The FAFSA is the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. The application is the first step in receiving federal aid including Pell Grant, Perkins Loan, Stafford Loans and work-study. The FAFSA application provides schools with the Expected Family Contribution (EFC) which is used to determine the types of financial aid to be offered.
The Financial Aid office cannot begin your aid package until you have been admitted with a fully processed FAFSA on file.
Some tips for a successful FAFSA application:
Students who are under the age of 24 must file as a dependent student unless they meet certain criteria. This means they must supply their parents’ information when they file the FAFSA. To be considered independent, a student must meet at least one of these criteria:
The University of Montana recommends students file your FAFSA electronically to speed up the processing time. Both the student (and a parent of a dependent student) will need a Department of Education PIN in order to electronically sign the FAFSA application. PIN processing takes a couple days, so apply for one early.
Financial Aid Office
The University of Montana - Missoula
Lommasson Center 218
Missoula, MT 59812
Phone: (406) 243-5373
Fax: (406) 243-4930