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Applying for Financial Aid

As we face the COVID-19 crisis together, we recognize the financial challenges this outbreak has and will continue to present to our students. In an effort to help mitigate these impacts, the University of Mount Union is now accepting requests for emergency grants to aid students struggling with unexpected financial challenges as a direct result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Visit the Student Emergency Grants page on our website to learn more.

When it comes to investing in a college education, you're not only investing your money, you're investing your time and hard work in your dreams for the future. At Mount Union, making your investment pay off is at the heart of all we do. To apply for financial aid, please follow the steps below.


Steps to Apply for Financial Aid

  1. 1. Complete the FAFSA Online

    The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is used to determine your student aid eligibility based on your personal and family situation. If you are a first-time user, you will be required to create an FSA ID. It allows users to access personal information on federal student aid websites as well as to sign a FAFSA.

    There are two ways to complete the FAFSA form:

    1. Visit the fafsa.gov website.
    2. Use the myStudentAid app, which you can download from both the Apple App Store (iOS) and Google Play (Android).


    New students who have been accepted to the University will receive their award letters around December 1. Current students will receive their award letters after they have completed fall 2020 registration.

  2. 2. Submit Required Financial Aid Documents

    Missing financial aid documents are listed on the front of your award offer. All completed downloaded PDF forms will need to be submitted to the Office of Student Financial Aid.

    * Online forms require access to Mount Union's student, faculty, and staff portal. You will need a Mount Union username and password.

    1. Cost of Attendance Appeal Form
    You can request a Cost of Attendance Appeal if you believe the Cost of Attendance budget used in determining your financial aid package is insufficient. All budget increases will be in the form of loan eligibility. You must provide documentation showing that you incur expenses during the academic year that are higher than your standard financial aid budget.

    *Complete the Form Online

    2. Dependent Student Verification Worksheet

    If you are selected for federal verification, the Financial Aid Office must compare your FAFSA with the information on this worksheet and other required documents before awarding Federal Student Aid.  Use this form if you are a dependent student, determined by your FAFSA.

    *Complete the Form Online                                               Download PDF


    3. Entrance Counseling and MPN Instructions

    If you have not previously borrowed a Federal Loan, you are required to complete entrance counseling to ensure that you understand the responsibilities. You must also complete a Master Promissory Note (MPN), a legal document in which you promise to repay your federal student loan(s) and any accrued interest and fees. View the instructions to complete entrance counseling.

    4. Independent Student Verification Worksheet

    If you are selected for federal verification, the Financial Aid Office must compare your FAFSA with the information on this worksheet and other required documents before awarding Federal Student Aid. Use this form only if you are an independent student, determined by your FAFSA.

    *Complete the Form Online                                               Download PDF


    5. Instructions for Data Retrieval Tool

    The IRS Data Retrieval Tool (IRS DRT) electronically transfers your Federal Tax Return Information into your FAFSA form. The IRS DRT can be used by both students and parents. View the instructions to complete this step.

    6. Loan Change Request Form

    Complete this form if you would like to reduce, increase, or decline any Federal or Private student or parent loans. Please note that not all changes will be possible. Our office will contact you if we cannot complete your request.

    *Complete the Form Online

    7. Outside Scholarship Form

    If you have been awarded scholarships from an outside organization, you can use this form to provide the Financial Aid Office with detailed information so that these scholarships can be added to your financial aid package.

    *Complete the Form Online

    8. Parent Signature Form

    If you have completed one of our online forms and your parent’s signature is required, please download a pdf of this form and submit it to our office.

    Download PDF


    9. Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) Appeal Form

    If you have not maintained appropriate academic progress as outlined by the University and feel you have extenuating circumstances that led to your disqualification for federal/state aid, you may appeal the decision by completing this form. If your appeal form is approved, you will then be required to meet with a financial aid representative.

    *Complete the Form Online

    10. Special Circumstance Appeal Form

    If you believe that, due to your family’s financial situation, medical expenses, or other special circumstances, the Office of Financial Aid should re-evaluate your financial aid eligibility, you may file an appeal using this form and submitting the required documentation.

    *Complete the Form Online                                               Download PDF


    11. Student Loan Request Form

    You should complete this form in order to accept or decline all or a portion of your Federal Direct Subsidized/Unsubsidized loan funds.

    *Complete the Form Online


    12. Faculty/Staff Only: Tuition Benefit Form

    If you are the dependent of a Mount Union faculty/staff member, you must complete this form in order to receive tuition benefit funding.

    *Complete the Form Online


    Please do not send any personally identifiable information (PII) via email if you are not able to encrypt it. PII includes attachments with Social Security Numbers, ID Numbers, dates of birth, etc. You may mail your information to us at Office of Student Financial Aid, University of Mount Union, 1972 Clark Ave, Alliance, OH 44601 or deliver to our office on the lower level in the Gartner Welcome Center.

  3. 3. Explore Resources for Additional Funding

    Undergraduate Students:
    Review the Be Invested Financial Aid Fact Sheet for important dates and options to cover your balance.

    Graduate Students:
    Review the Be Invested Financial Aid Fact Sheet for important dates and options to cover your balance.
    Explore the resources below to find additional funding that will assist you with your educational expenses.


    Loans
    Explore the educational loan options below to help defer costs until after graduation.

                           

    Outside Scholarships
    Explore the resources below to find additional funding that will assist you with your educational expenses.

    • Fastweb.com
    • Collegeboard.org
    • Collegegreenlight.com
    • *iRaider
    • Check to see if student or parent employer offers scholarships
    • Check with high school guidance office for list of scholarships
    • Check your local community for businesses, churches, and civic organizations that offer scholarships

     
    *Requires access to Mount Union's student, faculty, and staff portal