Applying for Financial Aid

How to Apply

The first step in applying for financial aid is to complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online at www.fafsa.ed.govBe sure to include EKU's federal school code which is 001963.

The next step is to apply to the university if you have not yet done so.

Once you are fully admitted to the university and the Office of Student Financial Assistance receives your FAFSA information from the U. S. Department of Education, EKU will work to determine what financial aid package you are eligible for.

Once your financial aid package has been determined, you will receive an award notification. New freshman and transfer students will receive this notice via the US postal service. Continuing students will receive this notice via their EKU email account.

You should read all information regarding your award(s). If you don't understand any part of the offered award(s), contact the Office of Student Financial Assistance for clarification. All students who are offered a federal loan and/or federal work study must log in to EKU Direct to accept/reduce/decline those awards. If at any time, after you have accepted/reduced/declined an award, you wish to have that award changed, you must contact the EKU Division of Student Financial Assistance.

NOTE:The financial aid package awarded to you at Eastern Kentucky University cannot be transferred to another school. Each school determines its own award package for you based on availability of funds and philosophy of packaging.

FAFSA

The FAFSA, or Free Application for Federal Student Aid, is the primary form that the federal government, states and colleges use to award grants, scholarships, work study and student loans.

You can find the application at fafsa.ed.gov

The following two FAFSA changes take effect this year:

  • The form for each year will become available three months earlier than it had previously, in October instead of January. You can access the FAFSA for the 2017-18 school year on Oct. 1, 2016. This better aligns the financial aid and college application processes and gives students more time to apply for aid.
  • Families can use their prior-prior year tax information to complete the form instead of the prior year’s tax information. That means using 2015 tax information instead of 2016 tax information to complete the 2017-18 form. This allows families to file the FAFSA before they file their previous year’s taxes.

Undergraduate Financial Aid Checklist

Application Process

  • Complete the FAFSA at www.fafsa.gov.  Please make sure EKU is listed as one of your schools.  EKU School Code: 001963
  • If this is your first time applying for financial aid, you will need to set up an FSA ID at fsaid.ed.gov
  • If you are a dependent student, your parent will also need to create an FSA ID. 
  • It usually takes a week for us to receive the FAFSA once it is submitted. 

Once we receive your FAFSA

  • Be sure to monitor your EKU email to see if anything else is required to be submitted
  • Once we receive your FAFSA and any additional requirements, you will be emailed an award notification.  At this time, you can accept your awards on your EKU Direct account. 
  • If you plan on using federal student loans, you will also need to complete both the entrance counseling and sign the master promissory note at www.studentloans.gov.
  • Please note:  You must be enrolled in at least 6 credit hours to receive federal loans. 

The Beginning of the Semester

  • Your financial aid will pay out the first week of classes.
  • The Student Accounting Office will begin issuing refunds during the second week of classes.
  • If you want to use a book voucher to pay for your books, you may request one on your EKU Direct or by contacting the Student Accounting Office (mybill@eku.edu or 859-622-1232)
  • Please note:  You must have enough aid to cover your bill to apply for a book voucher.  If you are still in the KHEAA Verification process or still have outstanding documents you need to submit, you will not be able to get a book voucher.
  • Eastern Kentucky University will NOT drop a student from classes if their bill isn’t paid.  However, you will be charged up to a $25 late fee per month until your bill is paid. 
  • You may sign up for a payment plan through your EKU Direct account or by contacting the Student Accounting Office (mybill@eku.edu or 859-622-1232)

Graduate Financial Aid Checklist

Application Process

  • Please note:  Graduate students are not eligible for any grants.  Your aid will be loans only.
  • Complete the FAFSA at www.fafsa.gov.  Please make sure EKU is listed as one of your schools. EKU School Code: 001963
  • If this is your first time applying for financial aid, you will need to set up an FSA ID at fsaid.ed.gov
  • If you are a dependent student, your parent will also need to create an FSA ID. 
  • It usually takes a week for us to receive the FAFSA once it is submitted. 

Once we receive your FAFSA

  • Be sure to monitor your EKU email to see if anything else is required to be submitted
  • Once we receive your FAFSA and any additional requirements, you will be emailed an award notification.  At this time, you can accept your awards on your EKU Direct account. 
  • Your financial aid awards are based on 4.5 credit hours each semester.  If you are in more than that and would like additional funding, you can complete the Graduate Enrollment Form. 
  • If you plan on using federal student loans, you will also need to complete both the entrance counseling and sign the master promissory note at www.studentloans.gov.
  • Please note:  You must be enrolled in at least 4.5 credit hours to receive federal loans. 

The Beginning of the Semester

  • Your financial aid will pay out the first week of classes.
  • The Student Accounting Office will begin issuing refunds during the second week of classes.
  • If you want to use a book voucher to pay for your books, you may request one on your EKU Direct or by contacting the Student Accounting Office (mybill@eku.edu or 859-622-1232)
  • Please note:  You must have enough aid to cover your bill to apply for a book voucher.  If you still have outstanding documents you need to submit, you will not be able to get a book voucher.
  • Eastern Kentucky University will NOT drop a student from classes if their bill isn’t paid.  However, you will be charged up to a $25 late fee per month until your bill is paid. 
  • You may sign up for a payment plan through your EKU Direct account or by contacting the Student Accounting Office (mybill@eku.edu or 859-622-1232)

Forms

  • Graduate Enrollment Status Form
  • Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) Appeal Form