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From the Office for Student Financial Affairs

Beware of potential scholarship and financial aid scams

Monday, February 1st, 2016

According to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), the nation’s consumer protection agency, unscrupulous companies may guarantee or promise scholarships, grants or fantastic financial aid packages. Visit the Federal Trade Commission’s website for more information on scholarships and financial aid scams.

Additional links:

Federal Student Aid’s website has information on how to spot potential fraud, avoid paying for free services, and prevent identity theft. This site also has information on how to report fraud and scams.

CollegeBoard.com’s website lists signs of common financial aid and scholarship scams in addition to information on how to report fraud and scams.

 

It’s time to apply for 2016-17 Financial Aid

Friday, January 15th, 2016

Apply Now for 2016-17 Financial Aid

To apply for financial aid, complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at www.fafsa.gov. You can file a FAFSA as early as January 1 each year. UF’s “On-Time” deadline to receive the results of your FAFSA from the federal processor is March 15. Apply well before March 15 to ensure that the federal processor has time to analyze and send the results of your FAFSA to our office. Financial aid is awarded on a first-come, first-served basis so apply as early as possible to be considered for the most, and best aid.

In order for us to consider you for a financial aid package, you must be an admitted student and have met the “On-Time” deadline.

Spring 2016 Financial Aid Newsletter

Thursday, January 14th, 2016

The Spring 2015-16 issue of NEWS: Financial Aid for Gators is available for download now.

NEWS is a publication produced once a semester to keep students informed of important developments in financial aid.

Featured in this issue are:

  • Applying for 2016-17 Financial Aid
  • Creating an FSA ID
  • Florida Bright Futures Renewal Requirements
  • Income Driven Repayment Plans for Federal Student Loans
  • Checking the Status of Your Financial Aid
  • Study Abroad Financial Aid
  • How to Stay Eligible for Financial Aid
  • and more

 

Spring 2016 Financial Aid Reminders

Tuesday, January 5th, 2016

Apply Now for 2016-17 Financial Aid

To apply for financial aid, complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at www.fafsa.gov. You can file a FAFSA as early as January 1 each year. UF’s “On-Time” deadline to receive the results of your FAFSA from the federal processor is March 15. Apply well before March 15 to ensure that the federal processor has time to analyze and send the results of your FAFSA to our office. Financial aid is awarded on a first-come, first-served basis so apply as early as possible to be considered for the most, and best aid.

In order for us to consider you for a financial aid package, you must be an admitted student and have met the “On-Time” deadline.

Status of Your Financial Aid

Students who have applied for financial aid can access information about the status of their aid online using ISIS. Under “My Online Services,” under “Financial Aid,” students can select “Aid Status,” “Awards and Disbursements,” or Additional Aid Reporting.” For more information, see SFA’s Check Your Aid Status page.

Students’ aid status is of critical importance at the beginning of the term—any hold could delay disbursement of financial aid funds.

Verification: If you are notified that SFA requires the completion of any verification forms, it is critical that you respond immediately to these requests. Make sure all documents have the necessary signatures. If you have been selected for verification, no aid will be disbursed until verification has been completed. Remember, the amount of aid awarded to you by SFA could change as a result of the information found during verification. More verification info.

Loans: Federal Direct Loan borrowers must “accept” each term’s award on ISIS before their funds can be released. Under “Financial Aid” for the appropriate academic year, choose “Awards & Disbursements.” Complete this requirement as soon as possible to ensure that your funds are disbursed at the beginning of the appropriate term. Students may also reduce or cancel Direct Stafford Loans on ISIS. If you are sure you don’t want to receive a loan, please cancel it. Students can learn more about the Direct Loan program at StudentLoans.gov.

Employment: If Employment is part of your award package, you have the opportunity to exchange a service (work) for financial assistance. In order to receive this aid, you must find a job. All on-campus jobs are posted through GatorJobs, while off-campus jobs are posted with the Career Resource Center.  More Employment Info.

Sign up for direct deposit

UF now requires that all students receiving financial aid sign up for direct deposit.

To sign up, go online to https://my.ufl.edu/ and select “Access myUFL” to login. On the top toolbar, select “Main Menu.” Choose “My Campus Finances,” then “Direct Deposit–Student or PLUS.”

Direct Deposit is the quickest and safest way to receive your financial aid refunds.

Please direct any questions about direct deposit to the University Bursar (UB) at (352) 392-0737.

If you have any questions about your financial aid, please visit our office in S-107 Criser.

Need help filling out your FAFSA?

Tuesday, January 5th, 2016

 

The first step in receiving financial aid is filling out the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). Come to College Goal Sunday on January 10th at the P.K. Yonge Library to get free assistance and answers to your financial aid questions. For more information, visit http://www.sfa.ufl.edu/pub/other/2016collegegoalsunday.pdf