Financial Aid Instructions

How to Apply for Financial Aid

  1. Complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at

  2. You will receive a Federal Student Aid Report (SAR) from the federal processor after you submit your FAFSA. If you provide your email address on your FAFSA, you will receive online SAR information as soon as 24 hours after your FAFSA is processed. The SAR tells you if you are eligible, financially, for federal financial aid.

  3. Check Raidernet to follow up on the status of your application. If your application is selected for Verification, you will be required to provide appropriate verifying documentation before aid can be disbursed to you. Continue to check RaiderNet after you submit the documents to make sure they are complete and no other documents or signatures are required.

  4. Standards of Academic Progress (SAP). Your cumulative GPA and successful completion rate must be up to the tiered standard; you also must be below the 150% rule. Students who fail SAP can submit a financial aid appeal if they have mitigating circumstances. See Academic Progress Policy under the Forms tab.

  5. If you are eligible for aid you will receive a Notification of Financial Aid Award from us. You will receive Notification of Financial Aid Award through the U.S. Postal system, your college e-mail, as well as RaiderNet, stating the terms and conditions of aid programs awarded..

  6. Meet the priority deadline dates. Do not assume that you will have financial aid if you do not meet the priority application dates. Students who complete their FAFSA and submit the proper documentation by the priority deadline dates and remain eligible will have approved aid for registration.

  7. Purchasing textbooks and supplies. Students whose financial aid is awarded prior to the end of the add/drop period each semester will be able to purchase text books and supplies from the College Store if they have enough financial aid to cover their tuition and fees.

  8. Enrollment Alerts. Financial aid will pay for only those courses required for your degree. If you receive an enrollment alert, you are registered in classes that are not required for your degree. it is your responsibility to change your schedule or add a secondary objective.

  9. Bright Futures. It is the student's responsibility to know the criteria for renewal. Please check the Bright Futures website Bright Futures students must indicate the school where they are going to receive aid. If you change your mind which school you are going to attend, be sure to change your school on the Bright Futures website. Full instructions are available under the Scholarships tab.

  10. Withdrawing from course. Withdrawals will affect your Standards of Academic Progress (SAP). If you are on a Bright Futures Scholarship, you will have to repay that portion of your scholarship. If you are on Federal Aid, you will repay only if you withdraw from all of your courses before the last day to withdraw from the college.



RaiderNet will advise you about all these items:

  • Look for RED FLAGS on your Raidernet financial aid status page. They will alert you to missing requirements that need to be completed before your financial aid can be approved.
  • The FASFA tells you if you are eligible financially, however, you must also meet the GPA requirement, successful completion rate and the 150% rule, collectively called Standards of Progress (SAP). Red flags will alert you if you have a problem with SAP.
  • If you are selected for verification, you will be required to submit additional documentation. Look for red flags.
  • If you are required to submit copies of your tax return transcript, remember they must be SIGNED!
  • Raidernet will list the documents that are required. Submit all required documents in a timely manner.

Don't forget to read your NWFSC student email!

Read all emails and letters sent from Financial Aid carefully and do what is required in a timely manner.

For general information and financial aid forms visit Financial Aid - General Information