- What are the necessary forms I must complete to be eligible for Financial Assistance?
Anytime your financial assistance has been adjusted, whether an addition of an award (i.e., outside scholarship or a private loan) or an increase or decrease in funds (i.e., verification of tax information or appeal for more aid), any new revised award letter will be uploaded to your SHUawards account. Remember you must go back into your SHUawards account and click accept or decline your updated awards.
- Will the Office of Student Financial Assistance request additional documents?
SHUawards will list your awards and any documentation needed to finalize your award package. All federal and state financial assistance awards will be listed as “estimated” on your bill until required documents (e.g., signed tax returns, W-2s, verification form, etc.) are received and the verification process is complete. Financial assistance awards will then be officially deducted from the balance due. Failure to provide documentation necessary to complete the verification process will result in a cancellation of federal and state financial assistance awards.
- To receive my federal assistance, what paperwork must I submit?
For the Federal Pell Grant or any Title IV Campus-Based Aid (SEOG, Work-Study, Perkins Loan, Stafford Loan), a valid Student Aid Report (SAR) or electronic student Aid Report (ISIR) must be on file with this office in order to actually receive the funds. This report results from filing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). For any of the Federal Family Education Loan Programs you must submit a separate application, otherwise known as the Master Promissory Note (MPN). If you have not submitted an MPN and are interested in this loan program, our office will be able to provide instructions for completion. If you have been selected by the United States Department of Education for verification, additional documents, such as tax returns and W2’s, will be required. Our office will advise you of what is needed for this process.
- What is the Non-Custodial Parent Profile and how do I access it?
The Non-Custodial Parent Profile is required for student’s whose parents are divorced, separated, or never married. The noncustodial parent is required to complete the Noncustodial PROFILE. The application is available online through the 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 Non-Custodial 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.
- What is the Upper-class Confidential Information Form and where do I access it?
The Upper-class Confidential Information Form is a supplemental form required by the Financial Assistance Office for all returning students. This form collects general information regarding the student’s upcoming school year. The Upper-class Confidential Information Form is available on SHUawards. Simply log on using your 7 digit student ID and the PIN that was sent to your Sacred Heart email account. Then click the "apply online" tab to complete the form.