US Federal Student Aid Application (FAA)

How do I apply for a US Federal Aid loan?

Answer ID 3027 | Last updated on 06/02/2023 11.29 PM

Applying to the U.S. Department of Education's Direct Loan Program, also referred to as William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan Program for Direct Stafford Loan (or Direct Loan) is detailed below.

You may find that applying for financial aid for study at a non-US school is very different from the process you are used to in the United States.

To help you, we've created a simple step-by-step guide to the process at UWA. If you have any questions, please contact the Financial Aid Administrator (FAA).

  1. Your first step is to complete a Free Application for Federal School Aid (FAFSA). For this, you'll need UWA's school code, which is G11094. However it may be better to access the Federal Student Aid website in the first instance as this has very good information on US Direct Loans – you can apply for a PIN under ‘Tools and Resources’ and hyperlink from here to complete your FAFSA.
  2. Once processing is complete, check the details of your Student Aid Report (SAR).
  3. Next, complete Direct Loan Entry Counselling when applying for Subsidised and Unsubsidised loans (and Direct Loan Plus Counselling if you are applying for a Graduate or Parent PLUS loan). Confirmation of counselling is required by UWA.
  4. Send a copy of your SAR and Master Promissory Note (MPN) (and MPN PLUS if applying for a PLUS loan) to the FAA.
  5. We will determine your eligibility for aid, calculate the value of the loans for which you can apply, and send you a Direct Stafford Loan Application Form which details the amount you can borrow. You should then review the amounts offered, select the amounts you want to borrow, sign the declarations, and return it to UWA together with your original completed MPN. We will then send the School Certification and your original MPN to your guarantor, who can then do background checks and, if the loans are approved, arrange for the money to be disbursed.
  6. You must understand your rights and responsibilities as a borrower. The Borrower's Rights and Responsibilities Statement provides more complete information about the terms and conditions of your loan and is part of your MPN. Your rights and responsibilities are also available via It is important that you read and understand your rights and responsibilities. If you do not have a copy of the Statement, ask the FAA to provide one.

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