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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: Summer 2007
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SNEW S l Financial Aid

Sfor Gators
Office for Student Financial Affairs Summei 2007


Scholarships

lead to success stories

Each year the University of Florida's (UF)
Office for Student Financial Affairs (SFA)
awards a limited number of need-based
scholarships to eligible students. Scholarships
range from assistance for book purchase to
those that cover tuition for a semester, a year,
or several years.
Students are automatically considered if they
* Apply for financial aid by the "on-time"
deadline
Have financial need as indicated by the
FAFSA
Enroll as a full-time student
Have a 3.0 GPA
Meet the donor-specified criteria.
Financial aid and scholarships awarded
through SFA help create student success stories.
The Jose M. Sanchez Scholarship, a recently
established scholarship, is for dependents of
parents who are migrant farm workers. Jose
Sanchez endowed the scholarship to assist
children whose parental employment creates
barriers to the student's educational success.
Children of migrant farm worker families often
face traditional "at risk" factors, such as low
family income or learning disabilities, as well
as unique factors, which may include multiple
schools attended within a school year, lost
educational records, differences in curriculum
level between schools, and/or lack of long-term
social peer groups.


Two of the first three -
UF recipients of the Jose
M. Sanchez Scholarship
are sisters, one of whom
shared their success storic-.

"I would like to thank ycou .id1
Jose Sanchez for the schol.- -hip
and an opportunity of a lifetime.
My sister...is doing great-working and living
in Atlanta for a company called Intelsat. I will
graduate in May of 2008 with a bachelors in
Business Administration, with a concentration
in marketing as well as a minor in Urban
Regional Planning and Latin American Studies,
and have had the good luck to receive an
internship as a merchant intern for Macy's
corporate office in downtown Miami this
summer. My attendance at a great institution
like UF would not have been possible without
the scholarship!"


Keep Your Address Up to Date in the UF Directory


You are responsible for keeping your
(1) UF Business Email Address;
(2) Local Home Mailing Address;
(3) Permanent Home Mailing Address, AND
(4) all phone numbers up to date in the UF
Directory.
UF uses information listed in the UF Directory
as the official address source for all UF
business, including financial aid checks and
correspondence.


Update your directory information online on
my.UFL at: my.ufl.edu. Sign in using your
GatorLink user name and password. On
my.UFL choose "My Account" and then
"Update My Directory Profile."
GatorLink: Make sure your GatorLink address
is also up to date and correctly configured to
receive UF business correspondence. To check
your GatorLink configurations, go to:
www.gatorlink.ufl.edu.


CALENDAR
JULY 2, 2007
Pell Grant 2006-07 Application
Deadline
JULY 27, 2007
Summer A/B/C Deferred Fee
Payment Deadline
AUGUST 1, 2007
Summer B/C Short-Term Loan
Repayment Deadline
AUGUST 10
Summer B & C Classes End
AUGUST 23
Fall Classes Begin
OCTOBER 16, 2007
"On-Time" Deadline to apply for
Fall 2007 Federal Direct Loans

SFA WEB SITE
www.sfa.ufl.edu

INSIDE
* New Online Tools from the Feds
* Financial Aid 101
* Get Your UF Business Mail
* Selected for Verification?
* Financial Aid in the News
-For Student Loans Make Uncle Sam
Your First Resort
-As Higher Education Costs Rise, So
Do Debt Loads
* Form Hazards
* Aid for Students with Disabilities
* Withdrawal for Active Military
Service
* Looking for a Student Job
* Sign Up for Direct Deposit
* Florida Bright Futures Q&A
* Financial Aid Addresses &
Phone Numbers
* SFA &UFS
* Florida Bright Futures Info
* Satellite Aid Offices
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UFFLORIDA
The Foundation for The Gator Nation


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NEW Online Tools

from the U.S. Dept.

of Education

In March the U.S. Department of Education
unveiled a new online tool to help students
financially plan for college. Called the
FAFSA4caster, it provides high school
students with an early estimate of their
eligibility for federal financial aid (in
English and Spanish).
The FAFSA4caster will
* Instantly calculate a student's eligibility
for federal student aid, including grants;
* Reduce the time it will take to
complete the Free Application for Federal
Student Aid (FAFSA); and
* Simplify the financial aid process for
students and families.
Go to: www.federalstudentaid.ed.gov
Coming Soon!
In September the Department will release
the next version of the FAFSA4caster,
which will estimate a student's entire
federal aid package, including eligibility
for federal student loans.


