Arcadia Financial Aid Checklist

Follow these steps to apply for federal student aid:

  • Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Include the Arcadia University federal school code: 003235.
  • Sign the FAFSA electronically using your Federal Student Aid (FSA) ID. You can create an FSA ID on the Federal Student Aid website, or when logging into the FAFSA.
  • If you wish to receive the Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan, complete entrance counseling and electronically sign the Loan Agreement Master Promissory Note (MPN) at
    • Both the entrance counseling and MPN must be completed in order for funds to be disbursed to your student account at Arcadia.
    • If you have previously borrowed federal student loans, be sure to update your lender(s) with contact information and enrollment status (for loan deferment purposes). Log in on the homepage to review loan history and loan servicer details.
  • Evaluate your need for additional funding such as the Federal Direct Graduate PLUS Loan through the Department of Education, or private education loans through various lenders of your choice.
  • If you plan to apply for the Direct Graduate PLUS loan, contact Arcadia’s financial aid office for steps.
    • Email: You may also call:
      877-ARCADIA (877-272-2342)
      Hours: Monday–Friday, 8:30 a.m.–5 p.m.
    • If approved for the Direct Graduate PLUS Loan, complete a separate Loan Agreement (MPN).
    • If declined for the Direct Graduate PLUS Loan, you can re-apply with a co-signer (endorser) or appeal the denial through the Department of Education.
  • For more information on financial aid at Arcadia, visit the Arcadia Financial Aid and Scholarships page.
  • Visit Federal Student Aid website for more information on Federal Student Aid programs.