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Freshman Orientation


									     Emily Bliss, Director
Beth Casper, Associate Director
         Warwick 140
Applying for Financial Aid
The Cost of Attendance
The Financial Aid Notification
Federal Educational Rights & Privacy Act
Satisfactory Academic Progress
Communicating with the Financial Aid Office
Changing FAFSA Information
File the Free Application for Financial Aid (FAFSA)
File with information from the 2010 IRS 1040
The file may be selected for verification
Families with parents who have been divorced and
then remarried should file as married using current
spouse income
Direct Costs (appear on the student’s account and can be
paid with financial aid)
 Tuition and Fees
 --Health Insurance
 Room & Board (if living on campus)

Indirect Costs (financial aid can cover but funds are
given to student, if enough left over once bill is paid)
 Books & Supplies
 Transportation
 Miscellaneous
Although books are considered part of the cost of
attendance and funds are included in your financial aid
package to cover books, those funds are not available until
the first day of class, at the earliest.

If you use the book buying program, you can reimburse
yourself once a refund is received on the first day of class,
or when aid is complete and a refund is issued.
Families receive one paper award letter

All additional communication starts with an e-mail to the
student’s UNCW e-mail advising them to check SEANET.

Students are e-mailed each time there is a change in their
financial aid award.

Students are also notified whenever a Direct loan is posted
to their account.
Students, not the parents, have the right to privacy once
they attend orientation.

UNCW has developed a FERPA release form available to
students which is completed to allow us to speak with
whoever the student designates.

If you coerce your child into naming you on the FERPA,
they can change it anytime they wish
Student must maintain SAP in order to remain
eligible for financial aid.

SAP is checked at the end of each spring

Three areas
 GPA must be 1.75 for 1-45 hours
 GPA must be 2.00 for greater than 46 hours
 Student must complete 75% of all attempted hours
 Aid stops once student has attempted 186 hours
Students who withdraw during the semester may have
to return federal or state funds

Students should always withdraw through the Dean of
Students Office

Withdrawing may have an effect on the student’s
Satisfactory Academic Progress
Most communication is done through e-mail to the student’s
UNCW account

A newsletter is sent once a month through e-mail to the
student’s UNCW account

Requests for missing information are sent through e-mail to the
student’s UNCW account

You can call us but our phones are extremely busy during the

E-mails are usually a less frustrating method of communication
for families
The employees of the Financial Aid Office make
corrections if a student is selected for verification and
corrections are required.

Likewise if a special circumstance appeal is processed.

If you know about corrections that need to be made it
is usually better to contact our office and have us make
The Financial Aid Office can make adjustments to the
student’s FAFSA if a family can document a significant
change in income for the 2011 aid year.

Obtain a special circumstance form the Financial Aid
website, complete and send with all required
documentation to the office.

We do not make changes for personal choice decisions.
Almost all scholarships awarded through the university have
been processed.

Check for renewal requirements if the student has received a

You must tell the staff at the Financial Aid Office if you receive
an outside scholarship.

Aid must be reduced if a scholarships causes a student to exceed
their cost of attendance.

Whenever possible, loans are reduced prior to any other aid.
Students can receive a federal loan up to $5,500.

Parents can apply for a PLUS loan for the difference
between the total of the students offered aid and the Cost
of Attendance.

A PLUS application must be completed by the parent
wishing to borrow a loan.

A credit check is conducted for a PLUS loan.
 You are not required to take all of the loan offered to

 Students must complete an Entrance Interview.

 Parents and students must complete their own Master
 Promissory Note.
Students are assigned a counselor alphabetically by last

The office hours are from 7:30 5 p.m. Monday
through Friday.

FAFSA week is held in early February to help students
complete their next year’s FAFSA.

Please do not send anything that is not requested.
Documents received without a request are shredded.
Bill is not paid so classes get dropped

Promissory notes or entrance interviews are not
completed for loans

Satisfactory Academic Progress is not maintained

All required documents are not turned in

They do not read their e-mail

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