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Title: Financial aid news
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Creator: Office for Student Financial Affairs, University of Florida
Publisher: University of Florida Office for Student Financial Affairs
Place of Publication: Gainesville, Fla.
Publication Date: Fall 2005
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U n i v e rsity o f F o r i d a


Access Your Financial Aid

Status via E-Mail & ISIS
This year SFA has greatly enhanced the effectiveness of our
financial aid contacts with students. We now generate e-
mails directly from your aid file to advise you of
requirements you still need to fulfill.
The e-mails often provide a link directly to ISIS, where
you sign in with your GatorLink ID. On ISIS, screen
prompts walk you through completing financial aid
requirements. To stay on top of your financial aid, check
your e-mail daily and follow the instructions!
Financial aid e-mails include:
Financial Aid Award Notices
Follow-Up Letters
Direct Loan Correspondence (re: confirmation,
promissory notes, and entrance counseling)
Academic Progress Notifications
Verification Notifications
Requests for Additional Documentation
Financial Aid Mail & GatorLink Accounts
SFA sends thee-mails directly to your GatorLink e-mail
address. Make sure that your GatorLink e-mail address is
correctly configured to receive UF business correspondence.
AND, check your GatorLink e-mail daily for important
financial aid correspondence. To check your GatorLink
configurations, go to: www.gatorlink.ufl.edu.

ISIS, Aid Status, Loans
Check Your Aid Status online
Save yourself a trip to Criser Hall. Check your Financial
Aid Status online on ISIS at www.isis.ufl.edu You can find
out if your aid file is complete, whether your aid has been
disbursed, and if you have been selected for verification. If
your file is incomplete, the Aid Status screen will walk you
through the steps you still need to do to complete it. If you
need to complete verification, you will be prompted through
the requirements.

Complete These Steps to Get Your Loan
* Complete Federal Direct Loan Confirmation or
Federal Perkins Loan Disclosure/Confirmation
Go to ISIS, choose "Financial Aid Services," then choose
confirmation for the type of loan you have. You must
complete the loan confirmation process before your loan
can be disbursed.
* Complete 1st-Time Borrower Entrance Counseling
First-time Federal Direct Loan and Federal Perkins/NDL


Sf i c e f o r S t u d e n t F i n a n c i al A f f a i r s
05-06, volume 1, Fall 2005


Hurricanes & Aid
SFA is assisting students
affected by recent hurricanes.
We encourage visiting students
displaced from their home
institution to meet with a
financial aid adviser in S107
Criser Hall. Those who received
federal financial aid (Pell
Grants, Stafford Loans, etc.) at a
home institution who wish to
apply for assistance at UF will
need to correct their Student Aid
Report (SAR) to include UF
school code 001535, online at
www.fafsa.ed.gov or by phone
by calling the U.S. Department
of Education customer service
line at 1-800-433-3243.

Katrina and Rita
Extension of Automatic
Forbearance
Federal student loan borrowers
of FFEL, Direct Loan, or Perkins
Loans who live in an area
designated by FEMA for
disaster assistance for
individuals due to Hurricane
Katrina or Hurricane Rita will
automatically receive a loan-
payment forbearance from
August 29, 2005 through
February 28, 2006, extending an
earlier forbearance. During this
period, affected borrowers are
not required to make monthly
payments on eligible loans.


ISIS, Aid, Loans, cont'd on p. 2

D si o n o Stud e n Affa r s Ed u c I L e a d e r s o r


CALENDAR
NOVEMBER 18, 2005
Fall Deferred Fee Payment
Deadline

DECEMBER 1, 2005
Fall Short-Term Loan Repayment
Deadline

DECEMBER 15, 2005
Deadline to Complete Loan
Confirmation & Master
Promissory Note process for Fall
2005 Federal Direct Loans

