Apply for Financial Aid

Apply for Financial Aid

Students interested in receiving federal and institutional need-based grants and scholarships, loans, and work study must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) each academic year.   The FAFSA is available on January 1 of each year.   The FAFSA can be completed on the web, the preferred method, at www.fafsa.ed.gov .  Students who prefer to submit a paper FAFSA may download an application at http://www.fafsa.ed.gov/options.htm or by calling 1-800-433-3243. The results of your processed FAFSA will be distributed to all schools you list in the school section of the FAFSA .  LaGrange College's Title IV Code is 001578.

Students and parents of dependent students, who are completing the FAFSA on the web for the first time, should request or create a Personal Identification Number (PIN) at www.pin.ed.gov .   The PIN will allow the student and parent, if applicable, to electronically submit their signatures for FAFSA processing and will allow the student to access other U.S. Department of Education systems.   A PIN should not be shared with anyone because of the personal identifying information associated with the PIN.   Once you have received your PIN(s), you can complete and submit your FAFSA.

  What You Will Need to Complete the FAFSA

  • Social Security Card
  •   2011 Federal Tax Return (if not available, estimated tax information may be used until available)
  • W-2 Forms and other 2012 records of money earned
  • Driver's License
  • Permanent Resident Card
  • Bank statements
  • Investment statements
  • Records of child support paid/received

What's Next?

After the U.S. Department of Education's Central Processing System (CPS) receives your submitted FAFSA application, it will use the income and asset information provide to process your application utilizing the federal need analysis formula to determine your Expected Family Contribution (EFC). If you submitted required signatures electronically with your application and provided a valid e-mail address, you will receive an e-mail from the Department of Education that provides a link to a secure web site where you can view and print your Student Aid Report (SAR). Otherwise, you will receive your SAR by mail in approximately 2 weeks. The colleges and universities you listed on the FAFSA will receive your results and notify you of any additional information needed to complete the financial aid process.

LaGrange College begins processing FAFSA applications in early February.  At that time, all processed applications will be imported into our financial aid management system, Banner.  Each application is reviewed to determine if additional information is needed to complete the file or establish eligibility to participate in financial aid programs.  A missing documents letter or e-mail will be sent to the student identifying the items needed to complete his/her financial aid file.  To learn more about completing the financial aid process, click here .




     

Financial Aid Eligibility Requirements:

  • Be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen.
  • Have a high school diploma or General Education Development (GED) Certification, or have completed a high school education in a home school setting that is recognized as a home school or private school under state law.
  • Be fully accepted for admission or currently enrolled in an approved degree-seeking or teacher certification program.
  • Be making Satisfactory Academic Progress towards the completion of your degree program.
  • Not be in default on any federal educational loan or have made satisfactory arrangements to repay the loan.
  • Not owe a refund on a federal or state grant.
  • Not have borrowed in excess of federal loan limits.
  • Be registered with Selective Service, if required.
  • Not have a drug conviction for an offense that occurred while receiving federal student aid (grants, loans, and work). 
FAFSA Hints:
  • Although not required, you should complete your 2012 Federal Tax Returns before completing the FAFSA, if possible.
  • You may find it helpful to complete a 2013-2014 FAFSA on the Web Worksheet before starting your FAFSA. Select this link to print a 2013-2014 FAFSA on the Web Worksheet
  • Be sure to indicate your preference for work-study in question 31 of the FAFSA.
Application Deadlines
The priority deadline for completing the financial aid application process for the upcoming academic year is April 1. Financial aid applicants applying after this date should have the financial aid application process completed at least six weeks prior to the beginning of the semester or quarter.