Student Financial Aid
Welcome to Student Financial Aid
Check CougarNet to see if we have requested verification documentation and to view, accept or decline your aid for Fall and Spring.
–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 fafsa.ed.gov, the National Student Loan Data System (NSLDS) at www.nslds.ed.gov. StudentLoans.gov, StudentAid.gov, and Agreement to Serve (ATS) at www.teach-ats-ed.egov .
You can use your FSA ID to sign a FAFSA right away. Once the Social Security Administration verifies your information in one to three days, or if you have linked your PIN to your FSA ID, you will be able to use your FSA ID to access the websites listed above. For help, visit StudentAid.gov/fsaid. March
–Beginning March 29, 2015 a new PLUS Counseling module will be added to the StudentLoans.gov website. This counseling must be completed by Direct PLUS Loan applicants (parents of dependent undergraduate students as well as graduate/professional students) who are determined to have an adverse credit history, but qualify for a Direct PLUS Loan by obtaining an endorser or by documenting extenuating circumstances.
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 .