Apply for Financial Aid

To be eligible to apply for federal student aid, you must:

  • Have a high school diploma or a General Educational Development certificate.
  • Be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen.
  • Enroll as a regular student in an eligible higher education program.
  • Be registered with the Selective Service office, if applicable (males 18 and older).
  • Have a valid Social Security Number (exceptions for non-citizens).
  • Be in good standing on any previously received federal financial aid (no defaults).
  • Remain in good academic standing by meeting Satisfactory Academic Progress standards, which are outlined in the academic catalog.

Your Personal Identification Number (PIN)

Getting your U.S. Department of Education PIN is the first step in the financial aid application process. Your PIN allows you to electronically sign your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), check its status online and access your account information.

All students must have a Federal Student Aid PIN. In addition, one parent of a dependent student, as determined by the FAFSA, must have a PIN to sign the FAFSA electronically. Your PIN will be good for the number of years you apply for financial aid, from your undergraduate studies through your graduate studies. Apply for a PIN.


The FAFSA application process takes about an hour. Prior to completing your FAFSA, review and print the list of documents needed and print and complete a FAFSA on the Web Worksheet.

Start the FAFSA application. Remember to:

  • Select American Sentinel University as your school so that we may receive your FAFSA results and your Institutional Student Information Record electronically. The American Sentinel University school code is 041277.
  • Use your PIN to electronically sign your FAFSA.
  • Click on “Submit My FAFSA Now.” This is step 10 of 10 on the online FAFSA site.
  • Write down your confirmation number and estimated Expected Family Contribution.

After your FAFSA has been processed, you will be notified via email that your Student Aid Report (SAR) is available to view, print or correct, if needed. Be sure to review your SAR for errors and check that the American Sentinel University school code (041277) is on it.