2021 Constitution Day Event

September 17 is Constitution Day!

Mark your calendars to celebrate Constitution Day with the UF Levin College of Law at noon ET on Zoom: http://bit.ly/ConstitutionDay2021-UFLhttp://bit.ly/ConstitutionDay2021-UFL.

This event is free and open to the public via zoom.

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Learn more about the Constitution:
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Constitution Day resources: https://www2.ed.gov/policy/fund/guid/constitutionday.html?fbclid=IwAR0Rg9nOAr54F4xzOHxLA-ob7lM8RsKraHs1blTAm03UArq35lYLUeG3vp4https://www2.ed.gov/policy/fund/guid/constitutionday.html

Fall 2021 Financial Aid Reminders

Check your https://one.uf.edu/ONE.UF portal for any outstanding “To Do” items and “Holds” to make sure you have submitted or completed all requirements necessary to receive your financial aid. You must complete all federal financial aid requirements before any federal funds can be disbursed to you.

Your Financial Aid Disbursement

  • Your aid will be calculated and disbursed based on your total fall enrollment at the end of Drop/Add.  If you add classes after Drop/Add those classes will NOT be used in calculating your eligibility for aid.
  • Disbursement of aid for students who have completed all federal requirements and are enrolled in 15 credit hours (undergraduates) or 12 credit hours (graduates) will begin the first week of classes.
  • If you are enrolled less than 15 credit hours (undergraduates) or 12 credit hours (graduates), your financial aid (including loans) will be held until after the end of the Drop/Add period.  At that time, SFA will make adjustments to your “cost of attendance” based on your actual enrollment. Adjusting your cost of attendance may require a reduction in the amount of financial aid awarded to you. If this is necessary, you will be notified. Read more about  https://www.sfa.ufl.edu/process/receiving-your-aid/enrollment-requirements/determining financial aid minimum enrollment requirements.
  • Florida Bright Futures scholarships, Pell grants, and Machen Florida Opportunity Scholarships will be disbursed after Drop/Add ends. 
Dropping Classes
  • If you are paid before the end of Drop/Add based on full-time enrollment and subsequently drop to less than full-time status, your “cost of attendance” will be adjusted to reflect your actual enrollment.
  • Adjusting your cost of attendance may require a reduction in the amount of financial aid awarded to you or repayment of aid already received. If this is necessary, you will be notified.
Federal Requirements
  • If all federal requirements to receive your aid (such as federal verification, entrance counseling, promissory notes, and other requests for information) have not been completed by the end of the term, your aid will be cancelled.

Sign Up for Direct DepositDirect Deposit is the quickest and safest way to receive your financial aid refunds. To sign up, go to the https://one.uf.edu/campusfinances/directdepositOneUF Direct Deposit webpage and sign in with your Gatorlink username and password.

If you have questions concerning your financial aid or need additional information, please contact a financial aid adviser at the http://onestop.em.ufl.edu/connectOneStop or call 352-392-2244 or 833-UF1-STOP.

What’s Next? Information about Financial Aid for Fall 2021

The fall semester is just around the corner, and we know you may have questions about scholarships and financial aid.

Join Student Financial Aid and Scholarships (SFA) to learn what steps you need to take next to ensure you are prepared and comfortable when it comes to your finances.


View video on YouTube https://youtu.be/NjjFXc0S9Fw“Financial Aid: What’s Next?”.

Visit the https://www.sfa.ufl.edu/resources/videos/SFA Video webpage or the https://www.youtube.com/user/UFSFASFA YouTube Channel for our complete video library.

If you have not already done so, complete your 2021-2022 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) immediately at StudentAid.gov.  Not sure if you are eligible to complete a FAFSA? Find out more about FAFSA eligibility.

Have other financial aid concerns? The https://ufl.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_0uJ36gZXkXXayZnOneStop is your resource to find answers to your questions.

We wish you all the best for a successful academic year!

Office of Student Financial Aid and Scholarships

2021-22 Financial Aid Petitions

We know that the past year has held many challenges and that you and your family may have experienced changes in your household or financial situation.  We are here to assist you in meeting your changing financial needs.

If you have not already done so, complete your 2021-2022 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) immediately at StudentAid.gov.  Not sure if you are eligible to complete a FAFSA? Find out more about FAFSA eligibility.

If you have completed the FAFSA, but feel that it does not accurately reflect your family’s circumstances, we can help you complete a petition.  Petitions enable us to re-evaluate your situation for reasons such as

  • loss of income due to decreased work hours or wages;
  • loss of employment;
  • divorce or death of a parent or spouse; or
  • other events that changed your household structure or finances.

SFA hosted three (3) live sessions via Zoom in July 2021 to give you tips for submitting a petition, and to answer any questions you may have.

If you were unable to attend or would like to revisit the presentation, a recording is below. The presentation is also available on https://www.sfa.ufl.edu/resources/videos/the SFA videos webpage.

Have other financial aid concerns? The https://ufl.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_0uJ36gZXkXXayZnOneStop is your resource to find answers to your questions.