JANUARY 3, 2006
2006-07 Financial Aid
Applications Available

MARCH 15, 2006
"On-Time" UF 2006-07 Financial
Aid Application Deadline

SFA WEB SITE
http://www.sfa.ufl.edu


INSIDE
* Update Contact Info with the Feds
* Did You Know?
* Visiting SFA: Bring Your UFID
* Financial Aid in the News
* Explore our Student Resource
Center
* Florida Bright Futures Info
* GRE Fee Waivers
* SFA Forms on our Web Site
* Looking for a Student Job?
* Financial Aid 101
* Withdrawal for Students Called
to Active Military Service
* Direct Loan Interest Rates
* Financial Aid Q & A
* Financial Aid Addresses &
Phone Numbers
* Satellite Aid Offices


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UPDATE CONTACT INFORMATION

WITH THE FEDS

Get Your 2006-07 Renewal FAFSA On Time


Make sure your 2006-07 Renewal Reminder
is sent to your correct address. Take time
NOW to update your e-mail address,
mailing address, and other contact
information on the FAFSA on the Web site
at www.fafsa.ed.gov.
You can view your contact information
via the "Student Access" section of the site
and update it via the "Corrections"
section. OR, you can update contact
information on your Student Aid Report
(SAR) and mail it to the FAFSA processor
at the address on the SAR.
The Feds automatically send Renewal
Reminders to renewal-eligible students.
There are two types of renewal reminders:
E-mail Renewal Reminders and PIN Mailer
Renewal Reminders.


Did You Know?
* You must reapply for financial aid
every year in January/February.
Spring classes begin January 9.
You can complete an online Free
Application for Federal Student Aid
(FAFSA) at www.fafsa.ed.gov.


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previously received a PIN Loan Entrance Counseli
and provided a correct e-mail C e L n
address. Complete Loan Exit
PIN Mailer Renewal Reminders are sent Counseling
to most students who did not provide an Select "Financial Servic
e-mail address on their 2005-06 FAFSA. A "Student Loan Exit Cot
PIN Mailer Renewal Reminder is a paper For information on Exi
document mailed to the student's Counseling go to the U
permanent mailing address. It contains Financial Services site
the student's Federal PIN, which can be www.fa.ufl.edu/ufs/.
used to access the Renewal Application yo
through Renewal FAFSA on the Web. Also on ISIS, you can
Call 1-800-4FED-AID for questions Update your Mailing
about the use of FAFSA on the Web. Choose "Financial Servi
"Address Change."You
responsible for keeping
tig SFA addresses and phone nt
Visiting SFA current with UF. Be sur
Bring Your UFID address is up to date.
Thinking of stopping by SFA to check Sign Up for Direct De
on your financial aid? Don't forget Choose "Financial Servi
your Gator One card, or your UFID "EFT Sign Up." For mor
plus a picture ID to meet our security information, contact Un
requirement. Financial Services in S-1
(352) 392-0737.



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Alternative Loans Help Students
(Danbury News-Times, CT, 10/24/05)
"The gap between what a student receives
in financial aid for college and the actual
cost of attendance has grown so high in
the past decade that more and more
families are getting alternative loans to
make up the difference....The difference
between what students get and what they


still owe now averages up to $20,000 a
year at many private schools. That's where
the alternative student loan comes in."
Read more at:
http: / /www.NASFAA.org/ publications
/ 2005/awaltloans102405.html

New Non-Profit Seeks to Study
Potential Effect of Rising
Student Debt
(NASFAA, 10/17/05)
"The Project on Student Debt has been
formed to bring together experts to
focus on the potential negative
consequences of rising student
indebtedness....The project's Web site at
http: / /projectonstudentdebt.org includes
a number of resources, surveys, and
reports intended to prompt discussions


about the role of student loans." Read
more at:
http: / /www.nasfaa.org/ publications/200
5/rnrisingdebtl01705.html

Rising College Costs Saddling
"Generation Debt"
(MTV, 10/28/05)
"Let's face it: If you're a college student,
you're probably deep enough in the
financial hole to prove it. Combine the
climbing costs of tuition, textbooks and
room and board with sluggish financial
aid and mounting credit card debt and
you've got a recipe for losing sleep," MTV
reports. "Welcome to Generation Debt."
Read more:
http:/ /www.NASFAA.org/publications/
2005 / aweenerationdebtl02805.html


Financial Aid NEWS
Fall 2005







Explore Our Student Resource Center


SFA has a Student Resource Center,
located in S-107 Criser Hall.
Our staff is available to help you apply
online, complete your online Master
Promissory Note or Stafford Loan
Confirmation, search for a scholarship, or
find a student job.
You can access: the U.S. Department of
Education FAFSA on the Web site; ISIS; e-
mail; UF's online student job list; free
scholarship searches, and more.
The Resource Center also provides
numerous scholarship applications and
financial aid publications provided by
outside agencies. Stop by during office
hours any time of the year.


