New Students 

The financial aid process may feel overwhelming, but it doesn’t need to be. Just take the process step by step and before you know it, you’ll be finished. 

Apply for Financial Aid 

Financial aid comes in several forms: Grants, scholarships, loans, work study and waivers. We encourage all students to apply for aid by completing the FAFSA. The FAFSA provides the foundation for opportunities for multiple types of state, federal and institutional funding while attending college. We encourage you to apply for aid using the guidelines below. 

  1. Beginning Oct. 1, you can file the following year’s FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) using MSU’s federal code 002993.  

  2. View awards on Campus Connection.  

    1. New Fall freshmen will be notified of awards end of March-beginning of April. Please note, your financial aid award is based on full-time attendance for the academic year (fall and spring semesters). 

    2. If you are a transferring student, your transfer credits need to be accepted, before awarding will occur. 

  3. Accept or decline your financial aid awards. 

  1. If this is the first time you’ve taken out a loan, please complete the following federal requirements before your aid disbursement: Master Promissory Note and Entrance Counseling. 

  2. Apply for MSU Scholarships 

FAFSA Deadlines 

October 1: Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) as soon as possible after this date to determine your eligibility for low interest federal student loans, as well as federal and state grants and Federal Work Study. You do not have to be admitted to start working on your FAFSA. 

February 15: In addition to the FAFSA, complete the general application on to determine your eligibility for institutional-based scholarships 


More information on who you should include as your parent when completing the FAFSA.

Do I have to provide my parent's information?

Complete Additional Documentation for Verification 

Some families may be required to submit additional documentation to be considered for federal funds-this is called Verification. The additional documentation may be supplemental forms, copies of tax returns or other pertinent materials. If a student is required to provide additional documentation, an email will notify the student. This must be completed before your financial aid funds are released to your account.