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Financial Aid Checklist

  1. Complete the FAFSA.
    • Priority Deadline: February 1.
    • Add Montclair’s School Code 002617.
    • Make sure it’s signed with your FSA ID.
  2. Complete the NJ State Application for Financial Aid.
    • At the end of the FAFSA application, there is a link to redirect you to the state application (HESAA) to answer additional questions for state aid consideration.
    • If you closed the window or can’t find the link, visit the HESAA website and click on “Report Additional Information for State Aid.”
  3. Review your Student Aid Report (SAR).
    • The SAR is a copy of what you reported on the FAFSA. You will receive an email when it is ready to be viewed online. Please check for any mistakes. If you made a mistake, you may log back onto FAFSA to make a correction.
    • The SAR will tell you if you were selected for verification. If so, check your email regularly for additional requests for information.
  4. Submit any missing documentation.
    • Log on to NEST to see if you’re missing any forms.
    • We will email you reminders if we require any additional documentation or forms.
    • Please submit this information ASAP to the Financial Aid office.
    • If you estimated your tax information on the FAFSA, please use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool to submit your updated tax information.
  5. Review your financial aid awards.
    • Awards can be viewed electronically on NEST.
    • New students: Award letters are mailed in late March.
    • Returning students: Check NEST starting in late June to see awards.
  6. Accept, adjust, or decline your student loan(s) on NEST.
    • Borrowing a Stafford loan for the first time? You must do two things:
  7. Apply for outside scholarships.
    • Use outside scholarship search engines.
    • If you receive an outside scholarship, notify the Office of Student Accounts by following the instructions on the Outside Scholarships page.
  8. Pay your bill.