Checklist & Deadlines

Applying for Financial Aid

Our financial aid process is simple.  Those planning on applying need to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). This is the only required application form for the 2017-2018 academic year. The FAFSA can be completed online at

Once you have electronically signed the FAFSA, you will be assigned a PIN number. This PIN is unique and belongs solely to you, the financial aid office is not given your PIN information. As an enhanced security measure, the U.S. Department of Education has made two significant changes to the PIN process. If you already have a PIN, the first time you attempt to use it you will be prompted to agree to a PIN Terms and Conditions Activation Agreement, which asks you not to share your PIN with anyone; secondly, you will be asked to select and answer a challenge question. Only you will know the answer to your challenge question, and it may be used to validate your identity in the future.

These changes have been made to ensure the security of the PIN process and to remind you of the importance of safeguarding your PIN. Your PIN serves as your electronic signature and provides access to your personal records, and it is critical that it remain as secure as possible.  We suggest keeping your PIN in a location that you can easily access, as you will need it each year you apply for the FAFSA and when you complete your degree and begin repaying your loans. The PIN enables you to electronically sign the FAFSA form, otherwise you may be required to print the signature page of the application and send it to the federal processor.

Financial Aid Checklist & Deadlines

  • File your FAFSA as soon as possible after January 1
  • Valparaiso University school code:  001842
  • Make sure you mark Graduate/Professional Degree
  • If necessary, make corrections on the Web
  • If you have additional questions about awards or how to apply for financial aid, please contact Ann Weitgenant, Associate Director of  Financial Aid (219-464-5015).

Institutional Aid Policy

University scholarships and/or grants will automatically be reduced to the extent that they and financial aid from all other resources exceed the cost of attendance, as determined by the Office of Financial Aid.