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Timelines & Deadlines

To be considered for financial aid it is important that you learn the steps you must take to successfully apply for financial aid. Stay organized! Make a folder to keep all financial aid related information in one place.



  • Apply for a FSA ID: Student and a parent (for dependent students) should apply for an FSA ID at The FSA ID allows you to access your personal information in various U.S. Department of Education student financial aid systems and is used as your electronic signature on the FAFSA. 
  • Research scholarships: Check with your high school or college counselor for local scholarship opportunities. Review and apply for Grand Valley scholarships.


  • Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA): Apply online at Grand Valley's school code (002268) You may submit the FAFSA January to March 1 for priority aid consideration. If you do not have your taxes filed, it is okay to estimate your information. Be sure to correct your FAFSA information once your taxes are finalized. You must refile your FAFSA each year to be considered for financial aid.
  • Review your Student Aid Report from the Department of Education: Your Student Aid Report (SAR) will include your calculated Expected Family Contribution (EFC). The EFC evaluates your familys financial situation and indicates how much of you and your familys financial resources (for dependent students) should be available to help pay for your education. Please make sure that your Student Aid Report is accurate. Make corrections only if you submitted incorrect data.
  • Return requested information as directed: You may be required to submit a signed copy of your federal income tax return (and your parents if dependent) if your application results are chosen for verification. Other documentation may also be requested to determine eligibility such a birth certificate, Social Security card, visa, or marriage certificate.


  • Receive award notification (new students): Students new to Grand Valley, you will receive your initial award letter by mail to your permanent address. This is the only paper award notification you will receive. Any changes to your initial award will be sent to your Grand Valley email. Accept your award through your Grand Valley myBanner account.
  • Complete Spring/Summer Application (returning students)


  • Correct your FAFSA After you file your federal taxes, be sure the information matches your FAFSA.


  • Receive award notifications (returning students): Award notifications for returning students are sent to your Grand Valley email in early June. Accept your award through your Grand Valley myBanner account.


  • Student eBills sent: Your financial aid will show as either a credit or authorized payment. If your aid is not showing, be sure to contact our office to fix the problem.


  • The Fall bill is due: You would have been sent an email from the Student Accounts Office in July. If you owe any money it MUST be paid by 5 p.m. on the due date. If it is not paid, your classes may be cancelled.


  • Scholarship recipients: Be sure you are aware of your scholarship renewal criteria for the following academic year.