Federal Aid

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

You may learn more about FAFSA on their website.

Before You Apply

Before you apply, you will need tax information and a FSA ID.  The 2016-2017 FAFSA and the 2017-2018 will require tax information from your 2015 taxes.  It will be helpful to have a copy of your taxes when you complete your FAFSA.  Students, parents, and borrowers are required to use an FSA ID, made up of a username and password, to access certain U.S. Department of Education websites. Your FSA ID is used to confirm your identity when accessing your financial aid information and electronically signing your federal student aid documents.

If you want to create an FSA ID now, go for it!

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Step 1 – Completing the FAFSA

Use income records for the tax year prior to the academic year for which you are applying: for instance, if you are filling out the 2016–17 FAFSA, you will need 2015 tax information. (Starting with the 2017–18 FAFSA, you’ll need to report income information from the tax year two years prior to the academic year.

Go to www.fafsa.gov to complete your FAFSA.  You will use your FSA ID to login to the FAFSA.  As you complete the application, you will be asked for your 2015 tax information.  We advise you to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool to provide this information.  However, if you experience difficulty with the tool, you can use your tax forms to provide the information.

Enter the School Code 00341700 in the school section of the FAFSA

Step 2 – 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:

  • Tax Return Transcripts and W2 forms
  • Verification worksheet (either Independent or Dependent)
  • Statement of untaxed income: social security, TANF, VA benefits, etc.

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 March 15.

Step 3 – Complete Loan Documents

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 https://studentloans.gov. 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.