Financial Aid Policies

Check out policies, see what is 'new'!
Federal Financial Aid regulation changes result in policy changes.

Free Tax-filing Services are Available

IRS website for all locations:
On-campus location:

FREE Assistance in Completing the FAFSA:

  • Locations by state
  • Event in Ames and open to the public: Saturday, February 13, 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM (DMACC Hunziker Center)
  • What is needed to file the FAFSA

Winter To-Do List

  • Apply for 2016-2017 scholarships.
  • Confirm your FSA ID for filing the 2016-2017 FAFSA.
    • FSA ID's
      • parents need their own
      • each FSA ID must have a unique email address
      • must use the first and last name matching your social security card
  • 2016-2017 FAFSA, file by March 1st for priority financial aid consideration
  • Spring 2016 Enrollment and Financial Aid
    • If you will be enrolled in courses at another institution please review our Consortium Agreement process.

Important Scholarship Application Dates

Freshman Application Timeframe Current Student Application Timeframe
Finaid Scholar
Office of Student Financial Aid
Oct. 1 – Mar. 1 Oct. 1 – Mar. 1
College of Agriculture & Life Sciences Sep. 1 – Jan. 15 Dec. 26 – Feb. 15
College of Business Nov. 30 – Feb. 3 Nov. 30 – Feb. 3
College of Design Varies by scholarship Varies by scholarship
College of Engineering Invites sent by the College Jan. 4 – Feb. 5
College of Human Sciences Nov. 1 – Feb. 14 Nov. 1 – Feb. 14
College of Liberal Arts & Sciences Nov. 20 – Feb. 9 Nov. 20 – Feb. 9

December 2015 Graduate?

Loan Exit Counseling: Remember to complete... Need information about consolidating your federal student loans? Check out our information sheet