Need-Based Assistance

The Office of Student Financial Assistance can assist students in obtaining need-based financial aid including: grants, awards based on financial need that do not require repayment; loans, awards that require repayment; federal work-study, part-time employment; and scholarships, for which some consider financial need as a secondary factor. Any awarded aid is combined to meet a student's financial need. The total amount of aid a student receives is based on a family's financial circumstances. To be considered for all need-based financial aid, new first-year students must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by February 15 (for returning and new transfer students, the deadline is March 15). The FAFSA must be completed every year ( www.fafsa.gov).

A student cannot receive any combination of aid, including loans, grants, federal work-study, and scholarships that exceeds the cost of attendance. If the total amount of financial aid exceeds the cost of attendance, the amount of aid will be reduced.

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