Applying For Aid

  • Financial Aid Options

    A Way to Make it Happen
    Dean College will do everything that we can to help you make your Dean College education a financial reality. Each year 95 percent of our students receive some combination of Dean scholarships and grants. On average about 80 percent of our student body receives federal and/or state financial aid.

    File Your FAFSA

    The FAFSA, a free application, is required for citizens and permanent residents of the United States who wish to apply for federal student aid, including federal grants, loans, and work-study. The FAFSA is also used to apply for state funds.
    Use Dean’s federal school code—002144—when you complete the online application at the Federal Student aid website.
    Once you are accepted and have successfully submitted your FAFSA, you will receive a financial aid award. If your award is “Confirmed” you’ve completed the process! You’ll also receive an Estimate Cost and Aid Summary which will break down your costs and financial aid and what you’ll need to cover out of pocket. If your award is tentative, you’ve probably been selected for “Verification” and will need to supply some additional information.

    Tentative Award and Verification Policy
    If your financial aid award says “tentative,” it has been estimated based on the income and tax estimates that you provided on your FAFSA. 
    The U.S. Department of Education and Dean College select applications for verification. The verification process requires Dean College to verify certain information that is listed on a student’s FAFSA. This process is conducted by reviewing student and parent’s 2017 Tax Information; additional documents may be required.  For more information on additional documents that may be required, please visit
    Changes to eligibility may result in an updated award should differences be found in the information provided on the FAFSA and/ or verification process. Should there be changes to your eligibility due to verification, a revised award letter will be mailed to you.
    Any student failing to complete their Financial Aid file during their period of enrollment will be ineligible for all federal and/or state funds for that Academic Year.

    The IRS Data Retrieval Tool allows students and parents to access the IRS tax return information needed to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and transfer the data directly into their FAFSA from the IRS Web site.

    Continue reading below for information about the different types of federal and state financial aid available, including grants, student loans, and work-study.

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