What is Federal Student Aid?


How do I apply for FAFSA?

The process is done online through the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). 

Click here for FAFSA Link

What is an EFC?

After you submit the FAFSA, the government will calculate your Expected Family Contribution (EFC) from the information you provided. Your EFC will be listed on your Student Aid Report. Please be aware that the EFC does not represent the actual amount you may be charged at any given college or university. The EFC is used to determine your need-based financial assistance.

My school notified me that I was selected for verification; what does that mean?

Verification is the process your school uses to confirm that the data reported on your FAFSA is accurate. Your school will contact you for documentation that supports the information you reported. Your financial aid award will be completed once you have provided all necessary documentation. To complete the verification process click here.

Oops! I made a mistake on my FAFSA; how do I correct it?

Once your application has been processed, you can correct your FAFSA online using your FSA ID. 

How do I find out if I am eligible to apply for a PLUS or alternative loan?

A Parent PLUS or Grad PLUS loan can be applied for at studentloans.gov.
Alternative loans very by lender. A historical lender list can be accessed here.

Where do I accept my reward?

Awards can be viewed and accepted online via the CUAA Portal, or by completing a paper copy in the Financial Aid Office. Your total amounts will be divided equally and applied to both semesters of an academic year. Prior to accepting the award you will be required to review the terms and conditions of your financial aid award.