Explore your options for financial assistance on the road to academic achievement.
Steps to Apply
To determine your eligibility for state and federal grants, loans and work-study, you’ll need to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) every academic year.
- You must be an admitted student in a degree program.
- You must be a high school graduate (or equivalent) and eligible for college attendance.
- You must be a U.S. citizen or an eligible non-citizen with a valid Social Security number.
- As of May 2015, the FSA user ID has replaced the prior login method of the federal PIN number. You and at least one parent will each need an FSA ID in order to sign the FAFSA online. It is necessary for each person to set up their own user ID, password and challenge questions. Each FSA ID must also be tied to a unique email address.
- You’ll use your FSA user ID for all Department of Education websites, in order to gain access to and complete your Direct Loan paperwork. More information is available from the Department of Education.
- Submit the FAFSA to the U.S. Department of Education at https://fafsa.gov and enter our Federal School Code: 001666.
- You and your parents will need the following information for the FAFSA application: FSA user IDs, Social Security numbers, driver’s license numbers and states, W-2s and federal tax information, details about bank accounts, net worth dollar amounts for investments and businesses, and dollar values for untaxed income.
- If you estimated your income information on your FAFSA, please be sure to update the information once you complete your income tax return. Incomplete information will delay the processing of your financial aid.
- Once our Office of Financial Aid receives your FAFSA results, you will be notified if additional information is required. You can download the necessary forms by logging in to Concordia Connect.
- After all the required documents are processed, you will receive a financial aid award letter in the mail.
- You must accept or decline any loans or work-study awards in order to receive your funding. This can be completed online via Concordia Connect, or by returning a signed award letter. You may accept a reduced amount of your loan by specifying the amount you wish to borrow.
- Students must submit all missing documents to the Office of Financial Aid at least 3 weeks before the end of the semester. Failure to do so may result in the ineligibility to receive financial aid.
- When you have met all eligibility requirements, have fully completed your financial aid files, and have enrolled at least half time in classes, your financial aid funds will post to your student account according to the scheduled disbursement dates for each term.