The Financial Aid Process

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1. File your FAFSA.

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is the key to determining your federal financial aid eligibility.

The financial information you provide will determine how much aid you may qualify for and what types of funding you may be eligible to receive.

2. Get to know the various types of financial aid available.

While your FAFSA is being processed, take some time to read up on the different types of financial aid available to help fund your degree. This will help you get ready to talk with your Financial Aid Advisor and feel confident about the aid package you receive.

Getting a handle on your options now can make a big difference later on.

3. Talk with an AIU Financial Aid Advisor.

An advisor will walk through the financial aid process and award letter with you and be available throuhgout the aid process. They can:

  • Help you with paperwork
  • Explain your aid package
  • Remind you of upcoming deadlines
  • Answer questions

Other Forms You May Need

Your Financial Aid advisor can help answer questions about the:

  • Master Promissory Note
  • Student Authorization Form
  • Entrance Counseling Quiz
  • Loan Option Form
  • Additional verification documents, if applicable

4. See if you qualify and apply for AIU grants and scholarships.

AIU offers 10 grants and scholarships for AIU Online students, 13 grants and scholarships for AIU Atlanta and 10 grants and scholarships for AIU Houston students.

Your award letter will include the grants you’re eligible for, based on your admission application and your FAFSA.


5. Apply for outside grants and scholarships.

Since most grants and scholarships don’t usually need to be paid back, they’re well worth the time it takes to apply.

Keep in mind that outside grants and scholarships operate on their own schedules, and funds you qualify for may not be available until your second session or later.

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Classes Start July 4, 2018