Ottawa University's Financial Aid 101


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Ottawa University's Financial Aid 101

  1. 1. Financial Aid 101
  2. 2. Financial Aid 101: Welcome Welcome to Ottawa University! We are truly excited to have you joining our family. We are here to answer your questions and provide you with information on financial aid and how you can successfully and affordably complete your education.
  3. 3. Financial Aid 101: Applying for Financial AidTo be eligible for financial aid at Ottawa University, you must…. Be a U.S. Citizen or eligible non-citizen Maintain satisfactory academic progress Be enrolled in a degree or certificate program Attend a participating college Male applicants must register with the Selective Service Be in good standing on any previous student loans (no defaulted loans) Not receive financial aid from any other institutions.
  4. 4. Financial Aid 101: Types of Financial AidFederal Grants (PELL grant is the only grant available to online students).Federal Stafford Loans (Subsidized/Unsubsidized)Federal PLUS Loans (Parent and Graduate)Private/Alternative LoansCampus based funds such as the Supplemental Education Opportunity Grant(SEOG), Federal Work Study, and Perkins loans are only available to studentsattending the residential campus in Ottawa, Kansas.
  5. 5. Financial Aid 101: Federal Pell GrantFree money that does not need to be repaidAvailable to Undergraduate students only (if student already has a Bachelor’sdegree, they are not eligible to receive Pell).2011-2012 Maximum Yearly Award = $5550 Award Amount is based on the students Expected Family Contribution (EFC) number from FAFSA and their enrollment status. Student’s EFC must be 0 to qualify for the max Pell award. The Pell award amounts decrease as the EFC # increases.The FAFSA is the application for Pell and must be completed annually, usingour school code: 001937.The Pell Grant Fiscal Year is July 1st through June 30th.
  6. 6. Financial Aid 101: Key ConceptsWhat is the Expected Family Contribution (EFC)? • It is determined by a federal formula calculated using data from the FAFSA. 1 • The EFC may change from year to year. 2 • Your EFC helps the Financial Aid department determine how much and what type of 3 financial aid you are eligible for.
  7. 7. Financial Aid 101: Federal Stafford LoansSubsidized Stafford Loan The loan starts with the students enrollment. Loans are scheduled for 4 terms (32 weeks) at a time(AKA the Loan Period). Undergrad interest is fixed at 3.4% for 2011-12 with 1% fees. Up front interest rebate of 0.5% (Must make initial 12 payments on time to retain this). Grad interest is fixed at 6.8% for 2011-12 with 1% fees. Up front interest rebate of 0.5% (Must make initial 12 payments on time to retain this). Interest is paid by the government while the student is in school and during their 6 month grace period after leaving school. Repayment begins 6 months after the student leaves school. Eligibility is based on financial need (EFC). Not all students qualify for subsidized loans.
  8. 8. Financial Aid 101: Federal Stafford LoansUnsubsidized Stafford Loan The loan starts with the students enrollment. Loans are scheduled for 4 terms (32 weeks) at a time. Undergrad and Grad interest is fixed at 6.8% for 2011-12 with 1% fees. Student is responsible for the interest that accrues as the loan is disbursed. They can make interest payments while in school (recommended) or they can capitalize the interest (add it to the principal of the loan) and repay during regular repayment period (will end up paying interest on interest). Repayment begins 6 months after the student leaves school.
  9. 9. Financial Aid 101: Federal Stafford Loans The maximum amount that a student is eligible to borrow is determined by their grade level and dependency status, as determined by the FAFSA.
  10. 10. Financial Aid 101: Federal Parent PLUS Loan Available to Parents of Dependent students only; Credit check required. Maximum amount is higher than the student could obtain on their own. Students can get more funds (unsubsidized loans) in their name if the parent is denied a PLUS Loan. Direct PLUS Loan Interest Rate is fixed at 7.9%, 4.0% Fees . Up-front interest rebate of 1.5% for Direct PLUS; Must make initial 12 payments on time to retain this. Repayment begins once the loan is fully disbursed; Payments CAN be deferred but interest will accrue.
  11. 11. Financial Aid 101: Federal Graduate PLUS Loan Available to Graduate students only who are unable to get enough funds from the Federal Direct Loan program; Credit check required. You can borrow up to the schools cost of attendance, less all other aid you receive. Student must complete a separate Entrance Counseling and MPN for the Graduate PLUS loan. Direct PLUS Loan Interest Rate is fixed at 7.9%, 4.0% Fees. Up-front interest rebate of 1.5% for Direct PLUS; Must make initial 12 payments on time to retain this. Repayment begins once the loan is fully disbursed; Payments CAN be deferred but interest will accrue.
  12. 12. Financial Aid 101: Private/Alternative LoansThese loans are not backed by the Federal Government.Subject to qualifying:• Credit checks• Income Verification• Co-Signers Recommended• Interest rates tend to be variable, may be higher than Fed. Loans• Loan fees may also be assessed
  13. 13. Financial Aid 101: Other Types of AidOttawa Tribal GrantMembers of the Ottawa tribe of Oklahoma are eligible for free tuition and fees inany Ottawa University degree program.Undergraduate students must complete a FAFSA (and provide any requestedverification documents) as well as submit a copy of their tribal membership card.Graduate students only need to submit their tribal membership cards.Tribal members are responsible for the purchase of their text books and arewelcome to apply for Federal student loans to help with this cost. Any Pell fundsthat undergraduate tribal members are eligible for is used toward tuition cost andthe tribal grant supplements. Tribal members do not receive their Pell funds touse for books.
