Financial Aid Checklist

Admitted and continuing students may use their BGSU identification number and BGSU e-mail account to view their personal BGSU financial aid status and financial aid award information on-line at Information for the academic year will be available on-line. (See the SFA web site link to "Important Dates for Financial Aid" for specific information on deadlines.)

Submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or renewal FAFSA to the federal processor as soon as possible after October 1. You will use your FSA ID to file the FAFSA on-line at BGSU's school code is 003018.

Approximately two to four weeks after you submit your FAFSA, you will receive a Student Aid Report (SAR) from the U. S. Department of Education that summarizes the data you reported on the FAFSA. Review your SAR for accuracy. If corrections are needed, use your FSA ID to make them on-line at Keep the SAR for your records; do not submit it to SFA.

When required, SFA will notify you to request additional documents that are needed to finalize your financial aid. Most documents may be downloaded and printed from SFA’s downloadable forms.

For students who have been admitted as a freshman or transfer student and have completed a FAFSA, a BGSU Financial Aid Award Letter will be mailed, usually in early February. Continuing undergraduate and graduate students will receive an e-mail via their BGSU e-mail account. All students may view their financial aid award and financial aid status on-line at

Promptly notify SFA in writing if you receive any scholarships, grants, loans or other forms of financial aid that are not listed on your BGSU Financial Aid Award Letter or Online Financial Aid Award Notification.

New borrowers in the Federal Direct Loan program are required to complete an Electronic Master Promissory Note and Direct Loan Entrance Counseling session. You may complete both of these requirements on-line by accessing your personal financial aid information and following the instructions provided through or directly access the Direct Loan Servicing Center at

Parents of dependent students who wish to apply for a Federal Direct Parent Loan for Undergraduate Students (PLUS) should annually submit the PLUS Loan Application to SFA beginning in May. The PLUS Application may be completed on the website. A PLUS Master Promissory Note must also be completed by the parent prior to disbursement on the same website.

To apply for financial aid for the Summer session, in addition to the steps listed above, you must submit a Summer Aid Application. This form can be completed online when Summer 2018 registration begins in February.

If you have questions, you may visit or contact SFA from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. The SFA Office is located in Room 231 of the Administration Building and may be reached by telephone at (419) 372-2651, by FAX at (419) 372-0404, by using our secure web portal, or you may also visit the "Frequently Asked Questions" page on the office web site.