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Incoming & Returning Students

How to apply — incoming students

  1. Complete application for Admission—This application is used to award our merit and academic based scholarships.
  2. Complete the FAFSA(Free Application for Federal Student Aid) -To be eligible for federal, state, or institutional gift aid, you MUST file the FAFSA.A PIN to electronically sign is required of both parents and students for the on-line application. You can request a PIN atwww.pin.ed.gov.Valparaiso University federal school code is 001842. You will need this number to complete the FAFSA application.
  3. Sign the Master Promissory Note —Students receiving a Federal Direct or Federal Perkins Loan for the first time must sign a Master Promissory Note. This note details your wish to accept the loan and understand your obligation to pay it back when you graduate or drop below half-time status.
  • Federal Direct Loan prom notes can be signed electronically any time. Click here to begin.
  • Federal Perkins Loan prom notes can be signed electronically at https://www.signmyloan.com/ after you receive an e-mail that the promissory note is ready to be signed.
  1. Complete Entrance Counseling —The government requires first time borrows of the Federal Direct Loans to complete entrance counseling to ensure you understand the conditions of your loan before you accept the funds. It is a one time only 15-20 minute on-line tutorial
  2. Apply for Alternative Loans, the PLUS Loan, or sign up for a Payment Plan —If after you receive your financial aid letter and you still have costs not covered by your current aid, the student may apply for an alternative student loan to cover the rest of his/her balance. The parent may also apply for the Federal PLUS loan or you may set up a payment plan. Information about alternative loans, the PLUS loan, and payment plans will be sent with the student’s award letter.

How to apply (Returning students):

  1. Complete the FAFSA(Free Application for Federal Student Aid) —To be determine eligibility for federal, state, or institutional gift aid, you MUST file the FAFSAA PIN to electronically sign is required of both parents and students for the on-line application. You can request a PIN at www.pin.ed.gov.Valparaiso University federal school code is 001842
  2. Sign the Master Promissory Note (if you had not signed previously)
    Students receiving a Federal Direct or Federal Perkins Loan for the first time must sign a Master Promissory Note. This note details your wish to accept the loan and understand your obligation to pay it back when you graduate or drop below half-time status.

    • Federal Direct Loan prom notes can be signed electronically any time. Click here to begin.
    • Federal Perkins Loan prom notes can be signed electronically at https://www.signmyloan.com/ after you receive an e-mail that the promissory note is ready to be signed.

    Complete Entrance Counseling (if not completed previously)
    The government requires first time borrows of the Federal Direct Loans to complete entrance counseling to ensure you understand the conditions of your loan before you accept the funds.  It is a one time only 15-20 minute on-line tutorial.

  3. Apply for Alternative Loans, the PLUS Loan, or sign up for a Payment Plan
If after you receive your financial aid letter and you still have costs not covered by your current aid, the student may apply for an alternative student loan to cover the rest of their balance. These include Graduate Plus loans or private alternative loans. Payment plans are also available through Tuition Management System or the student accounts office.