Applying for Financial Aid

1. Obtain a federal PIN (Personal Identification Number)

  • The PIN acts as your electronic signature on the FAFSA.
  • Create your PIN at

2. Submit the FAFSA - (Free Application for Federal Student Aid)

  • FAFSA is available online at
  • The University of Akron's Federal School Code is 003123.

3. You will receive your SAR (Student Aid Report) from the U.S. Department of Education

  • The SAR summarizes the information you provided on the FAFSA and indicates your Expected Family Contribution, which will help determine your need.
  • If you've made a mistake on your FAFSA, you can make corrections at

4. UA will receive your FAFSA information from the U.S. Department of Education

  • You will receive notification by mail once UA has received your FAFSA information.

5. Provide required documents

6. Aid is awarded

  • You will receive an Award Notification by mail. 
  • If you have your UANet ID, you may also log in to My Akron to review your financial aid online.
  • If changes are made to your aid, all updates will be made to My Akron only, not by mail.

7. Complete the process

8. Check the status of your aid

  • You can view your student account in My Akron's Finances section.
  • Qualifying students who have financial aid that exceeds the amount due will be issued a refund by check or direct deposit after aid is disbursed. Learn more about refunds.
  • Make sure your mailing address is correct! Use My Akron to verify and update your address.

Toll Free: 1-800-621-3847
Phone: 330-972-7032
Fax: 330-972-7139


First generation college students may need additional assistance in this area. Review basics such as the difference between grants and loans, scholarship information, etc.