Financial Aid

How to Apply for Federal Financial Aid

New Applicants

2014-2015 Federal Financial Aid Process

  1. To prepare for completion of the FAFSA, it is best for you and your parents (if you are a dependent student as defined on the FAFSA) to have a U.S. Department of Education PIN number. This allows you to complete the FAFSA entirely electronically. You can receive a PIN number at www.pin.ed.gov. You also have the option to apply for and receive a PIN number at the same time you complete the FAFSA.
  2. Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid by visiting www.fafsa.ed.gov. Be sure to use the FAFSA's IRS Data Retrieval Tool to transfer your 2013 federal income tax information directly from the IRS into the FAFSA. Doing so will help increase FAFSA accuracy, and may speed up processing time. When completing the FAFSA, you will also be asked to indicate the schools to which you want your FAFSA information sent. You will need to list UNK's school code (002551) in order to give UNK access to your FAFSA information.
  3. Use your Department of Education PIN number to sign the FAFSA electronically. Remember, the dependent student and the parent who are submitting information each need separate PIN numbers to electronically sign the FAFSA.
  4. Some applications for federal student aid are selected for a process called verification. If your FAFSA is selected for verification, we are required by the Department of Education to collect additional documentation to make sure the FAFSA information is accurate. Students whose FAFSA applications are selected for verification will be notified by email at the address provided on their application for admission. It is important for students to monitor their email and to respond to any requests for information promptly. If selected for verification, there is a link on this website under the "Financial Aid Forms" heading that provides the items needed for this review.

Returning Applicants

2014-2015 Federal Financial Aid Process

  1. Since you have completed the FAFSA in prior years, you and your parents (if you are a dependent student as defined on the FAFSA) should already have a U.S. Department of Education PIN. This PIN will allow you to complete and sign the FAFSA entirely electronically. If you have forgotten and or lost your PIN, you can retrieve or establish a new one at www.pin.ed.gov.
  2. Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid by visiting www.fafsa.ed.gov. Because you have completed a FAFSA in the past, you should be able to complete a Renewal FAFSA. This means that some of the stable data, like SSNs, Names, Addresses, etc., which are less likely to be different from year to year, will already be filled in on the FAFSA form. Review the information, and correct anything that needs to be updated. When completing the income and taxes portion of the FAFSA, be sure to use the FAFSA's IRS Data Retrieval Tool to transfer your 2013 federal income tax information directly from the IRS into the FAFSA. Doing so will help increase FAFSA accuracy and may speed up processing time. You will also be asked to indicate the schools to which you would like your FAFSA information sent. You will need to enter UNK's school code (002551) in order to give UNK access to your information.
  3. Use your Department of Education PIN number to sign the FAFSA electronically. Remember, the dependent student and the parent who are submitting information each need separate PIN numbers to electronically sign the FAFSA.
  4. Some applications for federal student aid are selected for a process called verification. If your FAFSA is selected for verification, we are required by the Department of Education to collect additional documentation to make sure the FAFSA information is accurate. Students whose FAFSA applications are selected for verification will be notified by email at the address provided on their application for admission. It is important for students to monitor their email and to respond to any requests for information promptly. If selected for verification, there is a link on this website under the "Financial Aid Forms" heading that provides the items needed for this review.

Transfer Students

2013-2014 Financial Aid Process

This page gives instruction assuming that you are transferring to UNK for the Spring or Summer term, and that you have already completed a FAFSA for another institution. If you have not completed a FAFSA for any schoo,l or will begin classes at UNK in the fall semester, go to the "New Financial Aid Applicants" tab.

Transferring FAFSA Data

» Option 1: Transfer FAFSA Data Online

UNK's school code is 002551.This code will be added to your FAFSA on the web information with the Department of Education. Your PIN (Personal Identification Number) from the Department of Education is used to access your application. Once logged into your FAFSA, add UNK's school code. The FAFSA processor will then forward your FAFSA information to UNK. Once UNK receives this information we will use it to award financial aid to you.

» Option 2: Transfer FAFSA Data Using Your SAR

There is another way to have your FAFSA data transferred to UNK using the Student Aid Report (SAR ) that the Department of Education emailed or mailed to you after you initially filed your FAFSA. Once you locate your SAR, call the FAFSA processing center, (800) 433-3243. Request to add UNK school code 002551 to your FAFSA. The operator will ask you to provide the DRN (Data Retrieval Number) listed on your SAR, along with your social security number and other identifying information.

If you have difficulties with either option, contact the Office of Financial Aid at UNK.

  • Some applications for federal student aid are selected for a process called verification. If your FAFSA is selected for verification, we are required by the Department of Education to collect additional documentation to make sure the FAFSA information is accurate. Those persons whose FAFSA applications are selected for verification will be notified by email. It is important that you watch your email and respond to any requests for information right away. If your FAFSA is selected for verification, UNK will need to complete this process even if your prior school also was required to do so.

Online Students

Students enrolled in an online program at the University of Nebraska at Kearney are eligible for federal student aid. Once enrolled, they are also eligible for continuing student scholarships.

To find out more about applying for federal student aid, click on the "New Financial Aid Applicants" tab above.

Click here to read about the scholarship process for continuing UNK students.

Click here to go to the e-campus web pages describing the online programs.