Plan Ahead–Become familiar with procedures, priority dates and deadlines.
Apply Early–The best time to file the FAFSA for maximum and timely consideration is between October 1 and February 1. You do not need to have completed your tax returns in order to file your FAFSA. It is better to file early with good estimates (based on W-2’s and year-end earnings statements) than to file late with exact figures.
Keep Records–Complete all forms carefully and keep copies for your records.
Respond to Information Requests–Promptly reply to all requests from our office for additional information.
Reapply Every Year–Financial aid is not automatically renewed. You must file a FAFSA or Renewal FAFSA to be considered for financial aid each year. Check renewal requirements on all awards.
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.
Ask Questions–Contact the Financial Aid Office with any questions or concerns you may have.
Financial aid cannot be awarded/offered if you miss deadlines; and, most financial aid programs cannot be awarded/offered during the last week of a semester. Applications and supporting documents must be submitted before the last week of a semester.