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How to Apply for Aid

There are several steps you must complete in order to apply for financial aid. Follow these steps and you will be on your way to completing the process.

1. Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA): Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at http://www.fafsa.gov/.  If you have filed your Federal taxes on-line and two weeks have passed, use the IRS Data Retrieval option offered in the FAFSA submission process to download the data elements from your filed tax return to your FAFSA (both student and parent, if applicable).  This will save time and insure accuracy. The Lindenwood University school code is 002480.  Your application must be completed by March 15 to be considered for maximum assistance.

Federal Financial Aid2. First-time Lindenwood University Borrower Entrance Counseling: Any new LU borrower who wants to apply for a student loan must complete entrance counseling. The entrance counseling session is quick and easy and will provide useful tips and tools to help you manage your educational expenses. This online session will take about 20-30 minutes to complete. Lindenwood University will be notified electronically once your session is complete.

3. Master Promissory Note (MPN): Once you have completed the entrance counseling session it will be necessary for you to complete a Federal Direct Stafford Loan Master Promissory Note. Upon completion, Lindenwood University will be notified electronically of your application.

4. Alternative Loans: A Federal Direct Loan may not provide enough financing to meet your educational expenses. An alternative/private loan can play a major role to fill the gap. If you are considering an alternative/private loan to supplement your educational expenses, first be sure you have maximized all your aid eligibility under the federal aid programs.

Alternative/private loans are credit based and in most cases, a credit worthy co-signer is required for approval. Recently passed legislation requires lenders to provide several detailed loan disclosures to the borrower and co-borrower. Most lenders will require one or more of these disclosures to be completed and mailed back to them. This requirement may cause a delay in the overall process.

Alternative/private loans should be considered as a last resort.

Below is a historical list of lenders who continue to participate in the Alternative/Private Loan Program. Lindenwood University does not endorse any lender. Research your lender options before you select the lender of your choice.

  Lender Name   Alternative Loan Program Name
  Affinity PLUS Federal Credit Union   Affinity PLUS Private Education Loan
  Alaska Student Loan Corporation
(For Alaska residents only)
  Alaska Supplemental Loan
(For Alaska residents only)
  Anheuser-Busch Employees CU/American Eagle Div.   Anheuser-Busch Emp CU PEL
  CEFCU Private Student Loan
  • CEFCU Application Disclosure
  CEFCU Private Student Loan
  Citizens One
  • Citizens One Application Disclosure
  Citizens One Student Loans
  College Ave Student Loans
  • College Ave Student Loan Calculator
  College Avenue
  Commerce Bank
  • Commerce Application Disclosure - Undergraduate
  • Commerce Application Disclosure - Graduate
  Your Future Education Loan
  cuStudentLoans
  • cuStudentLoans Application Disclosure
  cu Private Student Loan
  Discover Student Loans
  • Discover Application Disclosure
  Discover Private Education Ln.
  Evansville Teachers Federal Credit Union   Evansville Teachers Private Education Loan
  Missouri Scholarship & Loan Foundation   Missouri Family Education Loan Program (MOFELP)
  Motorola Employees Credit Union   Motorola Employees Credit Union Private Education Loan
  PNC Solution Loan
  • PNC Application Disclosure
  PNC Solution Undergraduates
  Regions Bank
  • SOSL Application Disclosure
  Smart Option Student Loan
  Sallie Mae
  • SOSL Application Disclosure
  Smart Option Student Loan
  Scott Credit Union
  • SOSL Application Disclosure
  Smart Option Student Loan
  Sun Trust Bank
  • Sun Trust Application Disclosure
  Custom Choice Loan
  Thrivent Federal Credit Union
  • Thrivent Federal Credit Union Application Disclosure
  Thrivent Student Loan
  Wells Fargo EFS
  • Wells Fargo Application Disclosure
  Wells Fargo Collegiate Loan
  West Community Credit Union   West Community Private Education Loan

Once you have chosen a lender and completed the application process, Lindenwood University will be notified electronically of your request for an alternative/private loan. We will not certify eligibility for the alternative/private loan until your financial aid and admissions file is complete and your federal/state aid has been processed.


5. Forms & Resources: Every application is reviewed individually and may require additional information or the completion of additional documents. The Office of Financial Aid will notify you by mail of the necessary documents needed to complete the verification process. You can click and download some of the forms you might need.

6. Apply Early: The most important factor when applying for financial aid is to apply early. We recommend you file your FAFSA no later than March 15 to ensure you meet the access Mo. Grant deadline of April 1. Please contact the Office of Financial Aid if you need any assistance or have questions.

Notice of Availability of the Annual Security and Fire Safety Report

Lindenwood University is committed to assisting all members of the community in providing for their own safety and security. The annual security and fire safety report is available on the Lindenwood University Office of Public Safety and Security website. 

If you would like to receive a hard copy of the Annual Security and Fire Safety Report, which contains this information, you can stop by the Office of Public Safety and Security at 110 S. Kingshighway, or you can request that a copy be mailed to you by calling 636-949-4687.

The report contains information regarding campus security and personal safety, including topics such as crime prevention, public safety authority, crime reporting policies, fire safety, disciplinary procedures, and other matters of importance related to security on campus.  The report also contains information about fire statistics in Lindenwood University residential facilities and crime statistics for the three previous calendar years concerning reported crimes that occurred on campus; in certain off-campus buildings or property owned or controlled by Lindenwood; and on public property that is within or immediately adjacent to and accessible from the campus.

This information is required by law and is provided by Office of Public Safety & Security.

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