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Guide to Getting Aid
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    Our goal is to help you bridge the gap between your family contribution and the cost of your educational expenses. Nearly all Capital students receive some financial assistance.

    FAQ for Federal Aid.

    How to Get Aid

    Freshmen and Transfer Students | Undergraduate Students | Graduate Students | Adult and Continuing Education Students   

    Steps to Getting Aid

    Here’s what you need to do to apply for financial aid. Keep in mind filing early will generally provide you with the greatest access to all types of financial assistance. Look over our timeline for applications and decisions to know when you need to start planning your college finances.

    1. Apply for a PIN online with the U.S. Department of Education.  This will be used to complete all federally related steps in the financial aid process, including the FAFSA and accessing loan history once you have graduated.

    2. Complete the FAFSA online before March 1 to be considered for all federal, state and Capital University assistance.

    3. Once we get the results of your FAFSA, we review the information and determine if we must complete the Verification Process. If additional documentation is needed. we will contact you both by mail and by e-mail.  Make sure you respond quickly to ensure your aid is available for the upcoming term.

    4. Complete Entrance Counseling for Federal Loans
      Students receiving either Federal Direct or Perkins loans must complete loan entrance counseling online to ensure that you understand the conditions of your loan before you accept the funds.
      Not only is this step required by the Department of Education, but we believe it is an essential step in understanding what it means to be a student loan borrower.  This process only needs to be completed once and thoroughly helps you assess your need for student loans.
    5. Sign a Master Promissory Note if you are a first time Federal Direct or Perkins loan borrower. This Note is your pledge to repay your student loans.
      • If you have a Federal Direct loan, you can electronically sign the Master Promissory Note at
      • For Perkins loans, please watch your Capital e-mail account for notification when the Perkins Promissory Note is available to sign electronically.

    Important Information

    Federal Verification | Entrance Counseling | Financial and Consumer Information


    Questions? We’re Here to Help.

    If you have questions about any of the information above, please call Capital's Financial Aid Office at 866-544-6175, extension 6511 or e-mail