility for financial aid, so complete each one promptly and accurately!

Helpful Hints in completing these forms

  • Include student's and parent's full name and social security numbers. Make sure that your social security numbers, name and birth date are accurate on all documents.
  • Keep photocopies of everything!
  • Current students should complete the Renewal FAFSA online.
  • Don't procrastinate! On-time awards can only be assured if deadlines are met.

Title IV Aid Eligibility

To receive federal funds you must be considered Title IV Eligible. Section 484 of the Higher Education Act states that Title IV eligible students must:

  • Be enrolled or accepted for enrollment in a degree or certificate program. 
  • Not be enrolled in elementary or secondary school.
  • For currently enrolled students, be making satisfactory academic progress.
  • Not owe an overpayment on Title IV grants or loans.
  • Not be in default on a Title IV loan.
  • File "as part of the original financial aid application process" a certification that includes
    • A statement of educational purpose.
    • Student's SSN.
  • Be a U.S. citizen or national, permanent resident, or other eligible noncitizen.
  • Have returned fraudulently obtained Title IV funds if convicted of or pled guilty or no contest to charges. 
  • Not have fraudulently received Title IV loans in excess of annual or aggregate limits.
  • Have repaid Title IV loan amounts in excess of annual or aggregate limits if obtained inadvertently.
  • Have Social Security Number verified.

Mercer University requires the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) be completed to determine Title IV eligibility.

Completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

  1. In order to sign the FAFSA on the Web electronically, you must have an FSA ID. Parents of dependent students must also have an FSA ID to sign electronically. If you have forgotten your FSA ID, you may request a duplicate FSA ID online. If you and your parent do not sign electronically with an FSA ID, you MUST print and mail a signature page to the Federal processor, which will delay the process by one to two weeks.
  2. Complete the 2022-2023 FAFSA on the web at as soon as possible after October 1, 2021. The last day to complete the FAFSA is June 30, 2023. If you completed a FAFSA last year, you may have received a notice from the Federal Student Aid Programs that you will be able to complete a Renewal FAFSA on the web. You must make sure to include Mercer University's 001580 school code on your 2022-2023 FAFSA in order for Mercer to receive your results.
    1. All students are encouraged to utilize the IRS Data Retrieval Tool on the FAFSA, whenever possible, in order to prevent processing delays. The IRS Data Retrieval Tool allows you to retrieve your filed tax return data directly from the IRS database for use on your FAFSA. Tax data may be available for retrieval on the FAFSA within:
      • 3 weeks, if taxes were filed electronically
      • 8 weeks, if a paper tax return was filed by mail
      • REMEMBER, you are using your 2020 tax information on your 2022-2023 FAFSA!
  3. Approximately two weeks after you submit a FAFSA online, you will be sent a Student Aid Report (SAR) through a secure link on the internet to the email address you provided on your application. If you do not receive your SAR, you may check the status of your application online at or by calling 1-800-4-FED-AID. Please review the SAR for accuracy, make sure that Mercer University is listed as a college you plan to attend, and print a copy for your records. If you need to make corrections to any information on the SAR, follow the instructions and submit your corrections online immediately. NOTE: BOTH student and parent MUST sign the SAR with a PIN if corrections are submitted online.
    1. Please review the Comments Section of your SAR very carefully.
    2. Selected for verification:  If your SAR indicates that you were selected for verification, Mercer.VerifyMyFAFSA to complete verification.
    3. If additional information is required, an email notification will be sent to your registered Mercer email address.  You should also check for My Documents on the student portal, My Mercer, for requested items. 
    4. Financial aid will not be awarded until all required information is received, processed, and your financial aid file is complete.

Your Financial Aid Notification

Once you have been admitted into the University and your financial aid file is complete, you should receive a Financial Aid Notification Email outlining your financial aid for the academic year.

New students admitted into the University for the 2022-2023 academic year who submit an accurate FAFSA to the Federal Processor by March 1, 2022, should receive an award letter by the first week in April.  Transfer students must also submit final academic transcripts from each institution previously attended.

Returning students who submit an accurate FAFSA by May 1, 2022, will receive awards in June.

If you submit an accurate FAFSA after the priority deadline, you should normally receive your award letter within three weeks of the date your file became complete in our Office of Student Financial Planning.  NOTE:  It may take longer than three weeks to process your file if it becomes complete around the first day of class.

Once you have been fully admitted to the University, you may view the tracking of your financial aid documents and award information online by going to and logging into your personal MyMercer account.