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Apply for Federal Student Aid

Follow the below steps to apply for federal student aid at the Arkansas Colleges of Health Education (ACHE) by submitting your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The FAFSA is required in order for a student to be awarded federal student loans, certain ACHE scholarships/grants, private (external) loans and some private scholarships/grants.

The Office of Financial Aid processes aid requests for eligible students all year while enrolled; however, completion by the priority deadline dates ensures aid for eligible students enrolled in an eligible program of study will be secured by the payment deadline. Students admitted 60 days prior to the payment deadline date should contact the Office of Financial Aid for application guidance and the Bursar for payment guidance.

Step 1

Create your personal Federal Student Aid (FSA) ID. Your FSA ID gives you access to Federal Student Aid’s online systems and can serve as your legal signature.

Step 2

Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) online at studentaid.gov and submit it to the Arkansas Colleges of Health Education (ACHE) Federal School Code: 042568 by the Priority Deadline Dates: March 15 for Summer/Fall enrollment and October 15 for Spring enrollment.

FAFSA® Tips for Graduate/Professional Students:

  • Submitting your FAFSA® is free!
  • Online applications are processed sooner.
    ● FAFSA®’s can be submitted as early as October 1st prior to the year you will be attending.
  • Use prior year income information for student (and spouse).
  • It is recommended to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool (IRS DRT) to pull in your tax information.
  • Parental information is not required.

Once, you submit a signed FAFSA it is sent to the Central Processing Servicer (CPS) for processing. If you submitted a FAFSA without signing it, it will be placed on a signature hold for up to 14 days before it is sent to CPS and will be rejected until a signature is received. CPS will process the information reported on your FAFSA to calculate the Expected Family Contribution (EFC) and to match against several database: those of National Student Loan Database System (NSLDS), the Department of Defense, the Department of Justice, the Social Security Administrator (SSA), and the Department of Veteran Affairs, as well as the Department of Homeland Security’s database of noncitizens and the Selective Service System registration database. CPS also checks for possible inconsistencies and mistakes.

Step 3

You will receive a copy of your Student Aid Report (SAR) via e-mail or postal mail once CPS processes your FAFSA. Your SAR is a summary of the FAFSA® data you submitted.

Step 4

Review your SAR and make any corrections. Corrections made online to your FAFSA® is the easiest and fastest option.

Step 5

The ACHE Office of Financial Aid  will generally receive an electronic copy of the information you submitted on your FASFA® within 3-5 business days from CPS after it is processed. Once, your FAFSA is received it will be matched to your student account which generally occurs by February. Matching will not occur for new students until after a matriculation agreement is processed. Once, your FAFSA is matched to your student account it will be reviewed by an ACHE Financial Aid Officer to determine eligibility for federal student aid.

Step 6

Students who are selected for verification or have been found to have conflicting information may be required to submit additional information before their financial aid eligibility can be determined. All notifications for information requests or eligibility will be sent via the student portal unless a student has opted out of electronic communications.

Step 7

Students who are determined to be eligible for federal student aid will receive an Estimated Financial Aid Offer with instructions on how to view, accept, reduce or cancel aid offer as well as terms and conditions of accepting aid.