Incoming Freshman


Click here to review information on the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) of 1974.  A FERPA form must be on file in the Registrar's Office in order for anyone other than the student to receive information on a student's account. 

Example:  If a FERPA is not on file and a parent calls to get financial aid information on their son/daughter, the financial aid office will only give out general information in regards to the student.

FAU STUDENTS (over 18 years of age) If you would like to give permission for another person to receive information on your student account, click here to download/print and submit this form to the Registrar's Office.  You will need you to show your I.D. (FAU Owl Card or Driver's License/State ID) when you submit this form.

Click here to review the cost of attendance for the 2014-2015 academic year.

Step 1: Apply for Financial Aid early by submitting the FAFSA!

Completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is the first step in the financial aid process. Use it to apply for federal student financial aid, such as the Pell Grant, student loans, and college work-study. Our school codes are:

  • 001481 - Boca Campus
  • E00584 - Davie Campus
  • E00830 - Jupiter Campus/Honors College

Complete the FAFSA online beginning each January 1st for the upcoming academic year to be eligible for most forms of aid.  The FAU priority deadline is March 1st . All applications received after March 1st will be reviewed in order of receipt. NOTE: When filling out the application, make sure to complete the planned housing code (on Step 6, Housing Plan, on your FAFSA form) with your appropriate housing status, since leaving this section blank could result in underfunding. 

NOTE: Students must be admitted to Florida Atlantic University into a degree-seeking program in order to be eligible to receive most forms of financial aid (such as grants, loans and work-study).

Step 2: Apply for Scholarships

During your senior year in high school, start researching outside & private scholarships beginning in January.  There are a host of available scholarships that will assist students in paying for their college education. It just takes time and patience to read through each scholarship. Apply for those scholarships in which you are meeting the criteria. Be sure to keep in mind the application deadline date of each scholarship when applying.

Click here for a list of scholarships by category that may be helpful to you in funding your college education.  In addition, please access the FAU scholarship database to review available scholarships at Florida Atlantic University.

In addition, there is no need to pay a search service to find scholarships for you because there is a wealth of information available free of charge on numerous websites. 

FAU Scholarships are awarded right before the FALL semester begins for FALL/SPRING semesters.  Make sure that you submit your scholarship application and other documents by each scholarships deadline date.  Most scholarships are not available during SUMMER semesters.

Step 3: Estimating Your Costs

Review the Net Price Calculator to estimate your cost of attendance – including tuition and required fees, books and supplies, room and board (meals) and other related expenses.

For those students who have been accepted to FAU and have been awarded financial aid, the Financial Aid Disbursement Estimator tool gives you an estimate of what financial aid may disburse based on your FAU enrollment and award status at that time. This tool is available on FAU Self-Service under Financial Aid.

There are various Award Projection Estimators that will give an estimate on college costs.

Step 4: Complete All Student Requirements 

Students will not receive a financial aid award offer until all required documents have been submitted and satisfied. Students will receive an email at their FAU email account to view these requirements or students may review student requirements online via FAU Self-Service to make sure that you do not have any unsatisfied requirements:

  1. Log in to MyFAU
  2. Click on the Money Matters tab.
  3. Click on “View My Financial Aid Information”.
  4. Click on the “Financial Aid Status” tile box.
  5. Select “Aid Year”, if prompted.
  6. Click on the “Student Requirements” link.

If you have been selected for Verification by the U.S. Department of Education or the FAU Office of Student Financial Aid, you will need to submit the Verification Worksheet and/or other documents ASAP, to avoid further delays in the awarding process. Learn more about the Verification process by clicking here.

Step 5: Accepting your Award

Students will receive an email at their FAU email account to review/accept/decline their award offer online via FAU Self-Service.  The financial aid office will begin the awarding process as follows for the upcoming academic year (dates are subject to change) :

  • March 15th - Incoming (FTIC) Students
  • April 15th - Returning FAU Students
  • April 15th - Transfer Students

The award offer package will be based on full-time enrollment (Undergraduate = 12+ credit hours, Graduate = 9+ credit hours). Awards will be prorated down if you are enrolled less than full-time. Most awards require a student to be enrolled in a minimum of 6 credit hours.