Get UF Business Mail

Delete Your Old Email
in GatorLink
Did you know that your UF GatorLink
mailbox can become overloaded if you
don't delete old Email?
Since official UF business Email is sent to
students' GatorLink Email addresses,
students are expected to maintain a
GatorLink account and check it frequently.
Students don't always realize that their
GatorLink mailbox can reach its quota. If
this happens they will NOT be able to
receive NEW messages in their GatorLink
mailbox until they delete some email.
Check your GatorLink status often. You
can use GatorLink WebMail to delete
messages if your mailbox is over quota.
Sign in using your GatorLink ID at:
https:/ webmail.ufl.edu/folder.do?folder
=INBOX.
For assistance with a GatorLink mailbox,
contact the UF Computing Help Desk
(392-HELP).


NEWS: FinancialAid for Gators
Summer 2007


Financial Aid 101

a tutorial


"Financial Aid 101" is SFA's step-by-step
primer on financial aid application and
disbursement.
Starting with the basics, the class is
designed is not only for new aid
applicants and Preview attendees, but
it's a good refresher course for anyone
applying for or receiving any form of
financial aid.
By the time you finish (about five to
ten minutes), you will have the answers
to most of your financial aid questions.

Here's How it Works:
1. Go to the SFA Web site at
http:/ /www.sfa.ufl.edu
2. Click on the "Financial Aid 101"
button.
3. Click on "Start the Class."
4. On the first page, when you select
"How am I paying for school" you
will be offered the following options:
* I am receiving a Florida Bright Futures
Scholarship


Check
Your Aid Status on ISIS
www.isis.ufl.edu


If you are asked by Student Financial
Affairs (that's us!) to verify information
you supplied on your FAFSA by
providing documentation, be sure to
respond quickly. If you wait until you
arrive at school in the fall to bring in the
documents, your financial aid may be
significantly delayed.
The best approach is: don't panic,
just be organized. When you receive a
request for documents, get the materials
together and mail them to SFA.
We recommend that you keep track of
your financial aid file status on ISIS.
When you sign on to ISIS and click on
"Financial Aid." Select "Aid Status"


* I would like to receive financial aid
* I am receiving a Florida Bright Futures
Scholarship and would like to receive
additional financial aid

When you select one of the class options
above, you will receive answers to the
questions most likely to apply to you.
You can return to the beginning at any
step.
Questions answered include:
What happens after I apply?
How is my aid disbursed?
What if I am receiving Florida Bright
Futures?
What if I am receiving Florida Prepaid?
What is Verification?
How do I keep track of my aid?
What are my PINs?
What if I have a change in family
circumstances; and more ....



SFA's Web Site
www.sfa.ufl.edu


under the correct year to find out if
your file is complete, or what
documents are still needed to complete
your application. Your Aid Status page
will provide a link to each required
verification form, if any, in PDF format.
SFA's Web site may prove useful for
accessing printable, downloadable
verification forms. You can print forms
from our Web site at:
http: / /www.sfa.ufl.edu/pub /forms.html
To get photocopies of your IRS
forms: call 1-800-829-1040. The federal
IRS site is http:/ /www.irs.gov.


