Helpful Hints

  • Apply early! The best time to apply for Federal Aid is February through April. Waiting any longer will delay the processing of your aid. 60 days before the first day of class is considered a late application for financial aid
  • Complete your application accurately and completely. Incomplete applications or applications that need to be corrected slow down the processing of your aid. Review your Student Aid Report (SAR) when you receive it.
  • Be sure all forms are complete before you submit them
  • Use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool on your FAFSA if able.This will eliminate the time it takes to request a copy form the IRS and reduce processing time of your financial aid.
  • Order your IRS Tax Return Transcript at www.irs.gov and keep copies of any other benefits or income received and be prepared to provide copies to the Financial Aid Office if requested.
  • Learn how to use your My.LamarPA website account. All your information for financial aid can be found on this page.Instructions are available online or in the financial aid office.
  • Be aware of the costs you will have to attend school, including tuition, fees, books, housing, tools and supplies.
  • Be aware of the college payment deadlines and try to have your financial aid file complete prior to those payment due dates.
  • Do not assume your financial aid will cover all costs.
  • Financial aid will not pay for classes that are not on your degree plan here at LSCPA
  • Be aware of policies regarding disbursement of Federal Aid (Pell Grants & Loans) and budget accordingly for the semester.
  • Be aware of policies regarding Satisfactory Academic Progress for students on Federal Aid.
  • Please do not "spend" a refund disbursement before you have it! The dates we publish for release of Pell or Loan refund checks are always subject to change. All refunds will be disbursed to the direct deposit account you set up.
  • Keep your address, telephone and e-mail information updated through the Admissions office. This may delay your refund if not current.
  • Learn and always include the student's name and LSC-PA ID number on all correspondence.
  • Read and respond immediately to all correspondence pertaining to your financial aid.
  • Check your e-mail every day.  We no longer mail letters for all situations and notifications.
  • Notify Financial Aid of any scholarships/grants received by outside sources.
  • Loan borrowers must notify Financial Aid, lenders, and guarantee agencies of changes in name, address, telephone number or enrollment status.
  • Always get the name of the person you speak to at Lamar-Port Arthur or outside agencies.
  • Ask questions! If you cannot find the information you need in printed policies or publications, please ask the Financial Aid staff. Asking friends or making assumptions could jeopardize your future eligibility for Federal Aid.
Common FAFSA errors
  • Failing to sign your FAFSA using your FSA ID (a username and password) or not submitting your signature page.
  • Failing to have your parent sign your FAFSA using his/her FSA ID or not submitting the signature page.
  • Failing to provide parent’s income information.
  • Submitting incorrect income/tax information.
  • Entering your or your parent’s Birthdate or Social Security Number incorrectly.
  • Entering parents' income information under the student's section.
  • Entering the student's income information under the parents' section.
  • Females skip the question "Are you male?"  Skipping this question results in a Selective Service flag that must be resolved.