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Understanding Financial Aid

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is used to apply for all federal and state aid. You can apply online to find out your eligibility by visiting

For easy answers to your questions please visit FATV!

Check Your Status
Students who have filled out the FAFSA can check to see the status of their financial aid by logging in to their WebADVISOR account. Status information is usually available 7–10 days after the FAFSA is completed.

Cost of Attendance
Estimated cost of attendance (full-time student expense budgets)

Refund Dates
If you are taking courses that start at different points in the semester you may receive your refund in multiple disbursements. This is determined based on your enrollment status during each disbursement range and the total charges including tuition and books.

Net Price Calculator
Price of attendance and financial aid availability change year to year.

IRS Data Retrieval
View instructions for using the IRS Data Retrieval Tool.

FREE Book Download “Filing the FAFSA” (no personal information is required)
Written by student financial aid experts, Mark Kantrowitz and David Levy, this book provides a step–by–step guide to completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, with extensive tips and advice about avoiding common errors, maximizing the amount of aid eligibility and dealing with special circumstances. Filing the FAFSA is designed to help students and their families complete the 2016-2017 FAFSA quickly, easily and accurately.

For more information please contact:
Office of Financial Aid
Administration (Building 3), Room 207
Phone: (252) 527-6223, ext. 371
Fax: (252) 233-6896

Have Financial Aid questions?