FAFSA Filing Information

How to Apply for Financial Aid

Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
New and returning students who wish to receive consideration for financial aid (federal and state grants, federal work study, federal loans and select scholarships) must complete the FAFSA every year. The Purdue University North Central (PNC) financial aid year begins with the fall semester and ends with the summer semester. The first step in the financial aid process is to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

A new FAFSA is available every January for the following academic year (i.e. January 1, 2015 for the 2015-16 academic year). In order to file a FAFSA you will need a Federal Student Aid ID (username and password) which will serve as your electronic signature. Your FSA ID is also used to complete your Master Promissory Note (MPN) and access your Federal Student Aid records online. Your FSA ID 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. Learn more about Dependency Status.

If you have already filed your (your parents) Federal Tax Return, we encourage you to take advantage of the IRS Data Retrieval Tool (DRT) if eligible to have your (and your parents) tax information downloaded directly to the FAFSA. To be considered for state grants your FAFSA must be received by the Federal Processor by March 10 each year. If your tax data is not yet available you can estimate it using your W2 forms or prior year taxes so you can meet the March 10 state filing deadline. Once you receive your actual tax data you can make corrections to your FAFSA online or with the Financial Aid Office. Note: All corrections must be filed before the May 15 state edit deadline.

Seven Easy Steps to the FAFSA: Online Tutorial

Seven Common FAFSA Mistakes to Avoid

  • In addition to March 10 being the state financial aid deadline, it is also the Purdue University North Central priority filing deadline for first consideration of institutional scholarships.
  • PNC’s federal school code is 001826. List our code in order for us to receive a copy of your FAFSA application once it has been processed by the U.S. Department of Education.
  • File a 2015-16 FAFSA if you will be enrolled during:
    • fall 2015, spring 2016 and/or summer 2016 (the 2015-16 academic year)
    • A 2015-16 FAFSA Worksheet is available to assist you in completing your application.
  • File a 2014-15 FAFSA if you will be enrolled during:
    • fall 2014, spring 2015 and/or summer 2015 (the 2014-15 academic year)
    • 2014-15 FAFSA Worksheet is available to assist you in completing your application.
  • Once your FAFSA has been processed, you will receive a Student Aid Report (SAR). You should thoroughly review your SAR to make sure there are no errors and no additional information is required. If you need to make corrections, you can go back to the FAFSA and update it.
  • Keep your SAR and documentation used to complete your FAFSA for your records.
  • The PNC Financial Aid Office will let you know when your SAR has been received and what your next steps are by email and through messages in Self-Service Banner (SSB) via myPNC.

Learn more about Completing the FAFSA

FAFSA Verification

Verification is a process created by the U.S. Department of Education intended to improve the accuracy of the data submitted on the FAFSA. If you are selected for verification, the Financial Aid Office will ask for documentation necessary to verify data submitted on the FAFSA. You are encouraged to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool (DRT) to transfer federal income tax data to the FAFSA. Unmodified tax data elements will not be subject to verification. Check SSB DAILY to monitor your financial aid status and watch for emails from the Financial Aid Office requesting information and/or needed documents to complete your financial aid file.

Additional FAFSA Verification Information for 2015-16

Additional FAFSA Verification Information for 2014-15

Completing Requirements
It is important to meet all requirements for your financial aid as soon as possible. Your financial aid award package will not be processed until all required information and/or documents have been received and processed. Financial Aid awards are developed to help meet estimated educational expenses according to federal, state and institutional regulations. All awards are based on available funds and full-time enrollment. Purdue University North Central has the right to revise or cancel awards if funds are unavailable, your application contains incorrect data or your financial situation or enrollment status changes. Financial aid is applied to all charges on your university student account.

If you need assistance or have questions please contact our office at (219) 785-5460, visit us in Technology Building, Room 157 or email us at finaid@pnc.edu

Applying Receiving and Keeping Your Financial Aid Presentation