Applying for Financial Aid
The university requires students to file a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Students may apply for the FAFSA online at www.FAFSA.ed.gov. It is recommended that students and parents save time by requesting personal identification numbers called Federal Student Aid PINs before the student applies for aid. The PIN can be used to electronically sign the FAFSA, electronically sign certain loan contracts, and access online information about federal student aid the student has received. The PIN must be requested online at www.pin.ed.gov.
The FAFSA should be completed as early as possible beginning January 1st for each upcoming aid year. Students are strongly encouraged to file the FAFSA by the university‘s priority deadline of March 1st. Incoming students accepted to the University who complete their FAFSA by the March 1st priority deadline will receive notification of their awards by the end of March. Returning students registered for the upcoming semester who complete their FAFSA by the March 1st priority deadline will receive notification of their awards in early June. Students applying after March 1st receive aid as funds become available.
Copies of students’ and parents’ federal income tax, W2 forms and other forms may be requested by the Financial Aid Office to verify information provided on the FAFSA. Many forms requested are available on the financial aid website. All information requested by the Financial Aid Office is required to complete the application process and is held in strictest confidence.