Posted Tuesday, May 1, 2018 @ 3:16 PM
There are a number of different pieces to the financial aid puzzle. Submitting all required pieces early is the best advice the Office of Student Financial Assistance (SFA) can provide to students and parents.
Completing The FAFSA
Students who wish to be considered for grants, work-study, and loans should complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), as soon as possible. Remember, there are scholarships with a need-based component which would require the completion of the FAFSA.
Students admitted for the summer 2018 term and who would like to be considered for financial aid funding should complete the 2017-2018 FAFSA using your 2015 income and tax information. The summer 2018 term is part of the 2017-2018 academic year. The data from the 2018-2019 FAFSA cannot be used for the summer 2018 term. The last day to complete the 2017-2018 FAFSA is June 30, 2018.
Students admitted for the fall 2018 term and who would like to be considered for financial aid funding should complete the 2018-2019 FAFSA using your 2016 income and tax information.
Submitting Additional Documents
SFA may request additional documentation from your student in order to complete the financial aid process. SFA has established a May 30th priority date for the submission of all financial aid documents for the 2018-2019 academic year. We established this date so the office has sufficient time to review and process your documents prior to the start of the fall term. While this is not a deadline, late submission of documents can result in processing delays and late disbursement of financial aid. Incoming students with requests for citizenship documents should bring that documentation to SFA when they attend Freshman Orientation.
For your protection, please do not send documents with personally identifiable or sensitive information via email. SFA will not open email attachments. Students have the option to submit financial aid documents online. The Document & File Upload offers the convenience of safely and securely uploading documents to the financial aid office. Students may fax documents to our office at (407) 823-5241, mail them to the Office of Student Financial Assistance, 4000 Central Florida Blvd, Millican Hall, Room 107, Orlando, FL 32816-0113, or deliver them in person to Millican Hall, Room 107 during normal business hours.
Changes with Bright Futures Scholarship Program
For the 2017-2018 academic year, Bright Futures Academic scholars receive 100% of tuition and fees plus $300 for textbooks and/or college-related expenses (fall and spring only). Academic Scholars will also receive 100% of tuition and fees for the summer 2018 term. Students must enroll for a minimum of 6 credit hours for summer funding.
For the 2018-2019 academic year, Bright Futures Academic scholars will continue to receive the above mentioned awards. Medallion scholars will receive 75% of tuition and fees. Medallion scholars will not receive the $300 for textbooks and/or college-related expenses. The Medallion scholars will receive summer funding beginning Summer 2019. They too must enroll for a minimum of 6 credit hours for summer funding.
NOTE: Incoming summer 2018 admits awarded the Bright Futures Academic Scholarship are eligible to use those funds for the summer 2018 term as long as they are admitted as degree-seeking and are enrolled in at least 6 credit hours.
We trust this information is helpful to you as you complete the financial aid puzzle. We wish you and your student a wonderful start to your academic journey.