Getting Started: Financial Aid Step by Step
An Affordable Education is Closer Than You Think
Step 1: Apply for your Federal Student Aid PIN
Before you can submit your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) you need to apply for your PIN. This number is used each year to electronically apply for federal student aid and to access your U.S. Department of Education records online. It serves both as an electronic signature and provides access to your personal records online.
If you are a new applicant and you or your parents do not have a federal PIN, be sure to apply for one at the www.pin.ed.gov before you complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
Step 2: Complete the Information and Authorization Form
Your student finance advisor will provide you with this document through your email; this must be completed electronically and submitted back to your planner. This document collects some of your personal information, references and treatment of credit balances.
Step 3: Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
Complete this application online at www.fafsa.ed.gov. Please have a copy of your 2011 tax return when completing this application. Add the UMA code 035493 so our school will receive your FAFSA information.
Step 4: Sign Your Master Promissory Note
To receive your Federal Direct Loans, you will need to sign a master promissory note. You may electronically sign a master promissory note online by visiting https://studentloans.gov/myDirectLoan/index.action.
Step 5: Complete your Entrance Counseling
Students that borrow loans under the Federal Direct Loan program are required to complete entrance counseling before their loans can be released. You may complete the entrance counseling online at https://studentloans.gov/myDirectLoan/index.action
To assist you with completing the two steps above, please refer to the following student guides:
How to complete the EC for Direct Loans.
How to complete the MPN for Direct Loans.
Last Step: Submit Requested Documentation to your Student Finance Planner
Keep in mind that once these steps are completed, your financial assistance file may require additional documentation. If so, you will receive an e-mail from the Student Finance office. Your file is not complete until this requested information is reviewed and processed.
Call now to set an appointment with a student finance advisor 1-888-212-5421