Financial Aid

Timelines & Deadlines

To be considered for financial aid it is important that you learn the steps you must take to successfully apply for financial aid. Stay organized!  Make a folder to keep all financial aid related information in one place.


  • Apply for a U.S. Department of Education Personal Identification Number (PIN):
    • Student and a parent (for dependent students) should apply for a PIN at
    • The PIN allows you to access your personal information in various U.S. Department of Education student financial aid systems and is used as your electronic signature on the FAFSA. 
  • Research scholarships:  
    • Check with your high school or college counselor for local scholarship opportunities.
    • Review and apply for Grand Valley scholarships

January 1


March 1 

  • Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA):
    • Apply online at
    • Grand Valley's school code (002268)
    • You may submit the FAFSA January  to March 1 for priority aid consideration.
    • If you do not have your taxes filed, it is okay to estimate your information.  Be sure to correct your FAFSA information once your taxes are finalized. 
    • You must refile your FAFSA each year to be considered for financial aid.
  • Review your Student Aid Report from the Department of Education: 
    • Your Student Aid Report (SAR) will include your calculated Expected Family Contribution (EFC).
    • The EFC evaluates your family’s financial situation and indicates how much of you and your family’s financial resources (for dependent students) should be available to help pay for your education.
    • Please make sure that your Student Aid Report is accurate. Make corrections only if you submitted incorrect data.
  • Return requested information as directed: 
    • You may be required to submit a signed copy of your federal income tax return (and your parents’ if dependent) if your application results are chosen for verification.
    • Other documentation may also be requested to determine eligibility such a birth certificate, Social Security card, visa, or marriage certificate. 


  • Receive award notification (new students): 
    • Students new to Grand Valley, you will receive your initial award letter by mail to your permanent address. This is the only paper award notification you will receive.
    • Any changes to your initial award will be sent to your Grand Valley email.
    • Accept your award through your Grand Valley myBanner account.
  • Complete Spring/Summer Application (returning students)


  • Correct your FAFSA
    • After you file your federal taxes, be sure the information matches your FAFSA.


  • Receive award notifications (returning students): 
    • Award notifications for returning students are sent to your Grand Valley email in early June.
    • Accept your award through your Grand Valley myBanner account.


  • Student ebills sent: 
    • Your financial aid will show as either a credit or authorized payment.
    • If your aid is not showing, be sure to contact our office to fix the problem. 


  • The Fall bill is due: 
    • You would have been sent an email from the Student Accounts Office in July. 
    • If you owe any money it MUST be paid by 5 p.m. on the due date.  If it is not paid, your classes may be cancelled.


  • Scholarship recipients:  Be sure you are aware of your scholarship renewal criteria for the following academic year.


Page last modified March 17, 2014