How to Apply

What is federal student aid? It’s money from the government that helps you pay for college, career school or graduate school expenses. It is available through grants and scholarships (which typically don’t have to be repaid) and work-study funds and loans (which have to be earned or paid back).

Looking for the 2024-25 FAFSA? Changes designed to streamline the new FAFSA are being made and the 2024-25 FAFSA will be available beginning December 31, 2023. Create an FSA ID now to ensure you and contributors, such as a parent or spouse are ready to complete the FAFSA.

The single easiest step you can take to be eligible for free financial aid is to fill out the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid).

Federal School Code: 001827

Guide: Completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

New and continuing students who wish to receive consideration for financial aid (federal, state and some institutional aid) must complete the FAFSA every year. Prior to completing your FAFSA, you will need a Federal Student Aid ID (username and password) which will serve as your electronic signature. If you are a dependent student for financial aid purposes (most students under age 24) your parent(s) will also need an FSA ID.

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Financial Aid Checklist

Make sure to check off every step, from filing for aid to finding a scholarship that’s right for you!

Check it Out

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Forms and Instructions

See the full list of forms you may need to fill out to be considered for financial aid.

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Additional Information and Tutorials

IRS Data Retrieval Tool (DRT)

  • The IRS DRT is a fast and accurate way to input your tax return information into the FAFSA form. Most students and parents are eligible to use the IRS DRT
    • Those who are ineligible will need to manually enter their tax return information
  • Tax return information transferred from the IRS will not be displayed in the FAFSA. The message “Transferred from the IRS” will be displayed in the applicable fields.
  • IRS Tax Information for Students

  • Create a FSA ID before you file your FAFSA – enter your name and Social Security Number exactly as they appear on your Social Security Card
  • Keep track of your FSA ID and the email information used to file your FAFSA, this information will be used each year to file the FAFSA. If you verified your email address or phone number during account creation, you can use your email address or phone number instead of your user name
  • Use Purdue University Northwest federal school code 001827 (both Hammond and Westville)
  • Basic eligibility criteria to qualify for federal student aid
  • Federal Student Aid video: How to Create an FSA ID

Documentation Needed:

  • Your Social Security Number or Alien Registration Number (if you are not a U.S. citizen)
  • Your driver’s license number if you have one
  • Federal income tax returns, W-2’s and other records of money earned for you (and spouse if married) and your parents if you are a dependent student
    • If eligible, we encourage you to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool
  • Bank statements and investment records (if applicable)
  • Records of untaxed income (i.e. child support received, worker’s compensation, etc. if applicable) for you and your parents if you are a dependent student

Once your FAFSA has been processed, you will receive a Student Aid Report (SAR). Carefully review your SAR to make sure it is accurate. You can view your SAR, make corrections and add a school by going back to your FAFSA as a returning user. Your Expected Family Contribution (EFC), calculated by the federal processor from your FAFSA data, will be included in the SAR. Purdue Northwest will also receive your EFC and use it to package your Financial Aid Offer.

  • Keep your SAR and documentation used to complete the FAFSA for your records
  • The Office of Financial Aid will notify you by email when your SAR has been received
  • Review Student Self-Service via the myPNW portal for important messages and information
  • We recommend you use the Financial Aid Checklist to assist with receiving your financial aid

Aid Adjustments, Verification and Requirements

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Important Dates and Deadlines

What’s PNW’s scholarship deadline? When is your FAFSA due?

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