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When to Apply

Filing Deadlines

The FAFSA must be filed every year for the upcoming academic year. Students are urged to file as early as possible. Priority deadlines are as follows:

  • March 1 - Priority deadline to be considered for Kutztown University need-based scholarships and campus-based aid (Perkins Loan and SEOG Grant) for the most needy students.
  • May 1 - Pennsylvania (PHEAA) State Grant.
  • Pell Grants will be processed throughout the academic year.
  • Stafford and PLUS Loans will be processed throughout the academic year.

Financial Aid Calendar

File parents' and student's federal tax returns early. Keep copies of EVERY document sent to the IRS (1040, all schedules, W-2s, etc.). The Financial Aid Office may require these for verification.

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is the only application needed to apply for aid at Kutztown University. (Students interested in a Stafford Loan must also complete a Master Promissory Note in addition to the FAFSA). Upon receipt of the FAFSA, the Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency (PHEAA), will email first-time Pennsylvania filers a link to complete a Status Notice Form to collect more information for Pennsylvania State Grant consideration.

NOTE: Non-Pennsylvania residents should contact their state's higher education assistance agency to apply for a state grant from their home state.

File the FAFSA early. Priority filing deadline is March 1 to be considered for university need-based scholarships and campus-based aid (Perkins Loan and SEOG grant) for the most needy students.

NOTE: Do not wait until you have received acceptance of admission to file your FAFSA. If you will not attend your first-choice school, you can easily have your information released to another school.

Receive Student Aid Report (SAR) online. Read it thoroughly and make any necessary corrections. If you send the SAR back to the processor for corrections, a revised SAR is sent to you and electronic corrections are sent to the school (if you listed Kutztown as one of your school choices). Review the corrected SAR and keep it for your records.

Kutztown University begins to send out financial aid award letters to incoming freshmen and transfer students.

Financial Aid Office begins processing Stafford student loans for freshmen.

Incoming freshmen and transfer students must complete online Entrance Counseling as potential first-time Stafford and/or Perkins Loan borrowers by going to for Stafford and for Perkins.

PHEAA notifies students about Pennsylvania State Grant awards. (NOTE: The school will notify PHEAA if the student changes housing, adjusts enrollment, or receives additional aid, all of which could affect the grant amount).

Incumbent students' aid is processed and financial aid awards appear online after end-of-semester grades are posted and eligibility is reviewed.

Fall semester bill arrives via email in the middle of the month.

Fall semester bill is due (early in the month). Financial aid that is cleared appears as credit on the bill. You must check the "intent to attend" box in the MyKU Student Center even if you do not owe any money.

Fall semester classes start late in the month.


Drop/Add occurs the first week of the semester. To meet Financial Aid progress requirements, a student must earn 2/3 of the credits they are enrolled in on the last day of Drop/Add and have an overall GPA of 2.0.


Monthly bills will be emailed to students who still owe a balance from fall semester. 


Register for spring semester courses. Be sure that you will satisfy the financial aid progress requirement for the number of credits needed to qualify for next year's financial aid.

Spring semester bill arrives early in the month and is due in the middle of the month.

Gather together the information to file your taxes and get ready to file next year's financial aid application!