How to Apply:
1. Apply for a PIN at www.pin.ed.gov
- If you are DEPENDENT- the student and the parent whose information is listed on the FAFSA will need a PIN—only one parent need to sign the FAFSA with their PIN.
- If you are INDEPENDENT- the student is required, spouse is optional)
2. COMPLETE the FAFSA online at www.fafsa.gov . Completing the FAFSA online is safe, free and easy to do. If you need help filling out the FAFSA, be sure to read the “Help and Hints” located on the right side of any page you are entering information. Note: the “help and hints” changes depending on the question(s) you are being asked.
3. LIST our school code 031276
4. Be ADMITTED to an eligible degree or certificate program
5. READ and RESPOND to all correspondence received from the Financial Aid Office. Sometimes, a student may be selected for a process called VERIFICATION-see section below for details
6. WAIT for your Financial Aid Offer. This will provide you and your family with the types of student aid programs you are eligible to use to assist in funding your educational goals at Watkins. Remember, the choice is yours and/or your family to decide which student aid programs you want to use for funding your education.
7. READ the Financial Aid Offer and all the information included to make sure you understand each program that is being offered.
8. ASK questions, if you don’t understand. We are here to help you understand the financial aid process.
9. SIGN and RETURN one copy of the Offer and all documents required for your student aid to be processed.
10. COMPLETE all required loan documents, online, if you and/or your family plan to utilize federal loans to help fund your education.
Your FAFSA may be selected for a process call “Verification” either randomly or due to conflicting data reported on your FAFSA. Students selected for verification will be sent a request and/or steps required to clear this process. It is very important for you to comply with this request immediately as this step will delay your financial aid processing.
Loan entrance interviews are required for all first time borrowers of the student loan program. Its purpose is to inform students of their rights and responsibilities with borrowing from the federal loan program. Loan exit interviews are required for student who graduate, transfer, withdraw, or drop below half-time status at the college. Its purpose is to inform students of their loan obligations and to provide information relevant to successful loan repayment. Both entrance and exit interviews are federal requirements.
• Complete the FAFSA as soon as possible beginning January 1st of each year that you want to be considered for student aid assistance.
• Respond to all requests for additional information as quickly as possible – especially if selected for Verification.
• Make sure you are accepted into the college in a degree or certificate program.
• Review your Award Offer letter and choose the aid programs you would like to utilize for that enrollment period.
• Complete any additional requirements needed for certain aid programs, such as student and/or parent loans.
• Sign and return one copy of the Award Offer letter.
• Complete, sign and date the Institutional Application for Financial Aid and return it with the copy of the Award Offer letter
• ASK QUESTIONS! Contact the financial aid office if you need additional assistance or have special circumstances that may affect your eligibility or it you are unsure about any of the aid program requirements or the process.