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.

 

15% OF SPRING TUITION DUE TO OFFICE OF STUDENT ACCOUNTING BY

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 4, 2018

As a reminder, 15% of Spring 2019 tuition is due to the Office of Student Accounting by Tuesday, December 4, 2018 to secure a student's schedule for Spring 2019 term. To verify if 15% payment is due, please refer to the 15% calculator in PAWS:

  1. Click on Enter Secure Area
  2. Enter JAG Number and PIN
  3. Click on Student Services and Financial Aid
  4. Click on Student Records
  5. Click on 15% Payment Calculator
  6. Select the term
     

If the 15% Payment Calculator displays $0, the student has met the 15% payment requirement and no payment is due.  If a student has housing and meal plan charges, but will not register for classes until after December 4, 2018, the 15% payment is not a requirement. 

If a student misses the 15% Payment Deadline, they will be given the opportunity to register again for classes. However, if a student’s schedule is cancelled there is no guarantee the student’s preferred schedule will remain available.

For additional payment deadlines and information on how to make payments, please refer to the Office of Student Accounting's website.

 

                                   HOW TO APPLY FOR FEDERAL STUDENT AID FOR 2019 - 2020

The 2019 - 2020 FAFSA is now available! Listed below is an outline of the process students will need to complete in order to have an award offer made for the 2019 - 2020 academic year. 

 1.  Get Organized:

  • Apply for admission at University of South Alabama (USA).  Students must be accepted before aid eligibility can be determined.
  • Create a Federal Student Aid ID (FSA ID) username and password at https://fsaid.ed.gov/npas/index.htm. FSA ID’s are used for electronic signatures. Parents of dependent students must also create a FSA ID.

2.  Complete and Submit the FAFSA Online: 

  • Complete the FAFSA at https://fafsa.ed.gov or by using the myStudentAid app for iOS and Android. The FAFSA is available every October 1 so apply early!
  • Avoid common errors by verifying personal information is entered correctly (name, date of birth, and social security number).
  • Use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool (DRT) to transfer tax information to the FAFSA.
  • List USA in Step 6 of the FAFSA.  USA’s school code is 001057.
  • Both the student and parent must sign the FAFSA using their FSA ID’s if the student is dependent.
  • Print a copy of the submitted information for future reference. 

3.   After Filing the FAFSA:

  • Once the FAFSA has been received by USA, students will be notified through their JagMail account (if accepted for admission), or the email address listed on the FAFSA. PLEASE NOTE: USA will not start processing FAFSA’s for the upcoming academic year until November 30.
  • Students should continue to check for emails and their PAWS account on a regular basis for any additional requests for documents.
    • Approximately 30% of all applicants are selected for verification by the Department of Education and additional documentation may be required before an aid offer can be processed. 

4.   Finalize Award:

  • Awarding for the upcoming academic year will begin on or around February 15.  Award notifications will be sent to the student’s JagMail account. Students can also check the status of their award any time in PAWS.
  • Accept/decline any award offers in PAWS.
  • If a student accepts Federal Direct Student Loans, they must complete loan requirements such as a Master Promissory Note (MPN) and Loan Entrance Counseling at https://studentloans.gov using their FSA ID. Outstanding loan requirements will be listed in PAWS.
                                                  IMPORTANT 2019-2020 FAFSA INFORMATION

Students can complete the 2019-2020 FAFSA beginning October 1, 2018 for the 2019-2020 academic year at www.fafsa.gov. Students will be notified via JagMail when their 2019-2020 FAFSA has been received.

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, 2018 - June 30, 2019 2018 - 2019 October 1, 2017 - June 30, 2019 2016
July 1, 2019 - June 30, 2020 2019 - 2020 October 1, 2018 - June 30, 2020 2017

 

                                          NEW FOR 2018-2019: LOAN ADJUSTMENT REQUESTS 

Effective for the 2018-2019 academic year, any requests for adjustments to Federal Direct Loans (Subsidized, Unsubsidized, Parent PLUS and Graduate PLUS Loans) must be submitted in writing to the Office of Financial Aid. Requests can be submitted one of two ways:

(1) Students can send an email from their JagMail email address to finaid@southalabama.edu outlining their request. Jag Numbers should be in the subject line or the body of the email. 

(2) Students can download, complete and physically sign the 2018-2019 Undergraduate Student Loan Adjustment Form or the 2018-2019 Graduate Student Loan Adjustment Form. These forms can also be accessed from the Forms page on the left hand navigation pane. Completed forms can be submitted in person or scanned to finaid@southalabama.edu, as well as mailed or faxed. The address and fax number to the Office of Financial Aid can be found at the bottom of the left hand navigation pane.  

PLEASE NOTE: Students should allow 5 business days for their request to be processed. During peak processing times, the expected processing time may exceed 5 business days. INCOMPLETE FORMS WILL NOT BE PROCESSED.