First-Gen Day

WHAT IS NATIONAL FIRST-GEN DAY?

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The term first-generation refers to students who are the first in their families to attend college. November 8 was selected as the date for the annual National First-Generation College Celebration to honor the anniversary of the signing of the Higher Education Act of 1965.

On Friday, November 8, 2019 there will be a National First-Generation Day Picnic from 11:00am – 1:30 pm on the Plaza of the Americas.

Learn more about UF first-generation programs and resources at https://firstgeneration.ufsa.ufl.eduhttps://firstgeneration.ufsa.ufl.edu.


Student Financial Affairs is proud to support first generation students. We recognize and support our first-gen students and graduates today and every day!


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“Follow your heart, and pay attention to your passions. Embrace who you are, what you love and turn it into your future. Make your dreams and desires a reality!”

—Sierra Graham
SFA Student Assistant

Read https://www.sfa.ufl.edu/pub/other/TipsforFirst-Gen.pdfFirst Generation Tips from UF first-gen student and SFA student assistant Sierra Graham.

 


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“Not having an example to follow made me strive to be an example for first generation students that came after me.”

—Kimberly Staton
SFA Administrative Support Assistant III

 


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“I have met many First Generation students during my time at UF and truly admire the strength and determination that they show everyday. I’m happy to support my friends that are first generation students and am proud to attend a school where being a first generation student is celebrated!”

—Rhonda Hulzebos
UF SFA Student Assistant

 


Trellis Dad PhotoA tenured professor at one of Florida’s top institutions, Sr. VP of a management consulting firm, and a valued board member of several civic, social and educational organizations.  He is the son of parents who were never formally educated; a housekeeper and orange grove worker.  They could not read nor write, but supported and encouraged their sons to get their educations.  One son went on to play cello in the famed New York Symphony and the other earned a PhD in Public Administration and though he is known as “Doc” in most circles; in mine I just call him Daddy; a first generation college student; who couldn’t afford housing so he “Wildcated” living in the dorms with friends and a cute girl, whom I call Mom, was a work study student in the business office, was able to somehow secure a “free” meal plan for him so he could eat.  He is now the father and grandfather of second and third generation college graduates! Gen 4 is being groomed as we speak.

—Trellis N. Williams, MS
Student Financial Affairs Adviser


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I am a first generation college graduate and a granddaughter of Ellis Island immigrants. My grandparents came to America from Italy to find a better life. My father was one of six children and was the only person in his family to receive a high school diploma. My mother’s family had eight children and all dropped out of high school to get jobs to help their family make ends meet.

My parents valued and emphasized a college education, but I grew up knowing that was not something my family could afford. When I got to college, I was more anxious about money than grades. Grants, scholarships and loans helped me get my degree.

Today I work at the university where I earned my bachelor’s more than 30 years ago. I am honored to work alongside dedicated financial aid professionals who help first-generation students every day.

—Sharon LaFragola Eyman
Student Financial Affairs Assistant Director


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I only applied to one university. It was all my parents, who knew nothing of admission application fee waivers, could afford to spend. The essay portion of my application was spent talking about how I, against all odds, would find a way to complete my academic studies at the University of Florida. In hindsight, perseverance was the key to my academic success. With every new disappointing grade or financial setback I found myself asking, “How can I overcome this hurdle?” Can, of course, being operative word. It never occurred to me that I would face an obstacle that I could not overcome by myself. Time taught me, however, that perseverance is not a lonesome endeavor. My friends, family, professors, and staff all provided me with the support, resources, and knowledge I needed to persevere. The best advice I think I can give to any first-generation college student is to connect with those around you and build a network. You are, if anything, not alone.

Kimberly J. Schmitt
SFA Coordinator 3 in Advising


Tina Lamb photoI am not a first-generation college student.

My mom was.  She grew up in a military family, moving from base to base and, at a very early age, had many responsibilities around the house.  At age seven, she was expected to prepare her own meals when she got home from school, along with doing her share of chores around the house.  When she wanted to go to college, her father only allowed her to go on the conditions that she live at home and continue to fulfill her duties around the home.  So, she woke up very early each day, tended to their livestock and then drove two hours to her classes; at the end of the day, she made that two-hour drive back home, prepared dinner for the family, and finished her chores on the farm.  She was not able to take part in the college experience by being involved in organizations or study groups, and had very little time each night to complete her assignments.  Somehow, managing all that, she finished her degree.

