How to Apply for Financial Aid
- Apply for a Federal Student Aid PIN (if you do not already have one). Your Federal Student Aid PIN will act as an electronic signature annually for the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) application, and enables you to complete promissory notes and other financial aid transactions with the U.S. Department of Education (ED).
- Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) as early as possible each year after January 1. Filing early provides ample time to correct any errors or complete verification (if required) before your classes begin. 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, 2012 for 2012-2013, March 10, 2013 for 2013-2014).
- Use completed federal tax information.
- List Purdue University Calumet to receive your (FAFSA) information. Our school code is 001827.
- Monitor your PUC STUDENT e-mail account (Gmail) for correspondence from the Office of Financial Aid and Student Accounts: http://webs.purduecal.edu/current/
- Monitor PCSTAR for messages and information from the Office of Financial Aid and Student Accounts: http://www.purduecal.edu/pcstar
- Register for class. Financial aid will not be processed until you have registered.
Types of Financial Aid
The annual maximum Stafford Student Loan for graduate students is $20,500. The loan amount cannot exceed the student’s cost of attendance less other aid (scholarships, tuition reimbursement, etc).
· Scholarships: Scholarship opportunities for graduate students at Purdue University Calumet include scholarships with automatic consideration and those that require applications. Visit our Scholarship page for more information.
· Federal Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loan: You are not required to demonstrate financial need to receive this loan. Interest accrues (accumulates) from the time it is first paid out. Recipients must be enrolled at least half-time (4 credit hours). If this is your first Direct Loan, you may electronically complete Your Master Promissory Note (eMPN) and your loan entrance counseling at https://studentloans.gov/myDirectLoan/index.action.
· Federal Direct Graduate Plus Loan: This loan requires an application that may be completed at https://studentloans.gov/myDirectLoan/index.action. You are not required to demonstrate financial need to receive this loan but must pass a credit check. Interest begins to accrue (accumulate) with the first loan disbursement. Recipients must be enrolled at least half-time (4 credit hours). If this is your first Graduate Plus Loan, you may electronically complete your Master Promissory Note (eMPN) and your loan entrance counseling at https://studentloans.gov/myDirectLoan/index.action.
How Enrollment is Determined for Financial Aid
- To be eligible for student loans you must be registered for at least 4 credit hours per semester or term. A semester consists of three consecutive five week classes. Fall semester includes classes that begin in August, September and October. Spring semester includes classes that begin in January, February and April. The summer term is made up of two five week classes.
- Stafford Loans and Graduate PLUS Loans will be adjusted for changes in enrollment. If your enrollment changes after your financial aid has disbursed, your awards will be reviewed and you may be required to return funds to the university. Contact Kathryn Smith in the Office of Financial Aid and Student Accounts if you are considering withdrawing from any classes to discuss how doing so might affect your financial aid eligibility.