Pell Grant,the Bright Futures Scholarship and some other scholarships will be accepted for you automatically; however, you must accept or decline student loans, other grants and/or work study. Private loans require application to the lender of your choice. Click on each fund name to read messages regarding each fund. To accept your financial aid award offer:

  1. Log in to MyFAU
  2. Click on the Money Matters tab.
  3. Click on “View My Financial Aid Information”.
  4. Click on the “Financial Aid Status” tile box.
  5. Select “Aid Year”, if prompted.
  6. Click on the “here” link to accept/decline awards.

Click here for more information on accepting your awards.

Step 6: Complete Entrance Counseling

(Only complete if student is accepting a Direct Loan for the first time)

If you accepted or requested a loan, you will receive an email to your FAU email account directing you to complete the 20-30 minute online tutorial that serves to educate you on your rights and responsibilities as a loan borrower. Upon completion, print the confirmation page for your records. If you are first time borrower, your student loans will not disburse until the Entrance Counseling is complete. Log on to Studentloans.gov to complete and satisfy this requirement.  After completing the Entrance Counseling, FAU will receive your submission electronically within in 3-5 business days and update this requirement as satisfied on your financial aid account.

Step 7: E-Sign your MPN 

(Only complete if student is accepting a Direct Loan at FAU for the first time)

If you accepted or requested a Federal William D. Ford Direct Loan or PLUS Loan , you will receive an email via your FAU email instructing you to sign a Master Promissory Note (MPN). This serves as your loan agreement contract. Visit Studentloans.gov to complete and electronically sign your MPN. After completing the MPN, FAU will receive your submission electronically within in 3-5 business days and update this requirement as satisfied on your financial aid account.

If you have requested a private loan with a private lender you will need to sign an MPN with your chosen lender. Contact the lender or visit their website for more information.

Step 8: Sign up for Direct Deposit Online!

Direct deposit is a fast, safe and convenient way to receive your financial aid refunds.  It's easy!  Students, sign up online with your existing bank account!  For more information regarding the direct deposit online form and FAQs click here. To view Disbursement Information click here.

Step 9: Need Money to Buy Books!

There are two options in which students can purchase textbooks before the disbursement of financial aid:

  • Short Term Advance
  • FAU Bookstore Line of Credit

Click here for more information regarding these two programs.

Step 10: Submit the Mandatory Course Entry Survey !

Students will be required to complete the Mandatory Course Entry Survey for ALL classes enrolled.  According to Federal Regulations, a student is considered not to have begun attendance if a school is unable to document the student's attendance in each class.  The survey must be completed for each course in order for financial aid to disburse.

In addition to completing the Mandatory Course Entry Survey, students are required to maintain eligibility for Title IV funding by displaying documented academic activity in the course. Examples of valid forms of documented activity include faculty attendance rosters, graded assignments, quizzes, or exams. Students should be aware that they may be required to repay any aid disbursed for a course for which they have no documented academic activity, even if the Mandatory Course Entry Survey was completed.

Click here for more information regarding the Mandatory Course Entry Survey.

Step 11: Stay informed!

Make sure that you have read the Terms & Conditions of Awards. These terms are outlined for you to understand how financial aid may impact the amount of money you are eligible to receive.

Email notifications will be the primary method of communication between students and the Office of Student Financial Aid.  It is the student’s responsibility to frequently monitor their FAU email account for notifications sent from this Office.  It's to your benefit to regularly check your status, student requirements and awards.  Awards may be modified if this Office receives updated information.

Students must adhere to policies and rules/regulations set forth by the Office of Student Financial Aid. Click here for more information on these policies.

Keep your information up-to-date with the Registrar's Office (i.e. phone numbers, mailing address…etc.)


 

Click on the image below to review the Financial Aid Guide that summarizes everything you need to know about receiving financial aid, the consequences of withdrawing from a course(s), disbursement of aid, transient student enrollment and so much more.

Financial Aid Guide

 Last Modified 7/17/14