Financial Aid Application Process

If you think getting money to help pay for college is hard, think again.  Follow these four steps to receive your financial aid.

  • Obtain a Personal Identification Number (PIN)

In order to sign the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), both the student and one parent need a PIN from the U.S. Department of Education (ED). A PIN can be requested at

  • Complete the FAFSA

The FAFSA is the only form needed to apply for institutional, state, and federal financial aid at MSOE.  MSOE encourages you to file online at When filing, you will need to list MSOE’s school code, which is: 003868. You can start filing the FAFSA beginning Jan. 1 of the year you plan on enrolling. MSOE encourages you to have your FAFSA processed by our priority deadline of March 15th.

The FAFSA asks income and asset information from both parents and students to calculate your Expected Family Contribution.

Families are encouraged to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool when completing the FAFSA application. This tool allows you to directly import your federal tax information into your FAFSA. This tool is available two weeks after you submit your federal taxes electronically.

MSOE will receive your submitted application electronically from the U.S. Department of Education. Starting in March of the year you plan on enrolling, MSOE will begin processing FAFSA applications. Please allow two to four weeks after completion of your FAFSA to receive your award offer.

  • Complete Verification  (if selected)

If selected, you will be required to submit a MSOE Verification Worksheet along with you and your parent’s IRS Tax Transcript. You can request IRS tax transcripts by contacting the IRS at 1-800-908-9946 or visiting the IRS Website. Or you can submit a MSOE Verification Worksheet to MSOE and update your FAFSA using the IRS Data Retrieval Tool. MSOE will notify you by mail or MSOE email if you are selected for verification.

  • Respond to Your Award Offer

Once you have completed the FAFSA, MSOE will use your FAFSA to determine your eligibility for institutional, state and federal funds. We will send you an award offer listing all of the aid you are eligible for. New students will be mailed awards after March 1st and returning students will be emailed awards after April 1st.

File my FAFSA

Still have questions about the process?  Contact the Office of Financial Aid at 800-778-7223.

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Financial Aid Office

(800) 778-7223

Student Accounts Office

(800) 886-6763

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