Completing Your Financial Aid Application Online
1. Apply for a PIN number from the US Department of Education.
You will use this number to sign each of your on-line financial aid applications. NOTE: If you are required to provide parent information on your FAFSA application, then one of your parents must also apply for a PIN number of his/her own in order to be able to sign your application electronically.
2. Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
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You must complete a FAFSA application in order to receive any federal assistance. This step cannot be omitted.
When completing the tax section of this application, it is highly recommended that you transfer in and do not change your Tax Return information from the IRS. If you do not use the IRS Data Retrieval tool when completing your initial FAFSA application, you can return to studentloans.gov, log in to your FAFSA record, select “Make FAFSA Corrections,” and navigate to the Financial Information section of the form. Follow the instructions to determine if you are eligible to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool to transfer IRS income tax information into your FAFSA. It takes up to two weeks for IRS income information to be available for the IRS Data Retrieval Tool for electronic IRS tax return filers, and up to eight weeks for paper IRS tax return filers. If you are unable to transfer in your tax return information from the IRS, you must contact the IRS at 800-829-1040 and request a copy of your Tax Return Transcript.
3. Complete Loan Entrance Counseling.
Sign-in to the Student Loans Counseling website using the green “sign in” button located at the top, right section of the page. Next select the Loan Entrance Counseling option and follow the on-screen prompts. You must complete counseling for Subsidized/Unsubsidized loans for Undergraduate students.
4. Complete a Master Promissory Note.
Sign-in to the Student Loans website using the green “sign in” button located under the “Managing My Direct Loan” section of the page. Next select the Complete a Master Promissory Note option and follow the on-screen prompts. You must complete a Master Promissory Note for the Undergraduate student.