FINANCIAL AID J N W E
I n .. e r s i o f F l o r i d a f i e f r S t LI d e n i F i n a nc i 1 a l f r s
Summer 2003 02-03, volume 3
No Change in Florida Bright
Futures for 2003-04
Students who have been concerned about the
changes to the Florida Bright Futures
Program that were being considered by the
State Legislature this year can relax. In late
May, the various proposals to modify the
program were rejected by the Florida
Legislature. Just a few of the proposals being
considered to save the state money or to change
its focus were making the program more need
based or raising academic standards.
The Florida Legislature created the Florida
Bright Futures Scholarship Program in 1997.
This Florida Lottery-funded scholarship
program rewards students for their academic
achievements during high school by providing
funding for them to pursue postsecondary
educational and career goals in Florida.
General eligibility requirements remain:
* Be a Florida resident and a U.S. citizen or
eligible non-citizen, as determined by the
student's postsecondary institution.
* Earn a standard Florida high school diploma
or its equivalent.
* Be accepted by and enroll in an eligible
Florida public or independent postsecondary
NO Bright Futures for Summer '03
As in Summer 2002, no Florida Bright
Futures Program funds remained for summer
after students were funded for fall and
spring. Students who need financial
assistance for Summer B 2003 can consult
their financial aid adviser in S-107 Criser
Hall for possible options.
education institution, within 3 years of high
* Be enrolled at least 6 semester credit hours
(12 semester credit hours for early admission
students) or the equivalent in quarter or clock
* Not have been found guilty of or plead nolo
contender to a felony charge (unless granted
clemency by the Governor and Cabinet sitting
as the Executive Office of Clemency).
* Apply for the scholarship by high school
More Bright Futures Info
Check Out Florida Bright Futures Info Online
Every Florida high school student and Florida
Bright Futures (FBS) renewal student receives a
Florida Bright Futures award letter or a letter
of ineligibility from the State of Florida. To
view your eligibility status, access your record
on the Web using the System ID and PIN
number provided in the letter sent to you by
the state. Access the Bright Futures site at:
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SUF Summer Aid Policy
A n academic year at UF includes fall, spring,
and summer semesters. SFAwill award
money for summer if: (1) funds are available
for summer awards after fall/spring semester
needs have been met, OR (2) you choose to use
aid originally awarded for the fall or spring
\term in the summer. /
JUNE 30, 2003
Pell Grant 2002-03 Application
JULY 1, 2003
Summer A Short-Term Loan
JULY 25, 2003
Summer A/B/C Deferred Fee
AUGUST 1, 2003
Summer B/C Short-Term Loan
AUGUST 25, 2003
Fall Classes Begin
OCTOBER 15, 2003
Last day to be considered for
Fall 2003 Federal Direct Loans
SFA WEB SITE
* My UFL: the New UF Portal
* Selected for Verification?
respond quickly to get aid
* Apply Now for Fall 2003 Aid
* Use ISISto Check Aid Status
* Toll-Free Student Aid Info
* Update Your Address with
* Financial Aid 101
* Selected for Verification
* Summer Enrollment &
* You MUST Confirm Your
* Federal Direct Loan Master
* New at the Law School
* Receiving Outside Aid
* Direct Deposit of Aid
* Get Your Mail
* Financial Aid Addresses &
* Satellite Aid Offices
D ivi s i on of Student A f f a i r s
H e l p i n g St u d e n t s
B e S u c c e ss f ul
More Bright Futures Info, continued
appealing eligibility, interaction with FL Prepaid
Using your System ID and PIN you can
also update information such as your name,
address, date of birth, gender, Social Security
Number, phone number, and e-mail address.
You can also change your postsecondary
institution (UF's institutional code is 011).
And you can view correspondence
history, current-year disbursement info
(hours and dollars disbursed), and eligible
hours remaining for both the academic year
and the entire scholarship. If you misplace
your SYSTEM ID and PIN number, contact
the state toll-free number (1 888-827-2004).
You will be mailed replacement numbers.
Did you know you can appeal renewal eligibility
of your FBF award due to illness or emergency?
Florida law provides an appeal process for
students who don't meet academic progress
requirements for renewal of state financial
aid. The law allows exceptions to be made
when students fall below the minimum GPA
and/or credit hours earned for a state award.
Appeals may be filed due toillness or
emergency. Appeal forms are available on
the SFA Web site at:
What happens if you receive both Florida
Bright Futures & Florida Prepaid?
Students participating in the Florida Prep,. ii,
Plan who receive a Florida Bright Future.
