How to Apply

How to File a FAFSA

You can complete FAFSA in one of the following ways:

  • Online at at the FAFSA web site
  • Over the phone with a Department of Education counselor at 1-800-433-3243 (TTY Line for Hearing impaired is 1-800-730-8913)

Howard University recommends that you file your FAFSA online in order to make the process as efficient and timely as possible.  Watch the instructional videos above for guidance.  In order to complete the FAFSA online, you will need to first retrieve your Personal Identification Number (PIN).

What is a PIN?

The PIN serves as your identification code to access your personal information in various Department of Education (ED) Systems. It is like the personal identification number that you get from your bank that enables you to access your account. Your PIN serves as an electronic signature. Once you successfully complete your request, ED will e-mail your PIN to you.

You can use your PIN at the following Department of Education websites:

You will find more on the PINs at

The FAFSA application is specific to an academic year, so you will need to make sure you are completing the correct version of the application.

What to Report in FAFSA

Personal Information

You will need to provide some basic personal information on your FAFSA that includes:

  • Full legal name
  • Date of Birth
  • Social Security Number
  • Citizenship Status - (only U.S. Citizens, permanent residents and certain visa holders are eligible to complete a FAFSA)
  • Mailing Address
  • E-mail Address
  • Driver's License (optional)

In order for Howard University to match your FAFSA information to your university record, the spelling of your name, your date of birth and social security on your FAFSA must match what is listed in Howard University's system. If there is a discrepancy, you will need to resolve the issue with the Department of Education to ensure that your FAFSA data can be processed appropriately.

How to Complete the Health Sciences Financial Aid Application

Before you begin this application, complete and submit the 2020-2021 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online at the FAFSA website on or before February 1, 2020, if eligible.  

Please make sure that you answer the question regarding college name, city, state, and school code as follows: Code 001448, Howard University, 2400 Sixth Street, NW, Washington, DC 20059. It is mandatory for students who wish to be considered for Federal Scholarships and Loans for Disadvantaged Students to complete the parent(s) as well as the student (and spouse) sections on the 2020-2021 FAFSA. The parental data requirement cannot be waived. Parents’ signatures must be provided on the FAFSA. All application information will be verified. If parents reside outside of the United States, allow extra time to obtain information and signatures.  A Student Aid Report (SAR) will be sent to you by the U.S. Department of Education after the FAFSA has been processed. Review the SAR and, if necessary, make corrections online at

Download the Health Sciences Financial Aid Application

Please note that the application requirements on your Bisonweb account will be satisfied on a weekly basis.

After properly completing Sections A-B of the application, a select group of students will receive notice to complete Section C of this application via their Bisonweb account.  In Section C, expound on any information requested in earlier questions and provide details of extenuating circumstances.   If you do not receive notice to complete Section C, then you have completed your application.

Understanding the Cost of Attendance

An important point to remember about the cost of attendance is that it is not the same as your bill. The cost of attendance is an estimate of all the possible costs a student may incur as related to your attendance at the College of Medicine. Howard University creates this estimate each year based upon your program.  The cost of attendance is used to determine your financial need and the maximum amount of financial aid for which you may be eligible.  Additionally, it is meant to help you budget appropriately for your enrollment at Howard.

The cost of attendance is made up of both direct and in-direct costs. Direct costs are those that will appear on your bill and are required to be paid by you to the university. These costs include tuition and fees.

The in-direct costs are comprised of expenses for which the university does not bill you, but that you may incur as a result of being a student. These include room and board, books and supplies, transportation and miscellaneous costs.

Howard University estimates all costs based upon averages for your program and enrollment. It is important to remember that the cost of attendance only includes expenses related to your attendance at Howard University. The U.S. Department of Education and Howard University expect all students to be responsible for their financial choices and recognize that not all personal costs can be included as part of the cost of attendance.

You can view your cost of attendance via BisonWeb.

Aid Packaging Process

Once you have completed the necessary steps to apply for financial aid, Howard University can create a financial aid package for you. A financial aid package is a summary of all the federal, state and institutional financial aid awards you are eligible to receive based upon your program, status, cost of attendance, and FAFSA information.

A completed financial aid package includes the following information:

  • Cost of Attendance for the academic year
  • Itemized list of all the financial aid awards you are eligible to receive for the academic year
  • List of requirements you must complete in order to receive your financial aid (i.e., Entrance Counseling, Master Promissory Note, Terms and Conditions Acceptance, etc.)