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For most aid programs, financial need is defined as the difference between what it costs to attend school and what the student can afford to pay.  The amount a student should be able to pay is determined by a standard, federally mandated need-analysis method.  The method establishes whether a student is financially independent (unmarried students under the age of 24 years may be considered dependent and in that case must provide parent information) or financially dependent on his or her parents and takes into account past earnings and benefits, a percentage of net assets and all other sources of support.

There is no income standard or other simple methods of determining whether a student will qualify for need-based financial aid.  Any student who thinks he or she needs help should apply.

  Important dates for financial aid

June 14, 2019
Summer 2019 financial aid disbursement begins
Sept 20, 2019
Autumn 2019
 financial aid disbursement begins
Oct 1, 2019
available for 2020-21 academic year
Jan 3, 2020
Winter 2020 financial aid disbursement begins
Jan 15, 2020
2020-21
priority submission deadline
March 27, 2020
Spring 2020 financial aid disbursement begins

Use the menu at left to learn more about getting started with your financial aid.