Getting Started: Financial Aid Step by Step

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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).

If you have received a PIN previously but no longer have access to it, you may request a Duplicate PIN or change your PIN online.

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 2012 tax return to complete your 2013-14 application and your 2013 tax return to complete your 2014-15 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.

To assist you with completing the step above please refer to the following student guide:
How to complete the MPN for Direct Loans.

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. Your student finance advisor will provide this document to you by email. It must be completed electronically and submitted back to your advisor.  

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