Applying for Aid

 

BEGIN WITH THE FREE APPLICATION FOR FEDERAL STUDENT AID (FAFSA)

 

IMPORTANT TIPS

  • We recommend that EVERY student submits a FAFSA as it's the best way to ensure consideration for all financial aid. Educate yourself on the myths of financial aid.

  • You can complete the FAFSA electronically or by submitting the paper application (please note that submitting a paper FAFSA will cause significant delays in receiving your financial aid package). 

  • It is recommended you complete the FAFSA, as soon as possible, after January 1 of the year you plan to enroll in college. Create your FSA ID to get ready anytime. (Learn more about the new FSA ID process.)

  • It's ok to use estimates or prior years' tax information to get your FAFSA submitted as soon after January 1st as possible, just re-access your saved FAFSA and update the information when your actual tax information is available. Learn more about the IRS Data Retrieval Tool

  • After you have completed the FAFSA, you will receive a Student Aid Report (SAR) and each college you listed on the FAFSA will receive your information. The expected family contribution (EFC) generated from the FAFSA is used to determine your eligibility for aid.

  • We strongly recommend creating a folder for all of your financial aid documents. We also emphasize keeping a copy of every document you submit to either McKendree or other organizations.

 

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