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  • Mindful Minute
  • Peer Mentor Presentation

Financial Aid

  • Complete the FAFSA
  • Work study
    • The work-study program is a form of financial aid that provides part-time employment to students to assist them with their educational expenses. It is awarded to students who demonstrate financial need and meet eligibility requirements.

- WORK-STUDY - You have recently been awarded funds to participate in the work-study program. Work-study awards give students the opportunity to participate in job placement on/off campus. You must be enrolled at least half-time (6 hours) to participate in this program. Most work-study jobs will begin two weeks prior to the start of the semester and will pay at least minimum wage. Students are eligible to work up to 20 hours per week and will receive a bi-weekly paycheck. Because of the limited number of jobs available, you have until September 15th for fall awards and February 15th for spring awards to find a job or your FWS award will expire. Employment is not guaranteed. It is your responsibility to actively search for employment. For a complete listing of job opportunities, please visit Career Services in the University Center, Room 304. In general, students are not permitted to work during scheduled class times. Exceptions are permitted if an individual class is cancelled or if the instructor has excused the student from attending for a particular day. Any such exemptions must be documented and submitted to the Financial Aid Office.

Good things to know about work-study:

  • Most work-study jobs begin at minimum wage, have flexible hours, and are conveniently located on campus.
  • The money you earn through this program is not used to determine your financial need.
  • Students wishing to trade their work-study eligibility for another type of aid are limited to loans.
    • Many jobs on campus will hire students with Work Study over those without.
  • Grants
    • Grants are gift-aid programs that do not have to be repaid. Grants are based on a needs analysis formula and are mostly distributed on a first-completed, first-awarded basis.

Good things to know about grants:

  • Grants are a lot like scholarships, in that they do not have to be repaid. Grant funds can go quickly, so submit your FAFSA as soon as possible to increase your chances of being awarded.
  • Loans

- SUBSIDIZED and/or UNSUBSIDIZED STAFFORD LOANS awards are based on at least a half-time enrollment (6 hours) and require completion of a Master Promissory Note and an Entrance Counseling Session. Please be aware that first-time, first-year borrowers are not eligible to receive their loan funds until 30 days into the semester. Additionally, first-year, first-time borrowers are required to attend a loan entrance session before your loans will be processed.

  • Subsidized Loans - DO NOT collect interest while you are in college
  • Unsubsidized Loans - DO collect interest while you are in college

LOAN FORGIVENESS AND CANCELLATION IS A REAL THING!!!

When do you have to begin paying back loans?

Words of Advice:

  • APPLY FOR EVERYTHING, even if you donít think you will get it.
  • If you rejected something and decide you need it, visit the Financial Aid office to ask for your financial aid to be repacked.

Announcements/Reminders:

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