Federal Student Aid
- There are two primary types of Federal aid that we support:
- Loans - which need to be repaid
- Grants - which do not need to be repaid
- Many students qualify for both Grants and Loans based on financial need. Eligibility and amount, for loans or grants, depends on multiple factors including financial situation
- Most students, regardless of income, will qualify for some form of Federal Student Aid, usually in the form of loans
- Try the government’s FAFSA4caster to discover what type and amount of aid you may qualify
- You can combine multiple sources of financial aid
- Click on any of the options on the left to get more details on eligibility and process.
Process at a Glance
- Apply for admission to our university
- Select your academic start date
- Submit the Federal Student Aid (FSA) Intent form once you have been accepted as a student
- Access “My Financial Aid Office” to:
- Complete the Personal Data Sheet, Entrance Interview, and other information used to determine your FSA award
- Complete your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). This must be filed a minimum of 21 days before your intended start date
- Review your estimated award (allow 2-3 days for receipt of your Student Aid Report (SAR), which is a summary of your FAFSA)
- Sign your Master Promissory Note (MPN) (Loan recipients only)
- Register for classes. Select Federal Student Aid as your method of payment
- Take action on any requests received from your Financial Aid Representative. Some students may be selected for a process called Verification
- Review your confirmed award letter within “My Financial Aid Office"
- Working your way through the application process for Federal Student Aid can take a considerable amount of time. You should begin the process at least 5-6 weeks prior to your semester start. Speed of processing depends on your responsiveness and the accuracy of information provided
- Register early and anytime before your first semester starts. Just make sure your financial aid is in place 1 week prior to your first semester start date. “In place” means having your award letter in hand and confirmed.
- All FSA students must register for ALL classes they intend to take within a 16-week semester at least 1 week prior to that semester start date. Even if they are taking 8-week courses, they must register for both 8-week sessions within the 16-week semester prior to the first 8-week session start date.
Need Help with Financial / Tuition Assistance?
- Watch brief videos
with answers to many of your financial assistance questions on Financial Aid TV
- Attend an online Financial Aid Orientation session with the experts
- For additional assistance, contact our Financial Aid Help Desk: 877-372-3535 | Send an e-mail