Students should fill out the FAFSA every year as early as possible. The new FAFSA becomes available on January 1st each year. Students and Parents can estimate their income and list "Will File" if they have not completed their taxes yet. This allows the student to be submitted for eligibility as early as possible. Once Students (and their parents, if dependent) complete their taxes, they can log into the FAFSA and update their tax information to "Already Completed" and use the IRS link to correct the information. We recommend that students complete the FAFSA even if they are unsure that they will return to school during the next academic year.
You are responsible for paying your tuition by the date on your bill. If your financial assistance is not complete by the date tuition is due, you must make arrangements in the Business Office to pay your bill or initiate a Deferred Payment Plan.
No. Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA), Emergency Medical Technician, Phlebotomy, and Truck Driver Training are some of the programs not eligible for financial aid. They do not meet the federal minimum program length requirements for financial aid.
A student may be eligible to receive summer aid if they were not full-time both Fall and Spring semesters. Your aid will be determined once you have completed the financial aid process and registered for summer courses. The Department of Education is no longer offering year-round Pell. This means that if you were a Full-time student for both Fall 2014 and Spring 2015 terms, you will not be eligible for Pell Grant for the Summer 2015. If you register for summer courses, please stop in the Office of Financial Assistance in order to determine your eligibility. Summer eligibility will not be applied unless you notify us of your registration.
Yes! Many families never receive aid they are eligible for because they fail to complete the FAFSA. We encourage all students to complete the FAFSA. Some sources of aid require completing the FAFSA but are not based on need, such as Unsubsidized Stafford and PLUS loans.
If you have been awarded a Pell Grant, SEOG, or scholarship and there is enough money left after paying tuition and fees, you may use the remaining funds to pay for your books. Check with the book store each semester to find out when you can start charging books. When charging books to your financial assistance, inform the bookstore employee that you wish to charge your books against your financial assistance award.
Yes. While you may not be receiving financial aid now, not meeting the Standards of Academic Progress policy could cause you to lose eligibility for financial assistance in the future. This includes grants, loans, work-study and potential Sauk Scholar awards.
No. Federal Work Study is not guaranteed money. If you are hired you may earn up to the awarded amount. Work-study students at Sauk are paid the state minimum wage twice per month. You will be paid based on the amount of hours you work.
When you apply for federal student aid, your answers to the dependency status questions on the FAFSA will determine whether you’re considered dependent on your parents or independent. If you’re considered dependent, your parents’ income and assets as well as your own must be reported on the FAFSA.
Not necessarily. Federal regulations require you be considered a dependent student if you are under 24 years old unless you are a veteran, are married, support a child, or are an orphan or a ward of the court. If you feel you have a unique circumstance, you should contact your school’s financial aid office.
There are several reasons why your friend could have received more aid. For example, the college she is attending may have more aid to offer. She may have earned less money from working than you did. There also may be more family members in the household that her parents are supporting.
These and other factors could cause students to receive different amounts of financial aid. Each student’s financial aid package is designed especially for that individual.
No. A legal guardian's income will not be listed on the FAFSA. If you can provide a copy of a court's decision that you are in legal guardianship, you must answer the appropriate question on the FAFSA "yes". The court must be located in your state of legal residence. You will be considered an independent student and must provide the school with a copy of the court's decision. If you can not provide a copy of a court's decision that you are in legal guardianship, you must answer "no". You will be considered a dependent student and must provide the appropriate parent's information. If you feel you have unique circumstances, please contact the school.