FINANCIAL AID N W S
U n i e r s I I of F lo r i da ff ce f o r SI LI de n I Fi n a n c a I a r
Fall 2001 01-02, volume 1
W hat's in a PIN? sorting it all out
A re you confused about all those PIN numbers you have? Well, here's a brief rundown of
what they are for. They're important! Keep your PINs safe-you use them year after year.
1. Federal PIN: www.pin.ed.gov/
Your federal PIN is your identifier to let you
access personal information from various U.S.
Department of Education (USDOE) systems,
including applying for federal student aid.
You can request a PIN, request a replacement
PIN, or update your PIN mailing address at
USDOE's PIN site at: www.pin.ed.gov/.
Apply for a PIN now, because it takes ten
days to receive one, AND YOU WILL NEED IT!
You must have a PIN to: (1) use FAFSA/
Renewal FAFSA on the Web or make online
corrections to your FAFSA, (2) sign your FAFSA
electronically, (3) complete your loan electronic
Master Promissory Note, and (4) review your
grant and loan history on the National Student
Loan Data System. Your PIN is your electronic
signature. KEEP IT SAFE-You WILLUSEIT YEAR
2. State of Florida PINs
If you received a Florida Bright Futures (FBFS)
award from the state of Florida, with it was a
System ID and Personal Identification Number
(PIN) with instructions on how to access your
Bright Futures record on the Web. Use it to: (1)
view your award status, (2) update your
demographic information, (3) update your
college choice, (4) view the amount disbursed
each semester, (5) monitor your hours
remaining for the year and for the scholarship,
and (6) view a list of correspondence sent to
you by the FBFS Program. For questions about
FBFS, call: 1 (888) 827-2004.
3. Your University of Florida PIN
What is a UF PIN?
Your University of Florida (UF) PIN provides
you access to many UF services. You can use it
at computer terminals or via telephone to
access ISIS and TeleGator for registration and
checking your UFrecords, or use it to access
SFATIPS by phone.
Who has a UF PIN?
All UF students, faculty, staff, and other
designated UF affiliates.
How do I know what my PIN is?
Initially, your UF PIN is set to your birth
month and day. For example, if your birthday
is July 11th, your initial PIN will be 0711. The
first time you use your PIN, you must reset it
to the PIN of your choice.
What if I forget my Pin?
If you forget your PIN, it must be reset to
your birth-month and day at one of the PIN
Administration locations listed below. For
your protection, you must appear in person
to have your PIN reset.
What if I have other PIN questions?
Call or visit one of the PIN Administration
locations: ID Card Services, Hub (S.E.
entrance), 392 UFID; CIRCAHelp Desk, E520
CSE, 392-HELP; SFA, S107 Criser Hall; Health
Center, C39 JHMHC; Registrar, 222 Criser
Hall; Reitz Union Information Desk; and
University Financial Services, S108 Criser Hall.
"Electronic" Promissory Notes Benefit Students!
G reat news for new borrowers! This saved by using the new online form.
summer the federal Department of If you are awarded a Federal Direct Stafford
Education (DOE) created an online Master
Education (DOE) created an online Master Loan and don't have an MPN on file, go to:
Promissory Note (MPN) for all new borrowers
and other borrowers who do not yet have an dlenote.ed.gov/
MPN on file at Student Financial Affairs (SFA). If you have any difficulty completing the
Transactions are faster, and mailing of online MPN, come to SFA for assistance at
promissory notes has been eliminated. ur Student Resource Center.
Students have been delighted with the time
See p. 3, Electronic Promissory Notes
OCTOBER 17, 2001
Fall 2001 Federal Direct Loans
NOVEMBER 16, 2001
Fall 2001 Deferred Fee
DECEMBER 1, 2001
Fall 2001 Short-Term Loan
Begin to watch the mail for
your 2002-2003 Renewal
FAFSA from the Federal
JANUARY 1, 2002
Apply now for financial aid for
the 2002-2003 Academic Year
* SFA Launches New Web Site
* Watch the mail for your
What is students.aov?
Don't Stand in Line!
SFA Forms on the Web
FAFSA on the Web
Fee Payment & Deferment,
Financial Aid Disbursements
UF Payment Options
Florida Department of
Academic Progress Options
for Aid Recipients
Financial Aid & Withdrawals
GRE Fee Waivers
Update Your Address
with the Feds
SFAResource Center Moves
SFA Tips/Web Wallet Card
* Helping Students Be Successful
Di vi sio n o f S tu d e n t Affa i r s
SFA Launches New Web Site
Student Financial Affairs has recently launched a newly organized web site designed
to bring you the information you seek faster and easier. In addition to a new look,
*Adrop-down navigation system that allows ...-. -
access to every section of the site from any page. '-.."_"__ ,..
* New hot links to highly used SFA, UF, and
federal financial aid sites "' ""
* A "Site News" feature on the entry page 'A', i"
* Increased usability for students with FA *
Come check it out at: ... -a .. ...
