Helpful Hints

Helpful Hints to the Financial Aid Process:

  • 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.

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