Helpful Financial Aid Hints

Things to remember when applying for financial aid!

Apply Early: Submission of all application materials by the priority date of April 1 will ensure you are fully considered for all programs for which you are eligible.

Apply for a PIN:  Before completing your FAFSA online, apply for your PIN online at www.pin.ed.gov.  If you are a dependent student, your parent will need to apply for a PIN also.  Your PIN is used to electronically sign your FAFSA online.

Use full name and correct Social Security number: Use of nicknames, varying names on different forms, and incorrect Social Security numbers will delay the processing of your application.

Read and follow instructions: Leaving blanks or making errors on the FAFSA can delay the processing of your application. Be accurate.

Do not estimate: Use financial information taken directly from your previous year federal income tax returns to complete the FAFSA. If you estimate income figures, corrections later may delay the evaluation of your application.

Filing status: Your filing status (Dependent or Independent) is determined as of the date that your FAFSA is filed. No changes can be made in your filing status once you have filed the FAFSA for any given year. 

Keep good records: Retain photocopies of all applications and correspondence in a special file. Include copies of all tax forms and the FAFSA instruction bulletin.

Respond quickly: Be sure that you respond as soon as possible to requests from our office or the federal processor.

Ask questions: Call or visit us if you have questions or need help in completing your forms. If you call to discuss your application, keep notes of when you called, with whom you talked, and what was discussed. Ask for an appointment if you need to visit.

Financial Aid checklist that provides an overview of the financial aid process and deadlines. Click here.

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