Determining Your Financial Aid Package

A student's financial aid package is processed in this order:

First, we estimate the student's Cost of Attendance (COA) based on his or her state of residence, the campus that will be attended, and the student's enrollment status. The COA includes instructional and general fees, room and board, fees for technology, Metro, facilities and include, but are not limited to books and supplies, transportation, personal expenses, hygiene, recreation, and entertainment.

Second, after receiving the FAFSA data from the US Department of Education, we use the reported Expected Family Contribution (EFC) that reflects the family's ability to contribute to educational costs to calculate the student's eligibility for need-based aid. We then subtract the Expected Family Contribution (EFC) from the Cost of Attendance (COA) to determine the student's financial need.

Finally, once financial need is determined, the student is considered initially for grant eligibility, then for loan and federal work-study, depending on the student's indicated preference on the FAFSA. Students who submit the FAFSA to the Federal Processing Center by February 15 for new first-year students and March 15 for returning students and new transfer students are the first groups to be awarded aid.

Applicants are ranked in order of greatest need and awards are made on the basis of the amount of financial need.

Students who are awarded scholarships will be sent a separate Scholarship Award Notification.

Students with significant changes in family income (death, loss of job, disability, divorce, or other extreme circumstances) after filing their FAFSA may request a re-evaluation of their application. To see if circumstances qualify for review, please contact the Office of Student Financial Assistance to speak with a counselor.

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