How to Apply

All students must apply for financial aid using the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).


Complete the FAFSA: Students and their parents should complete/submit the FAFSA as early as possible (applications are available January 1) so that we receive the result  by our April 1 priority filing date. Complete the FAFSA online: A completed FAFSA must be on file to receive any federal financial aid.


  • Register online for a PIN before completing the application: The PIN serves as an electronic signature. The federal processor will not process the FAFSA application until it is signed.
  • Enter the School Code 00341700 in the school section of the FAFSA.
  • Collect all of your financial information before starting the FAFSA.
  • The completed FAFSA can be mailed to the processing center Processing generally takes four to six weeks by mail.


Submit Required Documents: When the Financial Aid Office receives a completed FAFSA application it is reviewed to determine a student’s eligibility. If a student is selected by the federal government to verify the accuracy of information provided on the FAFSA, the following additional forms must be submitted to the Office of Student Financial Aid:

  • Signed and dated federal tax forms: 1040, 1040EZ, 1040A, W-2
  • Verification worksheet (either Independent or Dependent)
  • Statement of untaxed income: social security, TANF, VA benefits, etc.
  • Worksheet A, B, C (if applicable)

The Office of Student Financial Aid may require additional information to process the FAFSA. Students should provide any requested information promptly; the University’s priority consideration date is April 30.



Complete the Loan Master Promissory Note (MPN): Students and parents applying for one of the Federal Direct Loan programs may be required to complete a MPN and loan counseling prior to receiving a loan. The MPN and entrance loan counseling can be completed online at To receive a student loan, a valid FAFSA must be on file.

Once the FAFSA and all other documents have been processed, a Fall/Spring award letter will be sent to the student/parents. The award letter is based on full-time attendance and will indicate grants, scholarships and loans for which the student is eligible. After the award letter is printed, the aid amount may change due to changes in enrollment status, EFC, scholarships, and other reported aid.