Financial Aid

Administering Aid to Qualified Students

IMPORTANT deadlines
  • 2425 FAFSA Simplification 
  • sap appeal- june 26, 2024 (summer session II)
  • fall sap appeal - July 10th
  • fall payment - august 1st
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Funding Your Education

The Office of Financial Aid administers federal, state, institutional and private sources of aid in accordance with federal and state laws. The mission of our office is to inform students and parents about the various types of financial assistance available and assist them in securing the necessary financial resources to reach their educational aspirations.

In the majority of cases, federal and state financial aid resources are not sufficient to meet a student's expected tuition costs. Financial Aid is designed to assist only (not fully fund) your educational expenses.

Although the assistance is great, it’s important to understand there are conditions for all money received. One of the most important terms to know is Course Program of Study (CPoS). This term is a federal requirement that directly impacts your award money. Visit the CPoS tab for more details.




The 2024-25 FAFSA form is now available! The FAFSA Simplification Act was passed by Congress in 2020 and represents a significant overhaul of the processes and systems used to award federal student aid. This includes the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form. For more information about what's new, visit

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