TOLL-FREE Federal Student Aid Information: 1 (800) 433-3243
Watch the Mail
for your Renewal FAFSA
Students who applied for financial aid last
year using a paper FAFSA should receive
a "2002-2003 Renewal FAFSA" from the U.S.
Department of Education between late
November and mid-January. Please put it in
a safe place to use after after January 1, 2002.
Renewal FAFSAs are pre-printed with your
information for certain data items (e.g.,
name, address, Social Security No.) and
prompt you to write in your answers for the
Please Note: eligible applicants who used
the Internet to submit a FAFSA or corrections
last year, AND/OR who are graduate
students, will receive a federal PINby mail
INSTEADOF a paper Renewal FAFSA, so
they can use FAFSA on the Web for 2002-03.
If you don't receive a Renewal Application
by the end of January, don't wait! File
electronically or using a regular FAFSA
what is it?
tudents.gov has a mission-to give
college students and those planning
for college easy access to the
information and services they need
from the U.S. government. These online
services are available 24 hours a day.
Through students.gov you can:
*Apply for federal student aid
*Find a job
*E-file your taxes
*Apply to be a Peace Corps volunteer
*And much more....
Students.gov continues to expand links
to electronic federal resources of interest
to students, based on students' feedback
and comments. The site is designed for
you, so go check it out!
Don't Stand in Line-
Federal Direct Loan Confirmation
Before your loan can be disbursed, you must complete the
Federal Direct loan Confirmation process. Go to ISIS, choose
"Financial Information," then choose "Financial Aid Direct
Mailing Address Updates
YOU are responsible for keeping your mailing address
current at the Registrar's Office. To change your address, go
to ISIS, choose "Registrar Information," then choose
"Address Change." For more information, contact the
Registrar's Office in S-222 Criser Hall.
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on the Web
SFAs web site provides
printable forms needed to
complete the application process.
Examples are Federal Direct PLUS
Loan applications and Additional
Aid Reporting Forms. Check with
your aid adviser before printing
verification forms. Go to:
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You Can Still Apply!
Financial aid is still available
Apply online using FAFSA on
the Web to take advantage of faster
application time and instant
editing of your application! You
will need your federal PIN (see
article on front page). Complete
instructions are provided on the
FAFSA on the Web site at the
following web address:
UF Business Online: www.isis.ufl.edu/
Direct Deposit Sign-up
To have your financial aid deposited directly into your
checking account, go to ISIS, choose "Financial Information,"
then choose "EFTSignup." For more information, contact
University Financial Services in S-108 Criser at (352) 392-0737.
Direct Loan Entrance or Exit Counseling
Go to ISIS, choose "Financial Information," then choose the
counseling service you desire. For more information, contact
University Financial Services in S-108 Criser at (352) 392-0737.
Electronic Promissory Notes,
continued from p. 1
Federal PIN is required to complete
the online promissory note. Students
who don't have one should obtain one
from the U. S. Department of Education
PIN site atwww.pin.ed.gov/ as soon as
possible (see "What's in a PIN," p. 1).
Students who already have an MPN
on file with Student Financial Affairs
are not affected by the change to the
electronic form but can use the web site
to confirm that they have one on file.
REVIEW: Fee Payment
Fee Payment & Deferments
FACT 1-Students don't receive a bill
from UF. After registering, you may
view your registration schedule with
course fee assessments on ISIS at
"Registration Information" from the
drop-down menu, then "Student
Schedules-Fall." You can also check
your tuition fees and other university
debts using TeleGator (at 37GATOR).
FACT 2-If you have a financial aid
award and don't owe tuition/fees from
a previous term, your tuition fees will
be automatically deferred until the
deferred fee payment deadline. For Fall 2001
this deadline is November 16, 2001.
FACT 3-You won't receive a notice thai
your fees are deferred. To check your
deferment status, use: ISIS (deferments
show up just before each term begins);
SFA TIPS-dial (352) 846-1183; or
TeleGator-dial (352) 37GATOR. If you
don't have a fee deferment but think
you should, come to SFAin S-107 Criser.
Otherwise, pay your fees by the fee
payment deadline to avoid being charged a
$100 late payment fee.
FACT 4-When you calculate your fees,
if your financial aid isn't enough to
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& Deferments, Financial Aid
cover your fees, you must pay the
difference by the fee payment deadline.
FACT 5-After the fee payment
deadline, if you still have outstanding
university debts, UFS will mail you a
Statement of Account. It will not reflect
your deferment or other financial aid
credits. If you have a fee deferment,
receiving a Statement of Account does not
mean you have to pay your fees right
away! See Fact No. 2. You have until the
deferred fee payment deadline to pay.
Financial Aid Disbursement
Students generally receive financial
aid from UFS beginning in the first two
weeks of classes by direct deposit or by
mail to their local address. Some
Programs (such as Pell Grant and
Florida Bright Futures) require that
disbursement be delayed until after
All unpaid UF debts except prior-term
fees are deducted from financial aid
before it is disbursed. Prior-term fees
must be paid before aid can be disbursed.
