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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.

You can call, email, drop in to our Zoom Rooms, chat with us in Live Chat, and even request a virtual appointment - all from the comfort of where you are.

 

The Office of Financial Aid is excited to announce a change in the financial aid verification process for 2020-2021!

Beginning June 12, 2020, the Office of Financial Aid transitioned to USA Financial Aid Verification Portal-- a new platform for secure verification document upload. 

If you did not submit all outstanding requirements by June 30, 2020, you will be notified to restart the verification process using the USA Financial Aid Verification Portal

Any 2020-2021 FAFSAs received after May 22, 2020 will be prompted to begin the verification process using the USA Financial Aid Verification Portal automatically. 

PLEASE NOTE: This change only applies to 2020-2021 FAFSAs selected for verification or require additional documentation. 2019-2020 FAFSAs will not be included in the USA Financial Aid Verification Portal. 

 

IMPORTANT INFORMATION REGARDING 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 September 30, 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.

                                  HOW TO APPLY FOR FEDERAL STUDENT AID FOR 2020 - 2021

The 2020 - 2021 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 2020 - 2021 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. 
  • 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.