How to Apply

Applying for financial aid at AIC has never been easier!

All freshman and transfer students must be accepted for Admission to AIC before aid eligibility is determined and an award is made. Financial need has no bearing on the admission of any student to the College.

Step 1: Get a U.S. Department of Education PIN (personal identification number) to complete the FAFSA on line.

  • Apply for your PIN at
  • Parents of dependent students should apply for a PIN also.
  • The PIN is a valid electronic signature and is used for signing the FAFSA and federal loan documents.

Step 2: Complete the "Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)" as soon as possible after January 1st .

  • File online at
  • AIC's School Code for the FAFSA is 002114.
  • Once the FAFSA is processed by the U.S. Department of Education, the results will be sent electronically to AIC's Financial Aid Office.
  • Review the Student Aid Report (SAR) for accuracy.
  • Note that some applications are selected for verification. This requires the student (and parent for a dependent student) to submit income tax documentation. The SAR will advise the student applicant of required documentation. The AIC Financial Aid Office will also advise applicants of documentation required to complete the application and awarding process.
  • If the FAFSA does not accurately represent your financial situation, you are welcome to provide additional written information to the office. All family information is held in strict confidence.
  • We encourage students to file the FAFSA prior to April 1st so that we may have sufficient time to evaluate eligibility for federal, state and college financing programs. Evaluation of late applications will continue with awards being made on a funds available basis.

Step 3: AIC will issue a financial aid decision after a review of the FAFSA and any other documentation submitted in support of the application. Aid packages typically include grants and scholarships, loans and work study.

Step 4: Advise your financial aid counselor if you wish to decline or reduce loan and work study awards.

Step 5: Optional: You may appeal the financial aid decision if family circumstances have changed or if you cannot finance the difference between anticipated charges and your financial assistance.

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