Checklist for Prospective Students

  • October

    • Be sure you and your parents, if applicable, apply for a Federal Student Aid FSA IDs
    • Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by March 1 for maximum aid consideration. 
    • The University of Pittsburgh Federal School Code is 008815.
    • View online video tutorial on seven easy steps to completing the FAFSA.
    • The FAFSA uses tax information from two years ago. Use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool for more accurate processing of financial aid.
    • Check with your state grant agency to determine if there are any applications you need to complete.
      • For Pennsylvania residents, the PHEAA state grant consideration deadline is May 1.
    • Research and begin to submit applications for scholarships. You may also want to use scholarship search engines to locate private scholarships.

    February

    • If you have not done so already, complete the FAFSA by March 1 for maximum aid consideration. The University of Pittsburgh Federal School Code is 008815. 
    • Access information on University of Pittsburgh’s payment plan.
    • Get organized—keep all of your important student aid documents in one folder. Include copies of all application materials, tax information, and letters you receive.
    • Review financing strategies.
    • The Office of Financial Aid begins sending new Pitt-Bradford students the Financial Aid Notification Info . Carefully review the notification and the information page on the Office of Financial Aid Web site.
    • If your financial aid application is selected for verification, don’t panic.
      • Provide the additional documents that are requested, such as copies of your IRS Tax Return Transcripts, W2 and 1099 forms and any other documentation requested.
      • The federal government selects approximately 30% of FAFSAs for verification
    • Respond quickly to requests for additional documentation from the financial aid office and/or your state agency.
    • If you wish to decrease your Federal Direct Student Loan(s), please complete the loan change form and return to the Office of Financial Aid. 
    • After you have reviewed your Financial Aid Notification and accepted your offer of admission to Pitt-Bradford, go to the StudentLoans.gov  and select "Sign-In" and enter your FSA ID.
      • Choose "Complete Master Promissory Note," then select Subsidized/Unsubsidized. Follow the four-step process listed to sign your MPN.
      • Complete Entrance Counseling at StudentLoans.gov if you are a first-time borrower of a Federal Direct Student Loan at University of Pittsburgh at Bradford.

    April

    • If you are a Pennsylvania resident, submit the FAFSA, if you have not yet done so, to meet the May 1 deadline for the Pennsylvania State Grant Program.
    • If you will be starting at Pitt-Bradford this summer, please contact the Office of Financial Aid for instructions.

    May

    • State grant agencies begin to send aid notifications to qualifying students—watch for yours!
    • Respond quickly to requests and return necessary forms. When in doubt, contact the Financial Aid Office.
    • Notify our Financial Aid Office of additional funding you’ll get for college (scholarships and loans, etc.).
    • Learn about borrowing responsibly. Consider a cosigner to help you get an alternative student loan.

    June

    • If you are a dependent student and your parents are interested in a Federal Direct Parent PLUS Loan, your parents can access PLUS information on the Office of Financial Aid Web site.
    • Begin to save money for the fall semester. You should come to school with money for start-up expenses, such as your books and supplies.
    • If you need additional funds to satisfy your tuition bill and other costs associated with your education, you can access private alternative loan information.
    • Respond to requests from the college you will be attending. Keep copies of everything you send.

    July

    • Fall semester tuition bill notification arrives in your university email account. Share this with your parents if they are helping to pay the bill. Your financial aid will appear as a credit on the bill.
    • If you wish to decrease your Federal Direct Stafford Loan(s), please complete the loan change form and return to the Office of Financial Aid. 
    • Those eligible for Federal Work Study will be notified through their university email account that the application website is available to apply for a position.
    • Notify the financial aid office of all scholarships and loans you will receive.
    • Sign up for Direct Deposit. It is the quickest, safest, and easiest way to get your refund.

    August

    • Your financial aid will be ready for disbursement 10 days prior to the start of the term (if all steps have been completed).
      • If there are excess student aid funds after the tuition bill is paid in full, you will receive an eRefund.
      • To learn how to expedite the receipt of your refund, visit the Office of the Student Accounts Web site.
    • Remember to bring money for start up expenses such as books, supplies, and off-campus apartment expenses.

    September/October

    • Fall semester tuition bill is due. Log in to Pitt-Pay through my.pitt.edu to pay your tuition
    • Study, work hard, and enjoy your Pitt-Bradford student experience!

    November

    • Spring semester tuition bill notification arrives in your university email account. Share this with your parents if they are helping to pay the bill. Your student aid will appear as a credit on the bill.
    • If you wish to decrease your Federal Direct Student Loan(s), please complete the loan change form and return to the Office of Financial Aid.

     December

    • Spring semester tuition bill is due. Log in to Pitt-Pay through my.pitt.edu to pay your tuition.
    • Your financial aid will be ready for disbursement 10 days prior to the start of the term (if all steps have been completed).
      • If there are excess student aid funds after the tuition bill is paid in full, you will receive a refund.
      • To learn how to expedite the receipt of your refund, visit the Office of the Student Accounts Website.
    • Get ready! It's time to begin the student aid application process for next year. See October for instructions.