First-Gen Day 2019

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.

SFA Summer 2018 Newsletter

Welcome to the online version of the Summer 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.

Featured in this issue:

#SS18summer2018 Summer Financial Aid Information
#SS18budgetBudgeting Tips for Students
#SS18eligibleStay Eligible for Financial Aid
#SS18directSign Up for Direct Deposit
#SS18verificationHas Your FAFSA Been Selected for Federal Verification?
#SS18questionsHave Financial Aid Questions or Need Additional Information?
#SS18moreand Additional SFA Information

2018 Summer Financial Aid Information

If you enrolled in classes during the Summer 2018 semester and would like to apply for available financial aid, follow these steps:

  1. Talk to your academic adviser. You will want to plan your schedule in advance and ensure you enroll in the correct classes.
  2. Go to the 2017-2018 Financial Aid Status Page at https://student.ufl.eduhttps://student.ufl.edu and complete the instructions found at the Summer Financial Aid Request link.

If you are paid financial aid based on your enrollment, and subsequently drop classes, you may be placed into repayment.

Please note that 2018 summer Bright Futures funding is only available for eligible Florida Academic Scholars and Innovation Academy students.

Receiving Summer Aid

Your financial aid will be awarded based on projected full-time enrollment for Summer.After summer A/C drop/add ends, your budget will be revised to reflect your actual costs and your aid may be adjusted based on your total enrollment for Summer A, B, and C classes.

Your aid will be disbursed after you begin summer attendance. If you are enrolled during Summer A/C, and your total summer enrollment (Summer A, B, and C) is at least half-time, then your financial aid for the entire summer will be disbursed up-front. If you are enrolled only in classes during Summer B, your aid will not be released until your classes begin.

Tuition/fees for summer will be calculated based on your total enrollment for Summer A, B, and C. All unpaid tuition/fees and housing charges will be deducted from your financial aid before disbursement.

Most aid programs require that you enroll at least half-time.

Federal Work-Study students must enroll for at least six credit hours to be eligible to work during the summer.

Your financial aid will be disbursed based upon your total enrollment for Summer A, B, and C classes. 

If you are paid financial aid based on your enrollment, and subsequently drop classes, you may be placed into repayment. Be sure to communicate with your academic adviser and financial aid adviser prior to making changes to your schedule.

UF Policy Summer Attendance

The academic year at UF consists of three semesters beginning with fall and ending with summer. Freshmen and sophomores entering the State University System must complete at least nine credit hours during a summer session to graduate, with the exception of the student who earns nine credit hours via the Bright Futures acceleration mechanism. SFA supports this requirement, and summer money may be offered if:

  1. Federal or institutional funds remain for summer awards after fall and spring semester needs are met; or
  2. You choose to attend summer session instead of one of the other two semesters (for instance, attend fall and summer semesters and work spring semester) and you are awarded for fall/spring initially and notify us of your decision to attend summer instead of fall or spring. Students should go to https://student.ufl.edu, click on the appropriate academic year, then “Aid Status,” and complete the Summer Aid Request. See enrollment requirements for receiving aid.

For more information, contact a financial aid adviser.  http://www.sfa.ufl.edu/contact-sfa/http://www.sfa.ufl.edu/contact-sfa/www.sfa.ufl.edu/contact-sfa

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Budgeting Tips for Students

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.

