Financial Aid

How to Apply for Federal Financial Aid

New Applicants

2014-2015 Federal Financial Aid Process

The instructions to apply for Federal Financial Aid are as follows:

  1. Apply for admission to UNK.
  2. Complete the Free Application for Federal Aid (FAFSA) online.
  3. Read and respond promptly to all communication sent to you.

Apply for admission to UNK. In order to receive financial aid, you must be fully admitted and enrolled.

Complete the Free Application for Federal Aid. As early as possible after January 1 of the academic year in which you are applying, complete the Free Application for Federal Aid (FAFSA) located online at www.fafsa.ed.gov. Some financial aid is awarded on a first-come, first-served basis; you should submit the application as early as possible. Students and parents of dependent students are required to create a Federal Student Aid PIN in order to sign the application electronically. There is a link to the PIN site on the FAFSA sign-in page, or you may visit www.pin.ed.gov. The application requires tax information to be submitted. To improve speed and accuracy when transferring tax information from the IRS to the FAFSA, use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool located within the application.

Read and respond promptly to all communication sent to you. The federal processor will randomly select some applications for data verification, which will require submitting additional documents.The FAFSA will be processed once we receive all requested documents. Instructions for completing the verification process and links to the required forms will be sent to the email address included in your admission application, and also to your MyBLUE account. Monitor each of these closely, and respond promptly to any requests.

Returning Applicants

2014-2015 Federal Financial Aid Process

Returning applicants - the instructions to reapply for Federal Financial Aid are as follows:

  1. Complete the Free Application for Federal Aid (FAFSA) online.
  2. Read and respond promptly to all communication sent to you.

Complete the Free Application for Federal Aid (FAFSA). As early as possible after January 1 of the academic year in which you are applying, complete the Free Application for Federal Aid (FAFSA) located at www.fafsa.ed.gov. To log into the FAFSA website, you will need your PIN. You may retrieve it or establish a new PIN at www.pin.ed.gov. Because you have completed a FAFSA in the past, you should be able to complete a Renewal FAFSA. Stable data such as name, address, Social Security Number, etc. will pre-populate the form; you may update it if needed. To improve speed and accuracy when transferring tax information from the IRS to your FAFSA, use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool located within the application.

Read and respond promptly to all communication sent to you. The federal processor will randomly select some applications for data verification, which will require submitting additional documents. The FAFSA will be processed once we receive all requested documents. Instructions for completing the verification process and links to the required forms will be sent to your Loper email address, and also to your MyBLUE account. Monitor each of these closely, and respond promptly to any requests.

Transfer Students

2014-2015 Financial Aid Process

If you are transferring to UNK for the Spring or Summer term and have already completed a FAFSA for another institution, read on. If you have not completed a FAFSA for any school, or will begin classes at UNK in the fall semester, please see the "New Applicants" tab above.

The instructions for transfer students to apply for Federal Financial Aid are as follows:

  1. Apply for admission.
  2. Edit FAFSA data online; add UNK using school code 002551.
  3. Read and respond promptly to all communication sent to you.

Apply for admission to UNK. In order to receive financial aid at UNK, you must be fully admitted and enrolled.

Edit FAFSA data online; add UNK using school code 002551. Log into your existing FAFSA. Update as needed, and on the "School Selection" page, add UNK’s school code (002551). This code will be added to your FAFSA information with the Department of Education. The federal processor will then forward your information to UNK. To retrieve your PIN or to establish a new one, visit www.pin.ed.gov.

Read and respond promptly to all communication sent to you. The federal processor may randomly select your application for data verification, which will require submitting additional documents even if you have done so at your previous institution. The FAFSA will be processed once we receive all requested documents. Instructions for completing the verification process and links to the required forms will be sent to the email address included in your admission application, and also to your MyBLUE account. Monitor each of these closely, and respond to any requests.

Online Students

2014-2015 Federal Financial Aid Process

Students enrolled in an online program at the University of Nebraska at Kearney are eligible for federal student aid.

The instructions to apply for Federal Financial Aid are as follows (online returning and transfer students please choose from the tabs above):

  1. Apply for admission to UNK.
  2. Complete the Free Application for Federal Aid (FAFSA) online.
  3. Read and respond promptly to all communication sent to you.

Apply for admission to UNK. In order to receive financial aid, you must be fully admitted and enrolled.

Complete the Free Application for Federal Aid. As early as possible after January 1 of the academic year in which you are applying, complete the Free Application for Federal Aid (FAFSA) located online at www.fafsa.ed.gov. Some financial aid is awarded on a first-come, first-served basis; you should submit the application as early as possible. Students and parents of dependent students are required to create a Federal Student Aid PIN in order to sign the application electronically. There is a link to the PIN site on the FAFSA sign-in page, or you may visit www.pin.ed.gov. The application requires tax information to be submitted. To improve speed and accuracy when transferring tax information from the IRS to the FAFSA, use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool located within the application.

Read and respond promptly to all communication sent to you. The federal processor will randomly select some applications for data verification, which will require submitting additional documents.The FAFSA will be processed once we receive all requested documents. Instructions for completing the verification process and links to the required forms will be sent to the email address included in your admission application, and also to your MyBLUE account. Monitor each of these closely, and respond promptly to any requests.

FAFSA Tips

Here are solutions to the common difficulties encountered when completing the FAFSA:

  • Taxes filed too recently: You should be able to access your tax data using the IRS Data Retrieval Tool approximately 2-3 weeks after filing your taxes electronically, or 4-6 weeks after filing your taxes by mail.
  • Address or other identifying information does not match IRS records. For speed and accuracy, use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool. Information must be entered just as it appears on your federal income tax return, using the same abbreviations and no punctuation.
  • Certain tax filers are not eligible to use the Data Retrieval Tool: Tax filers who are married but filed separate tax returns, who filed an amended tax return, or who filed a Puerto Rican or foreign tax return will not be able to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool. You may complete your FAFSA by manually entering your tax information.
  • Taxes not yet filed: The FAFSA can be submitted using estimated tax information, which can be updated as soon as current tax information becomes available.