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Q. When is the Financial Aid Office open?
Q. I hardly ever get anyone to answer the phone?
Q. Why can't you tell my spouse, parents, or outside agencies what kind of aid I have been awarded?
Q. When do I apply for financial aid?
Q. What is the deadline to apply for financial aid?
Q. If I miss the priority deadline, can I still get financial aid?
Q. Do I have to apply for financial aid every year?
Q. I'm not admitted to Fletcher yet. Do I have to wait until I am admitted before I apply for financial aid?
Q. I probably don't qualify for aid. Should I apply for aid anyway?
Q. When will I get my financial aid money?
Q. If I don't receive my money until the 20th class day, how do I pay for my tuiton and fees and get my books?
Q. What is a DRN?
Q. What is a Federal PIN?
Q. How do I apply for student financial aid at Fletcher?
Q. When I originally completed the FAFSA, I did not list Fletcher as a school choice. How do I now list it?
Q. Do I need to submit other documents to Fletcher?
Q. Should I keep copies of the information I submitted for my file?
Q. I did not keep a copy of my tax return. How do I request a copy?
Q. Do I need to submit tax returns?
Q. What is verification? And why was I chosen?
Q. What do I do if something changes after I file?
Q. Is financial aid available for the Summer?
Q. I was told that I have to be full-time to receive financial aid. Is that right?
Q. Can I receive a Pell grant if I already have a bachelor's degree?
Q. Am I allowed to receive financial aid from more than one institution at the same time?
Q. Can audit courses be used to receive financial aid?
Q. Why doesn't Fletcher participate in student loans?
Q. Can I go to my personal bank and get a student loan?
Q. How can I pay for school if Fletcher doesn't offer student loans?
Q. Can I appeal a financial aid decision?
Q. When is the Financial Aid Office open?
A. We are open from 7:30 A.M. until 4:30 P.M. Monday through Friday.
Q. I hardly ever get anyone to answer the phone?
A. Our office handles several hundred phone calls per day during peak times. We have 1 incoming phone line that stays constantly busy and calls are anwered in the order in which they are received. A good strategy if you are in the area is to stop by in person.You may also try emailing us at financialaid@fletcher.edu.
Q. Why can't you tell my spouse, parents, or outside agencies what kind of aid I have been awarded?
A. The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (also known as the Buckley Amendment) limits access to educational records without written consent.
Q. When do I apply for financial aid?
A. As soon as possible after January 1 of the year you plan to attend. You must reapply every year.
Q. What is the deadline to apply for financial aid?
A. To recieve priority consideration for aid, you should complete the Free Appplication for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) 4 weeks prior to the deadline dates indicated each semester.
Fall Semester...May 15
Spring Semester...October 15
Summer Semester...April 15
Q. If I miss the priority deadline, can I still get financial aid?
A. If you miss the priority deadline, you are stiil encouraged to apply for financial aid. If you are eligible and have paid your tuition, you will be reimbursed after the semester begins.
Q. Do I have to apply for financial aid every year?
A. Yes. You must reapply for financial aid each year by completing the FAFSA.
Q. I'm not admitted to Fletcher yet. Do I have to wait until I am admitted before I apply for financial aid?
A. No. Students do not have to be admitted to Fletcher in order to file their FAFSA. You should file your FAFSA as soon after January 1st as possible.
Q. I probably don't qualify for aid. Should I apply for aid anyway?
A. Yes, any student who is looking for assistance with the cost of higher education should apply for financial aid. Most people have the misconception that income is the only factor in determining financial need. Other variables are also considered, such as family size, number of family members in college, age of the older parent, savings, investments, and various allowances to income and assets.
Q. When will I get my financial aid money?
A. Financial aid money is disbursed on or around the 20th class day of the semester and thereafter.
Q. If I don't receive my money until the 20th class day, how do I pay for my tuiton and fees and get my books?
A. Don't worry! If you have been awarded financial aid by the tuition and fee payment/financial aid deadline, your tuition and fees will be deferred. Fletcher will defer the cost of your tuition and fees until your financial aid money is disbursed! (Once your aid is disbursed, Fletcher will pay your tuition and fee balance and you will receive the residual.)
Fletcher has a great relationshio with Big Worm Books and Textbook Rentals. Both places are located in Thibodaux, LA. As with tuition and fees, if your financial aid has been awarded, simply bring your award letter to either Big Worm Books or Textbook Rentals and they will defer the cost of your books until your financial aid money is disbursed. Both places require you to leave a check for the amount of books with them. They will HOLD that check until your financial aid money is disbursed. Fletcher stays in contact with both places regarding disbursement dates and such.
It is your responsibility to pay for your books once your financial aid money has been disbursed! Fletcher takes only tuition and fee money out of your financial aid. You MUST contact the book store and make payment!
Q. What is a DRN?
A. DRN stands for Data Release Number. It is the confidential four-digit number found in the upper right hand corner on the Student Aid Report (SAR). A financial aid applicant needs to provide the DRN when communicating with the Federal Student Aid Information Center regarding FAFSA and SAR processing.
Q. What is a Federal PIN?
A. Your Federal Student Aid PIN is the personal identification number you use when you visit certain U.S. Department of Education Web sites.
