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How to Apply for Federal Student Aid

Completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is the first step toward obtaining Federal Student Aid (FSA) to pay for college. The FAFSA is free and quick, and it gives you access to the largest source of financial aid to pay for college.

The university’s finance office is qualified to determine your FSA eligibility using your FAFSA information. This means if you have not yet completed a FAFSA, you can complete it here via the university's Financial Aid Office.

 

When you log into the ecampus, you'll see a link to My Financial Aid Office located under the Federal Student Aid menu on the bottom left side of the screen. This is the university’s tool to help you manage your federal student aid. You will first need to establish your FSA academic year to access the tool.

Through My Financial Aid Office, you can complete requirements for getting your aid packaged and monitor your financial aid status.

When you fill out the FAFSA, you will be asked to enter this school code and location information:

School code: 038193-00
School location: West Virginia
It is important that you enter this information correctly in order for the university to receive your FAFSA information.

If you choose to borrow a student loan, there are additional steps to complete to ensure your funds will be disbursed. This includes completing entrance counseling and signing a Master Promissory Note (MPN). Entrance counseling is completed through the Financial Aid Office site.

The MPN is completed through the Department of Education’s StudentAid.gov website. Both provide you with detailed information regarding the terms, conditions, rights, and responsibilities of being a student loan borrower.

The total amount of your FSA funding is paid directly to the university and applied towards your tuition and fees for the semester. Any remaining funds will be credited to you to cover other educational expenses. We use Bankmobile, a third-party, higher education financial services company, to deliver credit balance refunds. For more information, visit the BankMobile website.

Once you qualify for FSA, you will need to complete your FAFSA annually, continue to meet basic eligibility requirements, and Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP). You can learn more by watching the FAFSA tutorial videos in our Financial Aid TV series.

See the U.S. Department of Education website for information you need to make borrowing decisions, and to prepare for managing and repaying your federal student loans. You can also watch “Types of Federal Student Loans” and “Loan Repayment” on our Financial Aid TV page.

For help with FSA, you may contact a financial aid advisor by emailing finaid@apus.edu or calling 855-731-9218 (Mon – Fri 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sat – Sun 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. ET).