Continuing Undergraduate Financial Aid

Students who complete their FAFSA and outstanding requirements, if applicable, prior to the February 15th priority filing date will receive their initial financial aid offer in March.  This allows students and their families the chance to enroll in the extended 7-month payment plan in April, research alternative funding options and sign up for housing, if interested.

Certain aid programs have deadlines that come after March, so be advised that your aid award may be adjusted at a later date if you receive any of these additional funding sources.  Our goal is to help students take care of their financial obligation to the university before summer vacation so the break can be enjoyed worry free.

 

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  • File a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) as early as October 1st for the following academic year.
  • You can file online at http://studentaid.gov or by downloading the “My StudentAid App” on any mobile device.
    • SCSU’s school code – 001406
  • Go to https://login.southernct.edu
  • Enter your User Name and Password and click Sign In
  • Select Banner Web
  • Select Financial Aid
  • Select Award
  • Select Award for Aid Year
  • Select Aid Year and click Submit
  • Select Accept Award Offer to view and accept your awards
  • Once you accept the aid, scroll down to view the requirements that must be completed in order for your financial aid to credit your university account. Please note you can accept your financial aid now, but the loan requirements listed below should not be completed until on or after April 15.

First time borrowers of Federal Direct Loans must complete a Master Promissory Note (MPN) and Entrance Counseling (EC) before their loans can be marked ready for disbursement.  These steps do not need to be completed if already done in a prior year.

  • Go to http://studentaid.gov
  • Log in using your FSA ID
  • Under the “Complete a Process” tab select “Complete a MPN”
    • Complete the form and submit
  • Under the “Complete a Process” tab select “Complete Entrance Counseling”
    • Answer all the questions and submit

If your FAFSA has been selected for verification by the U.S. Department of Education, you will be required to confirm that data provided on the FAFSA.  We have partnered with a company called Inceptia which will help students and their parents complete this process through their online portal.  Please see FAFSA Verification for more information regarding verification.

  • April
    • Parent PLUS Loan applications for parents of dependent students will be available online
      • If a Parent PLUS loan is denied the student will receive an additional Unsubsidized loan in the student’s name
    • 7-month Payment Plan (sign up through Student Accounts)
    • Fall registration opens
  • May
    • SCSU Foundation scholarship recipients are determined
      • Recipients will receive a separate notification from the University if selected in late May or early June
    • 6-month Payment Plan (sign up through Student Accounts)
  • June
    • Athletic scholarships are determined by the Athletic Department (Contact your coach for more information)
    • Connecticut State University Trustees Scholarship renewals are awarded after spring grades are posted to ensure continued eligibility
    • Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) for financial aid eligibility will be reviewed for all students.  Students not making SAP will be notified and have their aid awards reduced or canceled accordingly.
    • Grade Level advancement will be confirmed and federal loans adjusted accordingly
    • 5-month Payment Plan (sign up through Student Accounts)
  • July
    • Fall bills are due on July 15
    • New Haven Promise awards are determined
    • Gear Up waiver eligibility is determined after spring grades are posted
    • Honors College notifies the OFSA of scholarship recipients
    • 4-month Payment Plan (sign up through Student Accounts)

Your award package may change from year to year.  Living on campus versus commuting along with availability of funds are just two of the many factors used to determine the financial aid award.  If you reported your housing status incorrectly on the FAFSA, be sure to complete the  Change of Award form to have your aid updated accordingly.

Additionally, please notify our office by completing the Change of Award form if you will not be attending full-time (12.0 credits) as all financial aid awards are based on full-time status.

Financial aid does not always cover all expenses, so be sure to have a plan in place to pay any outstanding balance.  Some options include:

  • Federal Direct PLUS Loan for a Parent of an Undergraduate Student
    • If a Parent PLUS loan is denied the student will receive an additional Unsubsidized loan in the student’s name
  • Alternative Loans – student may require a co-signer
  • Payment Plan through Student Accounts
  • Private Scholarships - research and apply for scholarships

If your family has experienced a significant change after completing the FAFSA, please reach out to us to see how we can help.  Visit Special Circumstances for more information.