The Citadel

The Military College of South Carolina



Important News:

  • New: The IRS Data Retrieval Tool (IRS DRT) that allows students to automatically input tax information directly onto their FAFSA is temporarily unavailable. The IRS is working on the issue and in the meantime asks families to manually enter the requested tax information into their FAFSA from their 2015 federal tax returns. In order to satisfy verification requirements, you may obtain tax return transcripts from as an alternative to the IRS DRT.

  • Periodically check your Lesesne Gateway account to review charges and the status of your Financial Aid.

  • The 2017-2018 FAFSA is available online and should be filed for the 2017-18 year (Fall 2017, Spring/Summer 2018) using The Citadel's school code of 003423.

  • Information about the SC LIFE Scholarship (SC residents only), including How to Check your SC LIFE GPA is found at the Financial Aid Spotlight on Lesesne Gateway. The state of South Carolina now offers a State Summer Scholarship Program: Eligible LIFE and Palmetto Fellows scholarship recipients, on track for an early graduation (by one semester), may use 1 of their 8 semesters of scholarship eligibilty in the summer as long as they enroll fulltime and complete at least 12 attempted summer credit hours. For more information contact the financial aid office.

  • The Department of Education no longer issues Federal Identification Pin Numbers for federal aid applications and requirements. You must now transition to the FSA ID. The FSA ID is your official passport to federal student aid online.


Annual FAFSA Application Process

Cadets must complete or renew the Free Application for Federal Student Aid - (FAFSA) each year to qualify for federal programs, state grants, and many Citadel scholarships. The FAFSA application opens each year on October 1st. For the 2017-18 academic year, please file your 2017-18 FAFSA now at For the 2016-2017 academic year (spring/summer 2017), file the 2016-17 FAFSA online using The Citadel's School Code #003423 at

Common FAFSA Myths

Filing the FAFSA: Who is my parent?

What is an FSA ID? & Why do I need one?

First-Time Direct Loan Student Borrowers:

Using your FSA ID, sign in at

Helpful resources can be found at Links, by searching the web, and by contacting community groups in your geographic region.

Types of Financial Aid

General Information

If you cannot find what you need online, please contact the Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships with your questions.

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