Because my mother was my primary caregiver—my parents divorced when I was 3 years old—she was always underemployed.  She stayed in a job that was low-paying, but had stability and flexibility to take time off for me, so that I could have the experiences she missed out on in her own childhood.  I had every opportunity she could provide—ballet, Girl Scouts, riding lessons, and later on, sports and high-school clubs.  When I told her I wanted to major in Classical Studies—news many parents would not be happy to receive—she was simply proud of me and glad I could pursue something I loved.  Looking back, I can now fully appreciate how much she must have struggled with managing her schedule to take me to all those activities and how she went without so that I could have the uniforms, participation fees, and lessons that my peers had.

This morning, I gave her a copy of my dissertation.  She read the simple dedication in it, “To my mother”, and starting crying.  She said, “I am so proud.  I just always wanted you to have so much more than I did.”

I am not a first-generation college student.  But today, I realized the dreams of one.

—Tina Lamb
UF Student Financial Affairs Associate Director


Have a first-gen story to share? Please send first-generation stories, successes, or tips to the SFA webmaster.

SFA Fall 2019 News

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FAFSA Extravaganza on October 1 in Reitz Union 
Get FAFSA and financial aid help, visit a campus resource fair and attend workshops on Financial Literacy, Funding Opportunities, and Career Connections at the Reitz Union on October 1 from 1:00pm until 6:00pm. For a complete schedule, visit https://www.sfa.ufl.edu/fafsa2019/FAFSA Extravaganza.

Apply for 2020-21 Financial Aid Starting October 1 
Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at www.fafsa.gov or via the My Student Aid app. UF’s “on-time” deadline to receive the results from your 2020-21 FAFSA will be December 15, 2019. Remember to complete the FAFSA as soon as possible each year to be considered for the most and best aid.  https://www.sfa.ufl.edu/process/how-to-apply-for-aid/MORE

Florida Bright Futures Renewal Requirements
All Bright Futures recipients are required to meet minimum credit hour and GPA requirements in order to renew their award each year. Students who do not earn the credit hours for which they were funded by the end of the evaluation period will be terminated from the scholarship program. http://www.sfa.ufl.edu/bf-renewal/MORE

Stay Eligible for Financial Aid
Students need to make Satisfactory Academic Progress to continue receiving federal student aid. Additional information about how to maintain your eligibility for financial aid is available at the http://www.sfa.ufl.edu/process/additional-information/satisfactory-academic-progress-policy/Satisfactory Academic Progress webpage.

Monitor Your Financial Aid Status at ONE.UF
At https://one.uf.edu/MORE, students can view “Action Items,” then choose “To-Dos” to complete any and all requirements to receive the aid you have been awarded.

Consumer Information
The University of Florida is committed to providing important information to its students, faculty and staff. Consistent with this commitment and pursuant to the university’s notice and reporting obligations under various laws, additional information can be found on the https://student.ufl.edu/consumerinfo.htmlUF Consumer Information webpage.

Financial Aid Help
Walk-in financial aid advising services are available in the Student Financial Affairs’ lobby in S-107 Criser Hall from 8am-5:00pm, Monday to Friday (excluding holidays). Students may also receive assistance with financial aid questions by submitting a request on http://www.sfa.ufl.edu/help/Financial Aid Help or via phone at 352-392-1275.

Fall SFA News

NEWS Financial Aid for Gators is produced once a semester by the Information/Publication Services section of the Office for Student Financial Affairs (SFA), to inform students about financial aid programs and services that help UF students meet educational costs.

SFA Director: Donna Kolb

NEWS: Financial Aid for Gators is available in other formats for students with documented, print-related disabilities. Students who are speech- or hearing-impaired can contact the Florida Relay Service. Dial 711 or 1-800-955-8771(TTY) http://www.ftri.org/FloridaRelay

The University of Florida is committed to equal treatment of students without regard to race, creed, color, religion, age, disability, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, national origin, political opinions or affiliations, or veteran status.

Contact SFA
UF Federal School Code: 001535

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FAFSA Extravaganza

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The FAFSA Extravaganza will be held in the Reitz Union on October 1.

Get FAFSA and financial aid help, visit a campus resource fair and attend workshops on Financial Literacy, Funding Opportunities, and Career Connections.

