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Based on feedback from our students and as a way to better meet public health recommendations for limited on-campus services, our in person student access has changed. Our teams have made important changes to our delivery of student support - to ensure students still have access to the same great service.

In addition to our physical location on campus in Meisler Hall, you can also call, email, chat with us in Live Chat, and even request a virtual appointment - all from the comfort of where you are.

 

 

Beginning with the 2021-2022 FAFSA, USA will be issuing estimated aid offers! Check out the FAQs below for more information on the process:

 

▼   What is an estimated aid offer?
When it comes to finances and paying for college costs, planning ahead is always the first step in the right direction! An estimated aid offer provides students and families with an initial idea of what they may qualify for in federal student aid before required documents have been submitted and reviewed.
▼   I've never gotten an estimate of my federal aid.  Why did I get one now?
If you have been admitted to USA, have an official 2021-2022 FAFSA on file with USA, meet all federal student aid eligibility requirements, and are maintaining satisfactory academic progress – you will receive an estimated aid offer for the 2021-2022 academic year at your JagMail address within 10-15 business days of USA receiving your official 2021-2022 FAFSA.
▼   Are there any degree programs that will not have estimated aid offers?
Estimated aid offers are not processed for students in the College of Medicine, Accelerated Nursing, Occupational Therapy, Physicians Assistant and Physical Therapy programs, as these programs have increased costs that are not determined this early in the aid processing cycle.
▼   How was my estimated aid offer calculated?

The federal student aid listed on estimated aid offer is based on the information provided on the 2021-2022 FAFSA and not your current status.

Example: If you indicated on your FAFSA that you are planning to be a graduate student but are currently classified as a senior as of Fall 2020 term, your estimated aid offer should reflect graduate level aid.

▼   The 2021-2022 academic year is almost an entire year away.  What should I do to get my estimated aid offer updated?
We understand your plans may change! Please contact us using any of the methods at the top of this page and we will be happy to discuss any corrections that may need to be made to your FAFSA.
▼   When should I expect to receive a finalized aid offer for 2021-2022?

Finalized aid offers are scheduled to begin mid to late February 2021 and will be issued via JagMail. 

The amounts listed on your finalized aid offer may differ from what was provided on your estimated aid offer. This can happen if corrections are made to your FAFSA as a result of required documentation or receipt of additional aid.  

▼   What do I need to do to receive a finalized aid offer for 2021-2022?

In order to be eligible for a finalized aid offer, any documents requested must be submitted through the USA Financial Aid Verification Portal and be reviewed (in addition to maintaining satisfactory academic progress and meeting all federal student aid eligibility requirements).

You will see a message in red text in the ‘Next Steps’ section of your estimated aid offer if you documents are needed. You should also have an email from the USA Office of Financial Aid notifying you of outstanding documents.

 

 Preparing for the FAFSA:

 

▼   How to Apply for Federal Student Aid for 2021-2022

The 2021 - 2022 FAFSA is now available at https://fafsa.gov. Listed below is an outline of the process students will need to complete in order to have an aid offer made for the 2021 - 2022 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.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. 
  • 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 Aid Offers:

  • Aid Offer notifications will be sent to the student’s JagMail account. Students can also check the status of their aid offers at any time in PAWS.
  • Accept/decline any aid 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://studentaid.gov using their FSA ID. Outstanding loan requirements will be listed in PAWS.
▼   What FAFSA should I complete?

 

Students attending USA for Fall 2020, Spring 2021 and/or Summer 2021 should complete the 2020-2021 FAFSA using 2018 income and tax information. The 2020-2021 FAFSA is available to complete at https://fafsa.gov until June 30, 2021. 

 

Students attending USA for Fall 2021, Spring 2022 and Summer 2022 should complete the 2021-2022 FAFSA using 2019 income and tax information. The 2021-2022 FAFSA is available to complete at https://fafsa.gov until June 30, 2022.

▼   Federal Student Loan Payments During National Emergency 

As part of the federal government’s response to COVID-19, students are now able to request to suspend their federal student loan payments until December 31, 2020 beginning March 13, 2020. The request process must be initiated with the student’s loan servicer. Students should log into https://studentaid.gov/ using their FSA ID and password to access the National Student Loan Data System (NSLDS), which provides contact information for loan servicer(s) as well as their entire history of federal student loans and grants. Additionally, https://studentaid.gov/announcements-events/coronavirus provides up to date information for federal student aid recipients as the response to COVID-19 continues to evolve.

 

The Office of Financial Aid encourages students to read the following press release for more specific information regarding the process for suspending federal student loan payments: https://www.ed.gov/news/press-releases/delivering-president-trumps-promise-secretary-devos-suspends-federal-student-loan-payments-waives-interest-during-national-emergency.