FASFA Assistance

FASFA Application

The first step in determining eligibility is to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). While the most popular method of filing the FAFSA is by FAFSA on the Web, the application is also available as a Paper Application or PDF.  To start or renew your FAFSA online, visit the FAFSA Homepage.

General Eligibility

FASFA Application Process

  • *NEW* The FAFSA app (myStudentAid) is now available in the Android and Apple app stores! While this is a great new way to file the FAFSA, it does not yet have all of the same features as FAFSA on the Web. So if you are stuck on section, reach out to our Educational Opportunity Center (EOC) for help (information below)!
  • *Please be aware that students required to submit parent information must have at least one parent sign their FAFSA. If applying online, your parent must have an FSA ID in order to sign your online application. If you or your parent do not currently have an FSA ID, you may get on here.*
  • *Be sure to list our federal school code (003176) on your FAFSA to ensure that we will receive your information for award processing. *
  • The results of your FAFSA are reported to you in the form of a Student Aid Report (SAR). Review your SAR carefully. Make corrections to any information that is incorrect.
  • Our office will review an electronic version of your SAR to see if additional or supplementary information is needed. If additional information is needed, a letter will be emailed to your CASC email requesting the necessary forms.
  • Once all required forms are submitted and verified our office will determine your award eligibility. Awards are based on an established cost of attendance (COA) and your expected family contribution (EFC). Award letters will be emailed to your CASC email account.


Carl Albert State College does not automatically award student loans. Federal Direct Student Loans (Subsidized, Unsubsidized, and Parent PLUS Loans) are available for eligible students upon request. To request a loan, students must login to their myCarlAlbert to request a loan. If our office determines that you are eligible for a student loan, you will receive an emailed offer letter with the amount you can borrow.

Note: You must be enrolled in at least 6 credit hours each semester to be eligible for a student loan.

You must complete Entrance Counseling (EC) and a Master Promissory Note (MPN) with the Department of Education before your loan can be disbursed. These are completed online at http://StudentAid.gov.

There is a DEADLINE for student loans. The Office of Financial Aid must receive the Student Loan Request, EC, MPN, AND loan acceptance by the Wednesday before finals week in order to receive the loan awarded for that semester.

Educational Opportunity Center FAFSA
The CASC Educational Opportunity Center program serves adults in a seven county area of Eastern Oklahoma and Western Arkansas. The program is funded by the U.S. Department of Education to provide assistance to qualified adults who want to enter or continue in a program of post-secondary education. An important objective of the program is to assist participants in applying for financial aid. CASC Poteau Campus hosts the main office with three satellites offices at Sallisaw, OK, Fort Smith, AR, and Van Buren, AR. Please call (918) 647-1396 for assistance.

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