Financial Aid Process

    Understanding the Financial Aid Process

    Financial Aid can sometimes be a confusing process.Financial Aid Process AIMM

    Our goal is to make the process as clear and simple as possible!

    Continue reading to see step-by-step how you can receive the financial assistance you need.

    Step 1. Filling Out FAFSA

    Step 2. Register for the Online Student Portal

    Step 3. Complete Loan Counseling

    Step 4. Sign MPN

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    Step 1. Filling Out FAFSA

    FAFSA is the application required by all schools in awarding federal student aid to those who qualify.

    The FAFSA form helps you get access to receive:

    • Federal grants
    • Federal student loans
    • Federal work-study
    • State loans
    • State grants and scholarships
    • Grants and scholarships from other organizations

    There are two main ways designed to help you complete your FAFSA. This includes:

    1. Download the myStudentAid app (available on iOS (Links to an external site.) and Android (Links to an external site.)) and conveniently fill it out on a mobile device.
    2. Visit (Links to an external site.) to complete the FAFSA form on your mobile device or laptop

    NOTE: If you are applying for Winter/January or Spring/April Quarter:

    Please make sure that you select the 2019-2020 FASA.

    If you are applying for Summer/July or Fall/October quarters:

    Please make sure that you select the 2020-2021 FAFSA


    Step 2. Register for the Online Student Portal

    Follow these 4 simple steps to gain access to your Financial Aid portal. You will be able to access real-time information on all your financial aid updates!

    1. Visit the Portal Login and click the link at the bottom for "Student Registration"

    2. Verify School’s Key (C14-116000) and click next

    3. Enter your personal information and click next

    4. You will then receive an email to complete your registration! Make sure to check your junk or spam folder.


    Step 3. Complete Loan Counseling

    You are required to complete entrance counseling to ensure you understand the responsibilities and obligations you are taking on if you have never previously received a Direct Loan or Federal Family Education Loan (FEEL).

    Undergraduate Students: The entrance counseling will fulfill counseling requirements for Direct Subsidized Loans and Direct Unsubsidized Loans.

    Graduate/Professional Student: The entrance counseling will fulfill counseling requirements for Direct Subsidized Loans, Direct Unsubsidized Loans, and Direct PLUS Loans.

    Time Frame: The Counseling Process typically takes 20-30 minutes and must be completed in one session.

    Information Needed/Prepared:

    • Verified FSA ID
    • School Name
    • Details on your income, financial aid, and living expenses

    Click here to start your loan counseling.


    Step 4. Sign MPN

    What is a Subsidized/Unsubsidized Master Promissory Note (MPN)?

    The Subsidized/Unsubsidized Master Promissory Note (MPN) is a legal document in which you promise to repay your federal student loan(s) and any accrued interest and fees to your lender or loan holder.

    There is one MPN for Direct Subsidized/Unsubsidized Loans and a different MPN for Direct PLUS Loans.

    Most schools are authorized to make multiple federal student loans under one MPN for up to 10 years. 

    Click here to get started on your MPN

    How to Fill Out the FAFSA




    Want more details regarding how to prepare for the FAFSA Process?

    Download our FAFSA Infographic here




    IMPORTANT NOTE: When completing the terms of attendance portion of the student interview you should request financial aid for three quarters/terms.  

    For example, if you are starting in January quarter, select WINTER, SPRING and SUMMER quarters/terms.





    What Happens After the FAFSA



    How to Create your FSA ID




    Helpful Tips

    Tips for Parents


    Determine Your Dependency Status



    Email AIMM at

    or call at (770) 242-7717


    What If I Forgot My FSA ID?


    What If I Forgot My Password?


    Helpful Links:

    Financial Aid Contact

    Financial Aid Checklist

    Financial Aid Forms and Links