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Financial Aid

The Student Financial Services staff helps determine your eligibility for funds that will help you meet the costs of your education. Our financial aid information is tailored to two distinct audiences, outlined below.

If you are interested in learning more about financial aid options, consider viewing one of our recorded presentations regarding financial aid or managing student loans at the Career and Academic Resource Center website.

Funding for Admitted Candidates

If you are an admitted candidate in an undergraduate or graduate program, or the Premedical Program, there are a variety of financial aid options available to help you meet your education expenses. As a US citizen or eligible noncitizen, you may apply for federal, state, and institutional aid. Note: Admitted candidates who have been granted Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) status may apply for institutional aid only.

You fall into this category if:

  • You have submitted the admission application, available in each program section of our website.
  • You have been officially admitted by the dean or program director.

Steps in the Financial Aid Process

These are the general steps in the financial aid application and disbursement process. For more information specific to the academic period(s) for which you plan to apply for financial aid, please see How to Apply:

  • Complete the appropriate Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
  • Receive a financial aid eligibility offer indicating the amount and type(s) of aid for which you are eligible.
  • Sign a master promissory note, if borrowing a federal student loan
  • Complete the required entrance counseling if borrowing a federal student loan for the first time

Financial Aid Advising

If you have questions regarding the application process, or need help understanding the types of aid for which you are eligible, please contact Student Financial Services.

General or Preadmission Students

You are a nonadmitted student if:

  • You are taking admission courses and planning to apply to a program.
  • You are taking courses independent of a program.
  • You are taking courses toward a professional certificate.