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a few tips on filing for financial aid:

  • Plan Ahead
    • Become familiar with procedures, priority dates and deadlines.
  • Apply Early
    • The best time to file the FAFSA for maximum consideration is between January 1 and March 15. Financial aid is awarded on a first-come first-served basis.
  • Keep Records
    • Fill out forms carefully and keep copies for your records.
  • Respond to Information Requests
    • Promptly reply to all requests from our office for additional information.
  • Reply on Time
    • Accept or decline the offer of financial aid in writing within two weeks of receipt.
  • Reapply Every Year
    • Financial aid is not automatically renewed. You must file a FAFSA or Renewal FAFSA to be considered for financial aid each year.
  • Manage Debt Wisely
    • We recommend that borrowing be limited to necessary educational expenses. Our office offers debt management assistance to help you project repayment obligations and options.
  • Investigate
    • What sources of financial aid are available from outside the university? Check with your public library, the Internet, and our office.
  • Ask Questions
    • Contact the Financial Aid Office with your questions or concerns.

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