GRE Fee Waivers
UF and the Educational Testing Service
of Princeton, NJ, offer eligible students a
waiver of fees for taking the Graduate
Record Examination (GRE). Fee waivers
are available to financial aid recipients
who are seniors who meet strict
eligibility requirements established by
the GRE Board, including financial need.
Waivers can be used for both the
General and Subject GRE tests. GRE fee
waivers are given out first-come, first-
served at S-107 Criser Hall and are
available only once per individual.


The SFA Resource Center is open and
staffed from 8:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Monday
through Friday.



SFA Forms on
our Web site
Printable, downloadable forms such
as Additional Aid Forms, Academic
Progress Petitions, Budget Revision
Petitions, and verification forms are
available on our Web site at
http:/ /www.sfa.ufl.edu/
pub/forms.html. Please check with
your financial aid adviser before
printing verification forms.


Looking for a Student Job?


Available 24 hours a day, seven days a
week, the following two Web sites make
job hunting easy for students who want
to work to help pay for school. View the
listings, then apply.
1. For off-campus jobs, go to:
http://www.sfa.ufl.edu/ job.html. This
site includes jobs posted by community
agencies, including Federal Work-
Study, Federal Community Service, and
non-need-based jobs.
2. For campus jobs use the main UF
job listings at http://jobs.ufl.edu. This
interactive site lists all on-campus
Federal Work-Study and OPS
positions.
Students not yet employed by UF
should:


* Go to "Jobs at UF" at:
http:/ /jobs.ufl.edu
* Click on "View Job Postings/Apply
for Job"
* Under "Job Categories," check
"Student Assistants"
* Click "Search"
* Select Jobs that interest you and click
"Apply for Jobs in Basket."
* Either Sign In or Register.
* Fill out the required fields. Follow
instructions and Submit Your
Resume to complete the application
process.
Students who are already UF employees
should enter "Jobs at UF" through
myUFL at: my.ufl.edu instead ,. fr,,, i
jobs.ufl.edu. On the myUFL Menu select
"My Self Service" and then "Jobs at UE"
Then, follow the instructions above.


Florida Bright Futures
For current information about
application, renewal requirements,
reinstatements, appeals, summer awards,
and other topics, go to the
Florida Department
of Education
Web site at:
www.firn.edu/doe/bin00072/
home0072.htm
Send questions by e-mail to:
brightf@fldoe.org
Send mail to:
Florida Department of Education
Turlington Building, Suite 1514
325 West Gaines Street
Tallahassee, FL 32399
Toll-Free Hotline:1-888-827-2004
General Info:1-800-366-3475



UF Federal School Code
001535



Financial Aid 101
www.sfa.ufl.edu/101/101.html

Financial Aid 101 is a Web-based,
step-by-step primer on financial aid
application, programs, and
disbursement designed for new aid
applicants or as a refresher course for
anyone applying for or receiving
financial aid.
Financial Aid 101 is also a good
introduction to our Web site. By the
time you finish (5-10 minutes), you will
know the answers to most of your
financial aid questions.
1. Go to the SFA Web site at
www.sfa.ufl.edu.
2. Click on the "Financial Aid 101"
button:
3. Click on "Start the Class."
YOU WILL FIND THE ANSWERS TO:
How and when do I apply?
What happens after I apply?
How is my aid disbursed?
What if I am receiving Florida Bright
Futures and Florida Prepaid?
How do I keep track of my financial
aid?
What are my PINs? and more....



Financial Aid NEWS
Fall 2005







UNIVERSITY OF

FLORIDA
Office for Student Financial Affairs
S-107 Criser Hall, P. O. Box 114025
Gainesville, FL 32611-4025
(352) 392-1275

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
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: Dial 711; or 1 (800) 392-3008
(TDD). Online at: www.sfa.ufl.edu
The University of Florida is committed to equal
treatment of students without regard to race,
creed, color, religion, age, disability, sex,
sexual orientation, marital status, national
origin, political opinions or affiliations, or
veteran status.


