How to Apply for Financial Aid

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Completing the FAFSA is the most important step for anyone applying for financial aid, but did you know there are other steps involved in the application process? Follow this step-by-step process to ensure you complete all steps in the financial aid process. Let’s get started.

 

How Long Will It Take?
  • 15 Minutes
What Is An FSA ID?

Your FSA ID is used to confirm your identity when accessing your financial aid information and electronically signing your FAFSA.

Students: You’ll need one in order to electronically sign your FAFSA form and to fill out a Renewal FAFSA form. Students also need one to apply for Direct Loans on StudentLoans.gov.

Parents: A dependent student will need to have one of his or her legal parents sign the student’s FAFSA form, so the parent needs an FSA ID as well. Parents also need one to apply for a Direct PLUS Loan on StudentLoans.gov.

It’s important to understand that the student and the parent may not share an FSA ID. Your FSA ID is your signature, so it has to be unique to you.

How to Get Started:
  • Go to https://fsaid.ed.gov
  • Select "Create an FSA ID"

 

 Create an FSA ID

Instructional Video:

Things you May Need: 
  • Social Security Number
  • Valid email address
How Long Will It Take?
  • 30 Minutes
What Is The FAFSA?

The FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) is the application you will use to apply for federal student aid programs offered by the U.S. Department of Education (ED).

  • Apply after October 1st
  • Stockton Federal School Code: 009345
  • Stockton Priority Deadline: March 1st
How to Get Started:
  • Go to fafsa.gov
  • Login using your FSA ID

 

Complete FAFSA

Instructional Video:
Things you May Need:
  • Social Security Number
  • 1040
  • W2's
How Long Will It Take?
  • 15 Minutes
What Are The NJ State Grant Questions?

The State of New Jersey requires students to provide additional financial information to be considered for any State assistance.

How to Get Started:
  • Go to njfams.hesaa.org
  • Returning users: Login with your NJFAMS credentials
  • New users: Create an NJFAMS account 

 

Answer NJ State Questions

 
Things you May Need:
  • New Jersey Driver's License
  • 1040 (Student & Parent)
  • Social Security/Disability/Veterans Benefits information (If applicable)
How Long Will It Take?
  • 10 Minutes
Why Do I Need To Accept Loans?

Unlike any grants or scholarships that may be included in your award package, there are additional steps you must take in order to receive your Federal Direct Loans.

How to Get Started:
  • Go to go.stockton.edu
  • Login with your Portal ID

 

Accept/Decline Loans

Instructional Video:

Things you May Need:
  • GoStockton Portal ID

Entrance Counseling

How Long Will It Take?
  • 20 Minutes
What Is Entrance Counseling?

The Federal Government requires you to complete entrance counseling to ensure that you understand the responsibilities and obligations you are assuming.

How to Get Started:

  • Go to studentloans.gov
  • Login with your FSA ID






Master Promissory Note (MPN)

How Long Will It Take?
  • 20 Minutes
What is an MPN?

The MPN is a legal document in which you promise to repay your federal student loan(s) and any accrued interest and fees to your lender or loan holder.

How to Get Started:
  • Go to studentloans.gov
  • Login with your FSA ID

 

Complete Loan Requirements

Instructional Video:

Things you May Need?
  • Verified FSA ID
  • School Name
  • Details on your income, financial aid, and living expenses.


Instructional Video:

Things you May Need:
  • Verified FSA ID
  • Personal Information
  • School Name
  • Reference information for two people with different U.S. addresses who have known you for at least 3 years.

After applying for financial aid, you may still have a balance with the Bursar.

Here are three different options to help close the gap.

 

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