Applying for Federal Financial Aid

Step-By-Step Guide

Step One

Obtain a Personal Identification Number (PIN) for use throughout the federal aid process during and after college from the Department of Education's PIN website at www.pin.ed.gov.

Step Two

File your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)  as soon as possible. You may file the FAFSA electronically using FAFSA on the Web, which contains built-in edits to help prevent costly mistakes, at www.fafsa.ed.gov. You may also file a paper FAFSA, obtained from your high school counselor, public library, or any local college’s financial aid office.

Step Three

Once your FAFSA has been processed, UACCB will contact you. We will mail to you any requests for additional documents. Complete and submit all institutional financial aid application materials. Please reply to any requests for additional information or documentation, such as copies of federal tax returns, verification worksheets, or other forms.

Step Four

Review your Student Aid Report (SAR), which is sent to you via e-mail or postal mail after you file the FAFSA, for accuracy. If necessary, correct inaccurate items on-line at www.fafsa.ed.gov or on the paper SAR, if you receive one.

Step Five

Once your financial aid process is complete, UACCB will send an award letter. Read all application materials and financial aid notifications. Most financial aid funds have conditions for receipt and renewal, such as earning a certain grade point average (GPA) or being enrolled full time. Details are important, so be sure to avoid costly mistakes! Promptly sign and return your financial aid award letter with your signed acceptance of the aid being offered. Contact the financial aid office if you have any questions about your award. Notify the financial aid office if you have applied for assistance, but no longer wish to attend the school.

What's Next?

If you have been awarded a Stafford Student Loans, visit the Loans section on our website for more information on the loan process. First-time borrowers will need to complete entrance counseling and sign a Master Promissory Note in order to receive funds. Additionally, first-time borrowers will be eligible to receive loan funds 30 days after the first day of classes.