How to Apply

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How to Apply for Financial Aid

Anderson University's Federal School Code: 001785

Apply for Financial Aid by completing a FAFSA — Free Application for Federal Student Aid — each year between January 1 and March 1.

The FAFSA is used to determine eligibility for state and federal financial aid. To be considered for Indiana state grants your FAFSA must be received by March 10. You must file the FAFSA annually to be considered for financial aid each academic year. File the FAFSA electronically using the FAFSA on the Web Worksheet, which contains built-in edits to help prevent costly mistakes. For additional help with filling out the FAFSA visit 7 Easy Steps to the FAFSA, an online tutorial.

  • Indiana Residents: The FAFSA must be received by the Federal Processing Center no later than midnight, Central Time, on March 10. The State of Indiana’s Division of Student Financial Aid requires that all critical errors and missing information be resolved by May 15 of the upcoming academic year to be considered for Indiana state grant programs. Register for eStudent to monitor your eligibility for Indiana financial aid.
  • Other-state Residents: You may file the FAFSA after March 1. Refer to the FAFSA Application (PDF) for your applicable state aid deadline. While most states do not allow for the transfer of state aid to out-of-state schools, it is best to keep your options open by meeting your state aid filing deadline.

PIN (Personal Identification Number)

  • Apply for a Federal Student Aid Personal Identification Number (PIN) at www.pin.ed.gov.
  • You and your custodial parent (if applicable) will need your own PIN allowing you both to sign the FAFSA electronically.
  • You can get your PIN as you fill out the FAFSA, or you can apply ahead of time.
  • Parents can use the same PIN to sign the FAFSA for multiple children from one year to the next.
  • PINs do not expire and can be used when filing for financial aid in future years.
  • If you have lost or forgotten your PIN, you may Request A Duplicate PIN at www.pin.ed.gov.
  • Your PIN serves as your electronic signature and provides access to your personal records, so never share your PIN with anyone.

Admission:
You may submit your FAFSA prior to applying for admission to Anderson University. However, you must be admitted to a degree-seeking program that leads to an associate, baccalaureate, master's, or doctorate degree (or a teacher’s certification program) before eligibility will be considered and to receive a financial aid award letter.

Password:
Create a student password to access your FAFSA after submission to make corrections to the already filed application.

Identification Documents:
You will need the student’s driver’s license and both student and parent Social Security numbers. Use the student’s name as it appears on the Social Security card. Non-U.S. citizens provide alien registration numbers or permanent residence numbers.

E-mail Address:
Provide a current, valid e-mail address — one that the U.S. Department of Education and Division of Student Financial Aid (SFA), can use to communicate important information about your FAFSA status. Promptly reply to any requests for additional information.

Tax Documents:
Students and parents should gather their 2012 income information to complete the Financial Information section. You are encouraged to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool (part of FAFSA on the Web) to transfer your prior year federal tax information into the FAFSA.

Meet the Deadline:
If federal taxes cannot be completed prior to March 1, use your best estimate from W-2 forms or your most recent federal tax return. Indicate within the FAFSA that you “will file” taxes.

Selective Service:
Male students must register with Selective Service to be eligible for aid.

Sign the FAFSA:
Both student and parent electronically sign the FAFSA using their PINs. We recommend printing the FAFSA confirmation page as proof of the date and time of your FAFSA submission. Keep this in your records.

College Goal Sunday:
Want personal help with completing your FAFSA? College Goal Sunday occurs each February to provide one-on-one FAFSA assistance at locations across the state. For dates and locations visit http://www.collegegoalsunday.org.

Award Notification:
Your eligibility for grants, scholarships, work-study, and loans for the upcoming fall and spring semesters will be mailed in the form of a financial aid award letter. Student Financial Services sends this notification via U.S. mail to admitted students who have a FAFSA on file. The most common delays occur when the U.S. Department of Education requires AU to verify certain items on your FAFSA application. Please respond in a timely manner to our request for additional information to maintain financial aid eligibility and prevent delays.

Notify AU:
Contact Student Financial Services at sfs@anderson.edu of any outside or private scholarships, grants, or loans you plan to receive.