Information for Parents of Students Planning for College

When to Apply for Financial Aid

Step 1: As soon as possible after January 1 of your child's senior year in high school, apply for financial aid by completing the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). Help for completing the FAFSA is available online.

Step 2: Return the FAFSA electronically or by mail. You will receive a Student Aid Report which will tell you if you are eligible to receive financial aid. If you are eligible, the report will show your estimated family contribution (EFC). The EFC indicates how much money you are expected to contribute toward your child's education.

Once a student is accepted by a school, the Financial Aid office will contact your family. You may be asked for additional information for state or campus aid programs.

After receiving all necessary information, the Financial Aid office will send an "award letter". This letter tells you how much and what type of financial aid your child will receive. Each school sends its own award letter.

After your child decides which school to attend, let the school know you accept their financial aid award.

After beginning classes, your child will receive their financial aid. In order to continue to receive financial aid, a student must make Satisfactory Academic Progress each school term. The application for financial aid must be renewed each year. Remember! All student loans must be repaid. Be an informed consumer and borrow wisely.

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