(FBF) award can receive funds from both
For current information about
Florida Bright Futures
renewal requirements, reinstatements,
appeals, and other topics go to the
Florida Department of
Education (FDEP) Web site at:
Send questions by e-mail to:
Or, Mail to: FDEP, Turlington Building
Suite 1514, 325 West Gaines Street
Tallahassee, FL 32399
FBFS Toll-Free Hotline:1-888-827-2004
plans. Students' tuition and fees can be paid
by the Prepaid Plan up to the amount of their
eligibility. FBF pays any remaining tuition
and fees, then any outstanding UF bills. Any
balance is issued to the student.
Example: If a student's tuition fees are
$1,290.45 (15 credit hours @ $86.03), their
Prepaid will pay $991.95 of that ($66.13 per
credit hour), leaving a balance of $298.50
which is subtracted from their Bright Futures
award. The difference is used to cover other
UF debts, with the remainder going to the
student via check or direct deposit.
myUFL: introducing the UF Portal
Launched on March 31, 2003, myUFL,
UF's new Web portal, provides student, ,
faculty, and staff with personalized access to
campus information and serves as a gateway
to future on-line resources.
Currently, the myUFL portal offers the
campus community direct access to ISIS,
GatorLink account services, and the UF
Administrative Menu (for faculty and staff).
This means that when you sign on to myUFL
at http://mvufl.com/ using your GatorLink
usemame and password, you will receive
access not only to ISIS, but also to "must-see
UF news personalized for you. Eventually
myUFL will be used to conduct all UF
UF News is available now on myUFL, as
well as student-oriented publications under
headings such as "Academic Opportunities,"
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New information sources are being added
every week, and new content added to
existing publications, so visit myUFL often.
By July 2004, most existing computer
systems will be replaced with new
PeopleSoft Web-based applications. The
current timeline for student modules coming
* Student Financial Aid, January 1, 2006
* Student Records, March 1, 2006
* Student Financials, May 1, 2006
* Student Admissions, January 1, 2007
UF Federal School
for Fall 2003 Aid
f you need financial aid for fall 2003,
apply as soon as possible. We
encourage you to apply online using
FAFSA on the Web available with
complete instructions at:
www.fafsa.ed.gov/ Applying online is
usually faster, and the application has
built in edits to help prevent application
errors. FAFSA on the Web also has an
application status check, so after you
apply you track the status of your
FAFSA application. Financial aid
applications and 2003-04 Gator Aid
Application Guides are also available at
SFAin Criser Hall.
Use I to Check
Use ISIS to track your financial aid at
UF. You can find out the status of your
aid file, documents still needed, your
aid award, deferment status, and
disbursement status. All are available
through ISIS on the Web-UF's online
Integrated Student Information System.
* Select Services,
* Select Financial Services
* Select Financial Aid for 2003-04
Federal Student Aid Info
If you apply using a paper FAFSA, or
are unable to use the FAFSA on the
Web's application status check, you can
use the federal toll-free number 1 800
4 FED AID (1-800-433-3243)-for
application status checks, duplicate
Student Aid Report (SAR) requests,
changes to institutions listed on the
SAR, loan tracking, and other federal
Your Address with the Feds
If your address changes, update it with
the federal processor. They use it to mail
Student Aid Reports, electronic PINs, etc.
Change your address online at
www.fafsa.ed.gov/ You can also
change your address using your Student
Aid Report (SAR), by calling 1-800-433
3243, or by writing to: Federal Processor,
P. O. Box 4021, Iowa City, IA52243.
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FINANCIAL AID 101
Financial Aid 101 is a web-based,
step-by-step primer on financial aid
application and disbursement designed
for new aid applicants, Preview
attendees, or as a refresher for anyone
applying for or receiving financial aid.
It's also a good intro to our Web site.
By the time you finish (5-15 minutes),
you will know the answers to most of
your financial aid questions.
1. Go to the SFA Web site at
2. Click on the "Financial Aid 101"
3. Click on "Start the Class."
How and when do I
What happens after I
How is my aid disburs
What if I am receiving
Bright Futures and Fl
How do I keep track of Iy a.u:
What are my PINs? and more....
If you are notified by Student Financial
Affairs (that's us!) that you need to
provide documents to verify information
you supplied on your FAFSA, be sure to
respond immediately. If you wait until
you come back to school in the fall to
respond, your financial aid may be
The best approach is to be organized.
When you receive a request from us for
documents, get the materials together and
send them to SFA.
We recommend that you use ISIS to
keep track of your financial aid file status.
When you sign on to ISIS and select
The sessions for which you enroll
(Summer A, B, and/or C) and the
number of hours for which you enroll in
those sessions determine when you
receive your financial aid-during summer
To receive funds in Summer A(with the
exception of Pell Grants), undergraduates
must enroll for at least six credit hours in
Summer A and/or C, and graduate
students for at least four credit hours in
Summer A and/or C.
