To apply for federal, state and Purdue University student aid programs, you will file the FAFSA — this is something you’ll need to do annually to be considered for aid each year you’re in school. Purdue’s priority deadline is March 1.
If you are an admitted student to Purdue and submit your FAFSA by this deadline, you can expect to hear back about your award offering sometime in late March or early April.
Before completing your FAFSA, you’ll need to get a PIN from the U.S. Department of Education at www.pin.ed.gov. If parents are helping in the aid process, make sure one of them registers for a PIN too. Starting April 2015, this process will be replaced by a Federal Student Aid (FSA) username/password.
What You’ll Need:
- A computer with Internet access
- Your PIN (until April 24, 2015)
- Your Social Security number
- Income information for the current year (or the prior year if you’re going to use an estimate) for both student and parents (unless you qualify as an independent student)
- A current, valid email address to be contacted with important information about your financial aid
You can also print a “FAFSA on the Web” worksheet at www.fafsa.gov to complete ahead of time and help prepare your answers before entering them online.
What You’ll Do:
- Go to www.fafsa.gov and click “Start A New FAFSA,” then login using your name, Social Security number and birthday.
- Select “Start New FAFSA” and then input the requested information.
- Be sure to enter Federal School Code 001825 to allow your information to be sent to Purdue University West Lafayette.
You can submit the FAFSA late, but there may be considerably fewer funds available to you for doing so.
If you start attending in the spring or summer, you should complete the FAFSA for the prior year. Example, if you start summer 2015, you should complete the 2014-15 FAFSA. Some programs may require both FAFSAs.
You can apply for financial aid prior to applying for admission to Purdue. However, you must be admitted to a degree-seeking program (or a teacher’s certification program) before eligibility will be calculated and to receive financial aid.
You may be eligible, and if so we highly encourage you to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool within the FAFSA to update the information after taxes have been filed. Information will be transferred from the IRS directly into the FAFSA with this option. Check out a short tutorial for help with this process.
We recommend printing the “FAFSA on the Web” submission confirmation page as proof of completion. Keep this in your records.
One of the most commonly requested documents is a tax transcript. Get your tax return transcript from the IRS.
If you have any FAFSA filing questions, you can contact FAFSA customer service agents at 800-433-3243, get online help or you can check out Federal Student Aid’s YouTube Channel for short, informational videos on the process.