Lakeland University Financial Aid Checklist

Dates to Know

(optional) Select a college scholarship search engine (such as, create a personal profile and apply for outside scholarships. Check with your high school guidance counselor for local scholarship opportunities.

Please check here for more helpful information on external scholarships.

(optional) Apply for any Lakeland University scholarships for which you meet the criteria. Many Lakeland University scholarships have a priority deadline of Nov. 2022.

  • Complete the 2023-2024 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The FAFSA can be completed online at or download the free app “myStudentAid” on your Apple or Android device.
  • Be sure to list Lakeland University’s school code: 003854
  • Complete any additional forms as requested by the Financial Aid Office.
  • Use the Net Price Calculator to estimate your financial aid eligibility.
  • After receiving your Financial Aid Award from Lakeland, review and accept your award.
  • Discuss additional payment options, such as the Parent PLUS loan, alternative loans or payment plans with your parents, with the Financial Aid Office and the Bursar Office.

If you are accepting federal direct student loans, complete the Master Promissory Note and Entrance Counseling at

New Students to Lakeland's Traditional Program:

  1. You must be accepted for admission to Lakeland University.
  2. You may use the Net Price Calculator to obtain an estimate of your potential out of pocket cost.
  3. Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and list Lakeland University as a receiving institution. Lakeland's school code is 003854. Video: How to Fill Out the FAFSA
  4. The FAFSA that students will need to complete depends on what time of the year they are enrolling. Please see chart below for which FAFSA to complete.
  5. Term attendingFAFSA to submitSubmit FAFSA between:Income tax information
    Fall 2022
    Spring 2023
    Summer 2023
    2022-2023Oct. 1, 2021-June 30, 20232020
    Fall 2023
    Spring 2024
    Summer 2024
    2024-2024Oct. 1, 2022-June 30, 20242021
  6. After your financial aid file is complete, you will be notified of your financial aid award by regular mail and via email.
  7. Review the traditional program Financial Aid Guide.
  8. To speak with your financial aid counselor at Lakeland, you may contact Sue Bialk at 920-565-1032 ext. 2377 or email her at

Continuing Students in the University's Traditional Program

Returning students should refer to the Financial Aid Checklist.

  1. Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Lakeland's priority date to file the FAFSA is February 1. Lakeland's school code is 003854.
  2. Complete the Lakeland University Financial Aid Application (priority date is Feb. 1).
    You will be required to login with your my.lakeland username and password to gain access to the application. Log in to your page, click on the Quick Link (along the left side) of Financial Aid Student Access-Net Partner, then click on the menu tab labeled Apply Online.
  3. Promptly submit any additional documentation/information as requested.
  4. To speak with your financial aid counselor at Lakeland, you may contact Laura Orth at 920-565-1032 ext. 2379 or email her at

FAFSA Information for All Students

Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at your earliest convenience at

  1. Lakeland University’s school code is 003854.
  2. You and a parent should create an FSA UserID if you do not yet have one. You will be prompted to do so at the site.
  3. You will be asked to include your federal income tax data (if applicable).Be sure you and your parent(s) sign your FAFSA. Tip: use this chart to determine which parent to include on your FAFSA.
  4. It is recommended that you use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool to directly import your tax data into your FAFSA.
  5. Verification: If your file is selected for verification by the Department of Education after submitting the FAFSA, you will be asked to provide additional documentation. Copies of Federal Tax Returns are no longer acceptable to satisfy the verification requirements. The government requires that parents and students either use the IRS Data Retrieval process as noted above or request a Federal Tax Return Transcript (directly from the IRS, no charge) to fulfill the federal verification requirements. More detailed information will be provided if your FAFSA was selected for verification.
  6. Print a copy of your completed FAFSA for your records.
  7. After the Department of Education receives and processes your FAFSA, you will receive a Student Aid Report (SAR). This is a record of your FAFSA, please review it for accuracy. The SAR will show your Expected Family Contribution (EFC) calculated by the information that you provided on your FAFSA. The EFC is the amount determined by the Department of Education that your family is expected to contribute to your education for the upcoming year.

If you have special or unusual circumstances which could affect your ability to contribute to college expenses, you may qualify for a re-evaluation of financial aid eligibility. Examples of these circumstances include, but are not limited to the following: death in family, separation/divorce, involuntary loss of a job, retirement of wage earner and medical expenses paid and not covered by insurance. The request for consideration of special circumstances form is available on the financial aid forms tab.

Note: If you do not want to complete the FAFSA, you may still be awarded a Lakeland University academic scholarship. Please contact the financial aid office.