Applying for Financial Assistance

Because the costs of higher education must often be offset by some form of financial assistance, we encourage you to apply for financial aid.

Completing and submitting the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at gives you access to the largest source of financial aid – grants, loans, and student employment.

We know aid can be confusing so we’ve tried to make it easier by outlining the steps you will take while including videos and infographics to help you understand the process. First, check out this video for an overview of the FAFSA process.

What You Need

You should be collecting the following information before completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA):

  • PIN (a parent will also need a PIN if the student is dependent)
  • 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)
  • Marshall University’s Federal School Code: 003815
  • Federal tax information or tax returns, including W-2 information, for you (and your spouse, if you are married), and for your parents if you are a dependent student*
  • Records of untaxed income*

You can also change your PIN at or request a duplicate PIN if you already have one but have forgotten it.

Not sure whether you’ll need to provide parental information on the FAFSA? Watch this video to help you determine whether you are a dependent or independent student.

Confused about which parents’ information you should use on the FAFSA? Use this info graphic to help make that determination.

Request a PIN or FSA ID

You must apply for a PIN at if you are completing the FAFSA prior to April 26, 2015. On that date and after, you will need to create an FSA ID only.


For dependent students, at least one parent will need a PIN in their name. The parent’s PIN is used to:

You can also change your PIN at or request a duplicate PIN if you already have one but have forgotten it.


In May, the Department of Education will launch the new FSA ID to replace the PIN. The FSA ID will link to any existing PIN and will be used for all the same purposes.

All students, and at least one parent of a dependent student, will need to create an FSA ID to complete or sign a FAFSA, make corrections to an existing FAFSA, sign a Federal Direct Loan Master Promissory Note, complete Entrance Loan Counseling, etc.

You will not be able to apply for an FSA ID until that applications is opened by ED.

How do I get an FSA ID?

Do you already have a PIN?

Yes. Follow these step:

  • Sign into with your existing PIN
  • Click Create an FSA ID tab
  • Enter information requested and follow prompts
  • Personal information from your PIN will automatically transfer.
  • Be prepared to check email because a Secure Code will be emailed to you, which you will have to enter before your FSA ID application is finished

No. Follow these steps:

  • Go to
  • Click Registration button
  • Click Create an FSA ID tab
  • Enter information requested and follow prompts
  • Be prepared to check email. A Secure Code will be emailed to you, which you will have to enter before your FSA ID application is finished

File the FAFSA

To apply for financial aid, you must file the FAFSA at

Filing the FAFSA gives you access to federal grants, loans and work-study. When you file the FAFSA, you will also be considered for state and institutional financial aid. State aid programs may require completion of additional forms or application. WV residents, refer to the WV State Level Application tab for instructions on applying for WV state aid. Some scholarship applications may require you include your Expected Family Contribution (EFC), which will show on your FAFSA Confirmation Page.

You must include Federal School Code 003815 if you want Marshall University to receive your FAFSA.

Find out how to complete the FAFSA with this video:

For assistance completing the FAFSA, you may call the Federal Student Aid Information Center at 1-800-4-FED-AID (1-800-433-3243) or look for the Help Tip box on the right side of the page while completing FAFSA on the Web.


Marshall’s priority filing date for the FAFSA is March 1.

You may file the FAFSA after this date. A FAFSA usually becomes available at January 1 and closes June 30 of the following year. Example: The 2015-16 FAFSA opens January 1, 2015, and closes June 30, 2016.

Remember, if you wait until the last minute to apply, some financial aid programs may not be available to you because they are first-come, first-serve. Also, your financial aid awards may not be finalized by the billing due date.

IRS Data Retrieval

With such an early preferred FAFSA filing deadline, students often estimate tax information. A correction to that information must be made after current year taxes have been filed.

We urge students (and parents) to use the IRS Data Retrieval tool when making this correction to the FAFSA. The IRS does have to process the tax return before IRS Data is available for transfer.

My FAFSA is submitted, now what?

What happens after the FAFSA has been completed? Watch this video to find out.

WV State Level Application

WV residents should visit to apply for West Virginia’s merit-based PROMISE Scholarship and other scholarship programs administered by the WV Higher Education Policy Commission.

Students applying for the WV PROMISE Scholarship and the WV Higher Education Grant Program must also file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at

FAFSA Deadlines for WV State Aid

  • March 1 for WV PROMISE Scholarship March 1
  • April 15 for WV Higher Education Grant

WV PROMISE Scholarship
Students must also complete a state-level financial aid application at by March 1. In addition, high school graduating seniors must take the ACT or SAT by the scheduled dates in June and ear the necessary scores. The criteria for this scholarship are listed at

For help completing the WV PROMISE Scholarship application or questions about it or the WV Higher Education Grant, you should call the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Office of Financial Aid and Outreach Programs at 1-888-825-5707 or 1-304-558-4614.

Applying For Scholarships

Searching and applying for scholarships is another way to help pay for college. Scholarships can be found from a variety of sources such as local businesses, organizations, churches, etc. but do require some research.

Marshall University Merit-Based Scholarships
These require no application. All first-time freshmen admitted to the university are considered for these scholarships based on test scores and gpa.

Explore our Merit-Based Scholarships to find out what you may qualify for.

Marshall University Foundation Scholarships
Many donors have given to Marshall University for privately funded scholarships.
Print the Marshall University Foundation Scholarship Applications you want to be considered for. Then complete and submit as instructed on each application.

Searching for Scholarships
Scholarships do require research. Remember to think outside the box. Not all scholarships are academic based. Are you left-handed? Search for scholarships based on being left-handed. Are you a first-generation student? Do you participate in bowling leagues? Do you like asparagus or any other vegetable? There may be scholarships based on things you are interested in or participate in or are unique to you. You do have to seek out these scholarships so go search!

Start your search by checking out these sites:

As a courtesy to students, we’ve posted a list of Outside Scholarship Organizations, who have contacted this office to assist with soliciting applications. Marshall University has no affiliation with these organizations with regard to the development of the scholarship program or selection of the recipients.

You should never be required to pay a search fee for scholarships. Any site asking for payment is probably a scam. Learn how to protect yourself at

Summer Financial Aid

Financial aid may be available to you to attend 2015 summer terms. Summer session dates are as follows:

Intersession: May 11 – June 5
Summer I: May 18 – August 7
Summer II: June 8 – July 10
Summer III: July 14 – August 14
Summer Schedule of Courses is available at; advanced registration (currently enrolled students) begins Monday, March 30; and, open registration (all admitted and re-admitted students) begins Monday, April 6.

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.