Yes. In order to receive a financial aid package, students will need to reapply each year by filing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Students may file the FAFSA starting October 1.
Some financial aid funding sources are limited and are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis until funds are depleted. The earlier you file the FASFA, the better your chances of being considered for these types of financial aid funds.
For returning students, we wait until spring grades are posted and housing/meal plans are updated for the next academic year. We will begin emailing the financial aid packages before the end of May.
Yes, as long as you meet Satisfactory Academic Progress.
No. The amount you were awarded when you were admitted to the College remains the same.
Merit-based scholarships are awarded for a maximum of eight (8) semesters.
Yes. If the financial circumstances of your family have changed or if there will be another dependent child in your family attending college at least half time, it may be worth filing the FAFSA again to see if you have eligibility for any grant aid or loans.
The parent you lived with most during the last 12 months. If you don’t live with either parent, or if you lived with each parent an equal number of days, use the parent who provided the most support to you in the most recent calendar year that you were actually supported by a parent.
Yes. Your step-parent is part of your family unit so both your biological parent and your step-parent’s income and assets are reported on your FAFSA. Read more information regarding parents and the FAFSA.
View the FAFSA questions that determine dependency status.
Use the actual balance in your savings and checking account on the day you complete the FAFSA.
Contact the Financial Aid Office and ask about filing an appeal based on a loss of income. We will ask you to send us a written appeal describing your specific circumstances, the timeline and details of the loss of income and an estimate of your projected income. Documentation will also be required. The financial aid administrator may use professional judgment to determine if you could qualify for additional financial aid.
Financial aid eligibility is re-evaluated every year. Any changes in income/assets and/or number of family members in the household reported on the FAFSA and number of those family members in college will come into consideration when a student is awarded. The availability of funds also varies from year to year. Also, your choice of housing and meal plan options may impact your financial aid. We highly recommend completing your FAFSA and submitting verification documents, if selected, as early as possible to help secure your awards.