Instructions for Accepting and Completing Financial Aid Requirements

 

To Accept Your Award:

 

1. Go to www.southernct.edu

2. Click on MYSCSU

3. Login by putting in your Username and Password

4. Click on Banner Web link on the right-hand side

5. Click on Financial Aid

6. Click on Award

7. Click on Award for Aid Year

8. Select Aid Year and then click on Submit

9. Click on Accept Award Offer to view and accept your awards

10. Once you accept your aid, scroll down to view the requirements that must be completed. Your financial aid will not memo (credit to your school account) until all of the requirements have been fulfilled.

Normal processing time for document entry is 3-5 business days followed by officer review if necessary. 

Once you accept your aid, you cannot make any adjustments online. The easiest way to make a change is to complete our Change of Award form for the appropriate aid year, which is available at www.southernct.edu/financialaid under Forms and Documents.

To Check Outstanding Requirements:

 

1. Go to www.southernct.edu

2. Click on MYSCSU

3. Login by putting in your Username and Password

4. Click on Banner Web link on the right-hand side

5. Click on Financial Aid

6. Click on Eligibility

7. Click on Student Requirements

8. Select Aid Year and then click on Submit

 

Direct Subsidized and Unsubsidized Stafford Loan (for Student):

 

Students must complete the online entrance counseling session, a master promissory note and the Financial Aid Authorization questions. Completing the Entrance Counseling (for Student)

1. Go to www.studentloans.gov

2. Click Sign In

3. Enter your Social Security number, first two characters of your last name, date of birth and your 4-digit FAFSA PIN and click sign in.

4. Answer the My Preferences questions, click Save and Continue

5. Click on Complete Entrance Counseling

6. Click on Complete Entrance Counseling (again)

7. Select "I am completing entrance counseling in order to receive loans as an undergraduate student"

8. Click Continue

9. Click Continue (again)

10. Complete the entrance counseling and click submit (Keep a copy of the confirmation for your records.)

 

Completing the Direct Loan Master Promissory Note (for Student):

 

1. Go to www.studentloans.gov

2. Click Sign In

3. Enter your Social Security number, first two characters of your last name, date of birth and your 4-digit FAFSA PIN and click sign in.

4. Answer the My Preferences questions, click Save and Continue

5. Now click on Complete Master Promissory Note (MPN)

6. Select the type of loan (i.e., subsidized/unsubsidized)

7. Complete the form and sign it electronically. (Be sure to view the PDF file.)

8. Keep a copy for your records

Answering the Mandatory Financial Aid Authorization Questions (for Student)

 

The federal government requires all individuals who receive Title IV financial aid (Federal Direct Stafford Loan, Federal Pell Grant, Federal Perkins Loan, etc.) to answer a few simple questions as to the authorized use of financial aid funds before the financial aid can be disbursed to the university. You must complete this requirement even if you decline the loans and only accept grants. Please follow these instructions.

 

1.    Go to www.southernct.edu

 

2.    Click on MYSCSU

 

3.    Log in with your username and password

 

4.    Click on Banner Web (link on the right-hand side)

 

5.    Click on Financial Aid

 

6.    Click on Award

 

7.    Click on Award for Aid Year

 

8.    Select the aid year and click submit

 

9.    Click on Resources/Additional Information tab

 

10.  Read each question and select either Authorize or Do Not Authorize

 

11.  Click on Submit Information

 

12. Click on the General Information tab to verify your answers.

Federal Perkins Loan (for Student):

 

You must complete the online entrance counseling session, a master promissory note and the Financial Aid Authorization questions (instructions are listed above). Our office will contact you with instructions regarding the Perkins Loan master promissory note. Federal Perkins Loan: Completing the Perkins Loan online entrance counseling session

1. Go to http://mappingyourfuture.org/

2. Click on Complete Online Counseling (on left-hand side)

3. Click on Perkins Entrance

4. Complete the counseling session and keep a copy of the confirmation page for your records.

Grants (for Student):

 

The only requirement, in addition to accepting the grant(s), is to complete the Financial Aid Authorization Questions (instructions are listed above).

 

Federal Direct PLUS loan (for Parent Loan Borrower):

 

The Direct PLUS loan has three components: a credit check, a master promissory note (both are done online) and the Federal Direct PLUS Loan Information form (located in the Forms and Documents section of our website). The loan cannot be processed without all three components. Please follow these steps.

  1. The parent must print and complete the Federal Direct PLUS Loan Information form for the appropriate aid year.  The form must be submitted to the Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships.

  2. Go to www.studentloans.gov and sign in using your (parent's) 4-digit FAFSA PIN number.

  3. Click on "Request a PLUS loan"

  4. Click on Parent PLUS (This starts the process for the credit check. Complete the four steps and submit.)

  5. If approved, the parent needs to complete the Federal Direct PLUS Loan Master Promissory Note (MPN). (Look in the left margin for the PLUS Loan MPN link.)