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Financial Aid FAQs

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I need help! Who should I call?

What types of aid are available at SUSLA?

How do I get financial aid?

What is a PIN and do I need one?

How do I apply for a Pell grant and other types of aid?

What is SUSLA's school code?

Do I have to apply for financial aid each year?

When should I complete the FAFSA?

How do I check the status of my financial aid?

What is a complete file?

What is verification?

How does the financial aid office decide how much aid I will receive?

If my situation changes after I complete the FAFSA, what should I do?

Do I need to be admitted before I can apply for financial aid at SUSLA?

Do I have to enroll as a full-time student (at least 12 credit hours) to receive financial aid?

Can I get a job on campus to pay for my education?

I submitted my Student Aid Report (SAR) to another school but I'll be attending SUSLA? What should I do?

What are my rights related to financial aid?

What are my responsibilities as a recipient of financial aid?

When is the financial aid office open?

Where is the financial aid office located?


What types of aid are available at SUSLA?
SUSLA awards the following types of aid: Federal Grants (Pell and SEOG), Federal Work-Study, Loans, and Scholarships.

How do I get financial aid?
To apply for financial aid, you must complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and release your data to SUSLA by filling in SUSLA's School Code, 007686, in Step Six. You may complete the FAFSA online or use a paper application available from our office or your high school guidance counselor's office. You should complete the form as soon as possible after January 1st to receive aid the following fall semester. If you are a dependent student, you will need your parent(s) and your own income information. If you are an independent student, you will only need your income information, and your spouse's if married. It is recommended that you review the form and gather all information needed to complete the form before you start entering the data. Be sure to answer all questions. If you have questions about what the form is asking, be sure to contact our office for assistance. To avoid delays in processing your financial aid file, please quickly respond to requests our office may make for additional information.

What is a PIN and do I need one?
The PIN (Personal Identification Number) is used as an electronic signature. All students and their parents are encouraged to apply for a PIN to speed up the FAFSA process. You may apply for a PIN online. By having a PIN, you reduce processing time by eliminating mail time. The PIN is valid for your future years of enrollment. As with other PINs, you should refrain from giving it to others and keep it safe. For questions regarding problems or difficulties using the PIN Web site, or specific questions about the PIN, call the Federal Student Aid Information Center at 1-800-4-FED-AID (1-800-433-3243) or 1-319-337-5665.

How do I apply for a Pell grant and other types of aid?
Submit a FAFSA. To indicate interest in student employment, student loans, and parent loans, you should check the appropriate boxes. Checking these boxes does not commit you to accepting these types of aid. You will have the opportunity to accept or decline each part of your aid package at a later date. Leaving these boxes unchecked will not increase the amounts of grants you receive.

What is SUSLA's school code?
SUSLA's school code (used on the FAFSA) is 007686.

Do I have to apply for financial aid each year?
Yes. Your financial situation must be reevaluated each year. You must complete the FAFSA each year that you intend to receive financial aid. The FAFSA may be completed any time after January 1st each year. You should complete your FAFSA between January 1 and March 1 each year to receive maximum consideration for aid.

When should I complete the FAFSA?
The earlier you complete the FAFSA, the earlier the financial aid office may complete your financial aid award package. You may complete the FAFSA as early as January 1st of each year. We encourage you to complete the FAFSA by February of each year.

How do I check the status of my financial aid?
You can see your awards or check to see if the financial aid is missing documents to complete your file by logging into SUSLA Banner Web Services. This is a secure site so you must sign in using your User ID (your SSN or Banner ID) and SUSLA Banner 6-digit PIN.

What is a complete file?
A complete file consists of your Student Aid Report, the SUSLA Data Form and, if selected for a process called verification, a Verification Worksheet, the previous year's tax return for you, your parent(s) and/or your spouse (if applicable).

What is verification?
Each year, the U.S. Department of Education selects approximately 30% of all FAFSA filers for a process known as verification. During verification, the Financial Aid Office will collect documents to determine whether certain questions on the FAFSA were completed accurately. If you are selected for verification, you must:

  • Complete a Verification Worksheet and return it to the Financial Aid Office. You may download a copy from the Documents and Forms Tab on the e-FAO or pick up a form from the Financial Aid Office.
  • Submit signed copies of your and/or your parent's (if you are dependent), and/or your spouse's (if you are married) Federal Income Tax Return (including all schedules and W-2s) for the previous year (example: if you are applying for the 2006-2007 award year, your 2005 tax return is needed).

If other documents are needed, you will receive notice from our office. You may also monitor your status by using Banner Web Services. Upon receipt of these documents, if corrections are necessary, we will submit the corrections electronically. If corrections are not necessary, the review of your file will continue.

In past semesters, a large percentage of students waited until the summer (June - August) to complete FAFSAs. As a result, they experienced delays in getting through the verification process and delays in the disbursement of their financial aid. For this reason, we strongly encourage you to submit documents as soon as you receive notice that they are needed.

