Attention Students

What is "Completing Financial Aid Registration?"

"Completing Financial Aid Registration" is the phrase used to describe the Office of Financial Services acknowledgement and verification of how fees are to be paid for the current semester. Once this information is officially communicated to the Office of Financial Services, we will "accept" the charges and payments for the current semester which in turn protects you (the student) from being purged from your classes.

Click here for Financial Aid Frequently Asked Questions

Please complete the following steps in your PAWS account to complete your Title IV Authorization Form.

Please note that classes start January 10, 2013. Your courses will be added to your PAWS account and when you see that your Financial Aid has been applied, please immediately accept your awards in order to complete your online registration.

Complete the following steps in your PAWS account to accept your Award Letter.

Then, in the drop down, you will either accept or decline and submit your decision. If you decide to decline your loans, you need to speak with Financial Services at 601-979-2215 for payment arrangements.

How to Apply for Financial Aid

If you have not already completed a FAFSA, please complete the steps below. If you did complete a FAFSA, please contact the Financial Aid Office for assistance at 601-979-2227.

  1. The first step in applying for financial aid is to complete the FAFSA, Free Application for Federal Student Aid, via the Department of Education website www.fafsa.ed.gov.
    • Please select the current FAFSA as listed on the site and have your previous year’s tax return available if you filed.
    • You will need your four digit PIN to sign the FAFSA, if you do not have one already you can follow the steps below, if you are unable to remember your PIN please go to the PIN website mentioned below and click the “request duplicate PIN” option.

    To Create PIN:

    • Go to the PIN website: http://www.pin.ed.gov/PINWebApp/pinindex.jsp
    • Select “Apply for a Pin”
    • Enter personal information and create a four digit PIN number (never share this number with anyone)
    • Go through the process until you obtain confirmation of completion.

    **Please note that if you only just created your PIN for the first time you will not be able to complete the next 2 steps of applying for financial aid until your PIN has validated which will take up to 72 hours.**

    To Complete FAFSA Application:

    • If you decide to complete the FAFSA you will need the following school code, 002410 to do so.
    • Please first go to www.fafsa.ed.gov and select “start here”
    • Please sign in with your personal information and click “next”
    • When you are on the welcome page please chose the current FAFSA and begin. Be sure to review the page that explains what you will need to complete the FAFSA so you will be prepared.
    • Once you have completed your FAFSA you will receive a web submission confirmation page please be sure to copy and paste the confirmation page into an email and send it to the financial aid contact given in this email.

  2. The next step in applying for financial aid is to complete the Direct Loans Master Promissory Note. This is the agreement between you and Direct Loans stating if you do use financial aid loans to fund your education you agree to pay the loans back.

    To complete MPN: **Please have your federal PIN available.**

    1. Go to the following website https://studentloans.gov/myDirectLoan/index.action to begin the MPN Application.
    2. Click on the green button which says ‘Sign In’
    3. Enter your personal information and select ‘Sign In’
    4. Provide your email address and select ‘Update’
    5. On the left side of the screen under ‘Master Promissory Note’ select
    6. Click ‘Subsidized/Unsubsidized’
    7. Enter your information and choose the School State then the School Name.
    8. Read through each section of the terms and conditions.
        C: Borrower Request
        D: Promise to Pay
        E: MPN Terms & Conditions
        G: Important Notices
    9. Select ‘Continue’
    10. Review all information to ensure accuracy, enter First Name, Middle Initial, and Last Name then click ‘Sign’
    11. Click the link which allows you to review the Master Promissory Note, and then return to the page with the link and click ‘Submit’
    12. You will then receive a Confirmation and a PDF version for review or to save for your records.

  3. The final step to Apply for Financial Aid is to complete the Direct Loans Entrance Counseling, which is just a multiple choice quiz that will make you familiar with the government lending policies regarding financial aid. This is not graded and will not jeopardize you chance of receiving Federal Financial Aid. You will access this quiz on the www.studentloans.gov site, sign in as you did before and follow the instructions below:

    To Complete the Direct Loan Entrance Counseling:

    • Select ‘Complete Entrance Counseling’
    • Identify yourself
      • Undergraduate either ‘Associate Degree or Bachelor Degree’
    • Graduate ‘Master Degree’
    • Enter ‘School State & School Name’
    • Begin reviewing the information and answering the questions until you have reached the end of the quiz.

    Once you have completed all the steps above and we have received all the information the Financial Aid Department will be in touch with you to discuss the next steps in the financial aid process. Please feel free to the Financial Aid Office with any questions or concerns at 601-979-2227.