How to Apply
To apply for need-based federal financial aid, complete a Free
Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The FAFSA must
be completed annually in order to be considered for student
loans and work-study. FAFSAs are available in the Student Financial
Aid Office (4 Reynolda Hall) or online at the
FAFSA web page.
Both located on the Reynolda Campus, the
Graduate School of Arts and Sciences and the Divinity School have the same Federal Title IV school code: E00429.
Normally, to receive financial aid from federal programs, you
must meet the following criteria:
- be a U.S. citizen or an eligible non-citizen;
- be registered with Selective Service if you are a man who
is at least 18 years old and born after December 31, 1959,
unless you are not required to be registered;
- be enrolled at least half-time as a "regular student";
- be working toward a degree or certificate;
- be making satisfactory academic progress;
- not owe a refund on any federal grant or be in default on
any federal education loan, or have made satisfactory arrangements
to repay any defaulted loans;
- have not borrowed in excess of aggregate loan limits;
- not have been convicted of drug distribution or possession.
Students must be enrolled at least
half-time to receive Federal Stafford Loans. If you receive
loan funds before dropping below 6 semester hours in the Divinity
School or below 4.5 semester hours in the Graduate School of
Arts & Sciences, you may be required to refund all or a
portion of those funds directly to the lender. Also, you may
no longer be eligible to defer repayment on loans borrowed for
prior periods of enrollment.
To receive any federal loan, a student must be accepted
or enrolled in a degree or certificate program. Admittance to
a graduate program as a "Special Student" does not
meet the admissions criteria to qualify for need-based federal
financial aid. Renewal students must be in good academic standing
and making satisfactory academic progress in order to receive
All forms of institutional or private aid will be taken into
consideration in determining your eligibility for any need-based
financial aid. After your award has been calculated, the receipt
of other aid may cause a revision in your original award. If
you were employed full-time in the previous year, please review
the Estimated Year Form located on the forms page.
If this form applies to you, please print, complete, sign, and
mail this form to the Student Financial Aid Office.