  14. 14. Financial Aid 101: Scholarships/Other Aid Ottawa University does not offer any institutional scholarships to online students at this time. Students must report any other financial assistance that they are receiving to the financial aid department when applying for financial aid (i.e. scholarships, tuition reimbursement from employer, etc.). Students should be encouraged to try to obtain any scholarships or other assistance that they qualify for. Reducing overall debt is a GOOD thing.
  15. 15. Financial Aid 101:Starting the Application Process
  16. 16. Financial Aid 101: The Federal Student Aid PINStudents will need a Federal Student Aid PIN in order to sign the FAFSA electronically aswell as to sign on to the website to complete their EntranceCounseling and MPN.If a student does not have a PIN, they can apply for one online at ThePIN application must be verified by the Social Security Administration before the PIN isconsidered active. This process may take 1-3 days. Students have limited use of theirnew PIN until it has been verified by the SSA (can sign a new FAFSA but cannot accessother websites).Students have the option to select their own 4-digit PIN, so they can make it somethingeasy to remember.If a student already has a PIN, but has forgotten it, they can “Request a Duplicate PIN”online at
  17. 17. Financial Aid 101: Applying for Financial AidThe application process and lots of other great tools are provided on our public website. From theOttawa University homepage, click on the “Quick Links” menu, select financial aid, then “Adult andOnline Students”.To apply for financial aid, students must complete:1. The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online at (Ottawa’s school code = 001937)2. The Direct Loans Entrance Counseling and Master Promissory Note (MPN) online at The Ottawa University Institutional Application• Students must also provide any additional documents requested by the financial aid department in a timely fashion, which may include: signed copies of their Federal tax returns, W-2s, Non-tax filer form, Verification Worksheet, Monthly Expense Statement, Selective Service verification, proof of citizenship, etc. Failure to submit ALL requested documentation will result in a student being unable to use financial aid until requested materials are received.
  18. 18. Financial Aid 101: Applying for Financial Aid WARNING: DO NOT enter your information at www.fafsa.comFirst word of FAFSA is FREE – charges money to use their site. This is a third-party site not affiliated with the federal government. Make you are using the correct link: (Needs to end in .gov)
  19. 19. Financial Aid 101: The “FAFSA” The FAFSA application must be updated once per year and requires tax information to be entered from the previous year. For example, the 2011-2012 application requires 2010 tax information. The FAFSA is required to determine your eligibility for Federal grants and loans and is the first step you should complete when applying for financial aid.
  20. 20. Financial Aid 101: Applying for Financial Aid What items do I need to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)? You may also need the Records of Taxable & following records if such Untaxable Income Received financial circumstances are applicable to you.• W-2 Forms • Investment records• Federal Tax Returns • Business/Farm Records
  21. 21. Financial Aid 101: The Entrance Counseling and MPN All new students to Ottawa University, or students using Financial Aid for the first time, must complete the Entrance Counseling and Mater Promissory Note(MPN), even if this has been done for another school. Students must sign in with their PIN to access these items. The MPN is valid for 10 years.
  22. 22. Financial Aid 101:The InstitutionalApplicationPAGE 1:Be sure to indicate:1) How many credits per term you plan to take (No blank spots or X’s)2) How many credits you are transferring (if any) – This determines your grade level for funding.
  23. 23. Financial Aid 101:The InstitutionalApplicationPAGE 2:Choose only one optionwhen indicating theamount requested.Keep in mind that theamount you request willbe equally divided overthe next 4 terms.
  24. 24. Financial Aid 101: Summary Summary of the process of Financial Aid ApplicationStudent submits FAFSA online. Student receives a Student Aid Report (SAR) from the federal government by mail or email. Processing center sends results with Expected Family Contribution to the school indicated on the FAFSA. Student completes entrance counseling and MPN online. Student completes Institutional Application and sends to University Financial aid package is determined and award letter is sent to student.
  25. 25. Financial Aid 101:Student Resources
  26. 26. Financial Aid 101: Financial Aid Estimator Undergraduate and Graduate versions available Found online on the Financial Aid webpageThis tool can help you plan your enrollments and manage yourfinancial aid funds.
  27. 27. Financial Aid 101: Student Loan Repayment Calculator Found online on the Financial Aid webpage Consider the total investment that you are making when financing your education. The Student Loan Repayment Calculator will assist you in determining your monthly payments for once you enter repayment.
  28. 28. Financial Aid 101: MyOttawa PortalInformation such as financial aid awards, balances owed, and missing financial aid documents areavailable in the "Financial Information" section of the student portal at:
  29. 29. Financial Aid 101: Conclusion We hope that this presentation has provided you with helpful information regarding your financial aid options at Ottawa University. Please contact your finance advisor with any follow up questions you may have.