Financial Aid Checklist

  1.  Apply for a Federal Student Aid PIN.  The PIN is your Personal Identification Number.  It serves as your electronic signature for the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).  Your PIN is also used to complete your Master Promissory Note (MPN) and access your Federal Student Aid records online. Your PIN should not be shared with anyone including your school or services that offer help to complete your FAFSA. If you are considered a dependent student for financial aid purposes (most students under the age of 24) your parent(s) will also need a PIN.
  2. Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).  Learn more about FAFSA Filing Information.
  3. Review your Student Aid Report (SAR).  The SAR is a summary of the data you provided on your FAFSA.  The SAR displays your Estimated Family Contribution (EFC) which is used in determining your aid eligibility.  An asterisk (*) next to your EFC on the SAR indicates that your FAFSA record has been selected for verification (review) and you will be asked for additional information by Purdue University North Central (PNC).  Any corrections to your FAFSA data may be made electronically.
  4. FAFSA data is received by PNC and the Indiana Division of Student Financial Services (SFA).  Check your email and Self-Service Banner (SSB) to see if additional information is required.  If additional information and/or documentation is needed from you, PNC will notify you by email (email address you provided on the FAFSA, as well as your PNC email address) and through messages in SSB.  Provide all requested information to PNC as soon as possible in order for your financial aid eligibility to be determined in a timely manner.  To be considered for state aid all edits identified by the state must be resolved by the May 15 State edit deadline.  Watch for and respond to emails from SFA.
  5. Receive your Award Notification.  Once your FAFSA has been received and processed and all requirements have been met watch for your financial aid award package.  Financial aid awarding for 2014-15 is scheduled to begin mid spring for newly admitted freshman.   Awards for all other students will begin in late May after spring 2014 grades are complete and Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) statuses have been updated.  Watch for an email from PNC regarding your award notification.  Watch for a separate email from SFA regarding your state eligibility.
  6. Accept or Decline Your Award Offer on SSB.  Learn more about Viewing and Accepting Awards on the Tutorials webpage.
  7. If you will accept your student loans; review Direct Loan Information.
  8. Confirm your enrollment and accept charges for fees prior to the invoice due date each semester.  In order for your financial aid to post to your account you must confirm your enrollment and accept your charges prior to the invoice due date each semester.  Sign into SSB through myPNC; then click on Launch my PNC Banner; select Registration Status/Enrollment Confirmation.
  9. Receive a refund, if you are eligible.  If the amount of your refundable financial aid is greater than your bill for the semester tuition and fees you will receive a refund from the Bursar’s Office via direct deposit or paper check.  Sign up for direct deposit by logging on to myPNC, then select Student Banner, then select View Schedule/Statement.  A new browser window will appear.  Select Create a Refund Profile, then select Payment Profile. Make sure you check the “Refund Option” box after filling in your information. The earliest a refund may be issued is 10 days prior to the start of classes.