Whether you are requesting a federal loan, scholarship, or other funding it is always best to apply as soon as possible to ensure you have sufficient funding as you begin your program. Do not wait until you are accepted into the program.
Checklist for Federal Aid
Requesting a Federal Student Loan
Federal Student Loans are not need-based which means your income information does not affect your eligibility. Be sure to factor in tuition and other costs when requesting the amount of aid to borrow.
- Complete the FAFSA – Use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool within the FAFSA to import your tax information directly. If you have never filed a FAFSA before, you will need to create an FSA ID, which can take a few days to arrive. 2017 Summer applicants must complete 2016/2017 FAFSA; 2017 Fall applicants must complete the 2017/2018 FAFSA.
- Go to Studentloans.gov – You must have Graduate Entrance Counseling and a Master Promissory Note (MPN) on record. If you have had federal loans in the past, you may already have them.
- Send the Direct Loan Request Form – Complete the Direct Loan Request Form and return it to the Financial Aid office.
Requesting Additional Loan Funding
If needed, the credit-based Direct PLUS loan may be available to students who have reached their annual or lifetime maximum limit on their Unsubsidized loans. To apply, you will need to complete a credit check and an additional PLUS Master Promissory Note with the Department of Education.Apply For a PLUS Loan
Applying for Scholarships
As an incoming student, just submit the FAFSA to be considered for any Fielding scholarships for new students. International applicants, please use this form place of the FAFSA.
Deadlines and application requirements vary widely for external scholarship programs.
Learn More about Finding External Scholarships
Tips for Scholarship Applications
- Read the Instructions & Follow Them – Obvious, but this is the most important step. Make sure that you provide the information requested and submit by the deadline.
- Review Letters of Recommendation Before Submission – If possible, review any requested letters of recommendation before they are submitted. It may help the person recommending you to have a brief list of your accomplishments and why you are applying for the particular scholarship.
- Be Concise – Scholarship committees read many applications, and if they give a word count limit, make sure that you stick with it.
Applying for Other Funding
Fielding is an approved school for many other kinds of funding, such as Canadian student loans, private student loans, and Alaska loans. We will work with you to meet the requirements of other funding sources you may locate.