applying for aid
Applying for financial aid at Cameron University begins with the completion of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and Cameron's General Scholarship Application. The FAFSA application is used to apply for nearly all types of financial assistance including federal, state and institutional aid. The results of the application assist the financial aid office in determining how much and what type of aid may be awarded. The General Scholarship Application is utilized to award institutional scholarships that are offered through the university.
What do I need to do?
1. Get a Federal Student Aid (FSA) ID at www.fsaid.ed.gov. The student and at least one parent of a dependent undergraduate student will need an FSA ID in order to sign and submit the FAFSA online. Do not share your information with anyone.
In the past, users were required to apply for a PIN (personal identification number) to sign the FAFSA. As of Spring 2015, all users must switch to the FSA ID. An individual who already has a PIN with a successful match from the Social Security Administration (SSA) has the option to link that PIN to their newly-created FSA ID during registration. By linking to a “matched” PIN, the user will be able to immediately use the FSA ID. If an individual does not link to a “matched” PIN during the FSA ID registration process, they will have limited use of the FSA ID until the SSA confirms their personal identifiers; confirmation usually takes one to three days.
2. Gather your information to apply. Your social security number, your parent's social security number if filing a dependent status, drivers license number, federal tax information including your spouse if married or for your parents if filing a dependent status as well as records of untaxed income.
3. Complete the FAFSA at www.fafsa.ed.gov. Remember that filing is free! Information and complete instructions are provided to guide you through the process. Be sure to designate Cameron University as your university of choice by entering our school code, 003150. Don't forget to sign the application!
4. Review the Student Aid Report (SAR). After completing the FAFSA, an email message is sent to you with a link to your SAR. Please review your SAR for any necessary corrections or updates. If estimates relating to tax information were originally submitted, you will receive a notice in mid-April from Federal Student Aid to update your information.
5. Check your AggieAccess account for status and updates. Once you submit your FAFSA you should allow approximately 3 - 5 weeks for us to process your application. Once we receive and process your information, we may need additional documentation to complete or verify your aid package. This information is available on the student "My Info" tab on AggieAccess.
6. Review your awards. Once your aid package is complete, an award letter will be sent to you which identifies the types and amounts of aid that you are eligible for. Your awards can also be viewed on AggieAccess. The final awards posted to your account are based on your current enrollment status and classification.
What happens if I'm selected for verification?
Each year the U.S. Department of Education requires schools participating in the distribution of federal student aid to verify the consistency and accuracy of data submitted on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Any student who completes a FAFSA may be chosen for verification by the Department of Education.
Nationwide, about 30% of all FAFSA applications are selected this way. In addition, Cameron University (CU) also requires verification for any student who has petitioned for a special circumstance review and any student where there appears to be a possibility of conflicting information reported to the CU Financial Aid office.
This verification process involves the review of tax documents and household information to ensure the accuracy of the FAFSA application. To complete verification, students and parents, as applicable, are asked to submit federal tax documents and verification forms to the CU Financial Aid Office. Students selected for any of the reasons listed above will find the verification forms for 2015-2016 at http://www.cameron.edu/financial_aid/forms.html
Forms may be faxed, USPS mailed or scanned/emailed to the CU Financial Aid Office. Always keep a copy for your records. We strongly discourage emailing any document with anyone’s SSN listed; fax is more secure. The FAFSA IRS Data Retrieval Tool is the most secure way to verify tax return data.
The CU Financial Aid Office will verify all mandatory items identified by the U.S. Department of Education (household size, the number in college, number of exemptions, adjusted gross income, taxes paid, untaxed income, untaxed IRS distributions, education credits, IRA deductions, tax exempt interest, receipt of food stamps and child support paid, etc.). In addition, some students will be required to verify High School/GED completion status as well as complete a statement of Educational Purpose. The CU financial aid office can also verify discretionary items if necessary.
The CU financial aid office must resolve any conflicting information before disbursing financial aid. Students whose financial aid information requires reprocessing, based on the verification process, will have corrections electronically processed by CU. Any corrections will generate an updated Student Aid Report (SAR) which will be sent to the student by the Central Processing System (CPS).
The Expected Family Contribution (EFC) may change based on the corrections made. If conflicting information is discovered after aid is awarded or disbursed, CU must resolve the conflicting information and the student will be required to repay aid received in excess of his/her eligibility. All conflicts must be resolved regardless of whether the student was selected for verification or not.
After the initial verification document request has been met, CU will compare the information provided on the FAFSA and might ask for additional information if we find discrepancies that cannot be explained. CU’s Financial Aid Office will correct any variances and resubmit your FAFSA to CPS. CPS will then send you an updated Student Aid Report (SAR).
If you have received a financial aid package before completing verification, your aid eligibility will be reevaluated by your financial aid specialist after verification has been completed. You will be notified if your awards change after verification.
Please allow a minimum of three weeks for the verification process to be completed, once all items have been submitted. The process might take longer if we receive incomplete documents or require additional information. Financial aid funds cannot be officially disbursed until verification is completed. Return the requested documents to us as soon as possible.
To avoid a delay in the processing of your aid, verification must be completed by July 30, 2015 for the Fall 2015 term and December 5, 2015 for the Spring 2016 term to allow processing time for your financial aid. If verification is submitted past the above dates, aid may disburse, however, it may be on a delayed schedule. The absolute cutoff for verification to be completed for the 2015-2016 academic year is April 22, 2016.
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