How to Apply:
1. Apply for an FSA ID (formerly, FAFSA PIN) https://fsaid.ed.gov/npas/index.htm
- If you are DEPENDENT- the student and the parent whose information is listed on the FAFSA will need a FSA ID. Note: only one parent whose information is listed on the FAFSA will need an FSA ID.
- 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 undergraduate or graduate degree 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 (requires additional documentation – see verification section for more info. Work closely with the Financial Aid Office until you have satisfied all requirements.
6. WAIT for your Financial Aid Offer. This will list the student aid programs for which you and/or your family 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 counseling is required for all first time borrowers of the student loan program. Its purpose is to inform students of their rights and responsibilities as borrowers of the federal loan program.
Loan EXIT counseling is 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 Counseling are federal requirements.
• Complete the FAFSA as soon as possible beginning OCTOBER 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 as a degree seeking undergraduate or graduate student.
• Review your Award Offer letter and choose the aid programs you would like to utilize for the period of enrollment.
• 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.
• ASK QUESTIONS! Contact the financial aid office if you need additional assistance or have special circumstances that may affect your eligibility or if you are unsure about any of the aid program requirements or the process.