To receive financial aid through Plymouth State University, students must complete the FAFSA each year. The FAFSA is used to determine eligibility for need-based aid programs awarded to students in the form of grants, federal work study, and Federal Direct loans. Alternative loans must be applied for separately through a private lender or bank.
The FAFSA becomes available for completion beginning OCTOBER 1 prior to the upcoming aid year. First-time entering transfer students have a priority deadline of JUNE 15. In future years, all returning students (new first year and transfer students) must meet the PSU priority deadline of MARCH 1 as indicated in How To Apply.
Before you complete the FAFSA, you will need to sign up for a Federal Student Aid ID (FSA ID) and Password to electronically submit your FAFSA and access other federal aid information. After you have completed the FAFSA, you will receive an Estimated Family Contribution (EFC) and a Student Aid Report (SAR).
All PSU financial aid requirements will be sent via email and paper award letters sent to the entering transfer student’s home address. All awards for subsequent years will be posted to the student’s myPlymouth portal and will not be mailed.
- Apply early. Do not wait until you have been accepted for admission.
- Do not wait until the last minute to complete the financial aid application materials. An early start will leave time to collect information, ask questions, and solve problems.
- Read instructions and follow directions carefully. Completing your FAFSA inaccurately will delay your financial aid.
- Set up a financial aid file and keep copies of all documents.
- The PSU Financial Aid Team may request additional documents to support your application.
- Carefully read all correspondence from the PSU Financial Aid Team. Note that e-mail is the official means of communication at PSU.
- Make sure all documents submitted are complete, accurate, and signed as required.
- Respond promptly to all requests for additional information.
- Print student’s name and PSU ID on all documents submitted to PSU Financial Aid Team.
- Don’t mail tax forms or other documents to the PSU Financial Aid Team unless specifically asked to do so.