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Apply for Financial Aid: Current Graduate Students
Current Graduate students must submit the FAFSA each year in order to borrow Direct Federal and Graduate Plus loans.
Step 1: FAFSA
Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online at www.fafsa.ed.gov for the academic year in which aid is being requested.
To ensure accurate and efficient completion of the FAFSA, students should be sure to file their taxes before filing the FAFSA. This will allow students to utilize the IRS Data Retrieval Tool (DRT). The DRT extracts the student’s IRS tax information and populates the FAFSA with the student’s tax return data. It typically takes two weeks after filing tax information before the DRT is available for use.
American University School Code for the FAFSA is 001434.
Students will need to fill out or renew the FAFSA each year
The CSS Profile is not required for graduate students
A pin number is required to electronically sign the FAFSA. To request one, go to www.pin.ed.gov
Step 2: Reviewing the Student Aid Report (ISIR)
Once a FAFSA has been submitted, an electronic Student Aid Report (SAR) from the U.S. Department of Education will be generated. Review the SAR IMMEDIATELY and make any corrections (if necessary). To update information provided on the FAFSA go to www.fafsa.ed.gov
What does the "anticipated aid" amount represent on my bill?
The "anticipated aid" amount represents financial aid that has been accepted and that is scheduled to disburse to the studentÃ?Â¢??s account (provided that all the necessary paperwork has been completed).Ã??Ã?Â Financial aid is not paid to a studentÃ?Â¢??s account until after the first day of class.
When will my financial aid pay over as a credit on my bill?
Provided that all necessary paperwork has been completed, financial aid will credit to the studentÃ?Â¢??s account by the first day of classes.