Financial Aid

The financial aid process can be confusing and overwhelming.  Please use the information and videos below to help you through the process.

WHAT IS FEDERAL STUDENT AID  – Federal student aid comes from the federal government -specifically, the U.S. Department of Education.
Federal student aid helps a student pay for higher education expenses such as tuition and fees, room and board, books and supplies. There are three main types of aid: grants, work-study, and loans.

FAFSA( – Free Application for Federal Student Aid is the form that must be completed by everyone applying for federal financial aid. (watch video).


  1. REGISTER FOR A PERSONAL IDENTIFICATION NUMBER (PIN)- Go to to register for a PIN.  Your PIN serves as your e-Signature for the online FAFSA.  Parent and student will both need a PIN.
  2. ATTEND A FINANCIAL AID NIGHT- Here is a list of financial nights around the Treasure Valley.  Please feel free to attend any night.
  3. GATHER INFORMATION FOR THE FAFSA – You will need the following information in order to complete your FAFSA:
      • Social Security Numbers (student and parent)
      • Driver’s license number if you have one
      • Federal tax information or tax returns – ESTIMATE based on last year’s information
      • Record of untaxed income

  4. COMPLETE THE FAFSA as soon as possible after January 1, 2016.  (watch video)
  5. LOOK FOR AND REVIEW YOUR STUDENT AID REPORT (SAR)- Make any necessary changes and return the corrected form. (watch video)

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