Financial Aid

Award Notification

The Financial Aid Award Notification Letter lists the types and amounts of financial aid that you are eligible to receive for the entire academic year.

Students will receive a Financial Aid Award Notification if all of the following criteria are met:

New Students:

  • You filed a current academic year FAFSA and received a valid Expected Family Contribution (EFC)
  • You have been accepted into a degree or eligible certificate program
  • You have responded to all requests for additional documentation to resolve conflicting information and/or complete the verification process (allowing sufficient time for processing)
  • You meet the eligibility criteria to receive financial aid
  • Incoming students accepted to the University who complete their FAFSA by the March 1st priority deadline will receive notification of their awards by the end of March
Returning Students:
  • You filed a current academic year FAFSA and received a valid Expected Family Contribution (EFC)
  • You must be enrolled in courses for the upcoming semester
  • You must meet Satisfactory Academic Progress
  • You must complete the verification process, if selected
  • Returning students registered for the upcoming semester who complete their FAFSA by the March 1st priority deadline will receive notification of their awards by the end of June
  • Students applying after March 1st receive aid as funds become available
If you are receiving outside assistance such as private scholarships or tuition waivers please notify the Financial Aid Office and provide copies of the appropriate letters. Remember to make a copy for your records.

All financial aid awards are considered accepted unless declined by you. If you wish to decline or reduce the amount of the federal loan and/or work study awards offered, select the Accept/Decline awards under the finance link in iSiS Self Service. Keep in mind that some declined aid may not be reinstated.

Loans
The Federal Direct Subsidized/Unsubsidized loan programs require first-time borrowers to complete an online Entrance Counseling and sign a Master Promissory Note (MPN).

The Federal Perkins loan program requires first time borrowers to sign a master promissory note. Students will be notified via Email when it is available and they must come in person to the Financial Aid Office to sign.

Changes
IMPORTANT: Your enrollment, residency, grade level and housing status have a direct impact in the calculation of your financial aid award package. Any changes may result in an adjustment to your awards. It is very important that you notify our office as soon as possible of any changes.

Disbursement
Disbursement of financial aid, in accordance with the University’s policy, is directly made to the student’s account, except in the case of on-campus employment. Financial aid is disbursed after the add/drop period of each semester.

More information about additional documents and the verification process.