Utilizing Financial Aid
Many Non-Traditional Students report feeling frustrated and overwhelmed by the financial aid process. The following are suggested ways to make the process run more smoothly.
Discuss your options with a financial aid counselor. If you are not satisfied with your financial aid status or have questions regarding your situation as a nontraditional student, make an appointment with a financial aid counselor to discuss your options. There is an appeals process available for students who want to have their applications reconsidered based on extenuating circumstances or new information regarding their financial situation such as a change in income or child care expenses.
Check in with the Financial Aid Office periodically for any changes in rules/regulations. Federal financial aid rules and regulations as well as availability for funding often changes. Check in with the Financial Aid Office each quarter to pick up an updated bulletin with information on financial aid changes.
Begin filing as early as possible. The earlier you file, the sooner your application will be processed. If you have questions regarding the application, financial aid counselors are available on a walk-in basis. Also, the Financial Aid Office offers workshops on completing various financial aid forms prior to deadlines.
Keep a file related to financial aid. Photocopy and date all documents submitted as well as any receipts or records that may be useful during an appeal process.
Seek other sources for financial aid. Scholarships and grants are available on both a need and merit basis. Check with the Financial Aid Office.