Applying for Financial Assistance

Because we know the costs of higher education must very often be offset by some form of financial assistance—including a combination of scholarships, grants, loans, and student employment—we encourage you to apply for financial aid.
To make the process of applying for financial aid easy, use the tabs above to review each step of the process.

Check out this video to learn how the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) provides you consideration for grants, loans, and work-study.

Information You’ll Need

Prepare yourself in completing your financial aid application by having the following items available:

  • Social Security Number
  • Parent’s Social Security Number (if the student is dependent)
  • Driver’s license number
  • Alien Registration Number (if the student is not a U.S. citizen)
  • Prior year Federal Income Tax Returns or tax information – including W-2 statements for the student, the student’s spouse (if married) and the student’s parents (if the student is dependent)
  • Records of prior year untaxed income
  • Current information on savings, investments, and business and farm assets for the student and for the parents (if the student is dependent)

Are you unsure whether you’ll need to provide parental information on the FAFSA? Check out this video to help you determine whether you’re a dependent or independent student.

Make a PIN Request

Your United States Department of Education (USDE) Personal Identification Number (PIN) will be used for many years and in a variety of ways. These include: applying for financial aid, signing a Master Federal Direct Stafford Loan promissory note, completing Federal Direct Loan entrance and exit loan counseling, and viewing your federal financial aid history and Federal Direct Stafford Loan account detail.

For dependent students, at least one parent will need a PIN in their name. The parent PIN is used to sign the FAFSA. It is also used to sign a Federal Direct PLUS (Parent) Loan, should the parent decide to take out an educational loan for the student.

Go to to:

  • request and receive a PIN in “real-time”
  • make up a PIN
  • request a duplicate PIN
  • change your existing PIN to another number

File the FAFSA

To apply for financial aid, you must file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by visiting

Filing the FAFSA gives you access to federal grants, scholarships, loans and work-study. When you file the FAFSA, you are also being considered for state and institutional financial aid. However, for state aid programs, you may be required to complete additional forms. WV residents, refer to Section 5 below for instructions on how to apply for WV state aid.

You must enter Marshall University’s Federal School Code: 003815 in Section 5 – COLLEGES TO RECEIVE INFORMATION.

The priority filing date for the FAFSA is March 1 prior to the academic year the student is attending for full consideration of all federal, state and institutional financial aid programs. You may file the FAFSA after this date, but keep in mind that if you wait until the last minute to apply, some financial aid programs may not be available to you and your financial aid awards may not be finalized by the billing due date.

For assistance completing the FAFSA, you may call the Federal Student Aid Information Center at 1-800-4-FED-AID (1-800-433-3243).

After the FAFSA: What Happens Next  ->

WV Residents Application Requirements

WV residents may apply for West Virginia’s merit-based PROMISE Scholarship and other WV Higher Education Policy Commission administered scholarship programs by going to:

Students applying for the WV PROMISE Scholarship and WV Higher Education Grant Program must also file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by visiting To be considered for the WV PROMISE Scholarship, the FAFSA must be filed by March 1 and the FAFSA filing deadline for the WV Higher Education Grant is April 15.

Students applying for the WV PROMISE Scholarship must also complete a State-Level Financial aid application through the College Foundation of West Virginia website, by March 1. In addition, high school graduating seniors must take the ACT by June 14 or the SAT by June 7 for consideration of WV PROMISE Scholarship.

For assistance with completing the WV merit-based PROMISE Scholarship and need-based Higher Education Grant application, you may call West Virginia Higher Education Policy Office of Financial Aid and Outreach Programs at 1-888-825-5707 or 1-304-558-4614.

Summer Financial Aid

Financial aid may be available to you to attend 2014 summer terms. Summer session dates are as follows:

Intersession: May 12 – June 6
Summer I: May 19 – August 8
Summer II: June 9 – July 11
Summer III: July 15 – August 15
Summer Schedule of Courses is available at; advanced registration (currently enrolled students) begins Monday, March 31; and, open registration (all admitted and re-admitted students) begins Monday, April 7.

The Office of Student Financial Assistance will process Summer Financial Aid Requests on a first-come–first-serve basis. Priority processing will be given to early filers, so please submit your request as early as possible. Due to a high volume of applications, processing will take seven to ten business days.