Financial Aid: Checklist

Complete your federal taxes. Your spouse (if applicable) and/or parents’ taxes may also be required. Visit for more information.

Sign up for an FSA ID at The FSA ID serves as your digital signature for the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and login information for Federal Student Aid websites. Students can apply for an FSA ID anytime and it is recommended to have one before completing the FAFSA. If you are a dependent student, your parent will also need to create an FSA ID.

Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and your financial aid file by the February 1 Priority Date  for consideration for all need-based aid programs. Students can still apply after February 1 and be considered for the Federal Pell Grant. 

If requested, complete the verification process. 

Check your Financial Aid Status in Student Portal 

Accept your financial aid online in the Student Portal

If accepting loans, complete the Loan Counseling for Direct Subsidized / Unsubsidized / PLUS Loans.

Complete Master Promissory Notes (MPN), if necessary. The MPN is a legally binding agreement between you and us and contains the terms and conditions of your loans. Please visit for additional information.