Address to Mail a Scholarship Check

Private donor scholarship checks may be dropped in the UF Bursar’s Drop Box in Criser Hall by the student (be sure to endorse if a joint check) or mailed to:

University of Florida
Office for Student Financial Aid and Scholarships
Attn: Disbursements
P. O. Box 114025
Gainesville, FL 32611-4025

For FedEx or overnight delivery address,
omit the PO Box number and add our physical address of 1478 Union Road, S317.

Follow these instructions:

  • If the check is made out to the University of Florida: drop in the UF Bursar’s Drop Box in Criser Hall or mail to SFA at the address above.
  • If the check is made co-payable to you and the University of Florida: endorse the check and drop in the UF Bursar’s Drop Box in Criser Hall or mail to SFA at the address above.
  • If the check is made payable to you only but mailed directly to UF without endorsement: the Disbursement area in UF Student Financial Aid and Scholarships will contact you to make arrangements to endorse the check.

NOTES:

A scholarship check made payable to the University of Florida (UF) is placed on deposit with the University Bursar’s (UB) accounting office. Any fees owed to UF will be deducted and excess funds made available to the student via direct deposit or a check mailed to their local address, within 5 to 10 days after drop/add or receipt of the check.

 

Financial Wellness Week

Financial wellness is the ability to have a healthy financial life. 

Financial wellness allows you to:

  • have control over day-to-day and month-to-month finances;
  • have the capacity to absorb an emergency or financial crisis;
  • are on track to meet your financial goals; and
  • have the financial freedom to make the choices that allow you to enjoy life.

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Financial Wellness Week
Information and Events

January 25 – 29, 2021    #GatorsChompChange
https://www.sfa.ufl.edu/pub/other/FinWellness/2020FinancialWellnessWeekInfo.pdfWellness Week  Poster


Money IconFinancial Wellness Presentations

Financially Fit 
View Financial Fit on YouTube
Learn about financial wellness, money management, financial protection, and preparing for the future.

Bougie on a Budget 
View Bougie on a Budget on YouTube
Learn about finding ways to enjoy the good life while budgeting your student finances.


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Watch UF’s Field and Fork Campus Food Program cooking demonstration when available, find cooking tips, recipes, resources and more at http://www.sfa.ufl.edu/budget-cookingCooking on a Budget.


Resources IconFinancial Wellness Tools and Information

https://www.sfa.ufl.edu/budgeting-tips/Budgeting Tips
https://www.sfa.ufl.edu/pub/other/FinWellness/CollegeBudget.xlsxDownload an Excel College Budgeting Sheet

Follow SFA on Social Media @UFSFA for more Financial Wellness Tips:
https://twitter.com/ufsfaTwitter    https://www.facebook.com/UFSFAFacebook     https://www.instagram.com/UFSFAInstagram 


Resources

https://security.ufl.edu/resources/email-safety/identity-theft-and-scams/Protect Your Financial Information and Prevent Fraud

The Alan and Cathy Hitchcock https://fieldandfork.ufl.eduField & Fork Pantry is a free resource for all students, staff, and faculty at the University of Florida.

https://studentaid.gov/h/apply-for-aid/fafsaStudentAid.gov provides extensive information about federal financial aid and loans, including tips for filing the FAFSA, definitions of financial aid terms, and managing your student loan repayment options.

https://studentaid.gov/app/repaymentEstimator.actionFederal Student Aid Loan Repayment Calculator

https://studentaid.gov/resources/prepare-for-college/students/budgetingManaging Your Budget – Learn how to keep track of your income and expenses, save for your goals, and adjust your budget as your life changes.

https://studentaid.gov/app/counselingInstructions.action?counselingType=faFinancial Awareness Counseling – This is a new useful tool brought to you by the U.S. Department of Education, and it is designed to help students with everything from basic financial management to managing student loan debt through the course of a student’s college career and beyond.

The http://www.consumerfinance.gov/Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) was established by Congress, and works to promote financial education and enforce consumer financial protection laws.  The CFPB also provides a wealth of information for http://www.consumerfinance.gov/paying-for-college/college students, including paying for college and repaying student loans.

https://www.mymoney.gov/Pages/About-Us.aspxMyMoney.gov is sponsored by the Congressionally chartered Federal Financial Literacy and Education Commission, which is made up of more than 20 Federal entities to help strengthen American’s financial capability and increase access to financial services. Among other topics, this website covers five major financial principles: earning, saving & investing, spending, protecting, and borrowing.

http://nerdwallet.com/NerdWallet – NerdWallet makes it simple to find the best deals on credit cards, loans, insurance, mortgage rates and more.

http://www.payscale.com/Payscale.comhttp://www.salary.com/Salary.com, http://www.indeed.com/Indeed.com, https://www.glassdoor.com/index.htmGlassDoor.com – These sites will help you find pay ranges for potential career choices and evaluate future job offers.

