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How to Apply for Aid

Step 1: Apply for a PIN. The PIN will be required to sign the FAFSA for both the student and at least one parent completing the form. Instructions on how to apply for the PIN are available at www.pin.ed.gov or through a link from the FAFSA webpage.  The PIN must be received before the FAFSA can be saved and accessed again, so be sure to get that first.  The assigned PIN will be valid and usable for the entire time a student is in college. Further, the PIN will allow a student access to other information pertaining to financial aid received while in college.

Step 2: Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online at www.fafsa.ed.gov. The form requires from 30 minutes to an hour to complete. It will usually require information from both the student and parent (custodial parents only, including step-parents). Students may begin the form, and save what information has been provided, and then go back at a later date to finish it. If the student and parents have not yet done the current years tax returns, the income information may be estimated off of the prior years return. Signature Healthcare Brockton Hospital School of Nursing School Code 013542.

Step 3: One to two weeks after you submit the FAFSA, you will receive a Student Aid Report (SAR).

Step 4: Once SH/ Brockton Hospital School of Nursing receives a completed copy of the SAR, the Student Financial Services office will use the information to determine if any more information is needed to prepare your financial aid award package. If no more information is needed, an official financial aid award letter will be mailed to you. If more information is needed, a letter a requesting  the additional documentation will be mailed to you.

Step 5: Once you receive the official financial aid award letter from the Office of Financial Assistance, you must decide whether or not to accept the different loans offered to you. Use the Award Letter to decline or reduce loan amounts.

Every year ALL STUDENTS must complete a NEW FAFSA.

Common FAFSA Mistakes to Avoid

Completing the FAFSA thoroughly and accurately is important. The slightest error may cause weeks of delay in receiving your financial aid award letter from. Brockton Hospital School of Nursing.

The most common mistakes to avoid are:

  • Forgetting to sign the application. Be sure both student and parent(s) sign the FAFSA application.
  • Parents using the W-2 form to report income. Do not use this form! For income reporting take the Adjusted Gross Income directly from the 1040/1040A/1040EZ federal tax return, not from the W-2.
  • Parents using the W-2 form to report taxes paid. Parents often use the taxes withheld on their W-2 form instead of their actual tax liability. They should list the actual taxes paid shown on their 1040/1040A/1040EZ federal tax return.
  • Not reporting all required sources of untaxed income. Be sure to include child support, tax exempt interest income, and etc.
  • Divorced parents including their ex-spouses’ income. The custodial parent should list his/her income and that of a current spouse if applicable.
  • If you are a male applicant, please make sure that you register for Selective Services.
  • Make sure social security numbers are accurate.
  • Not following instructions.

If you notice that you made an error after you submit your FAFSA, you may go back and correct it.  Of course, you may call us at 508-941-7052 to assist as well.