STEP 1 - Complete Free Application for Federal Student Aid
Complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at www.fafsa.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.
Freshmen — January 1
Returning Students/Transfer Students — May 1
Prior to filing online, filers should visit www.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 Verification Form from Pitt-Greensburg.
- The student and parent must complete the form and return it to Pitt-Greensburg along with copies of the student's and parent's W-2 forms and federal tax return transcripts. The student and parent may use the IRS Data Retrievel Tool in place of submitting federal tax return transcripts.
- Unsigned Verification Forms will be returned.
- The school uses the tax information and Verification Form to verify the information reported on the FAFSA.
- The student will receive a new SAR that reflects any corrected information.
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 www.studentloans.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.
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.
- In most cases, students will not have to file a new Direct Loan Master Promissory Note.
- Only transfer students and first-time Direct Loan borrowers will have to complete an Entrance Counseling Session.
- Parents will need to reapply for the Direct PLUS Loan.
Academic Year Costs (2 terms)
Expect a cost increase for next year. We recommend allocating $1,500 per year for books.