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									                 2009-2010 Charles Drew University Financial Aid Quick Reference Guide

          WHAT IS FINANCIAL AID?                                            WHO CAN GET FINANCIAL AID?                                              HOW TO APPLY?
Financial Aid is money provided by the federal and
state governments to help students pay for                  Eligibility for most financial aid programs is based on financial need   Apply for a Personal Identification Num ber
college. Financial Aid can be given to students             rather than academic achievement. To be eligible for financial aid a     (PIN) at w
(grants), earned by working on or off campus                student must:
(work-study) or borrowed by the student (loan).                                                                                      The PIN can be used to electronically sign the
                                                            •Be enrolled in good standing at least half -time (6 units) status       FAFSA application on-line. Parents of
                                                                                                                                     dependent students m ay also apply for their
                                                            •Be a U.S. citizen, permanent resident or eligible non-citizen           ow n PIN to sign the FAFSA application.
                                                            •Have a valid ID and Social Security card                                The preferred m ethod of submitting the
Grants                                                                                                                               application is through FAFSA on the Web. The
•Federal Pell Grants- up to $5,350 per academic year        •Make satisfactory academic progress as per CDU established              address for FAFSA on the Web is
                                                            guidelines                                                      The federal school code for
•Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant-                                                                                 Charles Drew University is 013653.
per academic year based on availability of funds
                                                            •Male student age 18-25 must register for Selective Service
•Cal Grant A- up to $9,708 per academic year
                                                                                                                                     The paper FAFSA application is also available
•Cal Grant B- up to $11,259 per academic year               •Have not been convicted for the sale or possession of illegal drugs     for students w ho would rather submit an
•Cal Grant C- up to $3,156 per academic year                w hile the student w as receiving financial aid                          application by regular m ail.

Federal Stafford Loans                                      •Not be in a financial aid overpayment status or default on a student    The Form can be dow nloaded at
There are two types of Stafford Loans, subsidized and                                                                       or by calling toll
                                                                                                                                     free at 1-800-433-3243
-Subsidized loans are need based
-Unsubsidized loans are non-need based

Federal PLUS Loans for Parents
Parents must pass credit check in order to receive this
                                                                             FOUR (4) APPLICATION STEPS
                                                            Step 1: Go on-line at and follow the                                   WHEN TO APPLY
Graduate PLUS Loans for Grad Students-                      instructions for completing an application.
Non-need, credit based loans
                                                                                                                                     The FAFSA processing cycle lasts 18 months.
Private Student Loans                                       Step 2: Within two weeks, the Financial Aid Office notifies              For the 2009-2010 aw ard year, applications may
Can help cover the gap between Financial Aid and the                                                                                 be completed on or after January 1, 2009.
                                                            the student applicant by e-mail or regular mail of
cost of education                                                                                                                    Applications w ill be accepted until June 30, 2010.
                                                            additional documents needed to process the financial aid
Job                                                         application.                                                             California residents are encouraged to apply by
Federal Work Study- earn from $7.75 per hour
                                                                                                                                     March 2nd to be considered for a Cal Grant, w hich
                                                            Step 3: The Student brings all the requested documents                   is the state grant.
                                                            to the Financial Aid Office for processing.
                   Scholarships                                                                                                      Students should submit all required forms, such
A student might also qualify for a private                                                                                           as tax returns, proof of permanent residency, etc,
scholarship for academic achievement, community             Step 4: The Financial Aid Office processes the application
                                                                                                                                     needed to process their application by the priority
activities, artistic talents, leadership potential, field   and sends the Award Notification Letter to the student
of study.
                                                                                                                                     deadline date of April 17th.
                                                            applicant. Allow 6-8 weeks for processing.
Scholarship search engines, such as, also offer scholarship
opportunities for students.

