Important Financial Aid updates for prospective and incoming students

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2024 Financial Aid Updates

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OFFICE OF SCHOLARSHIPS AND FINANCIAL AID

Whatever your situation, the Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid is here to help students and families make the most of all opportunities available to you. Let's get started.

FAFSA workshop

Need help filing your FAFSA? No problem, we are here to help! We will be hosting two FAFSA drop-in workshops on campus that is open to all students, faculty, and staff on March 14th and March 15th from 2-4pm at the EHS 131 computer lab. No registration required. Come prepared with your FSA ID and parent information.

Summer Financial Aid

Summer 2024 term is right around the corner! Whether you're an undergraduate or graduate student, check out the summer financial aid page now for details on eligibility, criteria, and the process.

Summer Financial Aid

Your smartest investment

A college education is one of the most important investments you will ever make — an investment in yourself and your future.

We work diligently to help you finance college and that is why we have supported students with more than $74 million in university-funded assistance.

Contact us

Financial aid advisors are available to assist you with your financial aid questions in several modalities. Appointments are offered Monday through Friday, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. by phone, in-person (Warriner 202), or virtually (MS Teams).

Phone: 989-774-3674 | Fax: 989-774-3634 | Email: financialaid@cmich.edu

Schedule an appointment

In-Person Appointment Phone or Virtual Appointment

FAFSA updates

The FAFSA is available to complete online. The FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) for the 2024-25 academic year has undergone significant changes due to FAFSA Simplification. The form has become simplified and easier than ever to complete. To maximize your aid eligibility, make sure to file your FAFSA every year. Future FAFSAs will open on October 1st.

2024-25 FAFSA Update (January 30): FAFSAs currently submitted will not begin to be processed until mid- March. With this announcement from the Department of Education comes some key points as it relates to your FAFSA:

  • Institutions will not receive FAFSA information until it is processed.
  • Students cannot make changes or corrections to the FAFSA until it is processed. 
  • Students will not know if there are errors or further documentation is needed until the FAFSA is processed. We will notify you at that time by email if we need additional documentation.
  • Once the FAFSA fully processes, the student will receive an email and instructions of how to access their FAFSA submission summary (FSS) at studentaid.gov.

To receive priority consideration for available institutional funds, submit the FAFSA by June 1st.

CMU's Title IV School Code is 002243.

CMU must receive your FAFSA application at least two weeks before the end of the semester for which you are enrolled.

Financial aid offers

All new eligible students will begin receiving their financial aid offers in the mail as early as mid-April 2024. Central Michigan University is committed to using the Principles & Standards of the College Cost Transparency Initiative in the offers to students. Learn more about the financial aid process here.

FERPA release

In accordance with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974, our office must receive permission from you to speak with an individual regarding your financial aid via the FERPA release form. Fill out your FERPA release form that is found within your financial aid portal under the drop-down selection in the documents area. You can contact our office any time to change your release. 

Paying for education after high school is a lifelong investment in achieving life's goals. To help you along the way, check out helpful resources offered by the state of Michigan at Paying for College in Michigan.