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Financial Aid

Applying for Financial Aid

All students who are interested in applying for need based federal, state, or institutional aid should file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) electronically at

Eligible applicants should follow the steps below to get the process started.

Merrimack College’s Federal School Code is 002120. To be considered for need based institutional aid, incoming freshmen must apply as soon as possible after January 1.  The financial aid application deadline is February 1 for early action/ early decision applicants and February 15 for regular decision applicants. Returning students must apply by April 1.

Here are the steps to apply:

Step 1:  Create your FSA ID

In order to complete the FAFSA both a parent and the student must have an FSA ID to electronically complete and sign the application. (Students who were born before January 1, 1992 are considered Independent and do not need to file parent information for the 2016-2017 FAFSA).  Create an FSA ID at: Click here for a step by step guide for creating an FSA ID.

Step 2: Get Started

Log onto and click on “Start Here”. 

You’ll need a variety of information in order to complete your FAFSA, including tax information and bank statements. If parent/student prior year federal tax returns are not completed, please use estimated income.  Once tax returns are complete the FAFSA must be updated.

Step 3: Finishing Touches

Once all information has been entered on the application, include Merrimack’s school code: 002120.

Both the parent and student have to electronically sign the application before sending it to be processed.  You will be notified via email that the application has been processed so be sure that you have a valid email address.  Processing questions?  Call 1-800-4-FED-AID (1-800-433-3243)

Step 4: Notification

Congratulations – you’re all done!  Once your application has been processed, Merrimack College will begin the process of awarding need-based aid. Award packages are released electronically. When you get your letter online, please review it carefully. If you would like to decline or make changes your award, please sign and return a copy of your Financial Aid Award Notification Letter to the Office of Financial Aid. 


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For Additional Information

The Office of Financial Aid is located on the campus of Merrimack College in Room 15B of Austin Hall.

Our business hours are Monday - Friday 8:30 am to 4:30 pm. 

We can be reached by telephone at (978) 837-5186, by fax at (978) 837-5067
or e-mail the Office of Financial Aid at