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How to Apply for Financial Aid

This is the application process for US citizens or eligible non-citizens. 

Application for financial aid is completed through a series of steps.  Each step must be complete before the next can be started. The application links below will open and instruction documents will be available on January 1st of each year.

STEP 1: Complete a Free Application for Student Aid online

You may complete this application even before your parents file their taxes. Estimate your annual family income based on last year’s taxes.  You will have an opportunity to update this information during the verification process.

Applicants/ Incoming students are encouraged to complete the FAFSA by February 15th even if this is before your parents file taxes.

Submit your FAFSA online no later than March 2nd to be considered for priority funding. If you submit your FAFSA after the deadline, you may only qualify for federal financial aid.

The Soka University of America school code is: 038144

 

STEP 2: Complete a Verification Form and Submit Supporting Documentation

Verification

The Verification documents must be submitted by students who have been selected for verification by the Department of Education.

Any required documentation will be listed on your Learn Account on your “To Do” List.

 

STEP 3: Accept aid online on your Soka Account

Learn Account
You will be able to view your financial aid awards after all requested verification documents have been reviewed.  Email notification will be sent to accept and/or decline your financial aid online.
 

STEP 4: Complete lending paperwork online if you choose to accept any Federal Loans offered to you or your parents

Instructions

For first time borrowers, students must complete the Master Promissory Note (MPN) and the Entrance Counseling for their Federal Direct Loans.

Parents will have to complete an online application for the PLUS loan as well as complete an online application each year that they wish to borrow.

Direct Loan Application, MPN, and Entrance Counseling can be completed at studentloans.gov

 
The Financial Aid Office maintains the right to request additional documentation such as, but not limited to, income documents, non-taxable income certification, verification of non-filing status, bank/investments, verification of household size and number in college.
 

Important Dates and Deadlines

The Office of Financial Aid begins to accept FAFSAs

January 1st

Priority Financial Aid Application Deadline – New Applicants

February 15th

Financial Aid Application Deadline

March 2nd

Preliminary packages are released for newly admitted students

2nd week of March

Verification forms and supporting documentation due - New Students

May 1st

Verification forms and supporting documentation due - All Students

May 15th

Verified financial aid packages released to all students

1st week of June

Deadline to accept aid online (learn.soka.edu)

June 15th

All loan documentation due

July 1st

First disbursement of aid

3rd week - September

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