Distance Education: Prospective Students

Frequently Asked Questions

We are available to answer your questions directly. However many questions can be answered by simply looking at our list of Frequently Asked Questions below.

Financial Aid Application

How do I apply for financial aid?

Submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at fafsa.gov and the Enrollment and Housing Form by the May deadline. Online students should apply at least eight (8) weeks before the start of their first class. For more information, please visit our Applying page.

How will I know if I need to submit any additional documents to the Financial Aid Office for my financial aid application?

Visit Financial Aid Summary and Tasks (FAST) to check your status.

How will I know if the Financial Aid Office has received the documents I sent?

If you submitted your documents online, you will receive an e-mail confirming that we have received them.

Documents submitted by mail will be listed in the “Received Documents” section of the Required Information and Forms web page five to seven business days after they have been received.

Federal Direct Loans

How do I contact the Direct Loan Program or find additional information?

To receive an FSA ID required to sign your FAFSA or Master Promissory Note (MPN): studentaid.gov

For Direct Loan Entrance Counseling (new borrowers only): studentloans.gov

To access and sign your Master Promissory Note (Federal Direct (Stafford) and PLUS loans): studentloans.gov or 1-800-557-7394

To determine who is servicing your Federal Direct Loans and to access your personal account information: www.nslds.ed.gov or 1-800-4-FED-AID

For more information about loan consolidation under the Federal Direct Loan Program: www.loanconsolidation.ed.gov or 1-800-557-7392

For more information about your previous federal loans, including FFEL program loans: www.nslds.ed.gov or 1-800-4-FED-AID

How do I apply for loans?

Visit the Loans section of our website for more information.