FAFSA: 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. Complete your FAFSA. Check out the instructional video for a step-by-step guide to filing your FAFSA.
The FAFSA can be filed anytime after October 1 for the next school year. For example, a student who will begin classes at Creighton in the fall of 2021 can file the FAFSA for the 2021-2022 school year beginning October 1, 2020. Creighton's school code number is 002542.
Processed FAFSAs should be on file with Creighton by April 1 for priority consideration. FAFSA results received after April 1 will be considered as funding allows. If we ask for copies of your federal tax return transcript and W-2 earning statements, these should be sent to our office as soon as possible.
There are some excellent tools, resources and tips for properly completing the FAFSA and avoiding common mistakes at National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (NASFAA).
Step 2 - Creighton University 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 returns, W-2s, Creighton's Verification Worksheet or several other forms used to clarify or confirm your FAFSA data.
Step 3 - 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.
New freshmen, transfer, graduate or professional students will receive award notification by email.
Returning students will receive an email notice that their award is available on their NEST website.
Some forms of aid, such as 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 webpages.
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.
Step 5 - Manage Your Money
Now that you have applied for financial aid, are you ready to manage your money? Watch our video to see how Creighton can help.