If enrollment in Summer Aand/or C is
less than half time, disbursement of all aid
except Pell Grants is delayed until the
beginning of Summer B, regardless of
whether you preregister for Summer B.
"Financial Aid 2003-04," you can find out if
your file is complete, or what documents
are still needed to complete your file.
SFA's Web site may also help with
Verification. Generally, we mail you the
required forms, but if we speak to you by
telephone you may find it faster to
download forms. If your adviser suggests
this, you can print forms from our site at:
To get photocopies of your IRS forms:
call 1-800-829-1040; or go to 104 N. Main
Street, Gainesville, Monday-Friday, 8:30
a.m.-4:30p.m., (352) 395-6197.
Regardless of the summer enrollment
scenario, students receive their loan funds
in two separate disbursements. Exception:
Summer-A only and Summer-B only
students receive only one disbursement,
during the term in which they attend
1'*+ What About Work-Study?
For Federal Work-Study, students must
enroll for at least six credit hours in
Summer A and/or C to be eligible to work
during Summer A, or be enrolled for a
minimum of three credit hours in Summer
A and be preregistered for at least three
credit hours in Summer B.
SGet UF financial aid
Your Federal Direct Loan!
For each semester that you receive a
Federal Direct Stafford Loan, you must
confirm that you wish to accept your loan
before it can be disbursed. To do so:
i. Go to ISIS at wwwisis.ufl.edu/
2. Click on "Services"
3. Choose "Financial Services"
3. Then choose "Financial Aid Direct
Confirmation" for the correct year
Federal Direct Loan
MASTER PROM NOTES
New borrowers or those who do not yet
have a Master Promissory Note (MPN)
on file at UF's Student Financial Affairs
(SFA) must complete an online MPN,
available through the Federal
Department of Education Web site at
http://dlenote.ed.gov/. New borrowers
should complete this form as soon as
they are awarded a Stafford loan.
Complete only one MPN for all Federal
Direct Stafford Loans at UF.
NEW at the Law
School: Carol Huber
Stop by to meet Carol Huber, the new
Financial Aid Coordinator at the College
of Law. Law students can visit the Law
School Aid Office in 164 Holland Hall
for information on financial aid. Walk-in
hours are 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.,
RECEIVING OUTSIDE AID
You must notify us immediately of all aid
you receive from sources outside our office
(such as fellowships, fee waivers, and
outside scholarships). Some programs
require repayment of aid funds if you
receive more than the amount you are
eligible for. If you notify us late you may
have to repay financial aid when you can't
afford to. Report all outside aid on the
Additional Aid Form enclosed with your
Financial Aid Award Letter, or print one
from the Forms section of our Web site at:
Financial Aid NEWS
SELECTED FOR VERIFICATION?
Respond quickly to get your aid
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 Information/Publication
Services section of the Office for Student
Financial Affairs, to inform students about
financial aid programs and services that help
UF students meet educational costs.
Director: Karen Fooks
Editor: Susan Mickelberry
Art Contributor: Jeff Stevens
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 veteran status.
Did you know you can sign up online
on ISISto have your financial aid
deposited directly into your checking
account? Don't wait until the fall term.
1. Go to: www.isis.ufl.edu/
2. Under "Services" choose "Financial
3. Choose: "EFT SignUp"
For more information, contact
University Financial Services in
S-108 Criser Hall, or call
Pell Grant Application Deadline
for 2002-03: June 30, 2003
The Federal Processor must receive
your Free Application for Federal
Student Aid (FAFSA) by this date.
GET YOUR MAIL
Use ISIS To Keep Your
Did you know you are responsible
for keeping your local and
permanent addresses up to date with
the UF Registrar's Office at all times?
Doing so ensures that you will
receive financial aid notices and other
UF business. Use ISIS to change your
1. Go to ISIS at: www.isis.ufl.edu/
2. Choose "Services"
3. Choose "Registrar Services"
3. Choose "Address Change"
For more information, contact the UF
Office of the University Registrar in S
222 Criser Hall.
Satellite A id O offices Main Office: Student FinancialAffairs S-107 Criser Hall P. O. Box 114025 Gainesville, FL 32611-4025 (352) 392-1275
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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
Bureau of Student Financial Assistance
(Florida Bright Futures/State Programs)
Turlington Building, Suite 1514
325 Gaines Street
1 (888) 827-2004 Toll-Free Hotline
UF Office of the University Registrar
S-201 Criser Hall
P .O. Box 114000
Gainesville, FL 32611-4000