Student Financial Assistance

Application Process

How to Apply

Create a Federal Student Aid ID

Before filling out the FAFSA, students should create an FSA ID. The FSA ID has replaced the Federal Student Aid PIN and must be used to log in to certain U.S. Department of Education websites. Your FSA ID confirms your identity when you access your financial aid information and electronically sign Federal Student Aid documents. If you do not already have an FSA ID, you can create one when logging into fafsa.ed.gov, the National Student Loan Database (NSLDS) at www.nslds.ed.gov, StudentLoans.gov, StudentAid.gov, and Agreement to Serve (ATS) at www.teach-ats.ed.gov.

How to Create an FSA ID?

 

  1. When logging into one of the websites listed above, click the link to create an FSA ID.
  2. Create a username and password, and enter your e-mail address.
  3. Enter you name, date of birth, Social Security number, contact information, and challenge questions and answers.
  4. If you have a Federal Student Aid PIN, you will be able to enter it and link it to your FSA ID. You can still create an FSA ID if you have forgotten or do not have a PIN.
  5. Review you information, and read and accept the terms and conditions.
  6. Confirm your e-mail address using the secure code, which will be sent to the e-mail address you entered when you created your FSA ID. Once you verify your e-mail address, you can use it instead of your username to log into the websites.

You can use your FSA ID to sign a right away. Once the Social Security Administration verifies your information in 1-3 days, or if you have linked your PIN to your FSA ID, you will be able to use your FSA ID to access the websites listed above.


Apply for Federal Assistance

Each year students must complete the Free Application for Financial Aid (FAFSA). This application will ask questions about the income of the parents and student, the size of the family, and assets. The application can be submitted online.

Student Aid Report (SAR).

The federal government will take that data and provide information electronically to the school so that the amount of grant, loan, and federal work study can be determined for that student. Students can list up to six schools on their application.

The student will receive SAR information via:

  • EMAIL – If an email address is provided, a link will be sent to an online SAR that can be accessed by providing a SSN, date of birth, and first two letters of their last name.
  • PAPER – Students that apply on paper and do not provide an email address will receive a paper SAR.
  • ACKNOWLEDGEMENT – Students who apply electronically but do not provide an e-mail address will receive a SAR Acknowledgement, which is less detailed and cannot be used for corrections.

Delta State will review the information and determine what additional documents are needed. Copies of tax returns, institutional forms, a copy of your social security card, a copy of your marriage license, or other documents may be required.

Once all required documents are received by Delta State, the student will be notified with an award letter of how much grant, loan, or work study they can receive.

Start Your FAFSA


Apply for State Assistance

MTAG and MESG scholarship awards are made by the Mississippi Office of Student Financial Aid. You must apply online each year by September 15. It is recommended that you apply prior to June 1.

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Apply for Institutional Assistance

Delta State University is proud to recognize students who have achieved academic excellence. We offer a variety of competitive scholarships including: ACT, National Merit finalist and semi-finalist, Valedictorian, Salutatorian, Phi Theta Kappa, and privately funded.

All students must be admitted to the University to be considered for scholarships. The scholarship application requires a resume, essay, and a completed FAFSA.

There are two scholarship application deadlines for the fall semester. For first-time freshmen, the priority deadline is December 15, and the final deadline is March 1. For transfer applicants, the priority deadline is May 1, and the final deadline is July 1. All supporting documents must be submitted for scholarship consideration.

*Please return the scholarship application to the Office of Admissions.

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Who’s my Parent on the FAFSA?

Dependent students are required to input the parent’s information onto the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

  • For Federal Student Aid purposes, a legal (biological or adoptive) parent or stepparent, or a person that the state has determined to be your parent.
  • The following people are not considered a legal parent: grandparents, foster parents, legal guardians, older brothers or sisters, widowed stepparents, and aunts or uncles.

Use the diagram below to figure out which parent’s information to include (depending on your family situation).

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Mid-Year Transfer Students

Students who are transferring to Delta State must have their FAFSA application sent to Delta State. To have your FAFSA application sent to Delta State, add Delta State’s school code to your FAFSA. The school code is 002403. Once Delta State receives the FAFSA application, the Financial Aid Office will determine what required documentation is needed to complete your application.

No financial aid will be awarded without the Delta State Supplemental Awarding Information Form. It is available to print on the Financial Aid Forms page.

Attention: the award information you received at another school will not be sent to Delta State. You must complete the information above for Delta State to award any eligible federal student grants, loans, and/or work study.

Financial Aid Forms

Verification

Verification is the process of confirming the accuracy of student reported data on financial aid applications. Students who are selected for verification by the Department of Education will be notified once their Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is submitted. If selected for verification, an asterisk (*) will be placed next the Expected Family Contribution (EFC). Once Delta State receives the student’s FAFSA record, a letter will be mailed requesting additional documentation to complete his/her financial aid file. The Delta State Student Financial Aid Office will compare the information from your FAFSA with other required documentation and make any changes to your FAFSA on your behalf as necessary. Student/Parents should not make any changes to the FAFSA during verification as it will further delay verification processing.

No federal  or need-based awards can be processed until verification is completed.

