Financial Aid Rights and Responsibilities
Students have the following rights and responsibilities:
Financial Aid Application Procedures and Deadlines
To apply for federal and institutional (Mercyhurst) financial aid, a student must complete and submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) each academic year.
Students can submit the FAFSA electronically via studentaid.gov. To file electronically, a student (and parent if student is a dependent) will need a U.S. Department of Education FSA ID. The FSA ID serves as a student’s and/or parent’s electronic signature. Call the Federal Student Aid Information Center at 800-433-3243 for additional information about the FAFSA or visit studentaid.gov.
Although students can file the FAFSA anytime after Oct. 1 for the following academic year in which they plan to attend, Mercyhurst’s priority deadline to file the FAFSA is March 15 of that year, to ensure full consideration for federal and institutional scholarships, grants, and loans. Be sure to include Mercyhurst’s institutional code, 003297, in the university choice section of the FAFSA.
Students may still file the FAFSA after the March 15 deadline, but they risk not receiving aid from some programs. In addition to the processed FAFSA, Student Financial Services must receive all requested documentation within 30 days of the request but no later than 30 days before the end of the semester or award period. This deadline allows processing and authorization of disbursements within timeframes defined by regulations pertaining to federal aid programs.
Students attending a course(s) in Summer Session must file a separate Summer Financial Aid Application two weeks prior to the end of the summer session they are attending to receive summer financial aid, including Federal Direct Loans. The link to the form is available on the Student Hub after April 15.
Failure to apply or to submit required documentation by the indicated deadlines might result in a loss of financial aid eligibility for all student aid programs.