The Aid Application Process Checklist

  • If you’re nervous about financial aid, don’t worry. It’s not as complicated as it may seem. The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (the FAFSA) plays the starring role. Just take it step-by-step and feel free to call and talk to us at the number below if you have any questions. 

    Applying for Financial Aid

    1. You will need to create an FSA ID to sign and submit your FAFSA. If you are a dependent student, your parent(s) will need to create a separate FSA ID.
    2. Submit a completed FAFSA beginning October 1. File early for maximum aid consideration. The FAFSA should direct you (if you're a Pennsylvania resident) to the Pennsylvania state grant (AES) website to complete the application for the state grant. The Pennsylvania state grant deadline is May 1.
    3. Double-check: Is your Social Security number correct on the form?
    4. Review scholarship opportunities. Scholarships are not offered via the FAFSA.
    5. Respond promptly to any request for verification of the information on your FAFSA. Otherwise, your financial aid won’t be processed.
    6. Check your financial aid status regularly in your MyIUP account: You’ll see requests for verification or further information, and your aid award will be displayed when it’s available.

    Once You’re Awarded

    1. Complete all outstanding Master Promissory Note (MPN) and Entrance Counseling requirements for any Federal Direct Stafford Loans you’ve been awarded.
    2. If your parents want to be considered for a loan, have your parent apply for a Federal Direct PLUS Loan every year. Make sure your parent borrower also completes the MPN if they are credit approved.
    3. You can also review and apply for alternative loans on ELM Select as an additional funding option. 
    4. Are you a grad student? You may apply for a Graduate PLUS Loan if you need additional funds.
    5. Keep your mailing address up-to-date in your MyIUP account, and check your IUP email account regularly, so you don’t miss important notifications.