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1 Key Points to Remember about Bill Payment, Scholarships, Grants, and Loans

2 !! Introduction!! Business Office "! Where/When/How to Pay "! Holds/Credit Balances!! Financial Aid Office "! How to use Financial Aid to pay your bill "! Rules and Regulations regarding your student s financial aid!! MONEY!! Questions?

3 !! Cathy Freeman, Bursar!! Candice Coon, Accountant/Student Accounts!! Shelia Demonbreun, Student Account & Collections Representative!! Tim Gilfilen, Student Account Representative/Cashier!! Candice Meadows, Student Account Representative!! Emily Snell, Student Account Representative!! Michelle Upton, Student Account Representative us at or call (615)

4 Tuition (Block rate for hours per semester) $ 13,214 Room & Meal Plan (approx.) 5,368 Student Fees 1,098 TOTAL $19,680

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6 !! The Business Office requires all students to be Officially Registered (Zero Balance) before the semester begins OR the student s schedule/ classes WILL BE DROPPED!!! Deadlines to be Officially Registered: "! Fall August 1 "! Spring December 1 "! Summer May 1

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8 !! Your student must first make you an authorized user in the TouchNet payment system.!! You will then receive an with a link to login to TouchNet.!! Your password is sent in a separate .

9 !! Pay-in-full "!TouchNet (checking/savings account or credit card) "!Mail Check!! Monthly Payment Plan "!TouchNet (checking/savings account or credit card)

10 !! Prior to class registration for future semesters, your student should check mylipscomb to see if any HOLDS will prevent registration!! Holds can be applied to accounts for various reasons: "! BUSINESS OFFICE!! This hold means the student owes money and cannot register until a zero balance is reflected for the semester.

11 !! Financial Aid funds pay approximately 30 days after the semester begins and a refund is not available until aid has disbursed (listed as credits/payments) to the students account.!! During Advance, please sign-up in TouchNet in order to receive any refunds of student account credit balances.!! The Business Office will be available in the Bennett Campus Center tomorrow morning at 9am if you have questions on how to sign up with TouchNet.

12 All you need to know

13 !! Tiffany Summers, Director ( )!! Jimmy Morris, Associate Director, TN HOPE Administrator ( )!! Maggie Kersten, Assistant Director ( )!! Tamera Spivey, Scholarship Counselor ( )!! Donna Taylor, Loan Counselor ( )!! Deidra Cummings, Graduate Loan Counselor ( )!! Denise Forgette, Verification & Technical Support ( )!! Sheryl Palmer, Financial Aid Assistant ( ) ** us at

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15 !! Website is Can t get a federal loan or grant without it!! Application for the Tennessee HOPE (lottery) scholarship!! Recommend filing in January for TN residents!! Remember both parent and student FSA ID s for use each year

16 !! The Department of Education (DOE) may select you to prove your FAFSA answers through a process called Verification.!! The IRS Data Retrieval Tool on the FAFSA is the preferred, quickest, and most reliable way to verify your financial information.!! The Verification Worksheet verifies any other information required by the DOE and can be different each year.!! Selection can be every year.!! No Federal Aid can be processed or paid until verification is complete.!! May change your financial aid award!! Notified of selection by student SAR report from the DOE, by Lipscomb or through mylipscomb.!! Deadline to submit Verification is June 15, 2015

17 !! Student must also complete Entrance Counseling and a Master Promissory Note at (link on our website). These requirements will not show as satisfied until after we begin processing loans in July.!! Complete instructions for loan process available at financialaid.lipscomb.edu!! Everything is electronic no paper applications.

18 !! Six hours per semester for a Stafford loan!! If selected, must complete verification before Stafford loans can be processed!! Must have satisfied all outstanding requirements in mylipscomb prior to payment "! Approximately 30 days after classes begin (see catalog for specific dates)

19 !! Federal Stafford Loans are based on Year in School: "! Freshmen (0-29 earned hours) $5,500 "! Sophomore (30-59 earned hours) $6,500 "! Junior (60-94 earned hours) $7,500 "! Senior (95+ earned hours) $7,500!! Interest rate as of July 1, 2015 is 4.29% for subsidized and unsubsidized student loans. "! Subsidized Loans Government pays interest while in school. "! Unsubsidized Loans Interest begins at disbursement.

20 !! Parent Loans may be available for undergraduate, dependent students!! Borrow up to Cost of Attendance minus all other aid!! 10 year repayment and can be deferred while student is enrolled.!! Interest Rate as of July 1, 2015 is 6.84%!! Credit approval required through If Credit Denied, additional unsubsidized Stafford loans available for student "! $4,000 additional unsubsidized for Freshmen and Sophomores "! $5,000 additional unsubsidized for Juniors and Seniors.!! Private Student Loans also available in student s name but will require co-signer "! Apply online through bank of choice "! Most have variable interest rates "! Notify Financial Aid Office of bank and approved amount

21 !! Summer load requirements for academics may differ "! Usually a graduated schedule!! Exception Seniors in their last semester "! Requires Scholarship Special Request Form "! Scholarships prorated

