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Your Timeline for Financial Aid

If you're thinking about starting school any time soon, now's the perfect time to start planning ahead. Even if you don't think you'll qualify for financial aid, you should consider applying. The majority of students who apply for aid receive a financial aid award.

Keep these important dates on your calendar:

January
Income and asset figures from your tax return are needed to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), so it's a good idea for you to prepare returns as early as possible. However, it is not necessary to submit your tax return to the IRS before submitting the FAFSA. Applying is free, so why not go for it?

February
Expect your Student Aid Report (SAR) to arrive within two to four weeks after you submit your FAFSA. If the SAR has not been received four weeks after submitting the FAFSA, call (800) 4-FED-AID. If there are any errors on the SAR when you receive it, make corrections and mail it back immediately.

March
Cal Grant A and B applications are due March 2. Plan ahead!

April
National University begins processing student awards. Financial aid packets containing verification documents will be mailed to aid applicants.

May
If student loans are part of your financial aid package, the college will send instructions about the loan application process. If you are a first time borrower, or have changed lenders since your previous student loan you will need to complete and sign a form called the Master Promissory Note (MPN) in order to receive Stafford Loan funds.

Summer Months
If all forms have been completed correctly and all deadlines have been met, financial aid funds should be credited to your student account once you have commenced attendance in your first course. If for some reason you're late in getting all of your paperwork together, June 30 is the last day to file your FAFSA.

If you would like to learn more about financial aid opportunities from National University, visit the Financial Aid office online, or call us at 1-800-NAT-UNIV, ext. 8500.