FAQs on Required Paperwork
- What are the necessary forms I must complete to be eligible for Financial Assistance?
In order to be eligible for financial assistance you must submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). In addition to the FAFSA, first year students must also complete the CSS Profile. Any additional required paperwork can be accessed under the My Documents tab on your SHUAwards account.
- Will the Office of Student Financial Assistance request additional documents?
All documents needed to finalize your award package will be accessible under the My Documents tab on SHUAwards. All federal and state awards will be listed as 'estimated' on your bill until all required documents are received and processed; only at that time will the award(s) be officially deducted from the balance due. If selected for verification, failure to provide the necessary documentation to complete the verification process will result in a cancellation of federal and state awards.
- What is the Noncustodial Parent Profile and how do I access it?
The Noncustodial Parent Profile is required for students whose parents are divorced, separated, or never married. The noncustodial parent is required to complete the Noncustodial PROFILE (NCP). The application is available online through College Board following the completion of the CSS PROFILE registration process.
The College Board will provide the family with instructions and information to pass on to the noncustodial parent. The message will include a link to the Noncustodial Parent PROFILE and a pre-assigned login and password that must be used by the noncustodial parent to access the site.
Any issues with this form should be directed to our office.
In order to waive the Non-Custodial Parent Profile, the University requests two supporting documents*:
- Personal Statement: Please submit a letter from you or your custodial parent explaining the nature of your family circumstances which you feel make it necessary to waive the noncustodial parent’s application and financial aid requirements. Be sure to provide as much detail as possible.
- Third Party Statement: Please submit a notarized letter from a third party (counselor, clergy, teacher, attorney, etc.) that confirms the amount of contact, or lack thereof, with your noncustodial parent. Letters from family members will not be considered unless they contain information above and beyond what a third-party can provide.
*Please attach any and all legal documents that apply to your situation such as death certificate, restraining order, divorce decree, documentation of incarceration, court order, etc. If the noncustodial parent is not listed on the student’s birth certificate or adoption paperwork, please send a copy of that paperwork as well.