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Financial Aid Office

How to Accept/Decline Your Financial Aid

If you wish to reduce or decline any of the financial aid offered, you have the option of doing so online.  Keep in mind there are limits for the total amount of loan funds you can borrow as an undergraduate and graduate student.  For more information on these limits, visit

Where on Campus Connection do I accept /decline awards?

  • Go to and click on "Campus Connection Login".
  • Enter your user ID and password.  If you do not know your user ID or password, call the Help Desk at (866) 457-6387.  Help Desk hours are 24 hrs, seven days a week.
  • Go to Student Center > Finances > Accept/Decline Awards.
  • Select aid year.
  • Check "Accept" for each award (or "Accept All").  Some types of aid may already be accepted on your behalf.
  • Click "Submit", "Yes", "Ok" to save.
  • Click on “Contact FA Office” to report any 3rd party awards (i.e. vocational rehabilitation, BIA grants, scholarships, etc.).

Federal Direct Loans
If you are accepting a Federal Direct Loan for the first time (and you will be enrolled in at least six credits), complete these steps in order for us to process your federal loans.

  • Go to 
  • Click the green "Log In" button to sign in using your FSA ID and complete:
    • Master Promissory Note
    • Loan Entrance Counseling

Federal Perkins/Nursing Loans
If you are borrowing a Federal Perkins Loan for the first time (and you are enrolled in at least six credits) you must complete a Master Promissory Note (MPN) online through Campus Connection. Borrowers of Federal Perkins Loans are also required to complete loan entrance counseling each year through

If you are borrowing a Nursing Loan for the first time (and you are enrolled in at least six credits), you will be required to complete a Master Promissory Note (MPN) and entrance counseling each year through the Nursing Loan servicer ECSI. When you have accepted your Nursing Loan, ECSI will send you an email with instructions on how to complete these items.


  • Enrollment:  Your initial award is based on full-time enrollment.  If you plan to enroll in less than 12 credits per semester please notify the Financial Aid Office with the number of credits you will be registered for by emailing the Financial Aid office at  Remember - you must be enrolled in a minimum of six credits to be eligible for a Federal Direct, Federal Perkins or Federal Nursing Loan and SEOG Grant.
  • Communications:  Campus Connection - Be sure to check your Campus Connection frequently for updates to your financial aid package, your account balance and any "Holds" or "To Do" Lists.
  • MSU email account:  Official campus announcements are sent to this email account; be sure to check it often.  You can expect to receive information about financial aid, registration, academic advising, campus events, and more.
  • Authorized User: If you, the student, would like to add an authorized user to your account, follow the instructions listed below.  Your authorized user will be able to view your bill and make payments to your account.:
    1. Log into Campus Connection.
    2. Select "Student Center".
    3. Select "Pay Online Now".
    4. Select the "Authorized User" tab.
    5. Select "Add An Authorized User".
    6. Enter authorized user's email address.
  • Visit the MSU Financial Aid Office web site for information on:
    • How academic progress affects financial aid.
    • Withdrawing from school.
    • The cost of tuition and fees.
    • Important dates.
    • Debt management and consumer information.