How to Apply for Financial Aid

Students wishing to obtain a Federal Direct Student Loan must complete the following steps:

  1. Apply for an FSA ID. This ID replaces the FAFSA PIN previously used. To create an FSA ID, go to www.fafsa.ed.gov, www.nslds.ed.gov (National Student Loan Data System), www.StudentLoans.gov, or www.StudentAid.gov. Click on the “Create an FSA ID” link. After filling in the required information, please make sure to confirm your email address.
  2. Complete and submit the latest FAFSA application at www.fafsa.ed.gov. DULA’s school code is 031095

  3. Complete Online Entrance Counseling. This is required of first time borrowers. Go to StudentLoans.gov, sign in, and go to Counseling→ Entrance Counseling.

  4. Complete and sign your Electronic Master Promissory Note (MPN). To do this, go to StudentLoans.gov, login, and go to Complete New MPN for Student Loans → Subsidized/Unsubsidized. You must complete this MPN all at once. If you exit prior to completing it, your changes will not be saved. Make sure you have your FSA ID available, as well as two references (names, addresses, and phone numbers). These should be people who have known you for at least one year (preferably relatives) and who live at different addresses.

  5. Complete your DULA Financial Aid Application packet, including:
    Financial Aid Application
    Disbursement of Federal Funds and Credit Balances
    Federal Student Aid Policy
    Verification Worksheet and tax transcripts, if applicable
    Signed Award Letter

  6. Bring the following required documents to the Financial Aid Office
    Driver’s License
    Social Security Card (if applicable)
    INS Documentation (if applicable). For citizens: Passport, Naturalization Certificate, or birth certificate. For eligible non-citizens: Green Card

For more information on financial aid or to schedule an appointment (again, once you have been admitted and have entered into a DULA Enrollment Agreement), please contact the Financial Aid Officer at (213) 487-0110.

Please note: As mentioned above, and notwithstanding the immediately foregoing, all students, including financial aid students, must comply with the University’s Leave of Absence Policy and Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy, as set forth more fully under the appropriate informational heading located elsewhere in this catalog.

In addition, Financial Aid personnel are professionally and ethically bound by the Federal government. Therefore, they may use their Professional Judgment to either deny certain Federal Financial Aid or refuse to certify a student’s loan application.