Applying For Aid
Financial Aid Info:
Student Financial Planning Office
600 West Walnut Street
Danville, KY 40422
Information for First-Time Applicants
You may apply for all state and federal aid funds (grants, loans, and work-study) and Centre’s own grant program by filing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). This form is available from your guidance counselor or you can file online at www.fafsa.gov. You will need Centre’s school code: 001961.
We also require that you file a supplemental form to apply for aid. Early Decision Students, Early Action Students, and Regular Decision Students must complete the Centre Aid Form.
Tax returns and an additional worksheet are required for those families selected by the U.S. Department of Education in a process called verification. You will be notified of this requirement if you are selected. Visit our forms page to download forms related to verification.
Transfer and independent students may be required to provide additional information. Contact the Student Financial Planning Office for more information.
Financial Aid Timetable for First-Time Applicants
After January 1 – File the FAFSA online as soon as possible after this date.
January 10 – Deadline to file the FAFSA and submit the Centre Aid Form (for Early Decision 1 applicants).
January 31 – Deadline to file the FAFSA and submit the Centre Aid Form (for Early Decision 2, Early Action, and Regular Decision applicants).
Mid-March – Centre begins emailing financial aid award notifications to applicants (Early Decision notifications are earlier).
May 1 – Candidate Reply Date – Make your college decision no later than May 1.
June – Stafford Loan processing begins. If awarded a loan, you need to complete your MPN and Entrance Counseling this month.
July 30 – Last day to turn in Work Study Job Application to the SFPO.
Important information to know when filling out the FAFSA
Students whose biological parents are separated, divorced, or widowed should pay close attention to step four. Read the FAFSA instructions carefully for guidance on how to define your household. Keep in mind that you must report the income and assets of a step-parent on the FAFSA if he or she is currently married to your custodial parent, regardless of whether the step-parent will help pay your college costs. For additional clarification, contact Centre’s Student Financial Planning Office.
To request a PIN number, access the web site www.pin.ed.gov and follow the instructions to get your code. The PIN should arrive within 10 days, and then you are ready to call up your personal information at FAFSA on the Web. Although the PIN replaces the student signature, please note that a parent signature is still required. A parent may also obtain a PIN at the same Web site.
You may also use FAFSA on the Web without a PIN. FAFSA on the Web transmits the information to the processor faster than regular mail. Please use a computer attached to a printer, as you will need to print a signature page when you are finished with the application unless you and your parent both have PINs. Both student and parent signatures are required, and you must mail the signature page to the processor within 10 days of completing FAFSA on the Web.
Information for Legal Residents of Kentucky
The state of Kentucky uses information provided on the FAFSA to determine state grant eligibility for Kentucky residents attending in-state colleges and universities. Legal residents of Kentucky should pay special attention to the following:
• Make sure you list Centre College in order to be eligible for the maximum state grant. Centre’s Federal School Code is 001961.
Checking the Status of your Application
You may file the FAFSA or Renewal FAFSA online after January 1 at www.fafsa.ed.gov.
To check on the status of your FAFSA after you have filed it, call 800-433-3243 or check online at www.fafsa.ed.gov. If Centre is listed as one of your school choices, we will receive your electronic SAR within 4 days. You will receive an e-mail with instructions to review the data that you submitted. Be sure to print a copy for your files.
If you have special circumstances that you would like to make us aware of, please send a letter explaining your situation and provide an IRS Tax Return Transcript and W-2’s. Click here for instructions.
Information for Returning Students
If you applied for aid last year, the government will make available a renewal FAFSA online. This form has many answers preprinted based on the previous year’s data, so it is quicker to complete than the FAFSA. Complete it online at www.fafsa.ed.gov, but please note that you will need to use a PIN number.
All returning students applying for aid must complete the Centre Aid Form each year. This form is mailed in early December via campus mail to all students currently on aid. If you need another Centre Aid Form, visit our page of Downloadable Forms.
Complete your tax returns. Completed tax forms make the FAFSA easier to fill out. If you cannot complete your taxes by March 1, estimated tax information can be used for the financial section but it must be updated later when taxes are completed.
