To apply for financial aid, you must first correctly complete your FAFSA worksheet; including the correct FAFSA school code for each college or university to which you are applying.

The Federal School Code (also known as a Title IV Institution Code) is a six-character identification code beginning with 0 (zero), G, B, or E and ending with a five-digit number.

This unique code is assigned by Dept. of Education to each college or university that is qualified to disburse federal student aid. For example, 014593 is the FAFSA School Code for the University of Phoenix.


It is important to list the right code for each school that you’re planning to attend (you may list up to 10) so that the school(s) of your choice will receive your FAFSA information and determine your eligibility for financial assistance.

Do note that some private colleges and universities may use the CSS/PROFILE® as part of their financial aid process to determine a student’s eligibility for non-federal aid; each with their own CSS code that’s different from their Federal School Code.

For example, the school code for University of Pennsylvania is 003378, while the CSS PROFILE Code is 2933. So please ensure that you do not confuse one with the other.

If you’re unsure, the best way to get the correct code is to use the Federal School Code Search and look up codes for the schools of your choice.

If the school does not have a 6-digit code, it only means that the school does not participate in federal financial aid.

Last updated: February 20, 2012 by

Note: The information provided on this site is of a general nature and may not apply to your situation. Contact your financial aid administrator before acting on such information.