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We are here to guide you through the financial aid process, every step of the way.
Don’t wait to find the funds you need! The sooner you complete the FAFSA, the sooner you’ll know how much and what kind of financial aid you can receive.
For the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), you'll need:
- Tax information from two years prior to aid year (example: 2020-21 requires 2018 tax info)
- Records of untaxed income and information about current assets
- Parents' tax information (if a dependent student)
- FSA ID
- Allen's Title IV school code, which is 001901
It's free to apply! Need help with the FAFSA? This video shows you 7 Easy Steps to the FAFSA. Allen also offers free in-person assistance with the FAFSA during our office hours and during special events throughout the year.
Don't forget — you'll need to complete the FAFSA every year; the application window opens every October 1st.
Before applying, you must complete the Application for Admission. The priority selection date for institutional aid is April 1st for the fall semester and December 1st for the spring semester. The academic scholarship application deadline is August 1st for the fall semester and January 1st for the spring semester. High School students (those who will be in high school beginning in the fall) have until August 23, 2020 to complete the application.
Applicants who have earned less than 12 credit hours of college coursework must submit a high school transcript or GED score. Students who have earned at least 12 credit hours of college coursework must submit official transcripts for previous college courses.
Don’t forget to complete your Allen Scholarship Application every year! We award throughout the year, so apply even if you miss the April 1 priority deadline.
Once we receive your SAR, you will receive an email delivered to your Allen email account from our office outlining your next steps.
You'll need your student ID number and password (provided to you in your application acceptance email).
- Select the "Finances" tab, then select "Financial Aid Offers" to accept or decline the offer, or decrease the loan amount.
If you are selected for Federal Aid verification, there may be additional documentation required.
Once all requirements are complete, your account will be reviewed for eligibility. New aid year offers for the next fall begin in mid-April. Please continue to monitor your MyAllen email account for notifications from our office.
Completing the Loan Process
|After accepting a subsidized or unsubsidized Federal Direct Student Loan, go to studentaid.gov and log in using your FSA ID.
Disbursement of Aid
|Funds from grants, loans, and scholarships are posted to student accounts once the aid has been accepted and any required loan processes are complete. Allen disburses all funds to student accounts after the fifth week of classes. Refunds of any balance due will be sent to the student by check after funds are disbursed. Offers made after the fifth week of classes are disbursed each week on Friday.
If you've received financial aid at another college and you are transferring to Allen, you'll need to do the following:
- If you are receiving financial aid at another school for the current aid year, cancel all financial aid from that previous school. The school must notify us by email that your aid has been canceled.
- Make a correction to your FAFSA online to add the Allen Title IV school code, which is 001901 . If you are adding the Allen school code online, you must have your FSA ID.
- Check your requirements and your student email often to verify what other items are needed for your file. You will be sent another email when you are awarded financial aid.
- Notify your lender/loan holder — if you have already borrowed student loans — that you are transferring to Allen.
- Contact the financial aid office at the school you are leaving to identify if anything else is required to close out your file.
If you or an immediate family member has unusual circumstances that affect your financial situation, you may qualify for a special circumstances appeal. Below are examples of these appeals.
- Loss of income due to employment changes, separation or divorce, death, or unusually high medical or dental expenses
- You’re a dependent student and your parent is attending college at least half time
Email us or call 620-901-6305 if you have experienced one or more of the circumstances listed above to discuss your options.