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Financial Aid Application Process

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

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.

Create Your FSA ID

The FSA ID 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 www.studentaid.gov

Submit the FAFSA

The financial aid process begins with the completion of the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). It can be electronically filed for free at https://studentaid.gov/h/apply-for-aid/fafsa. The FAFSA is used to determine eligibility for federal, state and institutional awards such as loans, grants and work-study. Some forms of financial aid are extremely limited. These need-based funds are offered on a first-come, first-served basis. KCAD uses the school code 002260 for Ferris State University. The FAFSA opens up on October 1st of the preceding year.

Complete Any Outstanding Requirements

Some students who complete a FAFSA may be selected for a routine audit process called "verification" where the financial aid office at Ferris/KCAD will be required to collect additional information or forms from you. After your FAFSA is processed, you will receive an e-mail notification with your Student Aid Report (SAR). Review the comments provided. If verification is required, additional information will be emailed from Ferris State University. You can also check on-line! MyFSU log-in information is provided in your acceptance package. “Real time” financial aid information is listed under the Student tab of MyFSU. Under the Financial Aid icon, check the Missing Requirements link.

Accept Award Offer

Your award notification will come by email as well as displaying in your MyFSU account. For the most up to date information about Financial Aid, check on-line! MyFSU log-in information is provided in your acceptance package. Don’t forget to check your new 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 icon, check the Award Offer link to the acceptance page. Aid packages are typically awarded in January for new students, and in late May for continuing students.

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 www.studentaid.gov. Sign in using your FSA ID.

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: http://www.kcad.edu/admissions/funding-your-education/loan-programs/

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.


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.