Applying for Aid
5 Easy Steps to Financial Aid
The Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships encourages students to complete their FAFSA.
If you have not already done so, you (and your parent if you are a dependent student) must each create your own FSA ID. The FSA ID replaces your FSA PIN.
Learn more about the FSA ID. The FSA ID is used to electronically sign your FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) and also serves as an identifier to provide access to your personal information in various U.S. Department of Education systems.
Your Student Aid Report is the U.S. Department of Education’s response to your FAFSA. Review the information for accuracy and make changes if necessary. If there are errors on your SAR, correct them as soon as possible. Retain this document for your personal records. The Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships will receive a copy of your application electronically.
- If you provided an email address on your FAFSA, you will receive an e-mail that contains a secure link to your SAR information. Click on the URL in the message and follow the instructions to see all of your application results.
- If you did not provide an e-mail address on your FAFSA, you will receive your Student Aid Report in the mail.
The Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships will automatically notify you of any supporting documentation which you must submit. It is important to remember that any delay in submitting requested documents or forms will result in a delay in processing your financial aid application. Upload requested documents to the Financial Aid & Scholarship Self Service Portal.
The Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships accepts all grants on your behalf of students, but requires you to accept scholarships, loans, and work study awards. You may accept your financial aid offers on the Financial Aid & Scholarship Self Service Portal. You have the option to accept your award as is, reduce your accepted amount, decline, or leave at offered status on a term-by-term basis. Once accepted or declined for a semester, you cannot revise online. To make changes complete Student Decision Form and submit it to the Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships.
If you are receiving private scholarships, benefits from your employer in the form of tuition plans, and/or other sources of funding, your award may need to be revised. A revised financial aid award or a notification of change to your award by e-mail will be sent to notify you of the changes to your original award.
Incomplete FAFSAs cannot be processed by the Federal Student Aid Processing Center. Until the issue(s) can be resolved, the Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships cannot make a Financial Aid Award to you. The most common problem is absence of a required signature.
The process of verification is to verify the information on the FAFSA to be accurate and true. If selected for verification, some of your aid may not disburse until your requirements have been submitted. Check your requirements and upload any necessary documents through Student Forms.
- The 2023-24 FAFSA uses the prior year's (2021) income, current household size, and assets. When a family's projected income (2022 or 2023) will be significantly reduced because of job loss, reduction in child support, divorce, separation, or death, the applicant should meet with a financial aid officer to determine if completing a Special Circumstances Appeal would be beneficial.
- For the 2023-24 Academic year, the special circumstances appeal form will be available early summer 2023.