Steps to apply for financial aid
- File the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) as soon as possible after Jan. 1. Bluffton University's priority filing date is May 1 of each academic year. You will need your current tax returns, W2s and Bluffton's school code (003016) in order to complete the FAFSA. It is recommended that you use the optional link to the IRS when completing both the student's and parent's financial information. Apply online at www.fafsa.gov.
- The FSA ID - a username and password - has replaced the Federal Student Aid PIN and must be used to log in to certain U.S. Department of Education websites, including the FAFSA. Your FSA ID confirms your identity when you access your financial aid information and electronically sign Federal Student Aid documents. If you do not already have an FSA ID, you can create one by logging in to www.fafsa.gov.
- Students who have not previously borrowed Federal Direct Loans through Bluffton University need to complete Entrance Loan Counseling and a Master Promissory Note (MPN). The Entrance Loan Counseling session is a quick tutorial that covers your rights and responsibilities as a student loan borrower. Loan funds cannot be disbursed until both of these are complete.
- The federal government selects some FAFSA applications for a process called verification. If your FAFSA is selected, you will be required to submit a verification worksheet along with other documentation requested by the financial aid office.
- Students interested in working on campus through the Learn and Earn program must complete an application. Campus jobs are open to all students. Students may earn up to the amount listed on their financial aid award, however this amount is not a guarantee.