Applying For Aid

Step 1 - Applying for Aid

Apply For Aid Using the FAFSA

Everyone who is interested in receiving financial assistance of any kind, including scholarships, grants, work study and federal loans, must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

The FAFSA opens Oct. 1.

Before You Start The FAFSA

The process is free (you should never pay to apply for federal financial aid).

Before you begin the FAFSA, you should gather the following documentation for reference:

  • Your Social Security card (it is important that you enter your Social Security number correctly)
  • Your driver's license (if any)
  • Your W-2 forms and other records of money earned
  • Your (and your spouse’s, if you are married) federal income tax return
  • Your parents’ federal income tax return (if you are a dependent student)
  • Your parents’ W-2 forms
  • Your untaxed income records
  • Your current bank statements
  • Your current business and investment mortgage information, business and farm records, stock, bond and other investment records

To organize your information, you can print and complete a FAFSA on the Web Worksheet before you begin entering your information online. However, you are not required to do so. FAFSA on the Web will guide you through the questions that you must answer, and you can save your application and return to it later if you don’t have the information you need to answer any of the questions.


You'll need a FSA ID to “sign” your online FAFSA, make corrections to the application and more. You, and your parent (if you're a dependent student) can apply for an FSA ID at any time. If you don't have one by the time you fill out your FAFSA, you will be prompted to apply for one.

FAFSA Overview

The U.S. Department of Education provides tips for ensuring you successfully complete the FAFSA. Be sure to review all the information before you begin the FAFSA.

Complete the FAFSA

The FAFSA is the common form used by all higher-education institutions to determine what financial resources are available and how much is available. It is important to complete the FAFSA even if you don't think you will qualify for need-based aid.

Be sure to include Kettering University's federal school code on your FAFSA, so our team can begin considering your financial aid offer.

Kettering's Federal School Code is 002262

Student Aid Report

Once you have completed the FAFSA, the results are sent electronically to the schools you listed on your application and you will receive a Student Aid Report (SAR).

The SAR summarizes all the information you provided on your FAFSA. It must be correct before you can receive federal aid so please review it for accuracy. We begin determining your financial aid offer once we receive your FAFSA so be sure to check the accuracy of your SAR as soon as you receive it.

Getting and Reviewing Your SAR

  • If you provided a valid e-mail address, you’ll get your SAR e-mail in 3 to 5 days. The email contains a secure link to your SAR online.
  • If you don’t provide a valid e-mail address, it takes about 7 to 10 days before you’ll receive your SAR by postal mail.
  • If you need to make corrections to your SAR, you can make them online using your PIN at