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Frequently Asked Questions

How do I apply for financial aid?

To apply for financial aid, a student must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) which is available on October 1. We recommend completing the FAFSA online at www.fafsa.ed.gov; however, a paper copy can be obtained by calling the Federal Student Aid information center at 1-800-4-FEDAID. Students also can download a PDF version of the FAFSA by visiting www.FederalStudentAid.ed.gov.

The priority date for filing the FAFSA is March 15. The Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships must receive a complete and valid Institutional Student Information Report from the federal processor by the priority date in order for the FAFSA to be considered on time.

What is priority date?

Students who electronically sign and submit a valid FAFSA to the federal processor by the priority date will have their financial aid file reviewed before bills are due and may receive the maximum gift aid based on availability.

Will the Financial Aid office require supplemental information in addition to the FAFSA?

Not necessarily. However, the federal government randomly selects financial aid applicants for a review process called "verification." As a result, we may be required to collect copies of the documentation you used to complete the FAFSA. Students are notified by OWLS e-mail if additional information is required. Financial aid applicants will not receive a financial aid package until all required documentation has been submitted to and reviewed by OFAS.

What is the Title IV school code for SCSU?

The Title IV code is 001406.

Can I still file my FAFSA if I am not accepted to the university?

Yes, it is in your best interest to submit your FAFSA by the "priority date" even if you have not been accepted into the University. However, OFAS will not process your application until you have been officially accepted as a matriculated student either by the Undergraduate Admissions Office or the Office of Graduate Studies.

What happens if the federal processor processes my FAFSA after the "priority date"?

Your financial aid application will be considered "late." You may not have financial aid in place by the bill due date.  You are urged to file your FAFSA online and to utilize the electronic signature component available to you upon completion of the application.

When will I hear about my financial aid award notification from the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships?

The Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships generally begins mailing award notification during the month of March for new incoming students and June for continuing students. However, those students selected for "verification" by the federal processor will be required to submit required documents prior to receiving their award notification. Students need to submit all requested documents by June 24 in order to receive an award notification before bills are due. Also, students need to complete the loan requirements (master promissory note, entrance counseling, etc) by June 24 in order for the financial aid to be credited against their university charges.

Can my financial aid change once I have been awarded and/or accepted the aid?

Yes. Your financial aid package is based on a number of factors including, but not limited to, the information you provide on the FAFSA, current enrollment status, grade level, additional resources and scholarships, etc. Therefore, any changes or discrepancies may result in adjustments to your aid.

Can I receive financial aid for the winter and spring intersessions??

Financial aid is not available for the winter and spring intersessions.

Can I receive financial aid for the summer session?

To determine your eligibility for summer aid, you must complete a FAFSA and OFAS's summer financial aid application. Summer is part of the current award year. Undergraduates must be enrolled for 6 or more credits and graduates must be enrolled for 4.5 or more credits. The summer application must be submitted by the deadline noted on the summer application. Late applicants will not be accepted. See "How to Apply for Financial Aid?" for additional requirements.

Is it necessary for me to pay my bill if I am waiting for financial aid?

Yes. If your financial aid is not in place (memoed to your account) by the payment due date set by the Student Accounts office (formerly Bursar), you are required to pay the bill.

I need to have a form completed by the Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships.  How long will it take to process?

Please allow three to five business days for processing and up to two weeks during peak periods (May - August).

I am under the age of 24 but I do not live with my parents, My parents do not claim me on their taxes and they do not provide any financial support.  Do I still have to include their information on the FAFSA?

If you cannot answer 'Yes' to any question under Step Three (questions 46 - 58) listed here: Dependency Section, then you must provide your parents' information on your FAFSA.  If you feel extenuating circumstances exist that prevent you from including your parents' information, then please contact our office to speak with a Financial Aid Counselor.  Financially supporting yourself and living on your own is NOT considered an extenuating circumstance.

When will my completed Master Promissory Note and/or Plus credit decision show up on my Banner Web account?

Our office will start receiving the Master Promissory Notes and Plus credit decisions in June 2017.  You may confirm these requirements were completed successfully by logging into www.studentloans.gov.  If you do not see the requirement on your Banner Web account satisfied by end of June 2017, then please contact our office.