Checklist

  1. Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).  Contact Financial Aid if you need help or have questions.
    • Meet the basic eligibility criteria to qualify for aid
    • Create a Federal Student Aid ID. An FSA ID (username and password) is used as your electronic signature
    • The Purdue Northwest Federal School Code is 001827
    • Your FAFSA must be received by the federal processor on or before April 15 each year to be considered for state aid
  2. Apply for ScholarshipsScholarships are gift aid (free money) for college.
    • An application is required to be considered for donor-funded scholarships at Purdue Northwest. The donor-funded scholarship application is open from early October to February 1 each year. Some donor-funded scholarships require a separate application.
    • Private scholarships have different deadlines, search throughout the year.
  3. Monitor your PNW student e-mail and Student Self-Service daily. The Office of Financial Aid uses your PNW email and Student Self-Service to communicate financial aid information and changes to your account. Emails and messages are sent throughout the aid year.
  4. Submit all required documentation. After your FAFSA is processed, you will receive a Student Aid Report (SAR). The SAR is a summary of your FAFSA data and will display your Expected Family Contribution (EFC) which is used to determine your aid eligibility. Your FAFSA information will be received by Purdue Northwest after it is processed by the federal processor.
    • If your file has been selected for verification or additional documentation is requested, you will be notified through your PNW email and messages on Self-Service Banner. Turn in required documents to receive your official financial aid offer!
    • Use the Checking for Required Documents tutorial to find out what is needed
    • All state aid edits must be resolved before state aid can be received; check ScholarTrackfor a list of edits
    • If you have a Consortium Agreement complete it by the deadline (complete steps 1 -3 by the end of the first week of classes)
  5. Review your Financial Aid Offer. Once your FAFSA has been received and all requirements have been met watch for your official financial aid notification. Students with unsatisfied requirements will receive an estimated financial aid notification. Official offers are based on your Expected Family Contribution (EFC), grade level, enrollment status and other factors. View How Aid is Calculated for more information.
  6. Complete Loan Entrance Counseling and Master Promissory Note (MPN) at StudentAid.gov. If you are a first-time borrower at PNW and have accepted Federal student loans you will need to complete this step before your loans will be disbursed (paid) to your account. Tutorials are available to assist you.
    • If you are offered a Federal Direct Subsidized loan, accept it before your Federal Direct Unsubsidized loan
  7. Pay your charges and receive your refund (if eligible). Your financial aid will be applied to your current tuition and fee charges first.
    • If financial aid is cancelled or does not pay all tuition and fees, you are responsible for the remaining charges
    • Avoid having your classes dropped by setting up a payment plan or paying your tuition and fee charges in full
    • If the amount of your refundable financial aid is greater than your bill for the semester tuition and fees you will receive a refund from the Bursar’s Office via direct deposit or paper check. Go to Refunds and Deadlines for information on how to set up direct deposit.
    • Changes in enrollment or other eligibility factors may require revisions to your awards which may result in a balance due. Refunds issued to you that you are no longer eligible for must be returned.
  8. Maintain your eligibility for financial aid.