Financial Aid Application
Students who wish to receive financial aid must submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). A new FAFSA must be completed for each academic year. The quickest, most accurate way to file the FAFSA is through FAFSA on the Web at www.fafsa.ed.gov. Online filing cuts the initial processing time by up to half, and also provides checks to prevent common errors. Although the online version generally has quicker processing times and reduces the occurrence of some common errors, a paper version of the FAFSA may be obtained by calling FAFSA at 1-800-433-3243.
Students should submit the FAFSA by March 1 to receive maximum aid consideration for the upcoming school year. This date is consistent with the deadline for the Michigan Competitive Scholarship and helps to ensure that financial aid is ready by the time fall tuition is due. If additional documents, such as income tax returns or worksheets, are requested by the Financial Aid Office, they should be submitted by April 15.
Remember, the FAFSA is a free application! There are many look-alike websites offering to help you complete your form for a fee. Be sure to go to the Free Application for Federal Student Aid site to file your FAFSA. If you have questions about filing the FAFSA, the Financial Aid Office or the Department of Education will be happy to assist you at no cost.
Filing the FAFSA Online
Step 1: Obtain a PIN
Although a Department of Education PIN is not required to file the FAFSA online, it does help to speed up the filing process. Both students and parents can obtain PINs by going to www.pin.ed.gov.
Step 2: Print Pre-Application Worksheets
A worksheet to assist you in preparing to file FAFSA on the Web can be printed prior to actual filing. This worksheet covers the questions in the same order as the online FAFSA, and include instructions built into the form, rather than on a separate sheet. You can access the worksheet here.
Step 3: Complete the FAFSA
Once you are ready to file, go to www.fafsa.ed.gov to access the FAFSA on the Web. Specific instructions and technical information on how to navigate through FAFSA on the Web are provided at this site.You will need to sign your FAFSA by either providing a PIN (and a parent PIN if your parent’s information was reported) or printing and mailing a signature page to the processor. Be sure to submit the FAFSA once it is completed. You will be given a confirmation number once the form is submitted.
You can check the status of your FAFSA by clicking on the “Check Status of Submitted FAFSA” link at www.fafsa.ed.gov.Once the Department of Education has processed your information, you will receive a Student Aid Report (SAR) from them. If you provide an e-mail address on your FAFSA, you will receive your SAR electronically rather than on paper. Please look over your SAR carefully. The processor will also send an electronic copy of your FAFSA information to each of the schools you list on the FAFSA.