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Steps for Applying

Financial Aid Process

You must apply for financial aid every year. The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is available starting January of each year.

Note: Financial aid is awarded on a first come, first served basis. We recommend that you file your federal tax returns as early in the calendar year as possible so that your tax data is available through the IRS Data Retrieval Tool (DRT) when completing the FAFSA application. Income tax return data is available through the DRT three weeks after electronic tax filing and eight weeks after paper tax filing.

Click on the appropriate selection below and follow the instructions carefully to avoid delay.​

 Are you eligible to apply?

You must be eligible to apply for financial aid, so make sure that you meet the Eligibility Requirements before applying.


  • Read all of the information and instructions very carefully to avoid delay in processing your financial aid.
  • The University needs your Social Security Number for financial aid processing.
  • Financial aid processing can take up to 8 weeks so don't delay.
  • Remember you must be enrolled at least half-time to receive financial aid.
    • Undergraduate: 6 credit hours
    • Graduate: 3 credit hours
    • Health Professional: 5 credit hours

 Apply for aid

Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)*:

  • You must have a Federal Student Aid PIN.
  • In addition, one parent of a dependent student (as determined by the FAFSA) must have a Federal Student Aid PIN to sign the FAFSA electronically.
  • Your PIN will be good for the number of years that you are applying for financial aid from your undergraduate to your graduate degrees.
  • Store your PIN in a secure location and do not share it with anyone.

If you filed your Federal Tax Return, use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool​ within the FAFSA to download your tax information from the IRS into your FAFSA. This tool is simple and quick to use.

Allow up to 30 minutes to complete the FAFSA.

Not sure who to report on the FAFSA as your parent? Refer to this infographic, Who's My Parent When Filling Out the FAFSA?

* Complete the 2014-15 FAFSA for the 2014 Fall, 2015 Spring and 2015 Summer semesters.
* Complete the 2015-16 FAFSA for the 2015 Fall, 2016 Spring and 2016 Summer semesters.


 Next Steps

After submitting your FAFSA, go to for further instructions.​​


 Receiving Your Financial Aid

You are responsible for complying with the financial aid policies under Receiving Your Financial Aid.​​


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