Welcome to Student Financial Aid
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Complete the FAFSA early!
It’s important to complete your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) as soon as possible after January 1. Financial information is needed to complete the FAFSA, but keep in mind that you may complete a FAFSA before filing a tax return. To complete your FAFSA, you will need the following documents and information:
- Your tax return and all W-2s from the previous year.
- Your parents’ tax return and all W-2s from the previous year (if you are a dependent student).
- If you or your parents have filed taxes online, you may use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool to transfer data directly from your taxes to the FAFSA, speeding up the application process.
- You will be asked in the FAFSA if you completed your taxes online and then will be prompted to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool. You may also view a video tutorial about this Tool here. IRS Data Retrieval Tool
- Your social security number.
- Your driver’s license (if you have one).
- Your Federal Student Aid PIN and your parent’s PIN (if applicable).
- This PIN is required to electronically sign your FAFSA. A PIN must be applied for, and this same PIN will be used to sign your FAFSA every time you complete it. If you forget your PIN, you will have to request a duplicate PIN. Be sure to have your PIN written down in a safe place and memorized when you receive it. Visit the PIN website to apply for a PIN or request a duplicate.
When you have the information ready, visit the FAFSA homepage to apply for Federal Student Aid.
You can also view this video, 7 Easy Steps to the FAFSA, for step-by-step guidance to completing the FAFSA.
Satisfactory Academic Progress Regulations have changed!
Are you in danger of losing your financial aid eligibility
- Is your cumulative GPA below 2.0?
- Have you dropped too many classes?
- Have you taken too many hours?
If you answered "YES" to any one of these questions, your financial aid could be terminated.
What can I do if my financial aid is terminated?
File an appeal. If extenuating circumstances (illness, death in family, etc.) contributed to your lack of satisfactory academic progress, you may request an appeal. Appeal forms can be found on the forms page.
For more information about the new policy, visit the Financial Aid Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy.