STEP 1 - Complete Free Application for Federal Student Aid
Complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at studentaid.gov. The processing center will share this information with your state agency and with your school to help determine federal grants, federal loans, state grants, aid administered by the University, and some alternative student loans.
Returning Students/Transfer Students — May 1
Prior to filing online, filers should visit fsaid.ed.gov for a Department of Education username and password. The student and his/her parent must each have a FSA ID. The username and password will serve as electronic signatures and allow the applicant to access and change the FAFSA information online.
For an actual paper FAFSA, students should either download a PDF FAFSA or contact the Federal Student Information Center at 1-800-433-7827.
STEP 2 - Review Your Student Aid Report (SAR)
After completing the FAFSA students will be emailed a Student Aid Report from the federal processor which summarizes their FAFSA information.
- Correct any incomplete or inaccurate information on your SAR; instructions are provided.
- Both the student and parents must sign it (electronically or written) and return it to the federal processing center for further processing.
The SAR also gives the student the DRN and the EFC.
- Data Release Number
- A four-digit number assigned to the student.
- When telephoning the FAFSA processing center, the student will need to give the DRN in order to access his/her account.
- Expected Family Contribution
- NOT the dollar amount that the family will pay for the student's education.
- A number used by the federal government when evaluating eligibility for grants and loans.
- Remains the same regardless of the cost of the education.
STEP 3 - The Verification Process
The federal government randomly selects FAFSA filers for verification. When a FAFSA filer is selected, the student will receive a Missing Information Notifcation from Pitt-Greensburg. This notification will include steps in order to go to our online portal to complete the verification process. Once you create an account the portal will walk you through the steps/any documents that need to be completed.
STEP 4 - Complete Federal Loan Requirements
If you plan to apply for a Federal Direct Stafford Loan you must complete a Federal Direct Master Promissory Note (MPN) and a Federal Direct Stafford Loan Entrance Counseling session electronically at studentaid.gov. The student’s Department of Education FSA ID will serve as the student’s signature when completing the MPN and the counseling sessions electronically. Instructions for completing both requirements can be found here.
STEP 5 - Renew FAFSA
Reapply for financial aid each academic year.
- Applicants who filed online last year will be sent an email as a reminder to file again.
- Applicants who filed by paper will receive a FAFSA on the Web Worksheet by mail.
- Visit Edit My FSA ID if you cannot locate your username or password.
- Parents will need to reapply for the Direct PLUS Loan.