More than 93% of all students at Mount St. Joseph University receive financial aid to help them with tuition costs. The first step, says Kathy Kelly, the Mount's director of student administrative services, is to fill out the FAFSA, the Free Application for Federal Student Aid.
"The FAFSA is just that--it's a free application that could allow students to receive aid," Kelly said. "It takes on average just about 30 minutes and there are many resources available for people who have questions."
Students fill out one FAFSA regardless of choice of school or if they have been accepted or not. The form can be completed starting January 1, 2015.
To help speed up the FAFSA process, be prepared by having this information ready:
- Your Federal Student Aid PIN (click here for more information)
- Your social security number
- Your driver's license number
- Your tax records (you will need 2014 tax information for this coming year's FAFSA)
- Records of your untaxed income
- Records of all your assets (money)
- List of the schools you are interested in attending
The Mount also has several other tools to get an idea of what scholarships and financial aid is available to students. The Net Price Calculator is an easy-to-use tool that gives new first-year, undergraduate students and parents a quick look at what they can expect to pay. The Mount's Academic Scholarship Wizard tool lets you see what scholarships you may qualify for based on GPA, ACT or SAT score.