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How to apply for a U.S. Federal loan

There are two steps to apply for a U.S. Federal loan at Massey University. Please note the deadlines for applications.

1. Complete the U.S. Financial Aid Declaration

This declaration must be submitted annually in order to use U.S. Financial Aid toward your studies. The form lets us know about your academic intentions and loan eligibility.

2. Complete a Federal Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

This is based on your prior year tax information. It outlines your eligibility for aid and provides the Department of Education with the financial information to calculate your Expected Family Contribution. Complete the FAFSA, listing Massey University (G13153) as your school, and indicating the correct level of study.

  • For Semester 1 2020 start: complete the 19-20 FAFSA
  • For Semester 2 2020 start: complete the 20-21 FASFA
  • For Semester 1 2021 start: complete the 20-21 FASFA

For New Students

Once you are admitted into your programme, you will receive an Offer of Place. Email your Offer of Place to Amy Odom, Senior Advisor International Financial Aid, as soon as you receive it.

Award letters for new U.S. Federal Aid students will be completed once the Senior Advisor receives your Offer of Place, FAFSA, and completed U.S. Financial Aid Declaration form.

Your award letter will be emailed to you with instructions of what steps you need to complete to receive your financial aid.  

Review your award letter carefully once you receive it, accept or decline the awards, and return the signed award letter to the Senior Advisor as soon as possible.  You will then need to complete the steps outlined in the email.  

The Senior Advisor will certify that you will be receiving U.S. Financial Aid once all the steps are completed. Massey University's International Admissions team will then issue you a Receipt of Payment which will allow you to enroll in your courses.

You can request an estimated award letter from the Senior Advisor if you need to receive an estimate of your financial aid prior to receiving your Offer of Place.

Application time frames

Note: Application time frames will be strictly managed

Date due

Semester One 2019 start - 18/19 Award Year

Semester Two 2019 start - 18/19 Award Year

Applications open

5 October 2018

1 March 2019

Apply for PLUS/ Private Loan

From 17 December 2018

From 16 May 2019

Complete application requirements

20 December 2018*

23 May 2019

Award letters available

29 January 2019

3 June 2019

Return signed Award Letters

12 February 2019

10 June 2019

Anticipated disbursement date(s)

2020 Disbursement Timetable

* Students in the BVSc pre-selection semester will be advised by Veterinary School of a separate timetable that applies to them.

Note: Federal Aid regulations stipulate that first year bachelor students that are first time borrowers can only receive their first aid disbursement 30 days after the commencement of the first semester. New bachelor students must also receive 2 disbursements per semester for the first academic year of their enrolment. From the second academic year of programme enrolment and beyond, students are considered returning students. Returning students in a full year programme will receive one disbursement per semester.

Contact Us

Amy Odom, our Senior Advisor International Financial Aid, is available to answer your questions and assist you with the process.

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