Accepting Your Financial Aid Award and Completing Requirements

To accept your award:

  1. Log into https://login.southernct.edu.
  2. Go to Banner Web > Financial Aid > Award.
  3. Select Award for Aid Year
  4. Select Aid Year and click Submit
  5. Select Accept Award Offer to view and accept your awards
  6. Once you accept your aid, scroll down to view the requirements that must be completed in order for your financial aid to credit to your university.

After the aid is accepted or declined, you cannot make adjustments online. The easiest way to make a change is to complete the Change of Award form.

All first-time student loan borrowers must complete an online Entrance Counseling, a Master Promissory Note, and the Mandatory Financial Aid Authorization questions.

Step 1: Complete the Entrance Counseling

  1. Student must go to https://studentloans.gov and Click Log In
  2. Enter your FSA Username and Password and click Log Do not use your parent’s FSA ID to log in.
  3. Select Complete Loan Counseling (Entrance, Financial Awareness, Exit)
  4. Click the Start Button next to Entrance Counseling (Required)
  5. Select the State: Connecticut
  6. Select the School Name: Southern Connecticut State University
  7. Click “Notify This School”
  8. Undergraduate students select: “I am completing entrance counseling to receive Direct Loans as an undergraduate ” Graduate students select: “I am completing entrance counseling to receive Direct Loans as a graduate (beyond Bachelor’s degree) or professional student.”
  9. Continue
  10. Complete the Entrance Counseling and click Submit (Keep a copy of the confirmation for your records.) 

Step 2: Complete the Direct Loan Master Promissory Note (MPN)

  1. Student must go to https://studentloans.gov
  2. Click Log In
  3. Enter your FSA Username and Password and click Log Do not use your parent’s FSA ID to log in.
  4. Select Complete Loan Agreement (Master Promissory Note)
  5. Click the Start Button next to the MPN for Subsidized/Unsubsidized Loans.
  6. Complete all four sections of the form and sign it (Be sure to view the PDF file.)
  7. Keep a copy for your records.

Step 3: Answer the Mandatory Financial Aid Authorization Questions

The University requires all individuals who receive Title IV financial aid (Federal Direct Loan, Federal Pell Grant, etc.) to answer two questions as to the authorized use of financial aid funds before the financial aid can be disbursed to the university.

  1. Go to https://login.southernct.edu
  2. Enter your Username and Password
  3. Click Sign In
  4. Select Banner Web
  5. Select Financial Aid
  6. Select Award
  7. Select Award for Aid Year
  8. Select Aid Year and click Submit
  9. Select Resources/Additional Information
  10. Answer the questions
  11. Click Submit the Information (You will see the answers revert back to “None.”)
  12. Go to General Information tab to verify your

The only requirement, in addition to accepting the grant(s), is to complete the Mandatory Financial Aid Authorization Questions.  (Instructions listed above)