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Applying for Aid




First step: Request a Federal Personal Identification Number (PIN)

Electronic signatures are common place in the financial aid world.  Signing legal documents electronically saves you time, insures security and can last a life time.  To sign up for a federal PIN, go to  The U.S. Department of Education will send you your PIN.  Memorize the four digits and keep it in a safe place. If a parent needs to sign any aid forms on your behalf, they too will need a PIN.

Returning students and your parents, you should already have a PIN number from the Dept of Education.  But if you lost it or can't remember it, use the link above to request a duplicate.


Second step: 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.  You can complete your FAFSA on line here:


The FAFSA can be filed anytime after January 1 for the next school year.  Be sure to select the correct academic year.  There is also a worksheet on the FAFSA website you can download and print that will help you prepare before actually completing the E-FAFSA. Creighton's school code number is 002542.

 Processed FAFSA's 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 returns, these should be sent to our office no later than May 1st.



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


Third Step: 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.


Fourth Step: Financial Aid Award Notification

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 a new student, you will receive your award letter by e-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.


Fifth Step: Accept your aid offer

Do it in a timely manner so your aid funds will be available when the school year begins!

Qualifying for aid

Just a reminder, in order to be eligible for Federal financial aid a student must meet all of these requirements:

  • Be a U.S. citizen, a U.S. national, or eligible noncitizen
  • Be registered with Selective Service if you are male (see for more information)
  • Be attending a participating school
  • Be registered at least 1/2 time (For undergraduate programs, 6 hours is 1/2 time.  Grad/professional students, check with your school program administrator to see what is considered 1/2 time. )
  • Be working toward a degree or certificate in an eligible program
  • Be making satisfactory academic progress


  • You must demonstrate financial need as determined by the FAFSA (except for unsubsidized Federal Direct Loans and PLUS)
  • You must not owe a refund on a federal grant or be in default on a federal education loan
  • You must not have any drug convictions that affect your current eligibility.

The information contained in this document is correct as of 01/01/2014.  Changing federal, state, third-party or school policies can make the information presented here obsolete and Creighton University is not liable for misrepresentation under such circumstances.

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