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1 STUDENT FINANCIAL SERVICES Graduate Financial Aid Information Session Debbie Davis, Assistant Director of Graduate Financial Aid

2 Agenda Student Financial Services Cost of Attendance Budget Types of Aid Student Information System (SIS) Checklist and Calendar Questions

3 Student Financial Services Financial Aid Office - Award financial aid for undergraduates and graduates - Process student loans and work study - Financial counseling Student Accounts Office - Billing for all University charges - Lee Emergency Loans - Brewer Deferment Plan - Payment Plan

4 1001 North Emmet Street Carruthers Hall (across from the Barracks Road Shopping Center) on UTS North Line or FAX:

5 Applying for Aid Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) - Looks at prior year tax information for student s financial data Electronic Signature, University Financial Aid Application (UFAA) in SIS Student Center

6 Graduate Cost of Attendance (COA) COA Budget includes: - Tuition and Fees - Health Insurance (Charged in Fall term for the year) - Living Expenses $16,690/year - Books $1,630/year Students may not receive financial aid that exceeds their Cost of Attendance for the year.

7 Grad Financial Aid Facts Graduate students are considered independent for financial aid purposes. Parental information is NOT required. (If married, however, you must report spouse information.) No institutional aid for graduate students; only federal aid (loans and work study). Only required to demonstrate financial need in order to qualify for work study. Loans are not need based.

8 Types of Aid Departmental Awards/Scholarships Federal Work Study Direct Unsubsidized Loans Grad PLUS Loans Private Loans

9 Federal Work Study Must demonstrate financial need COA Expected Family Contribution (EFC) = Need Limited work study funding available for graduate students Indicate interest on FAFSA Award: $5,000/year ($2,500 per term) Paid as wages directly to student

10 Direct Unsubsidized Loan The Department of Education is the lender Must be U.S. Citizen or eligible noncitizen to apply Annual Maximum Amount is $20,500 Interest Rate for 14-15: 6.21% Origination Fee of 1.073% Interest begins to accrue once the loan is disbursed. Students have the option to pay it while in school. Repayment begins 6 months after leaving school Direct Loan Master Promissory Note (MPN) and entrance counseling are required before disbursement

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12 Graduate Plus Loans Guaranteed by the Federal government Requires a credit check May borrow up to the COA minus other financial aid Interest Rate for 14-15: 7.21% Origination Fee of 4.292% Interest begins to accrue once the loan is disbursed. Students have the option to pay it while in school. Repayment begins 6 months after leaving school Grad Plus Master Promissory Note (MPN) and Grad Plus Entrance Counseling are required before disbursement

13 Private Loans Not guaranteed by the Federal government Requires a credit check Some require a credit worthy co-signer May borrow up to the COA minus other financial aid Most have a variable interest rate (LIBOR or Prime) TILA disclosures (type of interest, fees, repayment terms, alternatives to private loans, rights of the consumer )

14 Log in to the Student Information System (SIS) to view your Financial Aid Award

15 Go to the Finances Section of your Student Center Check To Do List to see if additional information is requested. If your award is available, click on View Financial Aid

16 Checklist Once you have received notification of your financial aid award: Accept Loans in SIS Sign up for Direct Deposit in SIS Student Center Complete Master Promissory Notes and Entrance Counseling

17 Calendar Fall Semester Fall Semester Charges posted, mid-july Fall Semester Balance Due, August 21 st Refund of Excess Financial Aid, starting one week after due date Spring Semester Spring Semester Charges posted, December Spring Semester Balance Due, January Refund of Excess Financial Aid, January

18 YOUR QUESTIONS??

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