                                                  Published by the Charles Drew University, Financial Aid Office, April, 2009
              2009-2010 Charles Drew University Financial Aid Quick Reference Guide

HOW THE FAFSA IS PROCESSED                                          FEDERAL STAFFORD LOAN TERMS                                                     IMPORTANT DATES
                                                     Freshman-$5,500 (Annual loan limit $3,500 between subsidized and
FAFSA information is transmitted to the                                                                                              January 1- Students m ay begin to submit a
                                                     unsubsidized, plus additional $2,000 unsubsidized)
Department of Education who uses the                                                                                                 FAFSA for the following academic year
information to calculate an Expected                 Sophomore-$6,500 (Annual loan limit $4,500 between subsidized and
                                                     unsubsidized, plus an additional $2,000 unsubsidized)
Family Contribution (EFC).                                                                                                           March 2- Cal Grant deadline
                                                     Junior or Senior-$7,500 (Annual loan limit $5,500 between subsidized and
In addition, the Department of                       unsubsidized, plus an additional $2,000 unsubsidized)                           April 17- Financial Aid priority date: Students
Education compares the FAFSA                         Independent                                                                     w ho complete their application packet by this
                                                     Freshman-$9,500 (Annual loan limit $3,500 between subsidized and                date w ill m ost likely receive their aid during
information against the Social Security
                                                     unsubsidized, plus an additional $6,000 unsubsidized)                           the first w eek of the fall sem ester.
Administration (SSA), Department of
Homeland Security, National Student                  Sophomore-$10,500 (Annual loan limit $4,500 between subsidized and
                                                     unsubsidized, plus an additional $6,000 unsubsidized)
Loan Data System, Selective Service                                                                                                                  USEFUL WEBSITES
and U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs              Junior or Senior-$12,500 (Annual loan limit $5,500 between subsidized and       Student Aid on the Web-www.FederalStudent
records. If discrepancies arise, the                 unsubsidized, plus and additional $7,000 unsubsidized)                 site offers college-bound students and
                                                                                                                                     their families a single source of free information on
student’s record is flagged and the                  Post Bac-$9,500-$12,500 as determined by grade level
                                                                                                                                     choosing a career, selecting a school, and indentifying
Financial Aid Office is notified to                  Graduate or professional-$20,500 (Annual loan limit $8,500 between subsidized   resources to pay for school.
resolve the conflicting information.                 and unsubsidized, plus an additional $12,000 unsubsidized)
                                                                                                                                     FAFSA on the official on-
                                                     Lifetime Limits                                                                 line financial aid application
                                                     Undergraduate dependent lifetime limit- $31,000 (up to $23,000 may be
                                                     subsidized)                                                                     PIN can apply for the
                                                                                                                                     personal identification number needed to sign the on-line
                                                     Undergraduate independent lifetime limit- $57,500 (between subsidized and       FAFSA.
                                                                                                                                     California Student Aid
                                                     Graduate or Professional lifetime limit- $138,500 (up to $65,000 may be
                                                                                                                                     on available state grants for eligible California residents
Within 72 hours after the Department of              subsidized)
Education receives a completed application and
signature, schools listed on the student’s
FAFSA w ill have electronic access to the
                                                                                                                                                     TELEPHONE HELP
                                                                                                                                     Federal Student Aid Information Center (FSAIC)-
student’s information. The Department of                                                                                             1800-4FED-AID- to check on the processing status of
Education w ill also send the student’s                                 HOW NEED IS DETERMINED?                                      the FAFSA
information to the California Student Aid
                                                     A student’s financial need is determined by calculating the difference          CDU Financial Aid Office-323-563-4824-general
Commission (CSAC) for Cal Grant processing
                                                     between the Cost of Attendance (COA) (enrollment fees, books                    questions about financial aid programs
and to the student in the form of the Student Aid    transportation etc.) and the amount the family is expected to contribute to
Report (SAR) Acknow ledgement.                       the student’s education.                                                        California Student Aid Commission-
                                                                                                                                     1-888-CA-GRANT-questions about the status of Cal
Students can check the status of their FAFSA         To determine the Expected Family Contribution (EFC), the student must           Grant and /or other state aid program
application on-line at w A          complete and file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
student w ithout internet access can check the       The student’s income and asset information is entered into the                  Inspector General Hotline-1800-MIS-USED- reporting
                                                     Department of Education’s computer system, which then calculates the
status of the FAFSA by calling 1-800-4FED-AID                                                                                        student aid fraud (including identity theft), waste, or
                                                     student’s official EFC.                                                         abuse of US Department of Education funds
                                                     Cost of Attendance--Expected Family Contribution=Financial Need.

                                           Published by the Charles Drew University, Financial Aid Office, April, 2009

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