Financial Aid Checklists

Whether you are a new or returning student, our helpful checklists will make the financial aid process go smoothly.

Undergraduate Checklists

New/Prospective Undergraduate Students
  • Apply to colleges.
  • Start a financial aid folder to retain copies of tax transcripts, W-2's, and aid documents.
  • Obtain a FSA ID from the U.S. Department of Education.
  • Complete and submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). St. John Fisher College's priority deadline is January 15 and Fisher's school code is 002821.
  • Complete the Express TAP application (ETA) online following the FAFSA, the paper application mailed to you, or on the TAP website. St. John Fisher College's TAP undergraduate school code is 0735.
  • Review your Student Aid Report (SAR) from the FAFSA for accuracy. If necessary, make a correction to your FAFSA to submit any changes.
  • Investigate private resources of financial aid for college. Check your school, local library, and online at websites such as Fastweb.
  • Receive acceptance letters from colleges.
  • Receive your financial aid award notice listing estimated aid eligibility. Review any accompanying information and contact the Financial Aid Office with any questions.
  • Fulfill admissions/housing deposits by college deadline.
  • Accept financial aid offered on Fish 'R' Net.
  • Promptly respond to any school requests for additional information or documents, such as copies of federal tax transcripts and W-2's.
  • Notify the Financial Aid Office of any outside scholarships, grants, or other resources you have received or will receive by entering the scholarship information on Fish 'R' Net.
  • Complete entrance counseling for any Federal Direct Student Loan you have accepted.
  • Complete your Loan Agreement (MPN) for any Federal Direct Student Loan you have accepted.
  • Complete entrance counseling and a Master Promissory Note for any Federal Perkins Loan you have accepted.
  • Complete any financing options paperwork needed, such as the payment plan application, PLUS loan instructions, and/or private student loan application. Additional information can be found on the Financing Options page.
  • Be alert to any billing notices and payment information provided by Student Accounts.
  • Explore placement procedures and job availability if awarded work-study or find out about other student employment opportunities available in the campus community.
Current/Returning Undergraduate Students
  • Using your FSA ID from the U.S. Department of Education, complete and submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). St. John Fisher College's priority deadline is January 15 and Fisher's school code is 002821.
  • Complete the Express TAP Application (ETA) online following the FAFSA, or the paper application mailed to you, or on the TAP website. St. John Fisher College's undergraduate TAP school code is 0735.
  • Review your Student Aid Report (SAR) from the FAFSA for accuracy. If necessary, make a correction to your FAFSA to submit any changes.
  • Investigate private resources of financial aid for college. Check your school, local library, and online at websites such as Fastweb.
  • Fulfill housing deposits by college deadline.
  • Promptly respond to any school requests for additional information or documents, such as copies of federal tax transcripts and W-2's.
  • Notify the Financial Aid Office of any outside scholarships, grants, or other resources you have received or will receive by entering the information on Fish 'R' Net.
  • Receive an email notifying you that your financial aid awards listing estimated aid eligibility are available on Fish 'R' Net. Log on to Fish 'R' Net and review the information. Contact the Financial Aid Office with any questions.
  • Accept financial aid offered on Fish 'R' Net.
  • If you are accepting a Federal Direct Student Loan for the first time, complete entrance counseling and the Loan Agreement (MPN).
  • If you are accepting a Perkins loan for the first time, complete the Perkins Loan entrance counseling and master promissory note.
  • Complete any financing options paperwork needed, such as the payment plan application, Federal Direct Parent PLUS Loan application (all borrowers) and Loan Agreement (MPN) (first time borrowers), and/or a private student loan application. Additional information can be found on the Financing Options page.
  • Be alert to any electronic billing notices and payment information provided by Student Accounts.
  • Explore placement procedures and job availability if awarded work-study or find out about other student employment opportunities available on campus.

Graduate Checklists

New/Prospective Graduate and Professional Students
  • Apply to college.
  • Start a financial aid folder to retain copies of tax returns and aid documents.
  • Obtain an FSA ID from the U.S. Department of Education.
  • Complete and submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). St. John Fisher College's school code is 002821.
  • Review your Student Aid Report (SAR) from the FAFSA for accuracy. If necessary, make a correction to your FAFSA to submit any changes.
  • Receive acceptance letter from college.
  • Receive your financial aid award notice listing estimated aid eligibility. Review any accompanying information and contact the Financial Aid Office with any questions.
  • Fulfill admissions deposits by college deadline.
  • Accept financial aid offered on Fish 'R' Net.
  • Promptly respond to any school requests for additional information or documents.
  • Notify your Financial Aid Office of any outside scholarships, grants, or other resources you have received or will receive by submitting the information on Fish 'R' Net.
  • Complete entrance counseling for any Federal Direct Student Loans(s) you have accepted.
  • Complete the Loan Agreement (MPN) for any Federal Direct Student Loan accepted.
  • If applying for the Federal Direct Graduate PLUS Loan, complete the Federal Direct Graduate PLUS Loan Loan Agreement (MPN).
  • Be alert to any electronic billing notices and payment information provided by Student Accounts.
Current/Returning Graduate and Professional Students
  • Using your FSA ID from the U.S. Department of Education, complete and submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). St. John Fisher College's school code is 002821.
  • Review your Student Aid Report (SAR) from the FAFSA for accuracy. If necessary, make a correction to your FAFSA to submit any changes.
  • Promptly respond to any school requests for additional information or documents, such as Graduate Enrollment Form, copies of federal tax transcript(s) and W-2's.
  • Notify the Financial Aid Office of any outside scholarships, grants, or other resources you have received or will receive by entering the information on Fish 'R' Net.
  • Receive an email notifying you that your financial aid awards listing estimated aid eligibility are available on Fish 'R' Net. Log on to Fish 'R' Net and review the information. Contact the Financial Aid Office with any questions.
  • Accept financial aid offered on Fish 'R' Net.
  • If you are accepting a Federal Direct Student Loan(s) for the first time, complete loan entrance counseling and the Loan Agreement (MPN) for Student Loans.
  • If applying for the Federal Direct Graduate PLUS Loan for the first time, complete the PLUS Loan Agreement (MPN).
  • Be alert to any electronic billing notices and payment information provided by Student Accounts.