FINANCIAL AID FAQ


Q. Where do I pay my tuition and fees?
A. You pay your tuition, fees, and other
UF debts at University Financial
Services in S-113 Criser Hall, right
next door to Student Financial Affairs.
You may pay UF debts with cash,
check, money order, credit cards
(MasterCard or American Express--
involves a 2.6% fee), debit card, or
through direct deposit. Contact UFS
for more information about these
payment methods. You can also visit
their Web site at:
http: / /www.fa.ufl.edu / ufs / cashiers/
paymethods.html
Q. Where can I get a copy of my
financial aid award letter?
A. Students are encouraged to use ISIS to
print a copy of their award letter. You
do not have to come to the financial
aid office to get this.
Q. I have a scholarship check made out
jointly to me and UF What do I need
to do?
A. Contact Student Financial Affairs.You
will need to endorse the check and


bring it to SFA. Student Financial
Affairs is located in S107 Criser Hall.
Hours are 8:00 am-5:00 pm, M-F;
phone: (352) 392-1275.
Q. Can my award change?
A. Yes. Initial financial aid awards are our
best estimate of what you are eligible
to receive. Your award may be
increased, reduced, or even canceled if:
Your family financial circumstance
changes, causing your need to change.
You receive any additional outside
resource, such as a privately awarded
scholarship, which was not listed on
your award letter.
You provided incorrect data on your
FAFSA.
You do not maintain academic
progress as required by UF's Financial
Aid Academic Progress Guidelines
(published in the Gator Aid Handbook).
You are suspended by your college or
by the University.
You do not enroll for the required
number of hours to receive aid
through programs awarded you.


Withdrawal for Students Called to


Active Military Service
If you are a student called up for active
military service, before leaving UF, you
should visit the Dean of Students Office
(DSO) in 202 Peabody Hall to initiate
your withdrawal.
If you can't withdraw in person, call
DSO at 392-1261 to notify them of your
withdrawal. If time permits, you should
contact all of your professors to let them
know you are reporting to active duty.
For more information about
withdrawal, please go to DSO in 202
Peabody Hall.
UF general withdrawal information
is available on the SFA Web site at:
www.sfa.ufl.edu/ receiving/ 0405.html#ii.
DSO, Student Financial Affairs
(SFA), University Financial Services


(UFS), and the Office of the University
Registrar have put together a brochure
to assist students with this transition.
The brochure, which includes
information on withdrawal, fee refunds,
forbearance or deferments of repayment
of student loans, and re-enrollment, is
available at each of these offices as well
as on the Web. Go to the following Web
location and select "Brochures":
www.sfa.ufl.edu/pub/publications.html.

Direct Loan Interest Rates
Stafford Loans if in repayment-5.3%
Stafford Loans if in school, within
the six-month grace period, or in
deferment-4.7%
PLUS rates-6.1%


U.S. Department of Education
Student Aid Information Center
P. O. Box 84
Washington DC 20044-0084
(800) 433-3243
(800) 730-8913 (TDD)
www.ed.gov
Federal Direct Loan Servicing Center
1 (800) 848-0979; 1 (800) 848-0983 (TDD)
www.dlssonline.com/ tools /sitemap.asp
(choose FAQ)
Federal Direct Loan Consolidation
1 (800) 557-7392; 1 (800) 557-7395 (TDD)
www.loanconsolidation.ed.gov
"Don't Get Scammed on Your Way
to College" and more, free at
studentaid.ed.gov
http: / /studentaid.ed.gov/PORTALSWeb
App / students /english / publications.jsp


Satellite Aid
College of Dentistry
Tom Kolb
Dental Tower, D3-#17A
Health Sciences Center
(352) 846-1384


Offices Main Office: Student Financial Affairs S-107 Criser Hall P. O. Box 114025 Gainesville, FL 32611-4025 (352) 392-1275
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Financial Aid NEWS
Fall 2005




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