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Financial Aid FAQ

Applying for financial aid can be confusing at times. Yet, it does not have to be. We are here to help you every step of the way. Whether it is a question regarding the process or where to find forms, we are a phone call or an email away.

FAQ

This is a good place to start if you have questions regarding financial aid. You’ll find answers to the most often asked questions. If you do not find an answer to your question, please contact us at financialaid@kuyper.edu or call us at 800-511-3749.

Where do I get my FSA ID to electronically sign my FAFSA?

Request an FSA ID at studentaid.gov.

When should I complete my FAFSA?

The FAFSA is available starting October 1. Apply at studentaid.gov. The priority filing deadline is March 1.

Who qualifies for federal financial aid?

Kuyper College is approved to participate in Title IV federal student aid programs. Funding is determined by the information given on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). There are several eligibility requirements a student must meet to be considered for federal funding:

  • Demonstrate financial need according to federal methodology.
  • Have a high school diploma, a GED, or have passed a test approved by the Department of Education.
  • Be enrolled in a degree-seeking or eligible certificate program.
  • Be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen.
  • Make satisfactory academic progress as determined by the institution.
  • Sign a statement of educational purpose and a certification statement on refunds and/or defaults.

If I have dual citizenship in the U.S. and Canada, which forms do I complete?

Complete the U.S. forms.

Can I complete my FAFSA if my parents have not done their taxes yet?

When completing the FAFSA before income tax is filed, you or your parents can estimate what they think their income will be by using the prior year’s income tax information. They will need to select “Will file, but have not completed my tax return” when answering the question: “Did you file or will you file an income tax return?” Once the tax return has been filed, you or your parents will want to go back, review the information, and make any corrections to the information.

One of my parents is recently unemployed. Is that taken into consideration?

Yes, it can be. You should complete the Supplemental Information Form. The federal government allows us to make adjustments to your income in the case of unemployment.

We pay private school tuition. Is there any way to report that?

Yes. Complete the Supplemental Information Form. The federal government allows us to take private school tuition payments into consideration as long as you provide a receipt from the school.

Is it worth my time to apply for outside scholarships?

Most definitely! Kuyper College students have received scholarships through Sallie Mae, Burger King, Target, Athena, Grand Rapids Foundation, Vance Havner, U.S.A. Funds, and many others. You can see many outside sources of scholarships at Additional Scholarships and Grants.

What if my family has major medical bills?

We can make adjustments for them. Complete the Supplemental Information Form.

Should I pay a company to help me file my FAFSA?

No! Never pay anyone to help you find outside scholarships or help with your FAFSA. Kuyper College’s Financial Aid Office is more than willing to assist you.

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