Financial aid is an umbrella term for many different types of assistance we offer. To unlock these types of assistance, you will need to submit a Free Application For Student Aid (FAFSA)
On this page you may learn:
- How to apply using FAFSA
- Renewing your FAFSA
- What happens after submitting the FAFSA
- What you need to do to get Student Loans
- How your eligibility is determined
- Dependency Information
- How to find out what you have been awarded
Please reference the series of videos posted below for filing a FAFSA for the first time. If you are Applying for Summer 2016, you will need to complete the 2015-16 FAFSA FIRST. Summer will be based off of 2014 IRS Taxes, Fall 2016 (16-17 FAFSA) will be based off of 2015 IRS Taxes.
You should complete a new FAFSA every year as soon as your Federal taxes have been processed by the IRS. Please review "Mistakes to Avoid When Applying for Student Aid" provided by the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (NASFAA).
Once Your FAFSA is Submitted continue to check the Check Your Status page on our website. We typically will receive the FAFSA within 3 weeks of submission. Sometimes FAFSA will select you for a process called verification. This can be due to a discrepancy of data on the FAFSA or just completely at random. If you are selected for verification you will be required to submit additional documents to our office.
Please view the playlist below for more information about verification:
The Estimated Family Contribution (EFC) is determined by the Department of Education using your FAFSA tax information. This is based on both your income and assets as well as your parents, unless you are considered independent.
For financial aid purposes, most students are considered DEPENDENT if under the age of 24, You must meet one of the following requirements to be considered independent:
- Born before January 1, 1996 for the 2019-2020 aid year
- Born before January 1, 1997 for the 2020-2021 aid year
- Married status, by the day you complete the FAFSA
- Have a child or legal dependent, considered by the U.S. Department of Education as someone that you support financially more than 50% of the time
- Enrolled in a graduate degree program
- An orphan or ward of the court
- An emancipated minor
- Have a legal guardian that is other than a birth parent
- Determined as homeless by HUD
- Active Duty or veteran status with the U.S Armed Forces