Completing the FAFSA
Students must complete the FAFSA each academic year. The FAFSA opens October 1 for the following academic year. It always asks for income information from two years prior. Be sure to complete the FAFSA early to potentially qualify for the maximum amount of grants.
Accepting Your Award Online
Students must accept financial aid awards online each year. Students can check awarded financial aid by logging into BRIDGE and following: Financial Aid > Award > Award by Aid Year (select appropriate aid year) > Accept Award Offer.
This provides a breakdown of all financial aid awarded per semester. All grants are automatically accepted; loans and/or work study must be accepted or declined. Students may accept the full amount offered or a partial amount.
Understanding Financial Aid
Students must maintain specific criteria in order to receive financial aid. Review the requirements for Satisfactory Academic Progress to understand the requirements to continue receiving financial aid.