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Applying for Financial Aid and Your Award

Step 1File Your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

You will need to file a FAFSA each academic year. You can complete a FAFSA for the upcoming academic year anytime after October 1.

File your FAFSA by July 1 to be eligible for State of Iowa funds. If you miss the July 1 deadline it's not too late to file, you may be eligible for limited funding.

It's quickest, and strongly recommended, to submit your FAFSA online at fafsa.ed.gov. To file online you will need to create an FSA ID.

 If you are applying for Fall 2017, Spring 2018, and/or Summer 2018 choose FAFSA year 2017–2018.

 If you are applying for Fall 2018, Spring 2019, and/or Summer 2019 choose FAFSA year 2018–2019.

 Hawkeye's FAFSA code is 004595.

If you are applying for financial aid for summer coursework, also see the instructions on the Summer Financial Aid page.

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Step 2Apply for Scholarships and Outside Funding

Scholarships = FREE Money!

  1. Apply for Hawkeye Scholarships. By completing one application, you will be applying for dozens of scholarships!

  2. Check out our list of outside scholarships, browse scholarship search sites, and visit with your high school counselor to learn about the many scholarships for which you should apply.

  3. Report all scholarships you are awarded to the Financial Aid office so the scholarships can be included in your financial aid award letter.

Federal Student Aid Article: Finding and Applying for Scholarships.

Outside Funding

If you will be receiving funding from outside sources—including scholarships, military and veteran benefits, and sponsorships—or the amount of funding you will receive has changed, you need to notify the Financial Aid office as soon as possible. These additional funds need to be included in your total financial aid award as required by federal law.

Step 3Review your Student Aid Report (SAR)

The Department of Education will provide you with a summary of your FAFSA information called a Student Aid Report (SAR). This report summarizes the financial information you entered on the FAFSA and is used to determine how much federal and state aid to offer you. Your Student Aid Report will be emailed to you by the Department of Education if you provided an email address. If no email is available, your Student Aid Report will be mailed to you within three weeks. You can also view your Student Aid Report online: Visit fafsa.ed.gov and login.

Review your Student Aid Report carefully and if needed, make corrections and re-submit. If no corrections are needed, keep the report for your records.

What if I am selected for verification?

Step 4Submit All Required Forms and Documentation

Once your FAFSA is processed we will begin to prepare your financial aid award. Our office typically receives your FAFSA results within two weeks.

In order to determine eligibility, the Financial Aid office may be required to request forms and documentation from you—such as federal tax transcripts—in order to determine eligibility. If we need additional information we will send an email to your Hawkeye email.

Send requested forms and documentation to the Financial Aid office as soon as possible so we can continue preparing your financial aid award.

We recommend checking your Hawkeye email daily. Some items are time sensitive.

Step 5Review your Financial Aid Award

When your financial aid award is ready, you will receive a financial aid award notification to your Hawkeye email.

Your financial aid award will notify you of your eligibility for funds available from the state and federal government and Hawkeye based on your FAFSA, as well as funds you have received from other sources—such as scholarships, military and veterans benefits, and sponsorships. However, your financial aid award is not a commitment of funds or a binding contract and is subject to change.

To view your financial aid award, login to My Hawkeye > Self-Service Menu > WebAdvisor for Students > Financial Aid > Financial Aid Award Letter.

Why can't I see my award in My Hawkeye?

If you do not have an award showing, we may need you to send additional information. Check My Hawkeye > Self-Service Menu > WebAdvisor for Students > Communication > My Documents. If you do not have any documents showing, continue to watch your Hawkeye email for your award notification.

Can my financial aid award change?

Yes. Your initial award, done prior to June 30, is based on full-time, full-year enrollment. If your enrollment level will not be full-time or full-year, your award will be adjusted even after accepting the awarded funds.

If at any time, before or during the semester, your enrollment status changes—you add or drop a class or withdraw from all your classes—contact the Financial Aid office immediately.

You will receive an email to your Hawkeye email anytime your award is adjusted.

View reasons why your financial aid may be adjusted.

Step 6Complete Additional Loan Requirements

If you have been awarded Federal Direct Loans you will need to accept or reject the loan(s) and complete the disbursement requirements before your loan funds can be disbursed to your student account.

If you took out a private student loan, you will need to complete the "Good Choices" packet before your loan can be certified for disbursement.

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