Schedule of Events:

Event Registration/Check-In/Additional Information
1:00pm-6:00pm — JWRU outside of G320
One-on-One Financial Aid Advising
2:00pm-6:00pm — JWRU G310
FAFSA Assistance
2:00pm-6:00pm — JWRU G320
Campus Resource Fair
2:30pm-4:00pm — JWRU G330
Financial Literacy Workshop
3:00pm-4:00pm — JWRU G320
Funding Opportunities
5:00pm-5:50pm — JWRU G320
Career Connections Workshop
4:50pm-5:50pm — JWRU G501
Give Aways • T-Shirts • while supplies last!

We would like to thank the following UF Partners for their support of the 2019 FAFSA Extravaganza

Office of Academic Support
Career Connections Center
Dean of Students Office
Office of Graduate Diversity Initiatives
Innovation Academy
Machen Florida Opportunity Scholars Program/First-Generation Student Success
UF International Center
Student Financial Affairs
TRIO Student Support Services Program
TRIO McNair Scholars Program

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Register for the FAFSA Extravaganza https://oas.aa.ufl.edu/current-students/workshops/workshop-registration/?campid=7011K000001WIa4here!

SFA Summer 2019 News

Monitor Your Financial Aid Status at ONE.UF
On https://one.uf.edu/https://one.uf.edu/ONE.UF, students can view “Action Items,” then choose “To-Dos” to complete any and all requirements to receive the aid you have been awarded.

Florida Bright Futures Renewal Requirements
All Bright Futures recipients are required to meet minimum credit hour and GPA requirements in order to renew their award each year. Students who do not earn the credit hours for which they were funded by the end of the evaluation period will be terminated from the scholarship program. http://www.sfa.ufl.edu/bf-renewal/MORE

Has Your FAFSA Been Selected for Federal Verification?
If your FAFSA is selected for verification, check your “To-Dos” under “Action Items” at https://one.uf.edu/https://one.uf.edu/ONE.UF to determine what documents to provide. Aid funds cannot be disbursed to you until you have submitted all requested documents and the accuracy of the information has been reviewed. https://www.sfa.ufl.edu/process/verification/MORE

Stay Eligible for Financial Aid
Students need to make Satisfactory Academic Progress to continue receiving federal student aid. Additional information about how to maintain your eligibility for financial aid is available at the http://www.sfa.ufl.edu/process/additional-information/satisfactory-academic-progress-policy/Satisfactory Academic Progress webpage.

Mark your Calendar to Complete the 2020-21 FAFSA
The 2020-21 FAFSA will become available on October 1, 2019. UF’s “on-time” deadline to receive the results from your FAFSA will be December 15, 2019. Remember to complete the FAFSA as soon as possible each year to be considered for the most and best aid.

Enroll in Direct Deposit
Direct Deposit is the quickest and safest way to receive your financial aid refunds. To sign up, go to https://one.uf.edu/campusfinances/directdeposithttps://one.uf.edu/campusfinances/directdeposit and sign in with your Gatorlink username and password. Follow the instructions on the screen.

Fall OneStop
The UF Division of Enrollment Management (Registrar, Admissions and Student Financial Affairs) and the University Bursar will be providing students with one location for enrollment services beginning Monday, August 12, until Friday, August 30, in Smathers Library, Room 100. https://www.sfa.ufl.edu/news/fall-2019-onestop-services/MORE 

Financial Aid Help
Walk-in financial aid advising services are available in the Student Financial Affairs’ lobby in S-107 Criser Hall from 8am-5:00pm, Monday to Friday (excluding holidays). Students may also receive assistance with financial aid questions by submitting a request on http://www.sfa.ufl.edu/help/Financial Aid Help or via phone at 352-392-1275.

Summer SFA News

NEWS Financial Aid for Gators is produced once a semester by the Information/Publication Services section of the Office for Student Financial Affairs (SFA), to inform students about financial aid programs and services that help UF students meet educational costs.

SFA Director: Donna Kolb

NEWS: Financial Aid for Gators is available in other formats for students with documented, print-related disabilities. Students who are speech- or hearing-impaired can contact the Florida Relay Service. Dial 711 or 1-800-955-8771(TTY) http://www.ftri.org/FloridaRelay

The University of Florida is committed to equal treatment of students without regard to race, creed, color, religion, age, disability, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, national origin, political opinions or affiliations, or veteran status.

