Tips for Applying for Financial Aid
Become familiar with procedures, priority dates and deadlines.
The best time to file the FAFSA for maximum consideration is between January 1 and early February. You do not need to have completed your tax returns in order to file your FAFSA. It is better to file early with good estimates (based on W2s and year-end earnings statements) than to file late with exact figures. Financial aid is awarded on a first-come first-served basis.
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.
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.
If you have special or unusual circumstances that you would like the Office of Financial Aid to consider, contact us for a Request for Consideration of Special Circumstances form.
What sources of financial aid are available from outside the university? Check with your employer, the public library and on the Web.