Applying for Aid

Step 1: Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

  • The 2014-2015 application opens on January 1, 2014.
  • Use estimated income figures if you have not yet completed your previous year's income tax return. Do not wait until your tax returns are done to complete your FAFSA.
  • The federal school code for LLS is E00254.
  • Priority deadline is in March 14, 2014.

Step 2: Review your credit reports. Your credit history is the major factor considered for approval of the Direct Graduate PLUS loan. We recommend that you review copies of your credit reports from all three credit reporting agencies in order to ensure you have the most accurate information. It is crucial that you do this if you plan to obtain a Graduate PLUS loan.

You may request a free copy of your credit report through, or by contacting the three reporting agencies individually:

Be sure to carefully review your credit reports and begin working on any credit issues that need to be resolved.

Step 3: Start looking for external scholarships early. - A variety of scholarships are available from private sources. Students are encouraged start here in their search for scholarships.