Contact SFA
UF Federal School Code: 001535

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Fall 2019 OneStop Services

Campus MapUF Division of Enrollment Management (Registrar, Admissions and Student Financial Affairs) and the University Bursar will be providing students with one location for enrollment services beginning Monday, August 12, until Friday, August 30, in Smathers Library, Room 100. MORE INFO

This OneStop for student enrollment services will offer in-person customer service for admissions processing, records & registration, tuition & fees, and financial aid in one central location for these three weeks at the start of fall semester 2019.  The OneStop will be open Monday-Friday, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.  These in-person services are designed to complement the student self-service portal at ONE.UF.

After August 30, the in-person services will return to their respective offices in Criser and Peabody halls.

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SFA Spring 2019 News

Welcome to the online version of the Spring 2019 issue of NEWS: Financial Aid for Gators — a publication produced once a semester to keep students informed of important developments in financial aid.

Florida Bright Futures Renewal Requirements

All Bright Futures recipients are required to meet minimum credit hour and GPA requirements in order to renew their award each year. Students who do not earn the credit hours for which they were funded by the end of the evaluation period will be terminated from the scholarship program. http://www.sfa.ufl.edu/bf-renewal/MORE

2019 Summer Financial Aid

Students are required to be enrolled at least half-time (6 hours for undergraduates) in order to be eligible for most financial aid programs. After enrolling for summer classes, eligible students will be notified via email when summer financial aid awards are posted at https://one.uf.edu/https://one.uf.edu/https://one.uf.edu/ONE.UFhttps://www.sfa.ufl.edu/process/additional-information/summer-aid/MORE

Monitor Your Financial Aid Status at ONE.UF

On https://one.uf.edu/https://one.uf.edu/https://one.uf.edu/ONE.UF, students can view “Action Items,” then choose “To-Dos” to complete any and all requirements to receive the aid you have been awarded. “To-Do” items include verification documentation that must be completed before some aid can be disbursed. 2019-20 Federal Verification will begin in April 2019. https://www.sfa.ufl.edu/process/verification/MORE

Stay Eligible for Financial Aid

Students need to make Satisfactory Academic Progress to continue receiving federal student aid.  In other words, you need to maintain an acceptable grade point average (GPA) and successfully complete the required coursework needed to obtain your degree. Additional information about how to maintain your eligibility for financial aid is available at the http://www.sfa.ufl.edu/process/additional-information/satisfactory-academic-progress-policy/Satisfactory Academic Progress webpage.

2019-20 Award Notices

Current UF students will be receiving their 2019-20 financial aid award letters in May at https://one.uf.edu/https://one.uf.edu/https://one.uf.edu/ONE.UF. Financial aid award letters list the details of the aid programs students will be offered for the entire academic year.

Budgeting

While you’re in college, you’ll need to learn how to manage your finances, plan for changes, and prepare for the unexpected. Budgeting will help you build decision-making skills and help you reach your financial and academic goals. https://www.sfa.ufl.edu/budgeting-tips/MORE

Financial Aid Help

Walk-in financial aid counseling services are available in the Student Financial Affairs’ lobby in S-107 Criser Hall from 8am-5:00pm, Monday to Friday (excluding holidays). Students may also receive assistance with financial aid questions by submitting a request on http://www.sfa.ufl.edu/help/Financial Aid Help or via phone at 352-392-1275.

Spring SFA News

NEWS Financial Aid for Gators is produced once a semester by the Information/Publication Services section of the Office for Student Financial Affairs (SFA), to inform students about financial aid programs and services that help UF students meet educational costs.

SFA Director: Donna Kolb

NEWS: Financial Aid for Gators is available in other formats for students with documented, print-related disabilities. Students who are speech- or hearing-impaired can contact the Florida Relay Service. Dial 711 or 1-800-955-8771(TTY) http://www.ftri.org/FloridaRelay

The University of Florida is committed to equal treatment of students without regard to race, creed, color, religion, age, disability, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, national origin, political opinions or affiliations, or veteran status.

Contact SFA
UF Federal School Code: 001535

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SFA Fall 2018 News

Welcome to the online version of the Fall 2018-19 issue of NEWS: Financial Aid for Gators — a publication produced once a semester to keep students informed of important developments in financial aid.

