How to Apply for Financial Aid

All students who wish to apply for financial aid (grants, scholarships, or loans) should complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Students can apply online at fafsa.ed.gov. For assistance with this application process, students may contact the Federal Student Aid Information Center at 1-800-433-3243. The FAFSA must have Grace Christian University’s school code (002265) entered in order for the results to be received by the Grace Financial Aid Office. The FAFSA must be renewed prior to each academic year. Students with additional financial aid questions may contact the Grace Christian University Financial Aid Office at financialaid@gracechristian.edu, or by calling 616-538-2330.

Typically, Grace will receive the FAFSA within three business days of its completion. As soon as the FAFSA is received by the Financial Aid Office, the results will be reviewed. The Department of Education will select some FAFSA applications for a process called “verification,” which requires the school to request additional documentation from the student before the financial aid process can be completed.

Once all necessary documentation is received, the student will be sent a Financial Aid Award Letter from the Financial Aid Office at Grace. The student is responsible for returning a signed copy of the award letter to the Financial Aid Office, indicating which awards they accept or deny. Students who accept a Stafford Loan must go to studentaid.gov to complete the required Loan Entrance Counseling and Loan Master Promissory Note.

EXPECTED FAMILY CONTRIBUTION

The information on your FAFSA is used to calculate your Expected Family Contribution (EFC). Your EFC is an index number that our financial aid staff uses to determine how much financial aid you can receive. The EFC is calculated according to a formula established by law. Your family’s taxed and untaxed income, assets, and benefits (such as unemployment or Social Security) can all be considered in the formula. Your family size and the number of family members who will attend college during the academic year is also considered. For more detailed information about how the Expected Family Contribution (EFC) is calculated, visit studentaid.gov/complete-aid-process/ how-calculated.