The only way to tell if you're eligible for aid is to apply for it. You don't have to be poor to qualify for federal student loans, so we encourage all students who believe they will need assistance to apply.
You should not delay filing your FAFSA past the April 1st priority deadline. If you have to estimate your income, be as accurate as possible using your W-2 forms and other financial records. It is very likely that we will request a copy of your tax forms some time during the process.
Students do not have to be admitted to UNO in order to file their FAFSA. You should file your FAFSA as soon after January 1st as possible, but you need to know that you won't receive an aid package from UNO if you have not applied for admission to a degree seeking program.
You are responsible for following up on your application. You may be asked to provide additional documentation. When documents are requested, send them promptly.
After you complete your FAFSA, you will receive a Federal Student Aid Report (SAR) from the processor notifying you of your eligibility for a Federal Pell Grant. If you do not receive a SAR within a reasonable amount of time, contact the federal processor at 1-800-433-3243. When we have determined how much and what kind of financial aid you are eligible for, we will notify you via your UNO email account. If you have applied early and provided all of the requested documentation promptly, you should receive your notification in April.
You are still encouraged to file the FAFSA. Even though some funding may be exhausted, there are some federal funds, such as Pell Grants and Stafford loans that you may still qualify for.
Yes. You must reapply for financial aid each year by completing the FAFSA or Renewal FAFSA.
You need to answer the questions on the form about the parent you lived with the most in the last 12 months. If you did not live with one parent more than the other in the last 12 months, answer in terms of the parent who provided the most financial support during that time. If neither parent provided greater financial support during the last 12 months, answer in terms of the parent who provided the greater support during the most recent calendar year that you actually were supported by a parent.
If your parent that you counted above has remarried, you must also include information about your stepparent on the FAFSA. Your stepparent must be included, regardless of the marriage date or the stepparent's intent to provide financial support for you. If you receive financial support from the other parent also, you should report this as an Other Untaxed Income amount on the FAFSA.
No. The formula used by the Federal processor to calculate the Expected Family Contribution assumes that a certain amount of income is needed to support a family. Also it is based on the household size and the number of family members in college. The Federal financial aid methodology does not make allowances for different lifestyle choices, which often influence the amount of a family's living expenses.
No. You must indicate your marital status as of the date you are completing the FAFSA. You cannot update your marital status once you have filed your FAFSA.
Any undergraduate, graduate, or professional student enrolled at least half-time in a degree seeking program, making satisfactory progress, is normally eligible for some kind of financial assistance. Some financial aid programs require full-time enrollment, others three-quarter or half-time enrollment.
The Office of Financial Aid administers need-based and non-need based financial aid. All students needing financial assistance should apply for aid. Students who do not demonstrate "financial need" may be awarded non-need based aid. The Federal Unsubsidized Stafford loan and the Federal Parent Loan for Undergraduate Students are loan programs available to students who do not demonstrate financial need.
If you drop a class before the semester starts or during the first week of classes, aid that has been awarded or already disbursed to you may have to be adjusted. You should contact our office before you drop the class to find out how your aid may be affected.
Depending upon when you withdraw from school, you may be required to repay a portion of any aid you have received in the term in which you are withdrawing. You should contact our office before you withdraw to find out if you will have to repay a portion of your aid.
You must be making "Satisfactory Academic Progress" to retain your financial aid eligibility. This means you must successfully complete ("D" grade or higher) at least two-thirds of your total credit hours attempted with a cumulative GPA of at least 2.0. Undergraduate students cannot exceed more than 188 attempted credit hours. Graduate students cannot exceed more than 55 graduate credit hours. Professional students cannot exceed more than 110 doctoral credit hours.
Yes. Initial financial aid awards are our best estimate of what you are eligible to receive. Most changes in awards involve factors which are under your control, or of which you should be aware. Your award may be increased, reduced, or even canceled if: