How to Apply
PSU PRIORITY FAFSA FILING DEADLINE: MARCH 1
For information on who is eligible for federal aid, visit Federal Student Aid. If you are a non-traditional student, undocumented resident, or otherwise in a unique situation, please access the following ‘tip sheets’ for more information on filing the FAFSA and the aid for which you might qualify.
- Non-traditional Students
- Undocumented Non-citizens
- Ward of the Court, Foster Students, Homeless Students, Single Parents and Other Unique Situations
Please feel free to contact our office at 877-846-5755 or firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
The FAFSA is the only application required by PSU and must be completed annually. Once the data is submitted, the Department of Education will forward your FAFSA information electronically to all schools you authorize to receive your data. PSU draws in FAFSA data weekly. The FAFSA ensures fair and equitable determination of family resources for each applicant by using Federal Methodology in computing an expected family contribution (EFC). The Department of Education Central Processing System (CPS) provides the needs analysis calculation to PSU where trained personnel review and verify the information to determine student aid eligibility. The Financial Aid Team assumes that a student and family will contribute toward the cost of education according to their means.
Only students admitted to a degree-seeking program (i.e. Bachelor’s degree) will receive a financial aid award.
Note: The March 1 deadline refers to the initial filing of the FAFSA only. Subsequent paperwork may be submitted or changes made to the FAFSA after March 1 without penalty of being considered late.
Each year, the federal government randomly selects students submitting the FAFSA for Verification, based upon a criteria established by the Department of Education. PSU reserves the right to select students for Verification, as well, if discrepant information is identified. Verification ensures that the information students and parents report is accurate. Verification prevents ineligible students from receiving aid by reporting false information and ensures that eligible students receive all of the aid for which they are qualified.
If selected for Verification, you will receive an email from the PSU Financial Aid Team indicating the need for additional documentation. Please do not send any unsolicited documentation as this may require additional clarification from PSU and slow the awarding process when identifying eligible aid programs.
This Verification must be completed four (4) weeks prior to the end of the term for which aid is requested. (April 2019 for the 2018-2019 Academic Year.) Only after the Verification process has been completed will PSU be able to complete your financial aid award. Be sure you immediately return any requested forms to avoid delays.
1) Please allow adequate time for staff to review your documents. We may need to ask for additional documentation if further clarification is needed.
New incoming students will receive notification of requirements via the email account that they supplied on the FAFSA form, while financial aid awards will be mailed.
Invite your parents to myPlymouth for Families! The myPlymouth portal is available so parents and families can access student information, too. To establish a myPlymouth for Families account, current PSU students must invite family members. Please be advised that inviting family gives Student Account Services permission to speak with them about your bill. It does not allow the Financial Aid Team to speak with them about your aid, however; we may only speak to the parent(s) listed on the FAFSA about your aid.
Please be advised that outside scholarships may or may not affect your current financial aid award. PSU’s policy for treatment of outside scholarships is that they will first be used to meet “unmet” need, then any adjustments will be made in the following order:
1. adjustment to Federal Work-Study eligibility,
2. adjustment to Federal Direct Unsubsidized and Subsidized Loans,
3. adjustment to any need-based institutional grants
Notice to NCAA Division III Athletes: NCAA 126.96.36.199.1
It is not permissible for a student-athlete to receive financial aid, directly or indirectly, from a source outside the institution (e.g., a foreign government, a sports association, a high school booster club) for expenses related to attendance at a member institution, if the award of such financial aid is based in any degree upon the recipient’s athletics leadership, ability, participation or performance, except as permitted in Bylaw 188.8.131.52. Receipt of financial aid from such a source renders the student-athlete ineligible for all intercollegiate athletics participation. (Revised: 8/22/06, 4/30/09)
Once the PSU team receives your completed Extenuating Circumstances Form, we will notify you of needed documentation. All appeals require that PSU first Verify all information that was reported on the original FAFSA. After all documentation is received, a review will be completed to see if additional eligibility can be identified. Caution: Previously awarded aid may be lost if inaccurate information was reported on the original FAFSA. This may occur when families have reported “estimated” income which would have been used to identify eligibility for aid and, subsequently, actual income (as reported to the IRS) changes eligibility and/or when families fail to report untaxed income (i.e. retirement funds not taxed for a current year). Changes for which we will review include situations such as: loss of job, change in employment, loss of a parent, loss or change in resources such as social security benefits or child support, or changes in number of children in college.
Prior to any consideration, students must be accepted or enrolled at PSU and have filed the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). All requested documentation must be submitted to PSU’s Financial Aid Team by March 1 of the academic year requesting special review.
Please contact PSU’s Financial Aid Team if you need clarification.