22 !! Double majors or minors not reason for extension!! Exception made for some majors that require more than 126 hours to graduate Music Teaching and Engineering "! Requires Scholarship Special Request Form!! Maximum based on attempted hours, not earned hours

23 !! This is a cumulative GPA and is not rounded!! Students are offered one semester of grace during the freshman year (not checked after fall)!! Can get scholarship back once cumulative GPA is 3.0, BUT ONLY BY REQUEST "! Reinstatement applications available online!! Other institutional scholarships (memorial, athletic, etc.) require a 2.0 GPA!! Highest scholarships require 3.25 GPA

24 !! Awarded based on Need from FAFSA and availability of funds!! Not guaranteed each year!! Always applied last, if other scholarships from any other source are added the Memorial grant may change!! Once school has started, the Memorial grant will be cancelled and replaced with a specific scholarship fund. It is simply replaced, the total amount will not change.!! Students are required to write a Thank You Note for the Memorial Scholarship they received. "! We send students multiple reminders "! Usually begins late October of the school year "! Failure to complete the Thank You Note will forfeit scholarship in the following semester.

25 !! Different University scholarships have different requirements.!! Please read the Terms and Conditions of your award(in mylipscomb) to determine eligibility to receive and maintain University, Federal and State scholarships. "! Example #1: Several University scholarships require a student to live on campus to be eligible. If the student does not have a dorm and meal charge for on campus housing, then the scholarship will be cancelled. "! Example #2: Certain University scholarships have limits and restrictions on how they are applied. If the scholarship states that in combination with all other gift aid the scholarship may not exceed full tuition.!! This means that the scholarship is applied last and would be reduced or cancelled if it in combination with other scholarships exceeded full tuition.!! Also, if other aid is applied after the initial award, it could continue to change since it is still applied last.

26 ! Institutional financial aid (scholarships, discounts, assistantships) may only be applied to Lipscomb University semester-long study abroad programs. Short-term Global Learning and domestic travel programs are not eligible for institutional aid, including funds toward travel costs and tuition.!!! Most Lipscomb scholarships (academic and need based) are limited to undergraduate programs ONLY. "! If your student wants to complete a bridge program only courses toward the undergraduate degree will be counted for institutional scholarship purposes.

27 !! Three types of probation: Chapel, Academic and Disciplinary!! Can get scholarships back when probation is removed, BUT ONLY BY REQUEST "! Reinstatement applications available online

28 Initial Eligibility:!! Student must have graduated from an eligible TN high school and be a resident of the state.!! Student must have scored a 21 or higher on a national ACT or a 980 on national SAT tests (does not include essay portion) OR student has a 3.0 final cumulative high school GPA. HOPE Scholarship Amounts:!! Student receives $3,500 per year as a Freshman and Sophomore!! After 60 EARNED hours, student receives $4,500 per year (Junior and Senior)!! HOPE Aspire is available for an additional $1,500 if family verified adjusted gross income is less than $36,000 (amounts determined on verified FAFSA)!! HOPE General Assembly Merit Award (GAMS) is available for an additional $1,000 for students who have a national ACT score of 29 or higher AND a 3.75 cumulative final High School GPA. (Cannot be verified until final high school GPA is provided by Guidance Counselor at high school to the state of TN). Renewal of HOPE Scholarship:!! FAFSA must be completed each year!! A HOPE GPA (TELS) of 2.75 must be maintained through 48 attempted hours!! At 72 attempted hours, a 3.0 cumulative HOPE GPA is required.!! The HOPE can be regained if lost BUT only at Benchmarks (24,48,72,96,120)!! Students eligible up to 126 attempted hours!! Strong caution on Dropping Classes All Rules and Requirements for TN HOPE scholarship can be found at

29 !! The total amount of gift aid, from all sources, that a student may receive is limited to the actual costs billed to them for the term. Examples of gift aid are PELL grants, HOPE scholarships, state grants, Lipscomb institutional scholarships, outside scholarships, etc.!! Gift aid that includes any Lipscomb scholarships that exceeds direct costs on an account cannot be refunded to the student!! When deciding to move off-campus, a student should carefully review the impact to the financial aid award!! Meal plans for off-campus students cannot be covered with institutional aid

30 !! Eligibility based on FAFSA information!! Work on campus in return for paycheck!! Cannot be used toward student bill in current semester, can be saved or paid to account for future semester!! Job Fair for eligible students during first week of classes in August!! Over 700 student work jobs available last year!!! Great way for student to earn extra money and gain experience

31 $MONEY$

32 !! M: mylipscomb View bill, accept financial aid, and view terms & conditions.!! O: Officially Registered with the Business Office prior to due date each semester or class schedule will be dropped.!! N: Necessary Requirements met. GPA, TN HOPE Scholarship, Entrance Counseling, MPN, Verification, No dropped classes.!! E: Lipscomb is the official form of communication for the University. Check it often. We (Business Office and Financial Aid) only send s when action is needed Never Junk Mail!!! Y: YES, you must file your FAFSA each year.

33 financialaid.lipscomb.edu mylipscomb/business Office *This presentation will be available online shortly after Advance. *Resource Fair tomorrow 9:00 to 12:00

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