Apply for Financial Aid

If students wish to receive federal aid then the Free Application for Federal Student Aid must be completed each year. File the FAFSA by Friends University Financial Aid priority deadline February 1. The FAFSA is available October 1, so apply earlier if you can. Friends University Federal School Code is 001918.

Before you get started, how do you know which FAFSA should you complete?

  • 2019-20 FAFSA is available October 1, 2018 and is applicable to Summer/Fall 2019 & Spring 2020 semesters.
  • 2020-21 FAFSA is available October 1, 2019 and is applicable to Summer/Fall 2020 & Spring 2021 semesters.

Quick Links:
Step 1: Submit your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
Step 2: Meet Friends University Eligibility Requirements
Step 3: Check Your “To Do” List
Step 4: Wait to Hear From Us
Step 5: Accept Your Awards
Step 6: Check for Additional Required Documents
Step 7: Check for Disbursed Funds
Step 8: Check for Your Refund

Step 1: Submit your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

  • What you need to do
    • Request an FSA ID, if needed
    • Determine your eligibility by completing the FAFSA or by downloading the “mystudentaid” app to your mobile phone and completing the FAFSA on the “mystudentaid” app
    • Complete the FAFSA each year beginning October 1
    • Gather important documents
    • Watch your student email for notification that we’ve received your FAFSA
  • What we do
    • Download the FAFSA information weekdays. Holidays and school closures may affect this process.
    • Notify you via email that we’ve received your FAFSA
    • Helpful Videos
      How to Fill Out the FAFSA:

      How to Create your FSA ID:
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K7ihhGk8mCY

Step 2: Meet Friends University Eligibility Requirements

  • What you need to do
  • What we do
    • For new students, we verify that you are admitted to Friends University
    • For continuing students, we review your SAP
    • We verify that you are in an eligible academic program

Step 3: Check Your “To Do” List

  • What you need to do
    • Log in to Self-Service Banner
    • Check for financial aid required documents
    • Read the details of each item for action you may need to take
    • Understand how the financial aid required documents impact your financial aid
    • Check your financial aid required documents regularly for status updates or new items
    • Once all of your financial aid required documents are completed and satisfied, you are ready to go to Step 4
  • What we do
    • Process all paperwork. Notify you if there is missing information or documents.

Step 4: Wait to Hear From Us

  • What you need to do
    • Wait for your financial aid award letter notification to be emailed to your Friends University student email. (New student’s will receive an award letter via mail and returning student’s will receive an award letter notification via their student email). Financial Aid communications will be sent to your student email.
    • Once you get your award letter, continue to Step 5.
  • What we do
    • Send any corrections required to the U.S. Department of Education
    • For transfer students, verify aid is canceled at other schools
    • Verify Satisfactory Academic Progress
    • Verify acceptance to Friends University
    • Verify enrollment
    • Set your financial aid budget
    • Determine what programs are eligible for federal aid
    • Make initial awards
    • Review your awards to ensure you awards are accurate

Step 5: Accept Your Awards

  • What you need to do
    • Read the terms and conditions of financial aid
    • Log in to Self-Service Banner to review your awards and your bill
    • Accept or Decline each award
    • Continue to Step 6
  • What we do
    • 24-48 hours after you accept you financial aid award, we begin processing your accepted awards
    • For accepted loans, we submit the information to the U.S. Department of Education

Step 6: Check for Additional Required Documents

  • What you need to do
    • If you need additional funding to help cover your balance then you may want to consider applying for the following loans:
    • Once all the required financial aid documents are satisfied on your Self-Service Banner, you are ready to continue to Step 7
  • What we do
    • Wait for you to complete any additional financial aid required documents
    • Wait to get confirmation from the U.S. Department of Education regarding any loan requirements

Step 7: Check for Disbursed Funds

  • What you need to do
    • Understand that disbursement is not the same thing as a refund
      • Disbursement: Financial Aid awards will disburse two weeks after the first class day for the semester. If your financial aid funds do not cover the full expense for your tuition, fees and on-campus housing balance, you will need to make a payment arrangements with Student Account Services. If there is money left over after your tuition, fees and on-campus housing balance is paid in full, you will receive a refund.
    • Payment plans can be made with Student Account Services by contacting their office at SAS@friends.edu, 316-295-5630 or by making payments online by logging into your Self-Service Banner
    • Refund: If your financial aid funds exceed the cost of your tuition, fees and on-campus housing balance, then Student Account Services will issue a refund.
    • Direct Deposit – If you choose this option, you can complete this process by logging into your Self-Service Banner. You will need to enter your existing bank routing and account numbers and then your refund will be deposited into this account.
    • Paper Check – If you choose this option, a paper check will be mailed to you.
    • Please note that it make take up to 14 days from the date of disbursement for you to receive your refund from the date your refund is processed. Make sure that your current mailing address is up-to-date with the Registrar’s Office to prevent additional delays of your initial refund.
  • What we do
    • Verify your Satisfactory Academic Progress status is in good standing
    • Verify your enrollment meets disbursement requirements for each award
    • Disburse your financial aid

Step 8: Check for Your Refund

What you need to do

  • What you need to do
    • Set up your refund preference
    • Contact Student Account Services for any refund related questions at 800-794-6945 ext. 5630, 316-295-5630 or by email SAS@friends.edu.
  • What we do
    • Once your financial aid is disbursed and refunded to you, no further action is needed by our office.

Parent Access

Educational records are protected by the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA). To grant a parent access to personal financial aid information, the student will need to request a FERPA form, by requesting the form from Friends University Registrar’s Office.