Apply for Federal Aid
Fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) each year and be sure to list your year in college as 5th year/other undergraduate. Check out our Apply page for more information.
Post-Bacc Federal Aid Eligibility
As a student seeking your second bachelor’s degree, you may be eligible to receive federal Ford Direct loans. We are not able to offer post-bacc students federal need-based grants such as the Pell Grant or SEOG. You have the same yearly and aggregate loan maximums as other undergraduates. If you are considered a dependent student, your parent may also apply for the Parent PLUS loan on your behalf. Check out our federal aid webpage for more information.
Yearly Undergraduate Ford Direct Loan Limits
Dependent student: maximum of $5,500, freshman, $6,500 sophomore, $7,500 junior/senior
Independent student: maximum of $9,500 freshman, $10,500 sophomore, $12,500 junior/senior
Aggregate Ford Direct Loan Limits (combined maximum for all years of seeking an undergrad/post-bacc degree)
Dependent student: maximum of $31,000
Independent student: maximum of $57,500
*You may view your loan history at nslds.ed.gov website
*There are additional limits on Ford Direct subsidized loans. More information on loan limits may be found on the FSA website
*Dependent student loan maximums may increase to match the independent amounts in cases where the parent is credit denied for the parent plus loan for that aid year. After the parent is credit denied for that year, the student may request an increase by submitting a student loan revision form
*Full details on federal loan requirements, origination fees, interest rates, maximums, grace periods, and other information may be found on the FSA website
To receive federal loans you must be enrolled at least halftime (6-8 credits). Your aid is initially packaged based on the expectation of fulltime enrollment. To avoid disbursement delays and last minute adjustments, you must submit an enrollment revision form to let us know if you plan to be less than fulltime for the year. If our office has not been notified of your enrollment plans, your aid will be adjusted and disbursed after the Financial Aid Census Date for that term.
*Graduate level coursework and second repeats of passed courses will not be included for federal aid eligibility purposes.
Private Supplemental/Alternative Loans
Private/Alternative loans are loans obtained from a bank, credit union or other lending agency. For most students, federal loans are a better option and should be utilized before private loans are considered. Alternative loans require a credit check and may have higher, variable interest rates. They also do not offer the flexible repayment, consolidation, and loan forgiveness that may be available with federal loans. More information on these loans may be found on the private loan section of our website.
We recommend starting your scholarship search by contacting your department or searching the Scholarship Management System database for available departmental scholarships. You may also find more information about searching for departmental, OSAC, and private scholarships on our webpage.
Maintaining Aid Eligibility
Understanding federal aid requirements, conditions, and limitations is essential! We encourage all students to take the time to review financial aid Terms and Conditions, Participation Requirements, Satisfactory Academic Progress Requirements, Census Date, and the return of federal funds that may be required in the case of withdrawing or failing to complete courses.