Applying for Aid

Applying for Aid

Step 1. File the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

This is the first step to establishing eligibility for all federal and state student aid programs as well as Creighton need-based aid. Use the appropriate sign-on password you have received from the Department of Education. Complete your FAFSA. (For step-by-step guidance to filing your FAFSA, check out this video.)

The FAFSA can be filed anytime after January 1 for the next school year.  Be sure to select the correct academic year.  Creighton's school code number is 002542.

Processed FAFSAs should be on file with Creighton by April 1st for priority consideration.  FAFSA results received after April 1st will be considered as funding allows. If we ask for copies of your federal tax return transcript and W2 earning statements, these should be sent to our office as soon as possible.

Here are some excellent tips for properly completing the FAFSA and avoiding common mistakes.

Step 2. CU Contacts you if verification is required

Once you are admitted and Creighton has received the results of your FAFSA, we will be in touch by either letter or e-mail to let you know if supporting documents are needed to complete your aid application.  Normally, these documents are copies of federal tax return transcripts, W-2s, Creighton's verification worksheet or several other forms used to clarify or confirm your FAFSA data.  Most forms we need can be downloaded from our website under Commonly Used Forms. An easy way to avoid having to send in tax return transcripts is to use the Data Retrieval Tool (DRT) when completing your FAFSA.  The FAFSA system will link with the IRS site to automatically verify your input.

Step 3. Financial Aid Award Notification

Understanding your award letter

This video tutorial describes the financial aid packet for incoming freshmen and transfer students.

Once your FAFSA results have been reviewed by a member of the Financial Aid Office's professional staff, an award notification is prepared for you. 

If you are an incoming Freshman or transfer student, you will receive your award letter by e-mail. New graduate and professional students will receive an award letter by U.S. mail. Returning students will receive an email notice that their award is available on their NEST web site.   

Some forms of aid, like the Federal Work Study and loan programs may require additional paperwork or web-based activity.  Be sure to read everything we send or list for you to do to make sure your aid is ready when school starts.  Any missing information or documents will always be listed on your NEST Financial Aid web pages.

Step 4. Accept Your Aid Offer

Once you've reviewed, understand, and are satisfied with your aid offer accept your financial aid. Be sure to do it in a timely manner, so your aid funds will be available when the school year begins.