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8 Easy Steps to Apply for Financial Aid

Help me choose my FAFSA information...

If I plan to attend LRSC: Spring 2018 Summer 2018 Fall 2018 Spring 2019 Summer 2019
My semester will begin: Jan 8, 2018 May 14, 2018 Aug 20, 2018 Jan 7, 2019 May 13, 2019
I will fill out the FAFSA form for: 2017-2018 2017-2018 2018-2019 2018-2019 2018-2019
I will use IRS Tax Year: 2015 2015 2016 2016 2016



1 File the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
School Code: 002991

A student and parent can take steps to make the process easier. Complete your Federal Tax returns prior to completing the FAFSA. Use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool. This tool allows students and parent to access the IRS tax return information needed to complete the Free Application for Federal Students. This information is generally available 2-3 week after taxes have been filed electronically.

October 1st -- To be considered for federal financial aid (grants, loans or work study) students can complete the FAFSA shortly after October 1st each year.

Early Spring -- Priority  funding for Supplemental Grant, Perkins Loan, Work-Study and the North Dakota State Incentive grant.

2 Weeks -- Allow at least 2 weeks for processing the electronic FAFSA 

2 Complete the Lake Region State College Application for Admission

Students must be accepted for admission as a regular student seeking a degree to be eligible for federal financial assistance.  Students must apply for and be accepted for admission to Lake Region State College before financial aid can be disbursed.

3 Check your Student Aid Report (SAR) for Accuracy

5 - 7 Days -- If you filed an electronic FAFSA, you will receive an email informing you that:

  • Application has been processed
  • How to access your Student Aid Report
  • Check your Student Aid Report for accuracy. If there is an error you need to make corrections online.

4 Verification

If you are selected for verification, the Financial Aid Office at Lake Region State College will request:

  • Copy of your IRS tax return transcript:

  • Verification worksheet
    • Independent Verification Worksheet
    • Dependent Verification Worksheet
    • Many students assume that because they are not living with their parents, are responsible for their own expenses, and are not claimed on their parents' income tax returns then they should qualify for financial aid programs as an independent student.  However, Congress'  definition of independence is not that simple. The Federal Government has established the guidelines that determine which students are considered independent for financial aid purposes and which are not.  Read this document for an explanation of these guidelines and determine if you will be considered independent when applying for federal financial aid.
  • You should read Lake Region State College's Verification Policy

5 Award Notice

  • May - June --  In late May or early June you will receive an award notice from LRSC detailing the amounts and types of financial aid the college is offering. Awards will be made on a rolling basis as Financial Aid Applications are received throughout the year.
  • You must complete, sign, and return the award notice to the LRSC Financial Aid office or
  • Accept your award using Campus Connection
    • In Student Center under Finances click on Accept/Decline Awards
  • Read more information -- Award Notice Supplement 2018-2019

6 Master Promissory Note

  • Student accepting a Federal Direct Loan for the first time, must complete a
    Master Promissory Note.
  • Student accepting a Federal Perkins Loan must complete a Promissory note. This note is available to you on Campus Connection 1 to 2 days after you accept the loan.

7 Loan Counseling

8 Financial Aid Disbursement

Financial Aid is disbursed during Tuition and Fee Payment that usually occurs during the 3rd week of class.  Check the academic calendar for specific dates. Financial aid disbursement is based on the student’s enrollment status as of the 10th calendar day of each semester. Students must be registered in all classed, in all sessions and terms for the semester before that date so financial aid eligibility can be accurately calculated. Students who register for classes after their financial aid has been disbursed are responsible for paying the tuition for that class. Credits dropped after financial aid has been disbursed but before the class begins will result in a recalculation in financial aid. The student may owe money back to the financial aid programs.

Most Financial Aid (grants, loans, scholarships, etc.) directly credits against the amount the student owes for direct costs such as tuition, fees, on-campus room and board, books, etc. Financial aid that exceeds the balance is “excess aid” and is disbursed to the student at the Business Office after direct costs are paid. Direct Loan funds received from the Department of Education or funds received from an alternative loan, via Electronic Funds Transfer, are credited directly to your college account. Student may direct deposit their excess financial aid directly into their bank account by completing the LRSC Direct Deposit Authorization Form .


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