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Applying for Financial Aid at National University

Planning ahead and applying for financial aid can help students obtain an education that might otherwise be outside their financial reach.

The Financial Aid Office has created a student guide to financial aid with all necessary information required to apply for and receive financial aid. Download the complete guide, or review a highlighted version of the process below.

The financial aid process consists of three main steps:

Application --> Verification --> Award

Step 1:  Application
To establish your eligibility for aid, you will be asked to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The FAFSA serves as the initial application for most Federal Aid Programs and is used to establish your eligibility for financial assistance. To assure timely processing, please complete the FAFSA fully and accurately.

The federal processor will analyze your data and calculate your Expected Family Contribution (EFC). Once your EFC has been determined, the federal processor will mail you a Student Aid Report (SAR), which you should review for accuracy. At that time, the University will also begin processing your award.

To receive financial aid each year at the University, you must file a new FAFSA and submit supporting documents annually. New FAFSA applications are available from the Financial Aid Office after the first of January. Returning students may receive a Renewal FAFSA in December from the federal processor.

For details on this step, refer to the Financial Aid Guide, or go to Guides and Forms to download the FAFSA application.

Step 2:  Verification
The Financial Aid Office will receive a copy of your financial aid application from the U.S. Department of Education. A welcome e-mail regarding information about your funding eligibility will then be sent to you. You will also receive an informational letter and packet including any or all of the following:

  • Confirmation Letter
  • Institutional Application for Financial Aid (IAFFA)
  • Request for a copy of your 2012 Federal Income Tax Return
  • Stafford and/or PLUS loan request, if you appear eligible to apply for a loan.

For details on this step, refer to the Financial Aid Guide.

Step 3:  Award
You must be accepted into your chosen degree program prior to being awarded financial aid. Once all of the forms have been received, the following occurs before aid can be awarded:

  • Eligibility for financial aid is determined
  • Eligible student loan recipients (Stafford and/or PLUS) will receive written notification from the University that their loan application has been processed

For details on this step, refer to the Financial Aid Guide.

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