Selected for Verification?
Respond Quickly to Get Your Aid






Financial Aid in the News

For Student Loans, Make Uncle Sam
Your First Resort
(Detroit Free Press, 05/27/07)
"In light of the recent disclosures that some college financial aid
officers have been accepting incentives from private lenders in
return for getting onto a school's preferred lender list, I want to
walk through how students and parents can best navigate the
maddening student loan game," writes Suze Orman in The
Detroit Free Press. "When seeking financial aid, look to Uncle
Sam before you resort to private loans. While state and federal
lawmakers are jumping on the reform bandwagon and propos-
ing ways to clean up the student loan business, the bottom line
for students and parents who need to borrow money right now
is that you need to protect yourself. And that comes down to
doing careful comparison shopping among multiple lenders."
For more information, go to:
http:// www.freep.com/ apps /pbcs.dll / article?AID= / 20070527
/ BUSINESS07 / 705270655 / 1020


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As higher education costs rise,
so do debt loads
(News from NASFAA/USA Today, 05/25/07)
"Getting through college and earning a degree is hard enough.
For many, an even bigger challenge arrives later: paying for all
that education," according to USA Today. "As costs rocket
higher-tuition, fees, room and board at public four-year
colleges have surged 38% in the past decade-more students
have had to borrow enormous sums to finance college. As a
group, they've been amassing record-high debt, with many of
them needing a decade or more to pay it off. Some options to
keep on top of your student loan payments: Repayment plans...
Deferrals and forbearance. Consolidation. Default...
Cancellation." For more information, go to:
http: / /www.nasfaa.org / publications /2007 / awdebtloadsrise
052507.html


FORM Hazards


When we can't read your writing on
documents and forms you submit to us, \ iui
aid processing is slowed down. Be sure t t
your aid when you need it-print legible\


when you complete your forms!


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Financial Aid for Students

With Disabilities


SFA in S-107 Criser Hall and the Dean of Students Office
(DSO) Disability Resource Center (DRC) in 001 Reid Hall
work together to assist students with disabilities.
Students who need special help applying for aid should
contact SFA. When applying for aid through SFA, students
with disabilities may qualify for an increase in their
educational budgets to cover disability-related expenses. The
DRC helps to determine disability-related expenses not
offered or provided by other agencies. For financial aid
purposes, undergraduates must be registered for at least 12
credit hours to be considered full-time.
SFAs' telephone line for students with speech or hearing
impairments is (352) 392-1272 (V/TDD). The Disability
Resource Center's phone numbers are (352) 392-8565 (V); fax
(352) 392-8570. For a TDD number call the Florida Relay
Service (Dial 711; or 1-800-955-8770 for voice assistance).
Criser and Reid Halls are wheelchair accessible.


Withdrawal for Students
Called to Active Military Service

Are you a student called up for active military service? Official
withdrawal from UF, including withdrawal for students called
to active military service, is coordinated by the Dean of
Students Office (DSO) in 207 Peabody Hall. Before leaving UF,
you should visit DSO to initiate your withdrawal. If it is
impossible for you to withdraw in person, call DSO at 392-
1261 to notify them of your withdrawal. If time permits, you
should contact 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.
General withdrawal information is available on the SFA
Web site at:
http: / /www.sfa.ufl.edu/receiving /withdrawalrefund.html
More information is provided on the DSO Web site at:
http:/ /www.dso.ufl.edu/supportservices/withdrawals.php.



Looking for a Student Job

Student jobs are a great way to help pay expenses while
attending school! SFA's Student Employment section assists
students with work issues on campus and coordinates work
programs such as Federal Work-Study, OPS Jobs, and Off-
Campus Jobs. At UF, getting a student job involves finding a
job, getting a UF Work Permit, and going for interviews.
The best time to find a student job is at the beginning of
semesters. For more information on work programs and how
to apply, go to:
http: / / www.sfa.ufl.edu/ programs/ findandapplyforjob.html.


NEWS. Financal Aid for Gators
Summer 2007






UNIVERSITY of
UFIFLORIDA
The Foundation for The Gator Nation

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

NEWS Financial Aid for Gators 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
Associate Director: Ron Anderson
Editor: Susan Mickelberry
NEWS Financial Aid for Gators 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/TED);
Florida Relay Service: Dial 711; or 1 (800)
392-3008 (TED). Online at:
http://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.


