Step by step instructions on how to apply for aid
Select and read each section. Follow the instructions in order.
Apply for a FSA ID - The FSA ID allows you to electronically sign your FAFSA. Students and parents (of undergraduate dependent students) will be required to apply for their own pin.
To assist us in our efforts to reduce the requests for verification documents, and costs to you for printing and mailing those verification documents, we sincerely appreciate your willingness to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool when completing the FAFSA. This tool allows you to pull in your 2015 tax information into the FAFSA. If you use this tool, you will reduce the likelihood of having to request IRS Tax Transcripts for the federal verification process.
The priority deadline for filing the FAFSA is April 1st. If you're currently an applicant waiting for admission to your academic program; we strongly encourage you to complete the FAFSA prior to April 1st to ensure you meet this deadline. Upon acceptance to your program, your FAFSA data will be moved from the "suspense file" file to the "admitted student file" to begin the financial aid process. If the FAFSA was received prior to April 1st, you will be considered for priority packaging funding if you are eligible for those funds.
You must be admitted to a degree-seeking program of study in order to be offered financial aid.
Graduate/Professional students are those student pursuing a degree/certificate beyond the bachelor’s degree. Students pursuing a second bachelor’s degree are NOT graduate professional students. Graduate Professional students will be prompted during the FAFSA process to complete the FAFSA with parent information. Parent information is not required on the FAFSA for Graduate Professional students – except for Dentistry/Pharmacy students interested in Health Professions Student Loan (HPSL)- an interest free loan for dental/pharmacy students while in school. If interested in HPSL, the parent information must be submitted on the first FAFSA filing,
Submit the FAFSA - UNMC Institution Code - 006895
The Office of Financial Aid will begin processing FAFSA data on March 15th and notify you, via email, once your FAFSA is received.
Your UNMC academic program will issue you a NETID and Password to gain access to the various UNMC campus network drives, printers, Outlook email, Blackboard, UNMC Intranet, People Soft Student Information System (MyRecords), McGoogan Library electronic resources, UNMC Research Support Systems (RSS), Care, as well as the wireless network.
The timing of the issuance of the UNMC NETID and Password is program specific. Until such time you receive your NETID/Password, you will not have access to your People Soft (MyRecords) financial aid records.
We encourage you to use the links provided under your academic program tab to become familiar with your program cost of attendance, establishing a budget, recommendations on how to borrow wisely and other links that are available throughout the UNMC financial aid web site.
The application serves as your scholarship application for the entire length of your UNMC academic program. The application is assigned to your TO DO LIST and will remain on the list until it is completed. Scholarships are awarded by the academic programs, not the Office of Financial Aid. Eligibility is determined each year based on your prior year academic performance, leadership skills, and donor specific criteria (i.e., junior medical student, senior nursing student). If a UNMC Scholarship Application is not on file, your name will be included on scholarship rosters, however, your program may not consider you for scholarship without an application being on file. Additionally, the UNMC Scholarship Application collects donor specific criteria that is not collected on other application materials.
Students who are aware they will be receiving an outside scholarship must report this to the Financial Aid Office to ensure that their financial aid packaging maximizes a student’s unmet need. Scholarship checks from an outside organization should be sent to:
UNMC Scholarship Coordinator
984235 NE Medical Center
Omaha, NE 68198-4235.
Upon receipt, the check will be posted to the student’s tuition/fee account to reduce their semester costs. If the award results in a credit balance on the semester tuition/fee account, a refund will be issued within 7-10 business days.
The TO DO LIST provides you a list of requirements or tasks that must be completed. TO DO LIST items are posted by multiple units across campus: academic programs, student health, student accounts, and FINANCIAL AID. Follow the provided details for each TO DO LIST item and complete the requirement/task by the suggested due date. Once the requirement/tasks are completed the TO DO LIST item will be removed from your TO DO LIST. Once completed, allow 72 hours for TO DO LIST items to clear. If a Financial Aid TO DO LIST is not cleared within 72 hours, please contact the Financial Aid Office.
Access your TO DO LIST by logging into MyRecords.
Our primary method of communication is through your UNMC email address.
Carefully consider how much you need to borrow and avoid borrowing more than you really need. When borrowing, be sure to check terms and conditions before accepting any loan and be sure you understand your re-payment obligation.
If you have accepted loan offers, you may need to complete a Master Promissory Note (MPN), Loan Entrance Counseling, and Truth-in-Lending Statements. These requirements may direct you to several loan based websites to complete the tasks. Again, review your TO DO LIST regularly to ensure the requirement is completed. Many of the required ‘tasks’ are done on-line and failure to finalize the task by hitting SUBMIT will not clear the TO DO LIST item.
Financial aid disbursement will begin no sooner than a seven (7) days before the start of each semester. The amount that is disbursed is determined by the number of credits you are enrolled in at the time of disbursement. Available financial aid will begin paying your UNMC charges at that time.
If your credited aid is in excess of your university charges, you will receive a financial aid refund for the difference either by direct deposit to your bank account or by check. If you do not enroll in direct deposit, any refund owed will be mailed to you no sooner than a few days before the start of the semester. Confirm or update your local address via MyRecords. If you need your check to be re-issued, please the Student Accounts Office.
Your financial aid will be applied to your current UNMC charges first. If financial aid is canceled or does not pay all tuition and fees, you will be responsible for these remaining charges. Tuition and billing correspondence will be sent to your official UNMC email account. UNMC expects students to check their UNMC email frequently to stay current with university-related communications, including e-billing notifications. View your account balance and make a payment via MyRecords. If tuition and fees are not fully covered by financial aid, UNMC will not drop your classes and your account balance must be paid.
As a financial aid recipient, you are required to continue eligibility by maintaining satisfactory academic progress (SAP), filing a FAFSA each year, completing all requested financial aid items on your To Do list on MyRecords and maintaining all other eligibility criteria.
If you fail to meet one or more of the SAP standards, you will be ineligible to receive financial aid, and will be notified by email.