Financial Aid Application Process

Everyone who wants financial assistance must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

  1. Apply for Admission
    Click here for more information on Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris State University’s application process. You must be accepted before the University can make a financial aid offer to you.
  2. Create Your FSA ID
    The FSA ID has replaced the Federal Student Aid PIN and must be used to log in to certain U.S. Department of Education websites including the FAFSA. Your FSA ID confirms your identity when you access your financial aid information and electronically sign the FAFSA. You can create your FSA ID when visiting or
  3. Submit the FAFSA (Available January 1st 2016)
    The financial aid process begins with the completion of the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). The FAFSA can be filed for free electronically at The FAFSA is used to determine eligibility for federal, state and institutional awards such as loans, grants and work-study. Priority Funding: Some forms of financial aid are extremely limited. These need-based funds are offered on a first-come, first-served basis. You don’t have to wait until your taxes are filed; fill the FAFSA out early with estimated information, then update it with actual tax data later. KCAD uses the school code 002260 for Ferris State University.
  4. Complete Any Outstanding Requirements, such as Verification
    Some students who complete a FAFSA will be selected for a routine audit process called "verification" where the financial aid office at Ferris/KCAD will be required to collect additional information from you. If verification is required additional information will be requested from Ferris State University.
  5. MyFSU/Accept Award Offer
    For the most up to date information about Financial Aid check online! MyFSU log-in information is provided in your acceptance package. Don’t forget to check your FSU e-mail for important financial aid messages! “Real time” financial aid information is listed under the Student tab of MyFSU. Under the Financial Aid Link, check the Missing Requirements section and your Award Offer acceptance page. Aid packages are typically awarded in early April for new students, and in early May for continuing students.
  6. Complete Loan Requirements (For First Time Borrowers)
    If you accept federal student loans as part of your financial aid package, there are electronic processes that you will need to complete. You may complete Direct Loan Entrance Counseling and a Direct Loan Master Promissory Note by logging into Sign in using your FSA ID.
  7. Identify Expenses and Apply for Parent PLUS or Alternative Loans (If Applicable)
    Review your financial aid award notice and identify the amount of estimated “out of pocket” expense that is not covered by your financial aid award. This is the amount that you and your family will be expected to pay, earn or borrow. If you determine that you will need additional loans to help you and your family pay out of pocket expenses, then we recommend that you visit our loan page:
  8. Stay on Top of Current Tuition Rates
    In July, tuition rates are announced for the upcoming academic year. Tuition bills are emailed to the student's Ferris email address around the third week of July for fall semester, around the third week of November for spring semester, and around the third week of April for the summer semester.
  • Communication
  • The primary method of communication from the Financial Aid Office will be via Ferris student email. Students are encouraged to make a habit of checking their Ferris email accounts on a regular basis to avoid missing important information and deadlines. Because of FERPA privacy restrictions, we seldom initiate contact with parents of dependent students.

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