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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)


Q. How can I check my financial aid status?

We encourage students to check their status on AP Onestop. Check out our Readiness Checklist on the Financial Aid/ Veterans Tab.

Q. Do I have to apply for Financial Aid every year?

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) must be completed each year in order to receive federal aid.

Q. When should I apply for Financial Aid?

The FAFSA currently opens January 1st each year. Our priority deadline date is March 1st of each year. Beginning for the 2017-2018 academic year, the FAFSA will open October 1. This will begin October 1, 2016.

Q. How do I apply for Financial Aid?

  • Apply free online at This is the fastest way to apply for Financial Aid.
  • Complete & mail a free paper FAFSA to the U.S. Department of Education.

Your application will not be processed until the U.S. Department of Education receives your signature(s).

For free help completing the FAFSA, please visit the U.S. Department of Education’s online guide at

For additional details please review the Financial Aid Process.

Q. My parent’s (or my) information is going to change. What do I need to do on the FAFSA?

As of the date you complete the FAFSA, enter all information as accurately as possible. After you receive notification from the US Department of Education the FAFSA has been processed, and after the change in your situation, notify our office. You may be able to complete a Special Consideration for Reduction in Income or a Dependency Override Request. These forms are available at:

Q. What happens after I submit my FAFSA?

Your FAFSA is processed by the US Department of Education. As long as there are no errors or problems, your FAFSA information is electronically transmitted to the school(s) listed on your application. If there are problems or errors, the U.S. Department of Education will notify you.

Q. How will I be notified of my financial aid award?

Award notifications will be sent via AP Mail. Awards may also be viewed on AP One Stop. Please follow instructions for accepting awards.

Q. My parents are divorced. Which parent should complete the FAFSA?

The custodial parent is responsible for filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The custodial parent is the parent with who supported you more than 50% during the past 12 months.

Q. How can I transfer my Financial Aid information from another university to Austin Peay State University?

You may make this change online at Log in and select "Make a Correction" to your FAFSA. Allow 3-5 business days for the information to transfer.

You can call and update this information over the phone by calling 1-800-4-FED-AID and providing your Data Release Number (DRN). The DRN is located on the 1st page of your Student Aid Report (SAR).

Q. How long does it take to process a dependency override and a special considerations form?

You will normally receive a response from our office within 14 business days of the request. However, a decision may take 3-5 weeks once the financial aid office has received all documents.

Q. If I skip a semester in college, how will that affect my financial aid?

You will not receive any financial aid for the term you do not attend. If you have borrowed loans, you will begin using your authorized grace period. Repayment of the loan could begin depending on the number of months you remain less than half time.

Q. What is the difference between a subsidized and unsubsidized Stafford Loan?

The Federal government pays the interest on subsidized loans while the student is enrolled in school for at least half-time.

With an unsubsidized loan, the interest payments are the responsibility of the student. Students can elect to pay the interest on the unsubsidized loan while in school or can choose to let the interest accrue. Arrangements for payment should be made through the student’s lender, not the school.

Q. What is Federal Work Study and how do I qualify?

Federal Work Study is an employment program sponsored by the Federal Government.

You must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) each year, and meet the priority published deadline dates as well as the federal eligibility requirements. Please note that work study funds are on a first come, first served basis and may deplete quickly. For additional information, please visit:

Q. What is Federal Supplemental Education Opportunity Grant (FSEOG)?

FSEOG is a campus-based grant funded by the federal government for undergraduate, degree-seeking students with exceptional financial need. You must meet the priority published deadline dates as well as the federal eligibility requirements. In order to apply, you must complete the FAFSA.

Q. How do I apply for the Lottery Scholarship?

You need to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) each year. For additional information, please visit the Tennessee Student Assistance Scholarship Corporation.

Q. I want to apply for scholarships only. Do I have to fill out the FAFSA?

Only if you are applying for the Tennessee Education Lottery Scholarship. Please refer to for additional scholarships and information.

Q. How is financial “need” determined?

Please visit:

Q. How long does it take for my loan application to be processed?

Applications are processed in the date order of which they are received. The processing time for the loans, up to the actual receipt of funds, can take approximately 4-6 weeks.

Q. Once I have returned my Master Promissory Note to the lender, how long will it take to get the funds?

Normally if your lender electronically transmits your funds to the school, it should be received within 5 – 7 business days. If your lender mails a paper check, it will take approximately 2 weeks.

Q. Who is eligible to receive financial aid?

Please refer to the list of eligibility requirements at:

Q. I am confused with the financial aid process, with whom would I speak?

Please refer to the list of counselors on:

Q. Where is the Financial Aid Office located at Austin Peay State University?

Ellington Building, 2nd floor, Room 216.