How to Apply for Financial Aid

If you are interested in being considered for any type of financial aid, you must file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). You should file the FAFSA as soon as possible after January 1 of the year in which you will be enrolled. The FAFSA will serve as your application for federal, state and institutional aid. Here is a list of the steps in the Financial Aid process.

GET A PIN

Both the dependent student and one parent must have a Personal Identification Number (PIN) that will serve as the student and parent’s electronic signature for all federal aid programs. PINs can be obtained at www.pin.ed.gov. Skip this step if you already have a PIN

COMPLETE THE FAFSA FILING ONLINE

  • Go to www.fafsa.ed.gov and follow the instructions provided
  • We recommend you print out the Pre-Application Worksheet on the FAFSA Web site before completing your application.
  • In the information-release section of the FAFSA, enter Caldwell University and our federal school code of 002598.

COMPLETING A PAPER APPLICATION

Please note that the Federal Government will no longer provide paper applications to College Financial Aid Offices after 2010-2011. To obtain a paper application please call 1-800-433-3243.

  • Mail the completed FAFSA to the address listed in the FAFSA brochure.
  • In the information-release section of the FAFSA, enter Caldwell University and our federal school code of 002598.

REVIEW YOUR SAR

You will receive a Student Aid Report (SAR) from the U.S. Department of Education approximately 3 weeks after you mail the FAFSA. If you filed your FAFSA online, your SAR will be emailed to you, so make sure to add an e-mail to the appication. The SAR summarizes the data you reported on the FAFSA. It is important to review your SAR for accuracy. Corrections can be made online at www.fafsa.ed.gov by using your PIN. If you are a dependent student, your parent must also sign the correction. Keep the mailed copy or print out the SAR for your records.

VERIFICATION

We will advise you if additional information and/or documents are needed to complete your financial aid application. To prevent delays in awarding aid, it is important that you respond in a timely manner. 
Click “Financial Aid Forms” to see forms available to print.
Please call the Office of Financial Aid (973-618-3221) if you have any questions about a letter you receive.

READ YOUR AWARD LETTER

Please call the Office of Financial Aid (973-618-3221) if you have any questions about your award letter.

GET SCHOOLED

Get more information about FAFSA application process through GetSchooled.com.

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