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Aid Application Process
Statement of Educational Purpose
All applicants must sign a statement on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), indicating that the funds they receive will be used only for expenses related to attendance at the University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences.
Free Application for Federal Student Aid
Complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online as soon as possible after Jan. 1; if you are filing for financial aid for the first time, or if you filed a FAFSA last year and received a Personal Identification Number (PIN), you will need to use Renewal FAFSA, available on the FAFSA website in January. Paper copies of the FAFSA are available through the UND School of Medicine and Health Sciences Student Financial Aid Office.
Complete either the paper or electronic application. Electronic filing is not only faster but has a dramatically lower error rate than the paper version. You can also download a FAFSA on the Web Worksheet if you plan to use the Web to apply for financial aid. The worksheet is made up of application questions in the same order as you would see them in the FAFSA on the Web.
You can also request a Personal Identification Number (PIN) online in preparation for filing your Renewal FAFSA.
We recommend that you submit the parental data on the FAFSA application even though, as a medical student, you will be classified independent, for financial aid purposes, providing it ensures that you will be considered for every type of aid available.
If you submit a parent's financial information, a copy of the parent's tax return must also be submitted to the UND School of Medicine and Health Sciences Student Financial Aid Office. If the parent did not and will not file a U.S. Income Tax Return, a statement of non-filing must be signed and submitted to the UND School of Medicine and Health Sciences Student Financial Aid Office.
The FAFSA must always be signed by the student, and if parental information is submitted, by at least one parent. Complete your Renewal FAFSA or FAFSA as soon after Jan. 1 as possible. If you have not yet filed your income tax return, it is permissible to provide estimated data.
Within three weeks, you will receive a Student Aid Report (SAR) in the mail with processing results. Please check online or call (800) 433-3243 to check on your application. If there are corrections to be made, you can do so online using your PIN, or you can also make corrections on the Student AID Report (SAR).
Changes in Financial Situation
Students are required to inform the Student Financial Aid Office of any additional financial aid received after completing financial aid applications.
Eligibility to receive financial assistance is based on the previous year's income. However, if your family's financial situation has changed, you should contact the Student Financial Aid Office.
Changes in Income
If we are notified that you will be receiving a Gabriel Brown loan, NHSC Scholarship or other aid, it may be substituted in your award package. Also, all awards funded from federal sources are payable subject to the availability of federal funds.
Changes Because of Marriage
Students who will be married after completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) must complete the FAFSA as a single student and may NOT complete a second FAFSA after they are married. For financial aid purposes, their status will remain as it was the day they completed the FAFSA.
Late applicants, as well as those who incorrectly fill out their application materials, may experience a considerable delay in receiving notification of their eligibility and subsequent delivery of any remaining financial aid funds.