Financial Aid

Steps to Receive Financial Aid

1. Obtain your Federal PIN...

All new students and parents of dependent students should request a Personal Identification Number (PIN) online at pin.ed.gov. Your PIN remains the same from year to year, so keep it in a safe place and never give it to anyone. Individual PINs make it possible for the online Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to be signed electronically making the application process faster and simpler. If you do not remember your Federal PIN -
Request a Duplicate PIN for immediate display.

2. *Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid at FAFSA.gov.

For addition Information See Apply Now for Aid

The free and easy way to apply for financial aid

To be considered for the following financial aid programs a student must
complete the FAFSA.

*List of items needed to complete the FAFSA
Can I be considered independent?

3. FAFSA Follow-up

If you provide your e-mail address on the FAFSA, you will receive an e-mail linked to your processed FAFSA information on the web in approximately 2-4 weeks. Otherwise, your Student Aid Report (SAR) will arrive in the mail in 6-8 weeks. Carefully review this application information and make correction as indicated below.

...Be Admitted to Idaho State University

You must be completely admitted to Idaho State University, before we can begin processing your application. Work with the Admissions Office at (208) 282-2475 for assistance. Shortly after being admitted by the Admission Office, you will have access to BengalWeb.

...Corrections to the FAFSA:

4. Respond Promptly

Read all communications received from the Financial Aid Office and promptly provide any additional Financial Aid Requirements ( Documentation). You will be alerted to these requests via e-mail (for all students for whom the University has a valid e-mail address). Once a student is admitted to ISU they are given an ISU e-mail account which we use to communicate with you. Student are instructed to go to BengalWeb on the "Finances" tab (under Financial Aid Requirements for the appropriate year). Respond promptly to any additional request for information from the ISU Office of Financial Aid. Your award cannot be determined until all required documents have been submitted. Check your status often on BengalWeb.

5. Review Your Award

Once the award is made, the student will need to access BengalWeb "Finances" tab each year to actively accept their financial aid award. Notification of award will be sent by e-mail. (Once you have been admitted to Idaho State University you are given a Google e-mail account.) The award on BengalWeb will indicate the types and amounts of aid the student is eligible to receive. Review the award carefully and view "Adjustments to Financial Aid Award - Based on enrollment Status".

To accept and authorize your financial aid, go to the My Financial Aid channel on the Finance tab of BengalWeb. Click on "Accept Financial Aid Awards" link and follow the instructions there to complete the steps.

Note: Most loans are offered as an academic year loan with the amounts "accepted" split evenly between fall and spring. Determine the amount of loan accepted in BengalWeb with this in mind. Fall Graduates: Federal regulations require student loans for undergraduates who will graduate at the end of fall semester be "pro-rated" for the fall term based on the number of credits enrolled.

Additional Instructions for processing Financial Aid on BengalWeb

If you are a first time Direct Loan Borrower at ISU, you will need to complete:

  1. Entrance Counseling at StudentLoans.gov and
  2. Master Promissory Note (MPN) at StudentLoans.gov
    • The MPN is a promissory note that can be used to make one or more loans for one or more academic years (up to 10 years).
      This is different from the PLUS Loans. Graduate PLUS MPN and the PLUS Loan Application must be submitted yearly with a credit check processed each year.

If you are receiving a Perkins Loan additional information will be sent to you by the Financial Services Office or call 282-2292

6. Transmit funds to Financial Services - Pay Fees/Refund Checks...

Once a student is awarded financial aid, they must access BengalWeb to actively select disbursement options.

All federal aid eligibility criteria must be met for your financial aid to be credited to your student account. All financial aid awards, except Work Study, are applied to your university account. The earliest your aid can be credited toward your student fees is ten days prior to your first day of class (five days prior to summer classes). Any residual funds will be disbursed either by direct deposit to a bank of your choice or by check mailed to your mailing address as reported on BengalWeb. These funds are disbursed by the Financial Services Office at 282-3000. For additional instructions see Fee Payment and User's Guide to BengalWeb for Fee Payment.

Note: Repayment of Student Aid Funds

Question about Fee Charges should be directed to the Office of Finance and Administration.
Call 282-2900 or stop in at the Cashier's Office in Administration Building #10 - Third Floor.


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