Steps to Apply for Financial Aid
Federal Aid Eligibility Requirements
In order to receive federal student aid, you will need to meet the following requirements:
- Graduate from high school (or earn a high school equivalent certification) and provide Dunwoody with an official high school transcript or GED score from a recognized GED testing center
- Be accepted for enrollment in college courses working toward an associate, bachelor, or graduate degree
- Be a citizen, or eligible non-citizen, of the United States
- Have a valid Social Security Number
- Certify that you intend to use financial aid for educational purposes, that you are not in default on a federal student loan, and that you do not owe money on a federal grant
- Register with the Selective Service (if required)
For details regarding undocumented students, contact Financial Aid at firstname.lastname@example.org or 612.374.5800.
Please note that certain programs like the Administrator Credential Program are ineligible for financial aid due to the inherent structure of the program. Private loans are available for certificate programs.
Steps to Apply for Financial Aid
To help guide you through the financial aid process, follow these steps when applying for financial aid.
Step 1. Apply for Admission
The Financial Aid Office will accept your financial aid forms if you have applied for admission but have not been admitted. However, financial aid is only awarded to admitted students.
Step 2. Apply for an FSA ID
This Federal Student Aid (FSA) ID is used for signing your FAFSA form, completing your required Direct Loan Entrance Counseling and Master Promissory Note, retrieving your loan history data, etc.
Dependent students should make sure that at least one of their parents has their own FSA ID also.
Step 3. Complete the 2017-2018 FAFSA
To apply for all need-based financial aid including grants, scholarships, loans, and federal work-study funds, complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by the priority deadline, April 21.
Dunwoody’s School Code is 004641. The 2017-2018 FAFSA form will use your tax information from your 2015 Federal Income Tax Return. If your financial situation has changed drastically since the prior year please contact the Financial Aid Office to discuss your options.
Step 4. Review your Student Aid Report (SAR)
A Student Aid Report (SAR) is the result of your FAFSA application. If necessary, make changes or corrections and submit your SAR for reprocessing. Your complete, correct SAR will contain your Expected Family Contribution (EFC) – the number used to determine your federal student aid eligibility.
Step 5. Complete Verification (if selected)
Dunwoody is required by federal regulations to audit the accuracy of the financial information provided on the FAFSA form. Most students are identified by the U.S. Department of Education for verification. Dunwoody also has the right to select students for further confirmation of data if information provided seems conflicting.
All applicants are encouraged to utilize the IRS Data Retrieval Tool when completing the FAFSA to reduce their chances of inconsistent or misreported information. This tool is available to most tax filers who have a processed tax return for two years prior on file with the IRS. The IRS Data Retrieval Tool inputs tax return information into the FAFSA directly from the IRS. If you are selected for verification and are unable, or choose not, to use the data retrieval tool, you must request a tax return transcript from the IRS and submit it to the Financial Aid Office.
Missing Information Notifications are emailed to students at their Dunwoody email address the beginning of April for the following academic year and monthly until all documents are received. Verification requires action from the student.
Students are required to determine their missing information online through the Financial Aid Portal.
Financial aid eligibility will not be finalized until all requested verification documentation is received. Financial aid awards are subject to change based on the accuracy of information submitted on the FAFSA.
Students and Parents who did not file a 2015 Federal Tax Return are required to provide the Financial Aid Office with W-2s and/or earning statements for any taxable income earned in 2015 (if applicable); in addition, to a Verification of Non-Filing Letter from the IRS dates on or after October 1, 2016.
Step 6. Review Your Award Letter
Award letters are emailed to students at their Dunwoody email address the beginning of April for the following academic year. You can always check your financial aid status online through the Financial Aid Portal to determine if you have been awarded. Your financial aid package may be a combination of scholarships, loans, grants, and Federal Work-Study funds.
Step 7. Complete Your Direct Loan Process (if applicable)
If you are a first-time borrower and you accept to borrow any of the Federal Direct Loans awarded, you will be required to complete Direct Loan Entrance Counseling and sign Master Promissory Note prior to disbursement of the loan. You can complete these steps at www.studentloans.gov