Helpful hints for undergraduate students

11 helpful hints for applying for financial aid

  1. Plan ahead  Become familiar with procedures, priority dates and deadlines.
  2. Apply early  The best time to file the FAFSA for maximum consideration is between October 1 and early January. Use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool to transfer both your and your parent’s tax information (if you are a dependent student) to the FAFSA. FAFSAs received February 1 or later may result in a reduced financial aid award.
  3. Keep records Fill out forms carefully and keep copies for your records.
  4. Reply on time The financial assistance awarded to you has been temporarily reserved for you. Access CheckMarq to accept or decline your aid online. Failure to respond to any request for documentation within 30 days from the initial Financial Aid Notification may result in the cancelation of your award.
  5. 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.
  6. Guest access CheckMarq allows guest access so others can view bursar and financial aid information. Students can share the guest username/ password with parents, guardians, spouses, etc., which gives them the ability to monitor financial aid and tuition balances. More information is available here.
  7. Be prepared Students and parents inquiring about a student’s account are required to provide the student’s Marquette ID and Marquette Central Access Number (MCAN). The MCAN is available via CheckMarq. Log in to CheckMarq and navigate to CheckMarq Student Home > Profile > MCAN.
  8. Manage debt wisely We recommend that borrowing be limited to necessary educational expenses.
  9. Special circumstances 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 a Special Circumstances form.
  10. Investigate What sources of financial aid are available from outside the university? Check with your employer, the public library and on Marquette's scholarships page.
  11. Ask questions Contact Marquette Central with your questions or concerns at or (414) 288-4000.