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10 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. You do not need to have completed your tax returns in order to file your FAFSA. Although, graduate/professional students are not subject to an institutional application deadline, we strongly encourage you to file early (by January 15) to ensure that your funds will be available by the start of the term.
  3. Keep Records -- Fill out forms carefully and keep copies for your records.
  4. Respond to Information Requests -- Promptly reply to all requests from our office for additional information.
  5. Reply on Time -- Accept or decline the offer of financial aid in writing within three weeks of receipt or by May 1st, whichever is later.
  6. Reapply Every Year -- Financial aid is not automatically renewed. You must file a FAFSA, Renewal FAFSA, Renewal FAFSA on the Web, or FAFSA on the Web to be considered for financial aid each year. Check renewal requirements on all awards.
  7. Manage Debt Wisely --We recommend that borrowing be limited to necessary educational expenses. Our office offers debt management assistance to help you project repayment obligations and options.
  8. Special Circumstances -- If your financial circumstances change after the initial evaluation, contact the Office of Student Financial Aid regarding adjustments.
  9. Investigate --What sources of financial aid are available from outside the university? Check with your public library, the Internet, and our office.
  10. Ask Questions -- Contact the Office of Student Financial Aid with your questions or concerns.


The Office of Student Financial Aid provides undergraduate and graduate students with resources about types of financial aid and student employment.

FAFSA School Code: 003863

Questions or for more information, contact the Office of Student Financial Aid