HOW TO APPLY FOR FINANCIAL AID
In order to apply and be eligible for financial aid at Harris-Stowe State University, students must:
1. Must be admitted to the University as a degree-seeking or initial certification student prior to being awarded financial assistance.
2. Complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or a renewal application on the Internet.
3. Complete a Harris-Stowe State University financial aid application, which may be downloaded online. This form can also be obtained from the Office of Financial Assistance and mailed in.
4. Contact the Office of Financial Assistance three to five days after receiving a Student Aid Report (SAR) from the student-aid processing center. Or email us at mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org that your FAFSA has been accepted.
5. Comply with all requests for additional documents required by federal regulations.
6. Make satisfactory financial aid progress.
Your PIN is used each year to electronically apply for federal student aid and to access your Federal Student Aid records online. If you receive a PIN, you agree not to share it with anyone. Your PIN serves as your electronic signature and provides access to your personal records, so you should never give your PIN to anyone, including commercial services that offer to help you complete your FAFSA. Be sure to keep your PIN in a safe place.
The FAFSA must be signed by the student and the parent of the student (if the student is deemed to be dependent defined by the FAFSA). The FAFSA may be signed electronically by using a Personal Identification Number (PIN). You may obtain a PIN by clicking here. Keep this PIN in a secure location as you will need it to sign your FAFSA each year.
HOW ASSISTANCE IS DETERMINED
Federal Financial Assistance is awarded based on financial need as defined by Congress. The information you report on your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or renewal application is used in a formula that calculates your Expected Family Contribution (EFC). The EFC is the amount you and your family are expected to pay toward your education.
The Cost of Attendance (COA) subtracted by your EFC equals your financial need. The COA is determined by the student’s dependency status, housing arrangements and the number of hours they are attending. The COA includes the cost of tuition, fees, housing, food allowance, books, supplies, childcare, cost related to a disability and miscellaneous expenses. Once the need is calculated, the student is awarded and mailed a financial assistance award letter.