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How to Apply for Financial Aid

Financial aid is offered on the basis of need and availability of funds, so early application is encouraged. Please follow the steps below to be considered for the loan, scholarship, and employment programs administered by the Office of Financial Aid. You will follow this same process each year in which you want financial aid. Please note the deadlines and forms needed.


Submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid for every year you want loans and/or work study. NECO’S FEDERAL CODE IS 002164.

Parent information is not required for graduate students applying only for Stafford, Perkins, and work study. If you think your family is “economically disadvantaged” and you want to be considered for less expensive Health Professions Student Loan (HPSL) and Loans for Disadvantaged Students (LDS), and NECO’s Fund For Education (FFE) loan, you are encouraged to provide parent information on the FAFSA so you can be considered for these more favorable loans.

When to Apply for U.S. Federal Financial Aid

Program Academic Year Start Date Application Priority Date Deadline for NECO to Receive Aid Applications Form to Submit
4-Year OD Summer or Fall, 2019 April 1, 2019 May 1, 2020 2019-20 FAFSA
ASIP Summer, 2019 April 1, 2019 May 1, 2020 2019-20 FAFSA
AODP February, 2020 December 15, 2019 June 1, 2020 2019-20 FAFSA