Financial Aid

Applying for Aid

FAFSA image with Alma College's school code.

YOU SHOULD FILE A FAFSA EVERY YEAR

Why?

  • The only way to qualify for federal and state grant programs
  • The only way to qualify for federal direct loans including Parent Plus and Grad Plus loans
  • Is required for some Alma College scholarship programs*
FAFSA Opens October 1st
State Deadline to file March 1st

Please see below for important information regarding applying for aid.

First Year Student
  1. File your FAFSA before March 1st

This application is very important as it is used to determine a student’s eligibility for federal, state, and institutional funding.

    • File beginning October 1st of the year prior to when you plan to attend College.
    • Create an FSA ID to electronically sign the FAFSA. The student and one parent will need their own FSA IDs.
    • Alma College School Code: 002236
    • Be sure to file by March 1st in order to be considered for priority aid through the State of MI.
  1. Promptly respond to any document requests from our office.
    • Your financial aid cannot be finalized until all requested documents are received. Please monitor your e-mail as this is how we will communicate with you regarding documents needed.

Information regarding missing items can be found in your student portal as well.

Please refer to our verification page for additional details on completing this process.

  1. Complete any applications or auditions that may be required for performance or interest-based awards. Your admissions representative can assist you with these processes or with any questions.
  2. Research and apply for outside scholarships starting in November prior to the upcoming academic year. Typically, organizations complete their awarding in February/March for the upcoming year.
  3. Once you receive your offer letter please complete next steps to Receive Your Aid.

Financial Aid Offer Letters will be sent through the mail starting in early December and continue on a rolling basis as students complete all of their requirements and scholarship decisions are finalized.

Transfer Student
  1. File your renewal FAFSA before March 1st

This application is very important as it is used to determine a student’s eligibility for federal, state, and institutional funding.

    • File beginning October 1st of the year prior to when you plan to attend College.
    • Add Alma College School Code: 002236
    • Be sure to file by March 1st in order to be considered for priority aid through the State of MI.
  1. Promptly respond to any document requests from our office.
    • Your financial aid cannot be finalized until all requested documents are received. Please monitor your e-mail as this is how we will communicate with you regarding documents needed.

Information regarding missing items can be found in your student portal as well.

Please refer to our verification page for additional details on completing this process.

  1. Complete any applications or auditions that may be required for performance or interest-based awards. Your admissions representative can assist you with these processes or with any questions.
  2. Submit copy of transcripts.
  3. Research and apply for outside scholarships starting in November prior to the upcoming academic year. Typically, organizations complete their awarding in February/March for the upcoming year.
  4. Once you receive your offer letter please complete next steps to Receive Your Aid.

Financial Aid Offer Letters will be sent through the mail starting in early December and continue on a rolling basis as students complete all of their requirements and scholarship decisions are finalized.

Current Undergraduates
  1. File your renewal FAFSA before March 1st
    • File beginning October 1st of the year prior to when you plan to attend College.
    • Alma College School Code: 002236
    • Be sure to file by March 1st in order to be considered for priority aid through the State of MI.
  1. Promptly respond to any document requests from our office.
    • Your financial aid cannot be finalized until all requested documents are received. Please monitor your e-mail as this is how we will communicate with you regarding documents needed.

Information regarding missing items can be found in your student portal as well.

Please refer to our verification page for additional details on completing this process.

  1. Research and apply for outside scholarships starting in November prior to the upcoming academic year. Typically, organizations complete their awarding in February/March for the upcoming year.
  2. Once you receive your offer letter please complete next steps to Receive Your Aid.

Financial Aid Offer Letters will be sent via e-mail starting in early June and continue on a rolling basis as students complete all of their requirements and are registered for the fall term.

Graduates
  1. File your FAFSA
    • File beginning October 1st of the year prior to when you plan to attend College.
    • Alma College School Code: 002236
  1. Promptly respond to any document requests from our office.
    • Your financial aid cannot be finalized until all requested documents are received. Please monitor your e-mail as this is how we will communicate with you regarding documents needed.

Information regarding missing items can be found in your student portal as well.

Please refer to our verification page for additional details on completing this process.

  1. Once you receive your award letter please complete next steps to Receive Your Aid.

Financial Aid Offer Letters will be sent through the mail starting in early December and continue on a rolling basis as students complete all of their requirements and scholarship decisions are finalized.

*FAFSA filing required for the following Alma Programs: Distinguished Presidential, ACE, Detroit Future, Detroit Promise, Heritage Need Based Award, and STEM.

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

MI Student Portal – Select the school you are attending.

MI Scholarship Search Self Service Tool

Grants and Scholarships Available

FAFSA Help Desk 1-800-433-3243

Secure Document Uploader securely submit required documents to our office

Financial Aid Policies and Consumer Information