What documents may be required for verification:

The following verification documents may include, but are not limited to:

  • A Verification Worksheet, (if required) with all items completed and student/parent or student/spouse signatures included
  • Dated documentation of SNAP benefits
  • IRS Data Retrieval Tool or Tax Return Transcripts
  • Parent/student verification of non-tax filing if taxes were not filed (if requested by FAO)
  • Low Income Verification Worksheet (if requested by FAO)
  • Statement of Educational Purpose (if requested by FAO)
  • Official High School Transcript or equivalent completion (if requested by FAO)
What is the timeline for verification?

Upon Delta State receiving a student’s Institutional Student Information Record (ISIR), a tracking letter is sent requesting the additional documentation needed to complete the student’s financial aid file. If the student’s ISIR indicates the student was selected for verification, the appropriate verification documents are requested (i.e. verification worksheet, parent(s) and/or student/spouse tax return transcripts). The majority of financial aid funds are awarded on a first-come, first-serve basis. The office of financial aid cannot process a student’s financial aid file until all missing documents are submitted. Delta State has a priority deadline of July 31st to submit paperwork for the upcoming Fall semester. If a student submits verification documents after the priority date or 60 days after the time they were requested, the student will be awarded aid on an availability basis.

How will I be notified if there are incomplete and/or  new verification requirements?

The FAO will contact students and/or parents via email if student/parents do not include certain verification documents, if any information is incomplete or blank on the verification worksheet, or if the FAO needs to request additional information.

How are changes made to my FAFSA?

If differences are found between the documentation submitted to the Financial Aid Office and the FAFSA, the FAO staff have a responsibility to make necessary corrections to the student’s financial aid application. Corrections are made electronically with the Central Processing System. When the corrections are  processed the new information on the student’s ISIR is uploaded and the student will be processed and any adjustments will be made.

How does the Financial Aid Office make award notification?

Students who complete the verification process are mailed an award letter. If there are changes to the ISIR, the student will receive a revised award letter by mail.

Check Unmet Requirement Status

Once the Financial Aid Office receives your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), application status updates for federal student aid can be viewed online by logging into DSU Online Services with your DSU ID/PIN. To determine if there are unmet financial aid requirements:

  1. Go to deltastate.edu
  2. Click on myDSU
  3. Click on DSU Online Services Log-in
  4. Click on Log-in
  5. Login using your User ID and PIN
  6. Click on the Student Services & Financial Aid Section
  7. Click on Financial Aid
  8. Click on My Eligibility
  9. Click on Student Requirements
  10. Select the Aid Year you want to view from the Drop Down Menu
  11. If there are unsatisfied requirements, it will list the item(s) that need to be submitted to the Financial Aid office.

View Financial Aid Award

1. Go to www.deltastate.edu
2. Click on myDSU
3. Click on DSU Online Services Log-in
4. Click on Log-in
5. Login using your User ID and PIN
6. Click on the Student Services & Financial Aid Section
7. Click on Financial Aid
8. Click on ‘My Award Information’
9. Click on ‘Award by Aid Year’
10. Select the Aid Year you want to view from the Drop Down Menu
a. The Aid Year is the Academic Year for which you are receiving financial aid.
11. Click on ‘Award Overview’ for Financial Aid Award Amounts by Term
a. If a student has been awarded, their fall and spring financial aid amounts will be shown.
12. If no award information is visible, click on ‘Overall Financial Aid Status’ at the bottom of the page to determine if there are unsatisfied financial aid requirements.
13. If there are unsatisfied financial aid requirements, click on ‘student requirements’ to receive a list of items that need to be submitted to the Financial Aid office.

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Over Awards

An over award occurs when a student’s award package has exceeded either the unmet need or cost of attendance, depending on the type of aid that has been awarded.  To prevent over awards, it is important to notify the Office of Student Financial Assistance of any potential awards not already listed on the student’s financial aid award letter.  In the event of an over award, a student’s award is reduced to eliminate the over award, which may result in a repayment of the over award.


Refund Balance

Do you have a refund balance? Double-check your student account for a refund balance or credit. If a refund is available it may be received at Student Business Services in Kent Wyatt Hall.

Loan Counseling

Entrance Counseling and Promissory Notes

All students who receive a student loan after July 1, 2010, must complete a new Master Promissory Note and complete new Loan Entrance Counseling.  Loan funds cannot be paid to a student until this occurs.

Can I fill out my Master Promissory Note and complete Loan Entrance Counseling now?
Yes. You can do both at www.studentloans.gov.

What do I have to do to get my loan funds for next year?

  1. Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online at www.fafsa.ed.gov.
  2. Provide documents requested by the Financial Aid Office.
  3. Complete a new Master Promissory Note for the Direct Loan Program at www.studentloans.gov
  4. Complete Loan Entrance Counseling for Direct Loans at www.studentloans.gov.

Helpful Hints

Apply early to be considered for the full range of financial aid available each year by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).  The processed results of the FAFSA must be received by DSU from the federal processor by March 1 to meet our application priority deadline date.

Make a copy of tax return forms before submission to IRS.

Start a folder to save financial aid information and photocopies of all documents filed and received.  Include student’s name and ID number on all doucments submitted.

Maintain a current address with the Registrar’s Office.

Complete all items necessary to apply for both a Federal Pell Grant and a Federal Direct Loan, even if it doesn’t seem advantageous at the time.  The law requires that students be considered for a grant before a loan is offered.

Respond promptly to all information requests from our office.