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How Do I Apply for Financial Aid?

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Current Year:  2022-2023 FAFSA process was made available on October 1, 2021. You must complete the FAFSA using the 2020 household income!


Next Award Year:  2023-2024 FAFSA became available on October 1, 2022.  You must complete this FAFSA using the family's 2021 household income data.




Step 1: Apply for admission to Dillard University. If you haven’t done so, apply now at myDU.


Step 2: Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online. Both student and parent must apply for a Federal Student Aid username and password which is used to electronically sign the FAFSA (apply here). Dillard University’s School Code is: 002004. (Priority deadline is March 1st).


Step 3: Submit any additional documentation requested by the Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships within two (2) weeks of notification.


Step 4: Check your award status at myDU.


Step 5: If you were awarded a Federal Direct Loan, you must complete entrance loan counseling and e-sign a Master Promissory Note. Otherwise, your loan(s) will not be disbursed to your student account.


Step 6: Apply for outside scholarships. Our outside scholarship page is a great resource.


Step 7: To maintain your eligibility for financial aid, you must meet Dillard University’s Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) standards.



Criteria for selecting Financial Aid Recipients and Determining Awards:


Once the student completes the FAFSA, the Federal Government will use the information provided on the FAFSA to determine the Expected Family Contribution (EFC).  The EFC and other information is used to determine which Federal Aid Programs the student is eligible to receive. 


All students who are meeting Federal, State and Institutional Requirements will be considered for Financial Aid.  The student must have a valid Student Aid Report (SAR), which is received from the FAFSA, and all required documents on file to be considered for Institutional, some State and all Federal Student Aid Programs. 


The Federal Pell Grant eligibility is determined by the Federal Government and there is a 600% cap (or 6 year limit) associated with receiving this grant program.  When determining a student's eligibility for the Federal Direct Loan Program, the student's grade level, dependency status and aggregate loan history is used.  















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