This is the first step in applying for federal finanical aid. Completing and submitting the FAFSA® form is free and secure, and it gives you access to the largest source of financial aid to help you pay for your Mercyhurst University Education. Your FAFSA® data will also be used to determine your eligibily for state and institutional aid, and some private financial aid providers may use your FAFSA® information to determine whether you qualify for their aid.
The FAFSA® data is sent to Mercyhurst and any other schools that you listed on your application. Mercyhurst uses this information to determine eligibility for federal, state and institutional need-based financial aid. Financial aid awards for prospective and incoming first-year students are created by the Office of Admissions beginning in November.
The Award Letter
The initial financial aid award letter is mailed to your home address if you are an incoming freshman. It will be accompanied by additional information on affording a Mercyhurst University education. Questions and concerns about a first-year student’s financial aid award should be directed to the Office of Admissions. Current students may contact Student Financial Services for assistance. The award letter lists your eligible award amounts for the academic period of enrollment. An academic year at Mercyhurst University consists of a fall and spring semester. Awards are typically divided equally between these two semesters. You should review your award letter and notify your admissions counselor of any awards that you want to decline.
Federal Student Loans
While eligibility for student loans may be indicated on an award letter, securing those funds still requires that you complete entrance counseling as well as completion of a Master Promissory Note. Log onto studentloans.gov using your FSA ID to submit the electronic documents. This process should be completed prior to Aug 1 of the year you plan to enroll at Mercyhurst.
Student Work Study Awards
If you have a work study award on your award letter, you will be contacted by Mercyhurst's Office of Human Resources with further instructions.
If your FAFSA® is selected to be verified by the Department of Education, additional documentation will need to be submitted to the Office of Student Financial Services for review. Verification means that the Department Of Education requires the school to review your income information with the information supplied on your FAFSA® form to rectify discrepancies. Students selected for verification are informed of this on their Student Aid Report as well as by the Office of Student Financial Services. Please click here for more information if your FAFSA® was selected for verification.