Financial Aid Checklists: Important dates, deadlines, and reminders


Financial Aid Checklists: Important dates, deadlines, and reminders

Incoming Freshmen Student Checklist

February 15: Recommended date to have your 2017-2018 FAFSA on file to allow Rowan University to offer incoming freshmen a preliminary financial aid award package. Students and parents are strongly advised to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool (DRT) on the FAFSA.

March 1: Your Rowan student email is the official mode of communication with the Financial Aid Office. Incoming freshmen will receive their preliminary financial aid award offer via US Postal Mail beginning on or about March 1, 2017. The award letter will be sent to the address maintained by the Registrar’s office. Subsequent award changes, announcements, and any up-to-date information will be sent to your Rowan student email account. Please check your email on a regular basis.

April 15: FAFSA filing Deadline for students who received a 2016-2017 Tuition Aid Grant.

June 15: Approximate date for the Rowan Board of Trustees to set 2017-18 tuition, fees, room and board rates. Approximate date Fall 2017 tuition bills will be accessible online at using the student’s Rowan ID number.

July 3: Parent PLUS Loan applications will be available for the 2017-2018 academic year at A parent of the student must apply for this type of alternative loan. Approval of a Parent PLUS loan is based on a credit check: Approximate date a student should be awarded and financial aid accepted, in order for the financial aid to be credited on the student’s Rowan account.  If you need additional loans and have not already applied visit the alternative loan application.

July 15: Fall 2017 bills available to view at Check the Bursar website for information about the Fall 2017 tuition and fees and/or deferred payment plans. (The exact date to view bills is TBD based upon the completion of housing assignments and aid packaging. No bills are mailed.)  Email instructions will be sent via Rowan student email regarding financial aid awards. Instructions will include how to review and accept Stafford loans and other offered aid. Grants are automatically accepted.

July 17: All required and requested documents must be submitted to the Financial Aid Office. If required, IRS tax return transcripts for this year’s FAFSA tax information may be requested from There is no charge to request a tax return transcript from the IRS.

August 15: Payment due date of Fall 2017 semester charges.

September 1: Scheduled freshmen move-in.

September 5: First day of classes for all students.

September 15: FAFSA filing deadline for students who did not receive a 2016-2017 Tuition Aid Grant.

October 1: Deadline for college code changes with HESAA.

October 1: Earliest date you may file a FAFSA for the 2018-2019 academic year. Information about funding education beyond high school may be found at

November 1: Deadline for non-renewal state grant applicants to complete their state grant records (AIR, state verification, corrections, etc.) with HESAA for the 2017-2018 academic year.

January 6: Spring 2018 semester bills due.

*Dates are subject to change.

The Financial Aid Process for All Students

Complete your FAFSA before April 15 of each academic year.

Review your Student Aid Report (SAR). If there are errors on your SAR, make any necessary changes to your FAFSA.

Complete the Verification Process by submitting any required documents (if selected).

Review your Award Package through your Self Service account. 

Accept the Award Offer before the bills are due.

Complete Loan Entrance Counseling if you are a First Time Loan Borrower.

Sign the Master Promissory Note (MPN) if you are a First Time Loan Borrower.

Apply for a PLUS loan/Private loan only if needed.


Additional Links and Information

Federal Student Aid Checklists

Rowan University Graduate Students


Transfer Students

Incoming or applying transfer students will need to add Rowan University to the FAFSA. Our Federal School Code is 002609.


New Jersey Residents

Complete your FAFSA by April 15 of each year. Be sure to answer the New Jersey State Grant Questions in order to apply for state aid.