Apply Now for 2019-20 Financial Aid

To apply for financial aid, complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at https://fafsa.ed.gov. UF’s “On-Time” deadline to receive the results of your 2019-20 FAFSA from the federal processor is December 15, 2018. Apply well before December 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 a degree seeking admitted student and have met the “On-Time” deadline. http://www.sfa.ufl.edu/fafsa_tips/http://www.sfa.ufl.edu/fafsa_tips/MORE TIPS on completing the FAFSAhttp://www.sfa.ufl.edu/fafsa_tips/http://www.sfa.ufl.edu/fafsa_tips/.  Already completed your 2019-20 FAFSA? View what happens next.

Florida Bright Futures Renewal Requirements

All Bright Futures recipients are required to meet minimum credit hour and GPA requirements in order to renew their award each year. Students who do NOT earn the credit hours for which they were funded by the end of the evaluation period will be terminated from the scholarship program. http://www.sfa.ufl.edu/bf-renewal/MORE

Stay Eligible for Financial Aid

Students need to make Satisfactory Academic Progress in order to continue receiving federal student aid. In other words, you have to make good enough grades, and complete enough classes (credits, hours, etc.), to keep moving toward successfully completing your degree. http://www.sfa.ufl.edu/process/additional-information/satisfactory-academic-progress-policy/MORE about how to maintain your eligibility for financial aid at the http://www.sfa.ufl.edu/process/additional-information/satisfactory-academic-progress-policy/Satisfactory Academic Progress webpage.

Consumer Information

The University of Florida is committed to providing important information to its students, faculty and staff. Consistent with this commitment and pursuant to the university’s notice and reporting obligations under various laws, additional information can be found on the UF Consumer Information webpage.

Authorization to Release Financial Information

In accordance with the Federal Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974   and Section 228.093 of the Florida Statutes, the Office for Student Financial Affairs is prohibited from releasing information to third parties concerning a student’s financial aid status and any financial records without the written consent of the student. http://www.sfa.ufl.edu/process/additional-information/info-release/MORE about the “Student Authorization to Release Financial Information” form found at ONE.UF.

Financial Aid Help

Walk-in financial aid counseling services are available in the Student Financial Affairs’ lobby in S-107 Criser Hall from 8am-5:00pm, Monday to Friday (excluding holidays and UF closings). Students may also receive assistance with financial aid questions by submitting a request on Financial Aid Help or via phone at 352-392-1275.

Fall SFA News

NEWS Financial Aid for Gators is produced once a semester by the Information/Publication Services section of the Office for Student Financial Affairs (SFA), to inform students about financial aid programs and services that help UF students meet educational costs.

SFA Director: Donna Kolb

NEWS: Financial Aid for Gators is available in other formats for students with documented, print-related disabilities. Students who are speech- or hearing-impaired can contact the Florida Relay Service. Dial 711 or 1-800-955-8771(TTY) http://www.ftri.org/FloridaRelay

The University of Florida is committed to equal treatment of students without regard to race, creed, color, religion, age, disability, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, national origin, political opinions or affiliations, or veteran status.

Contact SFA
UF Federal School Code: 001535

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UF Bookstore Deferred Payment Program

Students who receive financial aid may be eligible to use the UF Bookstore Deferred Payment Program to obtain books and supplies before financial aid awards are received and classes begin. Usually, this allows for a $500 credit for books and supplies from the UF bookstore per semester for eligible students. More information is available from the https://www.bsd.ufl.edu/textadoption/studentview/viewbysection/DefProg.aspxUF Bookstore. 

The Bookstore Deferred Payment Program is not additional funding for books. Instead, students can purchase books and supplies at the UF Bookstore before financial aid disburses, but will use financial aid funds that have already been awarded to pay for these charges. Charges from your purchases at the bookstore will be placed on your student account and will be paid when your financial aid disburses. Students will be responsible for any unpaid UF Bookstore charges on their accounts after financial aid has disbursed. 

Eligible students who have been awarded an Academic Scholar Bright Futures award will have a $300 educational supplies stipend for the 2018-19 fall and spring semesters that will be disbursed with their Bright Futures scholarship. Students who have a Bright Futures Academic Scholar award can use the UF Bookstore Deferred Payment Program to purchase books and supplies and their payment for these supplies will usually be deferred until their financial aid is disbursed.

Please email mailto:deferments@bsd.ufl.edudeferments@bsd.ufl.edu with additional questions about the UF Bookstore Deferred Payment Program.