How does the financial aid office decide how much aid I will receive?
The financial aid determines your need for financial aid by assigning an estimated cost of attendance that includes your tuition and fees, an allowance for room and meals, transportation, books and supplies, and personal miscellaneous expenses. From this total cost of attendance, the amount you and your family are expected to contribute towards your education, which is called your Estimated Family Contribution (EFC), is deducted. Your EFC is determined by the U. S. Department of Education using the data you provided on your FAFSA. Once your need is determined, we begin to review your eligibility. We review grant eligibility first. If you indicate that you are interested in receiving work-study, work-study is awarded (provided that funds are still available). If you have indicated that you wish to apply for a student loan, loans are awarded. However, you must complete a loan application/promissory note to acknowledge that you understand it is a loan that must be repaid. Please note that you must meet the eligibility criteria for each program and that the Federal Work-Study and Federal Supplemental Opportunity Grant (FSEOG) programs have a limited amount of funds available. We strongly encourage you to apply early each year to assure maximum consideration for available funds.

If my situation changes after I complete the FAFSA, what should I do?
If something changes after you submit the FAFSA, you should meet with your financial aid advisor to discuss your individual situation. Your financial aid advisor will determine if these changes are cause for reevaluating your financial aid. In some instances, such as a loss of income, your financial aid can be reevaluated. Other changes may not make a difference to your eligibility. We will determine the correct course of action on an individual basis.

Do I need to be admitted before I can apply for financial aid at SUSLA?
No. You should apply for financial aid any time after January 1. However, to actually receive the funds you must be admitted and enrolled in classes. For more information on admissions, please contact the admissions office at 318-674-3426.

Do I have to enroll as a full-time student (at least 12 credit hours) to receive financial aid?
No. In order to be eligible for financial aid, you must be registered at least half-time (6 credit hours for fall/spring) each semester. The financial aid office will initially offer your aid based on the assumption that you will register as a full-time student. If you do not enroll as a full-time student, your aid will be reduced. If you are eligible for a Federal Pell Grant, you may be eligible for a small portion of Pell Grant even if you enroll on a less than half-time basis.

Can I get a job on campus to pay for my education?
The Federal Work-Study Program provides jobs to earn money to pay for educational expenses. You may be assigned to work on campus or at approved off-campus locations. You may work up to 20 hours per week. However, you may not work during class periods.

I submitted my Student Aid Report (SAR) to another school but I'll be attending SUSLA. what should I do?
If you listed SUSLA's school code, 007686, then you will not need to do anything because we will receive your FAFSA information electronically. If you did not list our school code, you will need to add SUSLA. You can do this if you provide us with certain information from your SAR including your Data Release Number (DRN). You can also call the federal processor at 1-800-4-FED-AID (1-800-433-3243) or 319-337-5665 and have SUSLA added by phone. You will need to provide SUSLA's school code, as well as, information from your SAR.

What are my rights related to financial aid?
You have the right to know:

  • The cost of attendance
  • The refund policy for students who withdraw
  • What financial assistance is available from federal, state, and institutional sources
  • Procedures and deadlines for submitting applications for financial aid
  • How financial aid recipients are selected
  • How your eligibility was determined, including all resources the aid office considered available to you
  • How and when the funds will be disbursed to you
  • An explanation of each type of award you receive
  • For any student loan you receive, the interest rate, total amount you must repay, when you repayment begins, the length of your repayment, and the cancellation and deferment provisions applicable to your loan
  • For any Federal Work Study job: a description of the job, the hours you must work, the rate of pay, and how and when you will be paid
  • The criteria used to determine satisfactory academic progress for financial aid purposes
  • How to request a review of a decision by the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships concerning your aid package

What are my responsibilities as a recipient of financial aid?
It is your responsibility to:

  • Read directions thoroughly, complete all application forms accurately, and to comply with deadlines
  • Provide supplemental information or documentation required by the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships or other agency as applicable
  • Read, understand, and keep copies of forms you are required to sign
  • Repay any student loans you may receive
  • Attend an entrance interview and an exit interview if you receive federal student loans while in attendance at SUSLA
  • Notify the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships of any change in your enrollment or financial aid status (including any scholarships or grants received from outside sources). Changes of address and enrollment status must also be reported to your lender if you have a loan
  • Satisfactorily perform the work agreed upon in a Federal Work-Study job
  • Know and comply with all requirements for continuation of financial aid, including satisfactory academic progress requirements

I need help! Who should I call? 
If you have questions or need additional information, feel free to contact our office at 318-670-6221.  You may schedule an appointment to discuss questions or concerns with your Financial Aid Advisor. 

When is the financial aid office open?
We are open from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. When classes are in session, the office is open until 6:00 p.m. on Tuesdays.

Where is the financial aid office located?
The financial aid office is located in the L.C. Barnes Administration Building, Room A-43

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