Guidance

2608 California Road
Elkhart, IN 46514
(574) 262-5600
Mr. Mark Tobolski - Principal

July 9, 2011

A GUIDE TO THE FAFSA

Step 1:

Apply and receive admissions to the university you would like to attend.

 

Step 2:

You may apply for a Personal Identification Number (PIN) at www.pin.ed.gov.  Once you apply for a PIN, you can choose one of the following:

§  Select your own PIN (this option only appears when you apply for a new PIN or request to change your PIN).

§  Instantly view your PIN online.

§  Receive an e-mail with the PIN immediately. This e-mail will contain a link to our secure PIN delivery Web site where you will be able to input your personal data and retrieve your PIN online. For security purposes, this link will be available for only 14 calendar days. If you do not retrieve your PIN within 14 days, it will be mailed to you at the address you provided.

§  Have your PIN sent by postal mail within 7-10 days.

 

With your PIN, you may access your FAFSA, sign your FAFSA electronically or sign your Master Promissory Note (MPN) electronically.

 

Step 3:

Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).  This application will determine the type(s) of federal aid for which you are eligible.

To complete the FAFSA you will need the Title IV code for each school you list on the application.  You can obtain each school’s Title IV code at http://www.fafsa.ed.gov/FOTWWebApp/FSLookupServlet.

Your financial need will be determined by the school.  The financial aid office calculates you need by subtracting your Expected Family Contribution (EFC) from the Cost of Attendance (COA).  Information from the FAFSA helps determine your EFC.  Your EFC will be the same at any college you plan to attend.  The COA, however, varies and will usually include the following:  tuition and fees, room and board, books and supplies and personal and other miscellaneous expenses.

Once your FAFSA has been processed, your school will notify you of the type and the amount of financial aid that you may be eligible to receive.

 

Step 4:

You will receive a Student Aid Report and your school will receive an Institutional Student Information Report (ISIR).