Step 4: Apply for Financial Aid
To be eligible for federal student aid, you must…
- Be a United States citizen or eligible non-citizen, with a valid Social Security number.
- Have a high school diploma, General Education Development (GED) or equivalent home school credential, or pass an approved “ability to benefit” test.
- Enroll as a regular student in an eligible degree or certificate program approved by the U.S. Dept. of Education.
- Register (or have registered) for Selective Service (applies to males between the ages of 18 to 25).
When to apply…
- Apply for financial aid no earlier than the senior year in high school.
- The FAFSA filing period begins January 1.
- CCCUA has a priority filing deadline as early as May 1st for the Fall semester and November 1st for the Spring semester.
- Students can still complete the FAFSA past the priority filing date, but may miss out on major aid programs.
- You do not have to be admitted to a college to apply for financial aid.
- Naturalized citizens: Make sure SSA has your naturalization on file.
YOUniversal Arkansas Financial Aid System
One location where you can answer a few questions to see what programs might be available to you from 21 state and lottery funded scholarships, grants and loan reimbursements. Access the YOUniversal Financial Aid System Website
Click on the link below to complete the FAFSA:
How to Apply and Register
- Step 1: Apply for Admission
- Step 2: Apply for Specific Programs
- Step 3: Submit Documents
- Step 4: Apply for Financial Aid
- Step 5: Apply for Scholarships
- Step 6: View Course Schedules
- Step 7: Register for Classes
- Step 8: Paying for Classes
- Step 9: Purchase Textbooks
- Step 10: New Student Orientation