Your Financial Aid representative uses three steps to determine your eligibility for financial aid:
- We estimate the total cost of your education. Your total costs are broken down into direct and indirect costs.
- Direct costs include tuition, fees and some supplies.
- Indirect costs include food, transportation, personal expenses and some supplies. Standard budget figures (available for review in the Student Financial Services Department) are used to estimate indirect costs, based on where you will live when you attend school.
- We add up all of the resources for which you are eligible and that can be used to pay educational costs. This can include scholarships, federal grants and loans, state aid, private loans, veterans benefits, etc.
- We subtract all of the available resources from the total estimated “direct” costs of your education. The difference is the amount that can be covered through the student financial planning process.
It is the policy of the school to defer payment on your bill for an amount that will be covered by financial aid, as long as these requirements are met:
- All of the required paperwork has been completed.
- Your eligibility for the type of financial aid and amount has been confirmed.
- You have agreed to a Student Financial Plan for paying any balance due to the school that is not covered by financial aid.
The Student Financial Services Department will be happy to assist you in applying for any aid for which you may be eligible. However, it is your responsibility to make sure that the aid funds are received by the school.