Helpful Hints for Applying for Financial Aid
Plan Ahead. Become familiar with procedures, priority dates and deadlines.
Apply Early. You can apply, including completing the FAFSA, anytime after January 1 for your aid eligibility that would start in the fall.
Keep Records. Fill out forms carefully and keep copies for your records.
Respond to Information Requests. Promptly reply to all requests from our office for additional information. It's helpful to include the student's name and Social Security number on all correspondence with our office.
Reply on Time. The financial aid awarded to you has been temporarily reserved for you. Failure to respond in a timely manner may result in the cancellation of your award.
Reapply Every Year. Financial aid is not automatically renewed. You must file a FAFSA to be considered for financial aid each year. Check renewal requirements on all awards.
Manage Debt Wisely. We recommend that borrowing be limited to necessary educational expenses.
Special Circumstances. If you have special or unusual circumstances that you would like the Office of Financial Aid to consider, contact us.
Investigate. What sources of financial aid are available from outside the University? Check with your parents' employer(s) and on the web (visit our additional links page).
Ask Questions. Contact the Financial Aid Office with any questions or concerns.