Before you do anything, fill out the FAFSA (stands for Free Application for Federal Student Aid). It is the federal form that will determine what aid is available for you. It usually takes about 55 minutes to fill out, but it is the essential first step to getting aid. After you complete the FAFSA, our financial aid office will put together a custom financial aid package which will include any federal and state grants, federal and state loan options, and SAU scholarships and grants available to you.
Make SAU your first college choice on the FAFSA if you are considering attending SAU. Our federal school code is 002318. You must complete separate loan request forms for any and all Federal Direct Loans desired.* This is above and beyond the FAFSA form you are required to submit. Apply in a timely manner and follow up on any aid/loan if you do not receive a response within four to six weeks. Federal guidelines are strict, and if all information is not submitted within certain time limits, you may be ineligible for certain types of aid.
We also have a wide assortment of online links to peruse in the “Financial Aid Resources” tab, where you’ll learn about the other financial aid avenues open to you.
Financial Aid Adjustments for Loss of Income
We realize that these are challenging economic times for many families in Michigan and across the U.S., and are committed to doing what we can to assist you with finding all of the financial aid available.
When you complete the FAFSA, you are providing financial information from the prior tax year, which is sometimes not reflective of your family’s current financial picture. To assist in situations in which the current income may be less than the income on which the FAFSA was based, the government allows schools to use what is considered Professional Judgment to use current financial information. In fact, the U.S. Department of Education recently issued guidance that provides schools with some additional options for individuals who have been receiving unemployment benefits.
If your family has experienced a loss of income, we encourage you to contact our financial aid office to review your situation (517.750.2900). We cannot guarantee that there will always be additional aid available; however, we will be happy to review your situation.
Please note that minor changes in income do not typically impact aid eligibility.