The financial aid staff uses the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to determine financial need and to distribute limited funds to those who have the fewest financial resources. To increase your chances of getting the maximum aid for which you are eligible, be sure to file by our priority deadline. Fairmont State University's FAFSA priority deadline is March 1.
The formula that defines a student's financial need is: Cost of Education - Expected Family Contribution = Financial Need
You'll find that your financial need may make you eligible for some programs and not for others. For instance, you may be eligible for a scholarship but not for the Federal Pell Grant. There are financial aid programs for which you can be considered for when you have no financial need; the Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan and the Federal Direct Graduate PLUS Loan or Parent PLUS Loan. Please note that it is not always possible for Fairmont State University to cover every student's full financial need and that it is then up to the student's family either to provide personal resources or to secure additional loans to cover the difference between costs and aid awarded.
No. Income level does not automatically disqualify you for financial aid. Other variables are considered such as: family size, number of family members in college, age of older parent, savings, investments, and various allowances to income and assets.
Yes. In order to receive consideration for all programs you must file a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) each year. File the FAFSA in the month of January. If necessary, you may estimate your taxes to complete the form.
Our federal school code is: 003812.
Your myFairmontState account should always be the first thing you check. If you are selected for verification, you will be able to access the documents you will need to submit. When verification is being requested, you will receive a letter notification directing you to the forms necessary for completing your file. All forms are available online. Make sure all documents are received by the Financial Aid Office as soon as possible in order to be considered for maximum financial aid. The federal FAFSA processor does not review verification documentation; therefore, please do not submit actual tax documents to the processor.
If the financial circumstances in your family have changed substantially, you may have your financial aid eligibility reviewed. Such changes may involve you or members of your immediate family. They include but are not limited to:
Please contact the Financial Aid Office and speak with a financial aid counselor regarding your circumstances. Keep in mind that a review of your current circumstances does not guarantee any changes to your financial aid package. In some cases, a change in your circumstances may be processed but may not result in any additional aid.
A grant is a gift. It does not have to be repaid and it is based on the student's financial need.
A scholarship is an achievement award which is usually based on academic grades, abilities, skills, test scores, class rank, etc.
Loans are funds borrowed by the student and/or parent. In most cases, loans must be repaid with an interest charge and a specified repayment period.
We do not recommend the use of these companies. Many are misleading or even fraudulent. Don't be fooled by the money back guarantee promised by many of these companies. It is virtually impossible to get your money back. The Fina ncial Aid Information Page provides information regarding Scholarship Scam Alerts. The services provided by these companies can be accomplished on your own by researching scholarship publications at the library, or by using a number of free scholarship searches available on the Internet.
You will receive an award notification from Student Financial Aid if you are admitted to Fairmont State University and your Financial Aid file is complete. You will not receive an award notification if any of the following pertain to you:
Incoming freshman will receive a paper award notification beginning mid-March. Upperclass students will be notified by e-mail to check their award status on their myFairmontState account by mid-April. Be sure to check your myFairmontState email regularly for notifications from Financial Aid and other offices on campus. Follow instructions on Student Self Service for any applicable acceptance of aid and necessary paperwork.
No. You need only file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
Your parents will complete an on-line application directly with the Department of Education by logging into studentloans.gov and following the prompts for the application. The application is not complete until your parents receive a credit acceptance or denial.
Students must file a FAFSA before March 1 and have financial need to receive Work Study. However, other jobs may still be available on campus through non need based employment. Students can visit the Work Programs website for additional information.
When you apply for federal student aid, your answers to questions on the FAFSA determine whether you are considered a dependent or independent student. To be considered an independent student, you must meet the criteria to answer 'Yes' to at least one of the questions listed in that part of the FAFSA. You can view those questions at the FAFSA website.
Also, the Financial Aid Office can override a student's dependent status but to do so requires some very unusual family situations. These situations require documented evidence from third-party witnesses (police reports, clergy, counselors, etc.). To determine if your situation would meet the criteria for an override, contact the Financial Aid Office and speak to a financial aid counselor.
For Federal Direct loans such as the Subsidized, Unsubsidized, Parent PLUS and Grad PLUS Loans as well as the Federal Perkins Loans, the interest rate information can be found online.
If the disbursement amount exceeds school charges, the remaining balance is issued as a refund and checks are mailed to students' local mailing address. Students are no longer permitted to pick up refund checks in person. Students should update their local mailing address by logging into their FELiX account to assure their local address is current; therefore, avoiding any delays in receiving the refund check.
There could be many reasons why your financial aid has not been posted to your student account. Some of the most common items are listed below:
For summer sessions, students may only receive remaining federal aid eligibility not used during Fall & Spring terms (Federal Pell Grant and/or Direct Loans for students). Funding may or may not be available for a full- or part-time job through the Federal Work Study program. The majority of students attending Summer term, will need to seek a private loan or have a parent qualify for the Federal Direct Parent PLUS Loan. Graduate or Professional students can seek a Federal Direct Graduate PLUS Loan.
All undergraduate and graduate students are monitored for Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP).
Our goal is to have students notified of the appeal decision prior to the term beginning for which they are appealing. Please refer to the deadline dates on the Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy page. The student will be sent an email notice of the appeal outcome.