Most forms of assistance require completion of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) except for scholarships for incoming students (which are handled by the Admissions Office). The FAFSA determines financial need for the Federal student aid programs, and the Financial Aid Office reviews the results.
To meet early filing deadlines, you should complete the FAFSA as soon as possible after January 1 for the coming year. It may be completed using estimated income, if necessary, to meet deadlines. You can make corrections later, when taxes are filed.
Campus-based aid programs (Perkins Loans, Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants, and Work-Study) are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis.
Pell Grants and Direct Stafford and PLUS Loans are processed all year; however, early application assures the availability of funds when classes start.
Information regarding Missouri state funding is online at the Missouri Department of Higher Education website.
The quickest way to apply for federal aid is online through the Web at www.fafsa.ed.gov. Both new and renewal applicants can complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid by accessing this site. New applicants must apply for a pin number to sign the FAFSA on-line. If you are a dependent student, one parent (whose information is on the FAFSA) will need a pin number to sign the application electronically also. Your e-mail for the pin number may come back to you from the U.S. Department of Education or from email@example.com.
Remember that up to ten colleges can receive the results of the aid application by listing the school code on the FAFSA. Schools listed will receive the results electronically. The school code for Truman is 002495. The student will receive a Student Aid Report (SAR) to check for errors, correct if necessary and keep for their records. This SAR will come via e-mail as long as you provided an e-mail address on your aid application. Please note the e-mail notice will come from The U.S. Department of Education. If you have a filter on your e-mail you may want to set it to accept this e-mail address so it does not go into your junk mail.
After receiving a valid FAFSA, the Financial Aid Office will send freshmen a paper award letter with login instructions to TruView and the access to accept/decline their awards. For upperclassmen, we will send you an email directing you to TruView to view and accept/decline the awards offered.
Additional information is available regarding academic progress requirements, the Direct Stafford Loan and PLUS Loan application process, and descriptions of other financial aid programs. Additional forms may be requested. Please read all correspondence carefully and respond to each request in a timely manner.