Note: The University of Florida is not responsible for the content on the external websites listed above, nor does UF endorse, warrant or guarantee the products, services or information described or offered at these external websites. 

https://www.sfa.ufl.edu/financial-wellness/More at SFA Financial Wellness

National Checklist Day – Check your “Action Items” at ONE.UF

October 30 is National Checklist Day.

Log into https://one.uf.edu/https://ONE.UF.edu and check your “Action Items”!

Remember to complete your 2021-22 FAFSA at http://fafsa.ed.gov/http://fafsa.ed.gov! To receive the best financial aid offer, complete the FAFSA as early as possible.

View more checklists for High School Seniors and Current UF Students at https://www.sfa.ufl.edu/checklistshttps://www.sfa.ufl.edu/checklists.

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FAFSA Extravaganza – Apply for 2021-2022 Financial Aid

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The FAFSA Extravaganza will continue through the month of October.

FAFSA Extravaganza Kick Off
Host: Office of Academic Support and Student Financial Affairs
Dekendrick Murray and Dr. Tina Lamb
October 1
3:00pm – 4:00pm
Get your FAFSA questions answered, receive financial aid help, and learn some 2021-22 FAFSA tips at the 2020 FAFSA Extravaganza Kick-off.

Graduate School Funding Opportunities
Host: Office of Graduate Diversity Initiatives – UF Graduate School
Friday, October 9
12:00pm – 12:50pm
Meeting ID: 994 2511 8664
Passcode:  074326
https://oas.aa.ufl.edu/current-students/workshops/workshop-registration/?campid=7011K000001o19IRegister Here
https://ufl.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJ0pdeyprzMsHNAHWJQpml-WWegYlCSMHctYZoom Link

Budgeting & Savings Workshop
Host: Wells Fargo Bank
Monday, October 19
11:45am – 12:35pm
Meeting ID: 924 4759 5959
Passcode: 385736
https://oas.aa.ufl.edu/current-students/workshops/workshop-registration/?campid=7011K000001nzuCRegister Here
https://ufl.zoom.us/j/92447595959?pwd=UjhLUUhkbWZpdEJhcTZIQSt0QThidz09Zoom Link

Getting the Job: Overview of Cover Letter, Resume, and LinkedIn
Host: Career Connections Center
Thursday, October 22
11:45am – 12:35pm
Meeting ID: 998 8520 8499
Passcode: 021411

https://oas.aa.ufl.edu/current-students/workshops/workshop-registration/?campid=7011K000001o15GRegister Here
https://ufl.zoom.us/j/99885208499?pwd=eFlCcWlyRGZORGZKYjcxaXpLNWN6dz09Zoom Link

FAFSA Extravaganza Closing Session
Thursday, October 29th
Host: Office of Academic Support & Student Financial Affairs
3:00pm – 4:30pm
Meeting ID: 977 5569 4559
Passcode: 1w138f
https://ufl.zoom.us/j/97755694559?pwd=VE5GVmxocjJub3EvaTlrQmZrcnREZz09https://ufl.zoom.us/j/97755694559?pwd=VE5GVmxocjJub3EvaTlrQmZrcnREZz09Zoom Link

Bougie on a Budget
Thursday, October 29th
Host: Machen Florida Opportunity Scholars Program
3:30pm – 4:30pm
Meeting ID: 977 5569 4559
Passcode: 1w138f
https://ufl.zoom.us/j/97755694559?pwd=VE5GVmxocjJub3EvaTlrQmZrcnREZz09https://ufl.zoom.us/j/97755694559?pwd=VE5GVmxocjJub3EvaTlrQmZrcnREZz09Zoom Link

FAFSA Extravaganza Canvas Course
Complete this short link to join the https://ufl.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_9HnS8jrKn7kmQE5FAFSA Extravaganza Canvas Course! Within this course, you will gain access to helpful tips for completing FAFSA, receive one-on-one advising from financial aid advisers, and learn more about paying for your education at UF.

Watch our social media pages for FAFSA tips throughout the month of October!
https://www.facebook.com/UFSFAFacebook     https://twitter.com/ufsfaTwitter     https://www.instagram.com/ufsfa/Instagram

Created by the Office of Academic Support and Student Financial Affairs, the FAFSA Extravaganza serves as a campus-wide event to assist students with FAFSA completion, expand student knowledge through a financial literacy education, connect students with campus resources, and offer students on-site financial aid advising from Student Financial Affairs’ staff.

FAFSA Extravaganza also includes numerous campus partners such as MFOS/First Gen Success, Career Connections Center, Office of Graduate Diversity Initiatives, Innovation Academy, Disability Resource Center, and more. This year’s FAFSA Extravaganza will be a month-long celebration. Attend the 2020 FAFSA Extravaganza to find out some basic information as you seek to complete your FAFSA and increase your financial literacy!

We would like to also thank the following UF Partners for their support of the 2020 FAFSA Extravaganza

Office of Academic Support
Dean of Students Office
TRIO Student Support Services Program
TRIO McNair Scholars Program