How and When do I Apply for Financial Aid?

Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

For most students, the first step to receiving financial aid is to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA.  This is the basic data-collection form that the federal government has designed for U.S. citizens, permanent residents and other eligible non-citizens.

The FAFSA can be completed on line at www.fafsa.ed.gov or, if the student prefers, s/he can obtain a paper application by calling the federal financial aid information number, 1-800-4-FED-AID (1-800-433-3243).  The on-line FAFSA allows student information to be processed quickly, and reduces errors due to incomplete applications and illegible handwriting.

The on-line application must be signed, either with a Federal PIN number, which can be obtained from the federal PIN website, www.pin.ed.gov, or from the FAFSA website above;  or, a student may complete the form on line and then print, sign and mail the signature page to the federal processor’s address on the form.

When filing your FAFSA, be sure to include the UDM School of Law Title IV institution code, E00392.  If you are a Dual JD Program student and wish to receive aid at both UDM and University of Windsor, include both the UDM code and the UW code: G06689.

Students must apply for financial aid for each year for which they wish to receive funds.  The on-line FAFSA becomes available by January 2 each year for the fall of the same year.

New and prospective students should not wait to be admitted to apply for aid.

UDM’s priority deadline date is April 1 each year; however, students who wish to participate in the Federal Work Study Program should have their application completed and returned by the end of February to have the best chance of receiving a Work Study award.