How to Apply for Financial Aid

Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

Federal law requires the U.S. Department of Education (ED) to allow students to apply for federal aid without paying a fee. To be considered for most of the federal student aid programs a student must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at [Opens in New Window]. States and most schools also use FASFA information in awarding funds from their own financial aid programs.

  • Complete the FAFSA as early as possible each year after January 1. The priority filing deadline for students attending Purdue University Calumet is March 10 prior to the academic year for which you are seeking financial assistance (i.e. March 10, 2015 for 2015-2016).
  • You will need an FSA ID to confirm your identity when you access your financial aid information and electronically sign Federal Student Aid Documents.  If you do not already have one, you can create one on the FAFSA website.
  • Use completed or estimated federal tax information.
  • List Purdue University Calumet to receive your FAFSA information. Our school code is 001827.

Verify Information is Correct on your Student Aid Report (SAR)

  • The Student Aid Report (SAR) is generated as a result of your submitting a FAFSA.  The SAR contains your FAFSA information. You will receive notification from the U.S. Department of Education (ED) when it is available and how to access it.
  • Review all information on the SAR for accuracy.
  • Go to [Opens in New Window] to make corrections, if necessary.
  • Keep this information for your records.

The Office of Financial Aid will notify you, via e-mail, regarding your next steps in the financial aid process. You can also view important messages and information on PCSTAR [Opens in New Window].

Request for Documentation

Shortly after you receive your Student Aid Report (SAR) we will receive the same information from the U.S. Department of Education (if you listed Purdue University Calumet to receive your FAFSA data). At that point you may be selected for verification and asked to provide additional documentation to our office.

Watch for an e-mail from and monitor PCSTAR [Opens in New Window] (Purdue Calumet STudent Access to Records) on a weekly basis.

Additional Documentation

  • We will notify you if additional documentation is needed from you.
  • To view and download your additional documentation requirements go to PCSTAR [Opens in New Window] (Purdue Calumet STudent Access to Records).

Fall 2014 Verification Process and Important Dates


It is important to meet all requirements for your financial aid. Financial Aid awards are developed to help meet your estimated educational expenses according to federal, state, and institutional regulations and business rules. All awards are based on available funds. Purdue Calumet has the right to revise or cancel awards if funds are unavailable, your application contains incorrect data, or your financial situation or enrollment status changes. Financial Aid is applied to all charges on your University student account.

Check PCSTAR [Opens in New Window] on a weekly basis to monitor your awards and for important messages. Watch for important emails from And feel free to contact the Office of Financial Aid and Student Accounts if you have any questions.