For example, you can use your PIN to:
-sign your online Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at www.fafsa.gov;
-review what federal student aid you have received in the past by visiting the National Student Loan Data System at www.nslds.gov;
-sign certain federal student loan contracts online;
-find out whether your FAFSA has been processed at ww.fafsa.gov; or
-correct information you reported on your FAFSA at www.fafsa.gov.
If you do not have a PIN, have lost or forgotten your PIN, or if you think someone else knows your PIN, you can request a new one at www.pin.ed.gov .
If you are a dependent, one of your parents should have his/her own PIN to electronically sign your FAFSA and to make any corrections.
Q. How do I apply for student financial aid at Fletcher?
A. The first step in applying for financial aid at Fletcher is to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). You can complete and submit your FAFSA on-line at www.fafsa.gov. Once your FAFSA is processed and we receive your ISIR, we email either an Award Letter or Document Tracking Letter to the email address you provided on your FAFSA. If an email address was not provided, correspondence will be mailed to the address on your FAFSA.
Q. When I originally completed the FAFSA, I did not list Fletcher as a school choice. How do I now list it?
A. You can make a correction to your existing SAR by adding Fletcher's school code of 013580. You may also conatct the Financial Aid Office and provide your name, social security number, date of birth, and DRN. We'll be happy to add Fletcher to your FAFSA so that we can obtain your financial aid information.
Q. Do I need to submit other documents to Fletcher?
A. Yes, you may need to submit documents to Fletcher. Communication will be sent to either your email or address regarding any docoments that may need to be submitted.
Q. Should I keep copies of the information I submitted for my file?
A. Yes! Keep copies of all forms completed and any materials used to prepare the forms, such as tax returns.
Q. I did not keep a copy of my tax return. How do I request a copy?
A. Tax Form 1040 and 1040 a/EZ are no longer accepted. If you must submit a copy of your taxes, you MUST submit an official IRS Tax Transcript. You may contact the IRS at 800-8291040 or www.irs.gov to request a tax transcript.
Q. Do I need to submit tax returns?
A. Tax Form 1040 and 1040 a/EZ are no longer accepted. If you must submit a copy of your taxes, you MUST submit an official IRS Tax Transcript. You may contact the IRS at 800-8291040 or www.irs.gov to request a tax transcript.
Q. What is verification? And why was I chosen?
A. Verification is a review process in which the Office of Fincancial Aid determines the accuracy of the information provided on the student's financial aid application. During the verification process the student and parent (if applicable) will be required to submit documentation for the amounts listed (or not listed) on the financial aid application. Such documentation may include tax transcripts for you, your spouse (if any), and your parents, proof of registraton with Selective Service, and copies of W2s and 1099 forms, among other things.
Financial aid applications are randomly selected by the federal processor for verification. If there is an asterisk next to the Expected Family Contribution (EFC) figure on your Student Aid Report (SAR), your SAR had been selected for verificaiton. Schools may also select additional students for verification.
If any discrepancies are uncovered during verification, the financial aid office may require additional information to clear up the discrepancies. If you refuse to submit the required documentation, your financial aid package will be canceled and no aid will be awarded.
Q. What do I do if something changes after I file?
A. If something changes after you submit the FAFSA, you should contact our office to discuss what circumstances have changed. For some situations, such as a loss of income compared with the income you used to complete your FAFSA, we can re-evaluate your financial aid. You should meet with a financial aid counselor to discuss your inidvidual situation and determine the correct course of action.
Q. Is financial aid available for the Summer?
A. Yes. Summer ends our financial aid year, so you must first complete the FAFSA from the prior year. Contact our office for more information.
Q. I was told that I have to be full-time to receive financial aid. Is that right?
A. No, you do not have to be enrolled full-time to receive financial aid. You may be enrolled less than half-time and be eligible for the Pell Grant program. We will process your award based on full-time enrollment; however, your aid will be adjusted based on the hours of enrollment at the disbursement.
Q. Can I receive a Pell grant if I already have a bachelor's degree?
A. No.
Q. Am I allowed to receive financial aid from more than one institution at the same time?
A. No. If you are enrolled at more than one college or university at the same time, you may receive financial aid from one of the institutions, not both. You must be pursuing a degree at the awarding institution. Cross-enrolled students cannot be processed for aid at their host institution.
Q. Can audit courses be used to receive financial aid?
A. No. Audit courses hours cannot be used to fulfill your hour requirement for financial aid.
Q. Why doesn't Fletcher participate in student loans?
A. An institution chooses what financial aid opportunities to participate in. At the current time, Fletcher does not have the resources to work with student loans.
Q. Can I go to my personal bank and get a student loan?
A. Unfortunatey, Fletcher is unable to verify some of the information that your personal bank may require, so no.
Q. How can I pay for school if Fletcher doesn't offer student loans?
A. If you are eligible to receive any financial aid money, you will be a self-paying student. Fletcher does offer no interest payment plans to assist with the cost of school.
Q. Can I appeal a financial aid decision?
A. Yes, a student may appeal decisions other than the SAP policy made by the Financial Aid Office. A written appeal must be submitted to the Dean of Student Services within 14 days of notification. All documentation relating to an appeal must accompany the written appeal. The Dean of Student Services may or may not consult the Chancellor. A decision will be rendered within 14 days. The decision of the Dean of Student Services is final.