How to Apply
To apply for financial aid, MCPHS students are required to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The FAFSA school code for all campuses is 002165. Students who complete the FAFSA will be considered for all possible funding sources including federal, state, and College programs.
To determine need-based eligibility students may submit the FAFSA application as soon as possible after January 1, in time for the March 15 priority filing date. You do not need to be accepted to MCPHS in order to complete the FAFSA.
If you're a prospective first-year student, please contact your Admission Counselor for any financial aid questions prior to your arrival on campus as an enrolled student. If you're not sure who your counselor is or what their contact information is, please click here.
Based on your last name and campus, if you're a prospective transfer student, prospective graduate student, or current student, you will be assigned one Student Financial Services staff member to assist with any questions you may have about financial aid. To see our list of representatives, click here.
Applying for Financial Aid: Quick Reference
When Should I Apply?
File your FAFSA online at www.fafsa.gov as early as possible after January 1. Use estimated income data if necessary. Don't wait until you're accepted at the College to apply. Waiting could delay your notification of eligibility.
MCPHS gives the greatest consideration to those who meet the March 15, FAFSA priority filing deadline. Late applicants may receive reduced funding levels.
What Do I Need?
To apply for financial aid for the 2013-2014 academic year all you need is a 2013-2014 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), which will be available online after January 1, 2013.
First, get a Federal Personal Identification Number (PIN) from the U.S. Department of PIN Registration: just go to www.pin.ed.gov. Your PIN acts as your electronic signature on the application and allows you to access and update your information. Students and parents are each required to have their own PIN number.
Once you have your Federal PIN you are ready to apply! Remember, if the student is a dependent student, both the student and the parent are required to electronically sign the FAFSA.
The MCPHS college code for the FAFSA is 002165.
Before beginning a FAFSA for the 2013-2014 school year, you will need financial information from 2012. It is also important to gather the following:
- Student's Social Security Number (SSN)
- Student's Driver's License (if applicable)
- 2012 W-2 Forms and other records of money earned for student AND parents
- 2012 Federal Income Tax Return (IRS 1040, 1040A, 1040EZ) for student AND parents
- 2012 Untaxed Income Records for student AND parents
- Current bank statements for student AND parents
- Current business and investment mortgage information, business and farm records, stock, bond and other investment records for student AND parents
- Alien registration or permanent resident card (if student is not a U.S. citizen)
What Happens Next?
Once you submit your application, you'll get a Student Aid Report (SAR), which lists the information you reported on your FAFSA, as well as your estimated Expected Family Contribution (EFC). The EFC is used to determine your aid package.
Please review the SAR for processing comments and to verify the accuracy of the information and to make corrections if necessary.
If estimated tax information is used, MCPHS encourages all students and families to return to their FAFSA and utilize the IRS Data Retrieval Process to import verified student and/or parent tax information. The following timeframe applies to the availability of your 2012 federal tax data after you have filed:
- Electronic tax filers should allow 2 weeks from filing date.
- Paper tax filers should allow 6-8 weeks from filing date.
Please note that certain tax filing statuses make you ineligible to use the IRS Data Retrieval Process.
Award letters are mailed to first-year and new transfer students on a rolling basis beginning in March.
What is Verification?
Each year the federal government selects students who have completed the FAFSA application for verification. The verification process simply requires that the College review supporting documents to verify the information reported on the FAFSA for the parent(s), student, and spouse. Information that must be verified includes adjusted gross income, federal tax paid, untaxed income, child support paid, SNAP (food stamp) benefits, the number of family members in the household, the number of children in the household who are enrolled at least half-time in college, high school completion status, identity and statement of educational purpose.
If you are selected for verification, you are required to submit any requested additional information. MCPHS encourages all students and families to utilize the IRS Data Retrieval Tool as this is the preferred method for FAFSA filers to report federal tax information.
If the IRS Data Retrieval Tool was not used on your latest FAFSA transaction, then the student and/or parent will need to obtain a 2012 Federal Tax Return Transcript from the IRS. Students and/or parents may complete online requests for a federal tax return transcript at www.irs.gov. Online requests are considered the quickest approach to obtaining a federal tax return transcript. This process may take up to ten days to fulfill.
MCPHS will not disburse federal, state, and institutional financial aid to a student’s account until the student completes the verification process. Failure to complete the verification process may result in cancellation of financial aid. The College reserves the right to verify any application that appears to contain discrepant information.
In addition to verifying a student’s application data, MCPHS is required by federal law to resolve any conflicts of information that become evident as part of the application review process.