U.S. Department of Education

Student Aid Information Center
P. O. Box 84
Washington DC 20044-0084
(800) 433-3243 / (800) 730-8913 (TTY)
http: / /www.ed.gov / finaid / landing.jhtml
?src rt

Federal Direct Loan Servicing
Online
1 (800) 848-0979; 1 (800) 848-0983 (TTY)
https:/ / www.dlssonline.com/borrower /B
orrowerWelcomePage.jsp

Federal Direct Loan Consolidation
1 (800) 557-7392; 1 (800) 557-7395 (TTY)
http:/ /loanconsolidation.ed.gov

"Don't Get Scammed on Your
Way to College, and more"
http: / /studentaid.ed.gov / PORTALSWeb
App / students / english / publications.isp


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


Offices Main
College of Law
Carol Huber
164 Holland Hall
(352) 273-0620


Sign Up for Direct Deposit


What is direct deposit?
UF deposits your aid funds electronically into
your checking account at the bank you choose.
No more standing in line at the bank to deposit
your check; or worries if you are out of town.
Can a direct deposit be made to my bank?
UF can direct deposit to any financial institution
within the USA with electronic funds transfer
capabilities. Most banks participate in electronic
funds transfer. Contact your bank if you have
questions about its ability to accept direct deposit.


How do you sign up?
Sign up on ISIS at www.isis.ufl.edu. Under
"Financial Services" choose "EFT Sign Up."
Authorization takes effect immediately through
ISIS. Sign up at any time during the semester.
It will not delay or affect your financial aid.
Note: Direct Deposit is not available for the
Federal Direct PLUS Loan Program, or for
savings accounts. For more information, visit
University Financial Services, S-108 Criser
Hall, or call UFS at (352) 392-0737.


Florida Bright Futures Q & A


Q. What are Renewal Requirements?
A. Florida Academic Scholars
Minimum Cumulative GPA for Renewal: 3.0*
Minimum Earned Hours Required per term funded: 6
sem hrs
Florida Medallion Scholars
Minimum Cumulative GPA for Renewal: 2.75
Minimum Earned Hours Required per term funded: 6
sem hrs
Florida Gold Seal Vocational Scholars
Minimum Cumulative GPA for Renewal: 2.75
Minimum Earned Hours Required per term funded: 6
sem hrs
*Florida Academic Scholars with 2.75-2.99 will
renew as Medallion Scholars


SFA & UFS
Student Financial Affairs (that's us-
the financial aid office) is located in S-107
Criser Hall. SFA administers financial aid. At
SFA you can talk to a financial aid adviser to
resolve financial aid questions, find out
about student jobs or scholarships, pick up a
UF Work Permit, or apply for a short-term
loan. You can also use our Student Resource
Center to look up scholarships or apply
online for financial aid.

University Financial Services (UFS):
Go next door to UFS (that's Student
Accounts) in S-113 Criser Hall to pay your
tuition, fees, library late
charges, and all other ...
university bills.
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Q. What is Reinstatement?
A. Eligible students who didn't receive
scholarship funds for the last academic year
(fall-spring) must qualify to reinstate the
scholarship-this process is called
"reinstatement."

Q. What is Restoration?
A. Students who lose a scholarship because of
a low GPA can apply to have the scholarship
restored-this process is called "restoration."
Students who lose a scholarship because they
did not earn the required number of hours
cannot restore their scholarship.


Florida Bright Futures
For information about
application, renewal requirements,
reinstatements, restorations, appeals,
summer awards, and other topics, go to the
Florida Department
of Education
Web site at:
http://www.fldoe.org
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


Office: Student Financial Affairs S-107 Criser Hall P. O. Box 114025 Gainesville, FL 32611-4025 (352) 392-1275
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(352) 273-6202


NEWS: FinancialAid for Gators
Summer 2007


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