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Award Letter Criteria

Once your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is filed and received by our office an award letter is prepared for you.

In order to get your financial aid award package all of the following criteria must be met.

New students must:

  1. File a current year FAFSA as soon as possible after Oct. 1,
  2. Have been accepted into a degree or eligible certificate program, and
  3. Meet the eligibility criteria.

New students accepted through Early Action who complete their FAFSA by Oct .1 will receive an award letter in Jan.

New Students accepted through Regular Decision who complete their FAFSA by the March 1 priority deadline will receive an award letter in March.

Returning students must:

  1. File a current year FAFSA as soon as possible after Oct. 1,
  2. Be enrolled in courses for the upcoming semester,
  3. Meet Satisfactory Academic Progress criteria,
  4. Complete the verification process, if selected, and
  5. Meet the eligibility criteria.

Returning students registered for the upcoming semester who complete the FAFSA as soon as possible after Oct. 1 and before the March 1 priority deadline, will receive an award letter via their university email by the end of June (provided ALL requirements above are met).

Students applying after March 1 who meet all the above requirements, receive aid as funds become available.

Additional Information

Once you have your award letter, use the Online Cost Planner to create an estimated financial plan for your family. 

Outside Resources

If you are receiving outside assistance, such as private scholarships, please notify the Solution Center in writing and provide copies of the appropriate letters. Remember to make a copy for your records.

Accepting Your Awards

The Financial Aid Award Letter lists the types and amounts of financial aid you are eligible to receive for the entire academic year. All financial aid awards are considered accepted unless declined by you. If you wish to decline or reduce the amount of the federal loans and/or student employment awards offered, sign in to your SiS Self Service and go to the Accept/Decline awards link. Keep in mind that some declined aid may not be reinstated.

Federal Student 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 in person at The Solution Center. Students will be notified via university email when it is available.

Adjustments To Your Aid

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. Other reasons your aid may be adjusted include, additional outside aid, verification and special circumstances. It is very important that you notify our office as soon as possible of any changes.

Disbursement of Aid

Disbursement of financial aid, in accordance with the university’s policy, is directly made to your student account, except in the case of student employment. Financial aid is disbursed after the add/drop period of each semester once enrollment, residency, grade level and housing are confirmed. All program requirements, such as loan entrance counseling, master promissory notes and verification must also be complete.