Contact the Student Financial Planning Office for more information.
Financial Aid Timetable for Returning Students
December – You will receive an e-mail reminder to complete the Centre Aid Form and return it to SFPO by January 31st.
January 31 – Deadline to complete the FAFSA online at www.fafsa.ed.gov.
June – Aid awards emailed to returning students.
Completing the Renewal FAFSA
You must re-apply for need-based aid each year you attend Centre. Financial aid can change from year to year based on fluctuations in income, both positive and negative. Failure to provide the following application materials in a timely manner can result in a loss of financial aid. March 1st is Centre’s Deadline to apply for financial aid.
Required Application Materials
• Centre Aid Form: Please fill out the Centre Aid Form completely and return to Centre’s Student Financial Planning Office. A copy of the CAF can be downloaded.
• Free Application For Federal Student Aid (FAFSA): The U.S. Department of Education will provide a Renewal FAFSA on the web site www.fafsa.ed.gov. Please use this form to apply for financial aid. To check on the processing status of your FAFSA, call 800-4FEDAID (800-433-3243).
• Student Aid Report (SAR) Data: About five days after you submit the FAFSA or Renewal FAFSA, the federal processor will e-mail a SAR to your e-mail address. If you listed Centre College as one of your college choices on the FAFSA, Centre should receive the SAR data electronically. Your aid award cannot be processed until this data is received.
Additional Application Materials
• Verification Worksheet: The U.S. Department of Education will randomly select a number of Centre’s aid applicants for verification. If you are selected for verification, a paragraph on the cover letter of your SAR will indicate this. Centre will mail a verification worksheet to those students who are selected. Students selected for verification must submit the verification worksheet and an IRS Tax Return Transcript OR use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool before their aid application can be processed. A copy of the Verification Worksheet can be downloaded.
• Parent IRS Tax Return Transcript or IRS Data Retrieval: If you are selected for verification, an IRS Tax Return Transcript is required or the IRS Data Retrieval Tool can be used to download the tax information to your FAFSA. Click here for instructions.
• Student IRS Tax Return Transcript or IRS Data Retrieval: If you are selected for verification, an IRS Tax Return Transcript is required or the IRS Data Retrieval Tool can be used to download the tax information to your FAFSA. Click here for instructions.
• Special Condition Form: If you are experiencing unusual financial circumstances that you would like us to consider as we evaluate your aid application, please request a Special Condition Form from our office. We also require an IRS Tax Return Transcript and W-2’s for you and your parents with the submission of the Special Condition Form.
Filling out the Renewal FAFSA on the Web
You can file the FAFSA or Renewal FAFSA online after January 1st at www.fafsa.ed.gov.
Questions with arrows and the phrase “Enter New Data” require new answers. Review all other questions and correct if needed. Be sure to keep a copy for yourself.
Work-study earnings should be included in your adjusted gross income when you file your income tax return. The question “student income earned from work” should also include work-study earnings. Please use Worksheet C as instructed.
We recommend you use data from your completed prior-year income tax return. However, you may use estimated data if you expect a delay in completing your tax returns. Please note that you will need to replace the estimated data with the actual data once your tax returns are complete.
Student and parent signatures are required. A parent may electronically sign using a PIN or print a signature page to mail to the federal processor.
Kentucky Grant Eligibility
The state of Kentucky uses information provided on the FAFSA to determine state grant eligibility for Kentucky residents attending in-state colleges and universities. Legal residents of Kentucky should pay special attention to the following questions:
• Be sure to list Kentucky as your state of legal residence. If you enrolled at Centre as a Kentucky resident and your parents have subsequently moved out of state, you are still considered a Kentucky resident for Kentucky grant purposes as long as enrollment is not interrupted longer than a summer break. In such a case, you should report Kentucky as your state of legal residence.
• Centre College does not offer graduate or professional degrees. Kentucky only awards grant funds to undergraduate students who are state residents.
• Centre’s Federal School Code is 001961.