Financial Aid

Completing Aid Requirements

Typically, only loans have requirements that must be completed by the student. Federal Direct Loans must be accepted or declined within the Inside Alma Portal. Reducing the amount offered is also an option within the portal.

Most Grants & Scholarships are automatically accepted. If action is required, you will be contacted with instructions.

Financial Aid Check List: How to get there…

View your Financial Aid Check List! This is an up to date list that notifies the student of any missing items or documents that are needed to be completed by the student! 

  • Log into InsideAlma 
  • click My Self-Service Account 
  • Log In (use your Alma Username and Password)
  • click Financial Aid 

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Accept, Reduce, Decline Direct Loan(s) 

You need to take action on your Federal Direct Loans BEFORE EVERY ACADEMIC YEAR!

Accept, Reduce, Decline Loans Imiage  

*Federal Direct Loans are split, half applied to fall and the other half applied to winter. 

Complete Loan Requirements 

For first time borrowers you need to complete a Master Promissory Note and Entrance Counseling to qualify for your Federal Direct Loans. 

  1. View your Check List! 
  2. Go to 

  MPN and Entrance on Check List


Verification or Missing Items

If you are Selected for Verification or are missing any items then this can be seen on your Check List as well! 

complete required document


If your Check List has items that
have not been completed, then
your Financial Aid will be withheld!



If you plan on using military or veteran benefits please make sure you follow the steps below.

  1. Apply for benefits and provide a copy of your certificate of eligibility if you have not done so previously.  
  2. Every term complete Alma College’s GI Bill Certification Request form.  This can be accessed by logging into your portal and navigating to the “Other Forms”.  (this tells us when and how to apply your benefits each term)