The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is the starting point for financial assistance from federal, state of Illinois, and Bradley University. The FAFSA also serves as the application for federal student and parent loans. You will submit a new FAFSA for academic year you apply for financial assistance. If you are only interested in receiving Bradley University academic scholarships and/or performance-based awards you do not need to complete the FAFSA.
- The FAFSA is always completed online at the U.S. Department of Education website. Do not go to any other web address to submit your FAFSA. Applying for financial assistance is always free. If you are asked to pay, you are at the wrong site and should contact the Bradley Financial Assistance Office for guidance.
- If you are applying for financial assistance at more than one school, you still only complete one FAFSA. The results will be delivered to each school that you have indicated via a U.S. Department of Education school code. Bradley University’s School Code is 001641.
- Submit the FAFSA no later than February 1st of the year for which you are requesting assistance. If you apply after February 1st you are at risk of not receiving many types of Bradley University and state of Illinois financial assistance.
- For accuracy and ease of application you should submit your federal tax return(s) approximately two weeks prior to completing the FAFSA. If you or your parents will not file your taxes prior to the deadline, you should estimate your income and other tax information (when using estimates indicate that you will file). Provided your information is similar, you may use your previous years tax return to provide income estimates. Corrections to your application can be made once you have filed your current tax return.
Verification is a review process in which the Office of Financial Assistance is directed by the Department of Education to determine the accuracy of the information provided on the FAFSA. Applications requiring verification are selected by the Federal processor. Selection may be random or as the result of missing, inconsistent, or seemingly incorrect information. At Bradley about 30-35% of all FAFSA applications are selected for Verification.
If selected, we will notify you (student) and ask that you provide Bradley’s Office of Financial Assistance various documents including a Verification Worksheet.
- A downloadable Verification Worksheet is available here.
You will be asked to send information directly to the university. Generally Bradley completes Verification prior to making a financial assistance award so your initial award will not change. In the unlikely event that your award was made prior to Verification and the information you provide differs from the information reported on your FAFSA, financial aid could be reduced or cancelled. If you have been selected for verification and you have requested a special consideration review, you must complete verification before the review can be considered.
Bradley disseminates all financial assistance award information electronically via the awarding portal “MySFS” located on the homepage of the Student Financial Services site. Login credentials are the six digit Bradley ID (BUID) number and last five digits of the social security number. Students new to the university who do not know their BUIDs should contact Undergraduate Admissions at 309-677-1000. An email alert is sent to the student’s address when a new or revised award notification has been posted.
For new freshman applicants, award notification begins in early March. Students applying to transfer to the university will receive award notifications beginning in April. Continuing student award notification begin mid-June.
Bradley uses a “passive” award acceptance process. This means that no action (such as signing and/or returning an award) needs to be taken unless a student wishes to decline a portion of the award, such as a student loan. Awards are automatically posted to the student’s billing account beginning early July.