  1. Overestimate your expenses.
    It’s better to overestimate your expenses and then underspend and end up with a surplus.
  2. Underestimate your income.
    It’s better to end up with an unexpected cash surplus rather than a budget shortfall.
  3. Differentiate between needs and wants.
    One benefit of budgeting is that it helps you determine if you have the resources to spend on items that you want versus those you need.
  4. Involve your family in the budget planning process.
    Determine how much income will be available from family sources such as parents or a spouse. Discuss how financial decisions will be made.
  5. Prepare for the unexpected by setting saving goals to build an emergency fund.
    – Budgeting will help you cover unusual expenses and plan for changes that may happen while you’re in school.
    – Planning to move off campus? Short-term budgeting goals for the year can include saving for the rent deposit and furniture for your new apartment.
    – Starting an internship next semester? Adjust your budget to save for buying new clothes to wear to work and paying increased transportation costs.
    – Finishing school in the next year? Budget to include job search expenses such as résumé preparation, travel to interviews and job fairs, and professional exam fees. Also, you may need to think about how you will manage your money between leaving school and finding a job—this is a time when an emergency fund can really help out.
  6. Expect the unexpected.
    Your emergency fund should be used for expenses that fall outside the categories of annual and periodic bills. Redefine your notion of “unexpected” bills to encompass these unforeseen events rather than more common but infrequent expenses. The good news is that if you do not use your emergency fund, you will have savings—which should always be a priority when managing your finances. And, if you do not have to use your emergency fund, you may avoid unnecessary borrowing.
  7. Only borrow what you need.
    If your living expenses are not going to be as high as the amount on your award letter, you have the right to turn down the loan or to request a lower loan amount. If you have any questions or don’t understand what types of loans are in your award letter, contact your adviser. Always ask questions and be an informed borrower. Make sure you understand what you’re receiving and the repayment terms.

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Stay Eligible for Financial Aid

You 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.

Students who fail to meet the following criteria will be ineligible for federal, state, and/or institutional scholarship and grant funds:

  • maintain the required cumulative grade point average,
  • successfully complete the required percentage of attempted coursework,
  • complete their program of study within the prescribed length of time.

Read about the quantitative and qualitative components you must meet to maintain your eligibility for financial aid on SFA’s http://www.sfa.ufl.edu/process/additional-information/satisfactory-academic-progress-policy/Satisfactory Academic Progress webpage.

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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/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.
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Has Your FAFSA Been Selected for Federal Verification? 

You may receive emails from UF Student Financial Affairs alerting you that you have been selected for verification. “Federal Verification” is a review process, mandated by the federal government, to check the accuracy of information reported on financial aid documents submitted by students and their families. Nationwide, the federal government selects more than 30 percent of student financial aid applications for verification.

If your application is selected for verification, check your financial aid “to do” items at 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. Aid funds already disbursed may be entered into repayment if documentation is not received.

Verification Tips 

  • Submit all documents requested by SFA as soon as possible.
  • Be sure all documents are signed.
  • Be sure your name and UFID are on all documents you submit.
  • To request a Tax Return Transcript and/or W-2 information, call the IRS at 1-800-908-9946 or go online to https://www.irs.gov/Individuals/Get-Transcripthttps://www.irs.gov/Individuals/Get-Transcript.
  • Keep photocopies of all information you submit and record the date you submitted the documents.
  • Keep photocopies of all W-2’s and request an IRS Tax Return Transcript to keep on hand.

IRS System for Ordering Tax Return Transcripts

The IRS system for ordering tax return transcripts is now available. It is called “Get Transcript” and allows users to get a record of past tax returns, also referred to as tax return transcripts. IRS tax return transcripts are used to validate income and tax filing status. http://www.irs.gov/Individuals/Get-Transcripthttp://www.irs.gov/Individuals/Get-Transcript
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Have financial aid questions or need additional information?

The quickest way to get assistance with your financial aid is to submit your request online at http://www.sfa.ufl.edu/help/http://www.sfa.ufl.edu/help/www.sfa.ufl.edu/help.http://www.sfa.ufl.edu/help/http://www.sfa.ufl.edu/help/Graphic for HelpUndergraduate and graduate students may request additional information or ask financial aid questions:

Undergraduate students enrolled in UF Online can get assistance with financial aid:

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Visit the http://www.sfa.ufl.edu/resources/calendar/SFA Calendar for important dates and deadlines.

Contact information for your financial aid adviser is available on http://www.sfa.ufl.edu/contact-sfa/http://www.sfa.ufl.edu/contact-sfa/SFA’s Contacts webpage.

Summer 2018 SFA News

The Summer 2018 issue of NEWS: Financial Aid for Gators — is available in http://www.sfa.ufl.edu/pub/news/1718SummerNews_email.pdfPDF format for Summer 2018.

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

Director:     Rick Wilder
Editor:     Sharon Eyman

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/FloridaRelayhttp://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.

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