Guide to Beginning the Financial Aid Process

William Smith

Wednesday, December 18, 2013
WILLIAM SMITH, Director of Financial Aid

You and your child are almost there.  The list of potential colleges has been narrowed down and applications submitted.  Now is the time to begin focusing on financial aid opportunities.

Before applying for financial aid, which you can begin on January 1, 2014, your child needs to complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid).  Below are a few tips for making this process as easy possible.

There are a few steps you should strongly consider before you begin the FASFA:

  1. Complete the FAFSA Worksheet. Before you file the FAFSA, you may want to complete the FAFSA Worksheet; this will save you time when you begin filing the FAFSA.
  2. Get your Federal PIN – you can apply for one today. To complete the FAFSA online, both the parent and student need to apply for a federal PIN (Personal Identification Number). Your PIN acts as an electronic signature that is used for verification upon completing the form. Beat the online rush that is common in mid-January. Log on to www.pin.ed.gov to apply for your PIN today.
  3. Obtain your Federal School Codes. A Federal School Code number is required for each college to which your child is applying. Obtaining all your needed school codes in advance will save you time. Assumption College's Federal School Code is 002118.

Beginning in mid-February, students and parents who have completed their 2013 IRS tax return may use FAFSA on the Web to electronically view their tax information. The tax information can also be securely transferrred into the FAFSA.

Financial Aid Online Chats
To help parents with specific questions with regard to the financial aid application process, Assumption College will offer a number of online Financial Aid Chats. For your convenience, we've scheduled these chats during lunch hours and in the evening. Visit the Financial Aid website on the dates listed below to join the chat and learn valuable information or ask questions about the financial aid process.

Friday, January 24, 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Wednesday, January 29, 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Monday, February 3, 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Thursday, February 6, 5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Tuesday, February 11, 5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

We're here to answer your questions and provide any assistance that you may require with regard to the financial aid application process. If you are unable to join us for the online chats, please do not hesitate to contact our office at (508) 767-7158 or fa@assumption.edu.

Happy Holidays!
William Smith
Director of Financial Aid
Assumption College

P.S. Click here for an infographic explaining the financial aid process.