Financial Aid F.A.Q.

ATTENTION ALL STUDENTS: the financial process (FAFSA and VFAO interview) must be completed by August 1.


  1. What is Laurel University’s code for all federal financial forms?
  2. Where can I get information about federal programs?
  3. What does the Virtual Financial Aid Office (VFAO) do for me?
  4. What if I’m getting a late start?
  5. How can I receive federal student aid?
  6. How can my family and I figure out how much we might be able to receive in federal financial assistance?
  7. What are some other sources for student financial aid? How can I learn more?
  8. What should my family and I be doing to prepare for the expenses of a college education?
  9. What if I’m an adult student who’s never been to college, or started but never finished?
  10. What are the deadlines for filing FAFSA?
  11. Both my parents and I really need help with getting financial aid. Should we pay for someone to help us?
  12. I am a veteran. What benefit can I receive if I attend Laurel University?

1. What is Laurel University’s code for all federal financial forms?

Memorize this number because it’s what you will use to identify Laurel University in all federal forms: 013819.


2. Where can I get information about federal programs?

Click here to follow a clear checklist. It will help you a lot!


3. What does the Virtual Financial Aid Office (VFAO) do for me?

If you’ve completed your current FAFSA, read the instructions here and begin using the VFAO. Once you register, you will watch a video. After you input your information, you will receive an estimated financial aid package, to help you with planning for college studies.


4. What if I’m getting a late start?

Click here to get going.


5. How can I receive federal student aid?

This link explains what federal financial aid is available for students. Lots of helpful information!


6. How can my family and I figure out how much we might be able to receive in federal financial assistance?

The government has an online forecaster. If you follow the steps and input the information they request, you will receive an estimate of your Expected Family Contribution (EFC) which should help in your planning.


7. What are some other sources for student financial aid? How can I learn more?

This tutorial describes other potential sources for financial assistance for your college education.


8. What should my family and I be doing to prepare for the expenses of a college education?

This site takes you from where you might be right now (an elementary school student, a junior high or middle school student, or a high school student) to give you a checklist of what steps need to be taken.


9. What if I’m an adult student who’s never been to college, or started but never finished?

Follow the steps outlined here to understand what to do. It will help you a lot!


10. What are the deadlines for filing FAFSA?

Click here for general filing information. Laurel University encourages you to file for financial aid immediately after you or your parents file the current year income tax returns. For priority consideration regarding financial aid, the student’s Student Air Report (SAR) must be completed and filed no later than May 1. Please note the Financial Aid Office will accept a student’s SAR anytime before the end of the academic year.


11. Both my parents and I really need help with getting financial aid. Should we pay for someone to help us?

Free information is available from your school counselor, the financial aid office at the college or school you plan to attend or the U.S. Department of Education. Go to www.fafsa.ed.gov or call 1-800-4-FED-AID (1-800-433-3243) or 1-800-730-8913 (TTY for the hearing impaired). Free help is available anytime during the application process. You should never have to pay for help.


12. I am a veteran. What benefit can I receive if I attend Laurel University?

Laurel University is approved for training U.S. Military Veterans. Veterans who are interested in pursuing degrees at Laurel University should contact the local office of the Department of Veterans Affairs for information regarding financial support for their education. Veterans should also notify the Registrar’s Office of their intent to pursue financial support from the Department of Veterans Affairs. Sources of educational support include:

  • The Montgomery GI Bill (Chapter 30),
  • VA Vocational Rehabilitation (Chapter 31),
  • Survivors and Dependents Educational Assistance Program (Chapter 35),
  • Montgomery GI Bill for Reserve Component/National Guard Members (Chapter 1606), and
  • The Post 911 GI Bill.

Additional information is available at the Department of Veterans Affairs’ website. Official copies of form DD214 and Letter of Eligibility must be on file in the Registrar’s Office, and copies of additional military experience and training (not included on form DD214) must be submitted to the Registrar for evaluation of academic credit, using the Guide to the Evaluation of Educational Experiences in the Armed Services (American Council on Education). A Letter of Eligibility must also be on file in the Registrar’s Office.


NOTE: Due to the ever-changing nature of financial aid, please consult Laurel U’s Financial Aid Office regarding the latest regulations and requirements for applying for financial aid.