UFS disburses your aid only after
verifying your enrollment status and
that you have no academic or financial
hold (for prior-term fees).
UF PAYMENT OPTIONS
You have several ways to pay your UF 3. At blue student kiosks around
tuition fees and other debts. campus: by bank debit/ATM card,
1. In person at the University Cashier's Visa, or MasterCard.
Office, S-113 Criser Hall: by cash, 4. Using TeleGator at 37GATOR,
personal check, cashier's check, Prompt 4.: by MasterCard or Visa.
money order, Visa, MasterCard, or 5. Using ISISon the Web at
bank debit/ATM card. www.isis.ufl.edu/: by Visa or
2. By mail by check to: University MasterCard.
Financial Services, P. O. Box 114050, No matter what method you use, the
Gainesville, FL 32611-4050. oldest debt is always paid first.
The Florida Department of
Education (FDEP) provides up-to-date
information about Florida Bright
Futures renewal requirements,
reinstatements, appeals, distribution of
funds and other topics on their web site at:
Or, send questions by e-mail to:
Or, contact FDEP, 1940 N. Monroe St.,
Suite 70, Tallahassee, FL 32303-4759
S for Aid Recipients
Federal regulations require UF to review the
academic progress of all federal student aid
e recipients. SFAnotifies students who do not
meet the required standards of academic
* progress each semester after grades are posted,
including students on warning and probation.
a Students may appeal the denial of financial aid.
SPetitions are available from S-107 Criser Hall
Sand our Web site. Postbaccalaureates must
* petition to receive financial aid. Students
Receiving financial aid should read UF's
Financial Aid Academic Progress Policy, printed
* in the Undergraduate Catalog, SFA's Gator Aid
SHandbook, and on our Web site.
SFinancial Aid & Withdrawals
S Official and Unofficial
S students who withdraw must follow UF's
" official withdrawal policy. Detailed
* withdrawal procedures, coordinated by the
Dean of Students Office, are provided at:
a www.dso.ufl.edu/withdrawals/. If you
officially withdraw, or stop attending all
* courses, for a term you may have to repay all
* or part of the financial aid disbursed to you in
that term. SFAis required to obtain proof of
attendance for all students who receive federal
aid and have only Es, Is, Ns, or Us as grades at
the end of a semester. These grades indicate
* that a student may have "unofficially
withdrawn." Such students must provide
* attendance verification or repay all or part of
* the financial aid they received in that term.
GRE Fee Waivers
U F and the Educational Testing Service of
S Princeton, NJ, offer a waiver of fees for
e taking the Graduate Record Examination
S(GRE). GREfee waivers are available (once
Only) to financial aid recipients who are
Seniors who meet all fee waiver eligibility
Requirements. Waivers can be used for both
* the General and Subject GRE tests. GRE fee
Waivers are given on a first-come, first-serve
Basis, and the supply is limited. They are
Available at S-107 Criser Hall.
Financial Aid NEWS
Office for Student Financial Affairs
S-107 Criser Hall, P. O. Box 114025
Gainesville, FL 32611 4025
Financial Aid NEWS is produced once a
semester by the Office for Student Financial
Affairs Information/Publication Services
section to inform students about financial aid
programs and services that help UF students
meet educational costs.
Director: Karen Fooks
Editor: Susan Mickelberry
Publications Assistant: Jordana Kava
Financial Aid NEWS is available in other
formats for students with documented, print
related disabilities. Contact Student Financial
Affairs' telephone line for students with
disabilities: (352) 392-1272 (V/TDD); Florida
Relay Service: 1 (800) 392-3008 (TDD).
Online at: www.ufsa.ufl.edu/sfa/
The University of Florida is committed to
equal treatment of students without regard
to race, sex, color, age, religion, creed,
marital status, national origin, disability, or
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Dental Tower, D3 #17A
Health Sciences Center
SFA Resource Center Moves
FA's Student Resource Center has moved
into a new-glass enclosed room in our
main lobby! Use one of the five computers in
the Resource Center to access: ISIS, free
scholarship searches, the U. S. Department of
Education's "FAFSAon the Web" site, and
other financial aid web pages. The Resource
Center is open from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm
To Get Your Mail Keep
Your Address Up-to-Date
If your address changes, update it online
ASAP with the federal processor at
www.fafsa.ed.gov/ They use it to mail federal
PINs and Student Aid Reports. You can also
change your address using your Student Aid
Report (SAR), or by calling 1-800-433-3243.
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U.S. Department of Education
Federal Student Aid Programs
1 (800) 433-3243
1 (800) 730-8913 (TDD)
Federal Direct Loan Services
1 (800) 557-7394
Florida Dept. of Education
Office of Student Financial Assistance
(Florida Bright Futures/State Programs)
1940 N. Monroe Street, Suite 70
1 (888) 827-2004 toll free
(352) 37GATOR (374-2867)
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