Applying for financial aid is as easy as picking up a pen or signing on to the internet. Any university or school that participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs will require you to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Students who are under the age of 24 will be required to prepare this form using their and their parents' prior year federal tax return information. The exceptions to this requirement are:
Students who are over the age of 23 or meet any of the above requirements are only required to use their own federal tax information. Please refer to the Free Federal Student Guide for additional documentation regarding dependency status.
Preparing to Complete the FAFSA
IT IS HIGHLY RECOMMENDED THAT YOU COMPLETE AND SUBMIT YOUR FAFSA AS EARLY AFTER JANUARY 1ST AS POSSIBLE ONCE COMPLETING YOUR INCOME TAX RETURNS. Even if you have not been accepted into the VUMCPAH program or have not yet committed to accept your offer, the earlier you file the FAFSA the better the availability of grant funds for you, if eligible.
Once you have gathered all of your (and your parents', if required) federal tax information, it is time to get started filling out the FAFSA. You will first need to obtain a PIN number from the U.S. Department of Education. The PIN will be issued immediately on a conditional basis only, to sign and submit your FAFSA online. The PIN will act as your electronic signature for this application, as well as having many more useful functions. If your parents' information will be included on the FAFSA, they may apply for one as well. Once your information is verified with the Social Security Administration, this same PIN is usable for other purposes (such as your SAR corrections), so be sure and keep it in a secure place for future reference.
NOTE: Neither you nor your parents are REQUIRED to apply for a PIN to complete the application on the web. As previously stated, the PIN serves as an electronic signature for your application. If you do not apply for the PIN, you will be required to print the signature page at the end of the application. You (and your parents) will have to sign it and send it to the federal processor before your application will be processed.
Completing the FAFSA
Once you have determined how you are going to sign the application (either by PIN or on paper), you will complete your application. The application can be found at: http://fafsa.ed.gov. You will have the opportunity throughout the process to save your application for later completion if you find you do not know the answer to a question or do not have the proper information to give a correct response.
AT ONE POINT DURING YOUR APPLICATION, YOU WILL BE ASKED TO WHICH SCHOOLS YOU WANT YOUR APPLICATION FORWARDED. YOU MAY LIST UP TO TEN SCHOOLS. IF YOU DO NOT LIST VUMC PROGRAMS IN ALLIED HEALTH, WE WILL NOT RECEIVE YOUR APPLICATION AND YOUR AWARDING PROCESS WILL BE SERIOUSLY DELAYED. BE SURE TO LIST VANDERBILT UNIVERSITY MEDICAL CENTER PROGRAMS IN ALLIED HEALTH. OUR SCHOOL CODE IS: E01032
Once you have completed all fields and have gone through the final checks, you will submit your application. If your parents applied for a PIN, they can sign the form electronically with you. If you or your parents did not apply for the PIN, please be sure and print the signature confirmation page and submit it to the given address. Failure to do so will cause your application processing and awarding to be seriously delayed.
Once you have completed your FAFSA and indicated that you want your information to go to VUMC Programs in Allied Health, we will receive your application information electronically. If we need additional documentation from you, we will send a letter to the address that you reported on your FAFSA. Please be sure that this address is correct. Once you have been accepted into the VUMC Allied Health program of your choice and the financial aid office has been notified of that acceptance, your FAFSA will be processed and an award notification letter will be sent to you that will allow you to accept or reject all parts of the award. You will need to return a signed and dated copy of the award notification to our office at the address shown.
That is all you need to do until class begins. You will be contacted 30 days after the start of the program to begin the entrance counseling process and make application for your Federal Direct Loans.
PLEASE NOTE: While all financial aid students are not required to pay for their initial tuition and fees at the beginning of the program until their financial aid is received, you DO need to be prepared to cover your living expenses (rent, food, utilities, etc.) for the first 60 days of the program. Your Stafford loan funds will be here for your use by approximately 60 days after your program begins.