Steps for Applying for Financial Aid

  1. Apply for Admission.

    The first step in applying for financial aid is to apply for admission to UCA. Your admission process does not need to be complete to make application for aid, but it needs to be complete before you can be awarded financial aid.

  2. Seek Scholarship and Grant Opportunities.

    Begin the search process, if you haven’t already, for private, institutional and state scholarship and grant programs.

  3. Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

    This will allow you to apply for the federal aid programs including grants, loans and work-study jobs. You may submit your application electronically via FAFSA on the Web. Be sure to include UCA’s Title IV Code: 001092.

  4. What’s Next.

    Once your application has been processed, you will receive an e-mail from the federal processor and we will receive an electronic version of your Student Aid Report (SAR). At this point, we will determine if we require additional documentation. You will receive an e-mail from our office directing you to check your myUCA Financial Aid Account for any additional information required. myUCA is a portal that hosts all the information you need to know about your application process and an important tool once you become a student. You will receive a banner I.D. and pin number with your admissions letter.

  5. Verification.

    The federal government randomly selects applications for a process called “Verification.” If your application s selected for verification, we will need to request additional documentation from you. When we have all of the documents we need, your application will be verified or reviewed for accuracy. The verification process can take from one to two weeks, depending on the time of year. If we find errors in your application, we will correct them for you and you will receive another SAR with the corrected information.

  6. Eligibility Determined and Awards Processed.

    When the verification process is complete, your eligibility for federal aid will be determined and you will be awarded the federal aid for which you are eligible. At this time, you will be able to accept and/or decline your awards through myUCA Self-Service.