The financial aid process begins with the completion of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The FAFSA is the application that Ferris State University uses to determine student eligibility for federal, state and institutional aid such as grants, loans and work study. In addition to completing the FAFSA, a student must be admitted to Ferris State University to be considered for financial aid.
Before you complete the FAFSA, it is recommended that you obtain a PIN (personal identification number) for the student and a PIN for at least one parent, if the student is dependent. The PIN acts as your electronic signature and allows you to complete the FAFSA more efficiently by signing electronically.
Once you have your PIN number(s), you should visit the FAFSA website, to begin the financial aid process. The FAFSA website will advise you regarding the additional information needed to complete your FAFSA such as federal tax returns for the student, the student’s spouse if married, and/or parent tax returns if the student is dependent. Bank and asset statements are also helpful. If you have questions while you are completing the FAFSA, look for the “Live Help” button on each page or you may contact the Federal Processor at 800–433–3243.
There are several questions on the FAFSA related to special populations, including homeless students, students in foster care, students who are or were wards of the court after age 13, and others. For more information regarding these special groups, please click here.
The Department of Education has provided a document designed to help families avoid common mistakes made on the FAFSA. If you would like to view this document, please click on Mistakes to Avoid When Completing the FAFSA.
Once your FAFSA has been submitted you will receive a Student Aid Report (SAR), which is a summary of the information that was submitted on the FAFSA. If you listed Ferris on the FAFSA and you are an admitted student, we will receive your FAFSA information approximately 7–10 days after submission.
Once your FAFSA has been received by the Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid, you will be notified if any additional documentation is needed to complete your financial aid file. Once your file is complete, you will receive a financial aid award notice. You may view any requirements that may be needed to complete your file as well as your award notices once you have been awarded, by logging into MyFSU.