Step 1: Apply!
Your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
The financial aid process begins by completing the FAFSA. This application will be used to determine your family’s financial profile and your eligibility for all need-based aid. This form is available starting January 1st and may be completed online at www.fafsa.ed.gov.
The FSA ID, a username and password, has replaced the Federal Student Aid PIN and must be used to log in to certain U.S. Department of Education websites. Your FSA ID confirms your identity when you access your financial aid information and electronically sign Federal Student Aid documents. If you do not already have an FSA ID, you can create one when logging in to www.fafsa.ed.gov.
Your Student Aid Report (SAR)
Upon successful completion of the FAFSA, you will receive a SAR (Student Aid Report) from the Department of Education. Your SAR will have your calculated EFC (Expected Family Contribution). This number is used to calculate your financial need and is the basis in determining most federal, state, and institutional aid.
Check the data on the SAR for accuracy! If necessary, make corrections to your FAFSA.
Your Institutional Aid Application (IUAPP)
After completing your FAFSA, you must complete the institutional aid application. This application captures information not on the FAFSA, which will enable us to more accurately prepare your financial aid package for the academic year.