Time-tested advice for applying for financial aid.
10 helpful hints when applying for aid
|1. Be informed!||Attend a local or high school financial aid session and visit
Financial Aid Offices during campus visits.
|2. Learn — and possibly laugh.||
Yes, you might actually find The Five Minute FAFSA entertaining. It's a helpful introduction to completing the FAFSA form - which is used to apply for grants, loans, and work-study from the federal government, as well as state and school-based financial aid.
|3. Plan ahead.||Apply on time. Seriously important. You can estimate amounts on both the CSS Profile and FAFSA to meet deadlines. Just use the best figures available to you.|
|4. File taxes early.||Have your parents file their taxes early for your first year. The IRS deadline is April 15. Ours is March 1 for prospective applicants and May 1 for current students. If someone does your taxes for you make sure you get on their calendar early this year.|
|5. Stay in touch.||Promptly respond to any inquiries from our office. A delay in response can cause a delay in processing your file.|
|6. Complete forms carefully.||
|7. Request PIN early.||Sign up and request your PIN early, it takes time to get it and you can’t submit a FAFSA without it.|
|8. Keep copies.||Keep copies of what you submit, just in case.|
|9. Reapply!||Reapply every year (some exclusions may apply).|
|10. Contact us.||Remember, we're here to help!