Office of Financial Aid -- Making Quality Education Affordable
We are committed to providing student financial assistance to eligible students to help pay the costs associated with attending college. As you navigate through our site, you will discover the various types of student financial assistance that are available through our department, the application procedures, eligibility requirements and the application deadline dates.
The Department of Education has announced that students eligible for Federal Pell Grant may be able to receive a 3rd disbursement of Pell Grant during the same academic year. As a result, USA will implement Year Round Pell Grant starting Summer 2018.
Year Round Pell Grant will allow students to receive up to 150% of their Pell Grant funds in one academic year if eligible. One full time semester of Pell Grant equals 50%. Any additional Pell Grant disbursement will be included in the student's 600% maximum Pell Lifetime Eligibility Used (LEU), which is equivalent to 12 full time semesters. Students can check their Pell Grant LEU on the National Student Loan Data System (NSLDS).
In order to be eligible for the 3rd disbursement, students must be eligible for Pell Grant as determined by the Department of Education and must be enrolled at least half time (6 hours) for the Summer semester.
Summer Pell Grant eligibility will be reviewed within 3-5 business days upon completing a Summer Aid Application or when the student has registered for Summer semester. Students will receive an email at their JagMail email address when a determination on their Summer financial aid (including Summer Pell Grant) has been made.
For more information on Summer financial aid eligibility, please click here.
UPDATE: IRS DATA RETRIEVAL TOOL UNAVAILABLE FOR 2017 - 2018 FAFSA
The IRS Data Retrieval Tool (DRT) on fafsa.gov and StudentLoans.gov is currently unavailable. The Department of Education and the IRS are working to resolve the issue as quickly as possible, but at this time DRT is expected to be down for several weeks. The outage impacts the 2017-2018 FAFSA.
Students and parents who are in the process of completing a FAFSA should manually enter their 2015 tax information. Students who have successfully completed a FAFSA and are selected for verification can still satisfy their requirements by requesting a copy of their 2015 IRS Tax Return Transcript (or parents IRS Tax Return Transcript, if applicable) at www.irs.gov under Tools.
IMPORTANT 2017-2018 FAFSA INFORMATION:
Starting with the 2017-2018 academic year, two key changes will affect how and when students will fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
First, the Early FAFSA is a White House initiative designed to streamline the financial aid application process. Students can complete the 2017-2018 FAFSA beginning October 1, 2016 for the 2017-2018 academic year, rather than January 1, at www.fafsa.ed.gov. The earlier submission date will be a permanent change and will enable students to complete their FAFSA as early as October 1 every year. Students will be notified via JagMail when we have received their 2017-2018 FAFSA.
Listed below is a summary of key dates for submitting the FAFSA depending on when students plan to attend USA:
|IF ATTENDING USA FROM||SUBMIT THIS FAFSA||SUBMIT THE FAFSA FROM||USING INCOME & TAX INFORMATION FROM|
|July 1, 2017 - June 30, 2018||2017-2018||October 1, 2016 - June 30, 2018||2015|
|July 1, 2018 - June 30, 2019||2018-2019||October 1, 2017 - June 30, 2019||2016|
Second, students will report income information from an earlier tax year. For example, on the 2017-18 FAFSA, students (and their parents, if applicable) will report 2015 income information, rather than 2016 income information.