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Federal School Code List



The Federal School Code List contains the unique codes assigned by the Department of Education for schools participating in the Title IV federal student aid programs.  Students can enter these codes on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to indicate which postsecondary schools they want to receive their financial application results.


The Federal School Code List is a searchable document in PDF and Excel format. The list will be updated on the first of February, May, August, and November of each calendar year.


 The Federal School Code List is intended as a resource for anyone who is completing a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).  When answering the college name and address questions on the  FAFSA, you should use the official Federal School Code and name found in this list to ensure fast and accurate processing.


Youcan also use the online search on FAFSA on the Web, available from the FAFSA on the Web home page (


All postsecondary schools that are currently eligible for Title IV aid and signed up to participate electronically are listed in the Federal School Code List, with each school’s official Federal School Code, name, and address.  The schools are listed first by state and then alphabetically by name within each state.  Procedures for completing the college name and address questions on the FAFSA are listed below.


For each school that you wish to list on the FAFSA, follow these steps:


  1. Find the correct state of the desired school, using the appropriate state name.


     2. Find the exact name and address of the desired school within the state listing.  Names of schools                may be similar.  Please be certain you have found the exact school name and address                 before proceeding.


      3. On the FAFSA, write the name of the school under “Name of College.”  The name must exactly match                the one you found in the Federal School Code List.


      4. Write the six-character Federal School Code in the spaces provided under the “Federal School Code.”  

         You do not have to include the address.


     5.  Indicate housing plans for each school according to the directions on the FAFSA.


Repeat steps 1 – 5 for each desired college, up to a maximum of four colleges on the paper FAFSA, and a maximum of ten colleges on FAFSA on the Web.


If the Federal School Code or name for a desired school is listed incorrectly on the FAFSA, processing may be delayed.

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