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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 method 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 15, 2017
Summer 2017 financial aid disbursement begins
Sept 21, 2017
Autumn 2017 financial aid disbursement begins
Oct 1, 2017
available for 2018-19 academic year
Dec 28, 2017
Winter 2018 financial aid disbursement begins
Jan 15, 2018
priority submission deadline
March 22, 2018
Spring 2018 financial aid disbursement begins

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