How to Apply for Financial Aid

The FAFSA is required for all federal, state and Benedictine University need-based assistance. It should be completed as soon as possible after October 1st. 


To receive financial aid from federal programs you must:

  • Be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen.
  • Be registered with Selective Service if required.
  • Demonstrate financial need if applying for need-based aid. 
  • Be enrolled at least half-time (audited, repeated, and other non-credit classes do not apply). 
  • Be working toward a degree or certificate. 
  • Be making satisfactory academic progress.
  • Not be in default on any loan or owe a refund on any grant made under Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended, at any institution.


Have your completed U.S. Federal Income Tax returns readily available when completing the FAFSA. Estimated data can be used and updated later.  

Enter either your (the student's) FSA ID or personal information to log in to FAFSA on the Web. If you do not have an FSA ID, you can create one at  If you are a dependent student, your parent will also have to create an FSA ID.  

Include Benedictine University's school code: 001767 so the results of your FAFSA application will automatically be sent to our financial aid office.

What Happens Next?  

Some students are selected for Verification. These students are required to submit additional documents before financial aid can be awarded.  

All students who apply for financial aid will receive a financial aid award letter. The letter will include the types of assistance and award amounts the student is eligible to receive.  

Students who wish to decline a financial aid award or reduce the amount of the award must sign and return their award letter within fourteen (14) days of receipt.  

In order to ensure loan funds are credited in a timely manner, students should complete a Master Promissory Note and Entrance Loan Counseling.

Funds awarded will be credited to the student's tuition account after the add/drop period is over.

Office of Financial Aid
Lownik Hall - Main Floor
Monday - Friday
8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Phone: (630) 829-6100
Fax: (630) 829-6101