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Title: Financial aid news
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Creator: Office for Student Financial Affairs, University of Florida
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Place of Publication: Gainesville, Fla.
Publication Date: 2008
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NEWS
from the UF Office for Student Financial Affairs


New Grant Available for 2008-09:
the TEACH Grant


The Teacher Education Assistance for College
and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant pro-
gram was created by Congress to help stu-
dents planning careers as highly qualified
teachers. Students can receive up to $4,000 per
year for an undergraduate degree ($16,000
total over a four-year program). Graduate
students can receive $4,000 per year (up to
$8,000).
Recipients of the TEACH Grant must be willing
to commit to teaching for a minimum of four
years (within eight years of finishing their pro-
gram) in a school serving low-income students.
Recipients must also commit to teaching full-
time in a subject area designated by the govern-
ment as high-need.


Financial Aid

for Gators
Fall 2008


Students interested in this new program
should be aware that while the TEACH
program is a grant, it will permanently
convert to an unsubsidized Federal Direct
Stafford Loan (with interest) if students do
not fulfill the obligations of the program.
More information on this program, including
specific definitions of terms and additional
requirements, can be found at www.studen-
taid.ed.gov/PORTALSWebApp /students /e
english / TEACH.jsp. For information on
TEACH Grant-eligible programs at UF, contact
the College of Education Office of Student
Services, G-416 Norman Hall, (352) 392-0721,
ext. 400.


CALENDAR

NOVEMBER 11, 2008
Veterans Day, Office Closed
NOVEMBER 21, 2008
Fall Deferred Fee Payment
Deadline
NOVEMBER 27-28, 2008
Thanksgiving, Office Closed
DECEMBER 1, 2008
December Short-Term Loan
Repayment Deadline
JANUARY 2, 2009
2009-2010 Financial Aid
Applications Available


Identity Theft and Credit Cards
Financial Literacy Workshop highlights credit safety


America is a credit-happy country we love
the ease and convenience of purchasing with
credit cards, and students are no exception.
78% of undergraduates have at least one credit
card and the average balance carried is $2,478.
The numbers are even higher for graduate stu-
dents. Heavy credit card use increases the risk
of fraud and identity theft, the consequences of
which can be especially damaging for students
just beginning their credit history.
Students have reason to be especially vigilant:
31% of identity-theft victims fall into the 18-29
age group.
In October and November, Student Financial


Affairs will present several workshops for stu-
dents highlighting safe credit practices and
how best to avoid identity theft. Topics cov-
ered include safely applying for credit cards,
responsible use of credit cards, and how to
safeguard your identity.
The workshops are open to all students and
will be held in the SFA Conference Room,
P-113B Peabody Hall.
October 22 3pm-3:50pm
October 29 10:40am-11:30pm
November 5 10:40am-11:30am
November 12 3:00pm-3:50pm

Register online at
http: / /www.sfa.ufl.edu / programs / flw /

New SFA Hours!
Beginning Monday, October 20
Lobby hours for
Student Financial Affairs:
8:00 AM-4:00 PM
Monday-Friday


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

INSIDE
* The TEACH Grant
* Financial Aid in the News
* New SFA Lobby Hours
* GRE Fee Waivers
* Did You Know?
* Military Service Withdrawal
* Student Jobs
* UF Payment Methods
* Watch for Your Renewal Reminder
* SFA Student Resource Center
* 2008-09 Aid Still Available
* Can My Initial Award Change?
* Financial Aid Addresses &
Phone Numbers
* Satellite Aid Offices


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FINANCIAL AID in the News

Government Bailout May Help Student Loan Companies
(The Chronicle, 10/6/08)
Student loans are among the types of assets now able to be purchased by the government as part of the sweeping $700-billion
bailout plan signed into law on October 3rd. The move could help stressed student loan providers, many of whom are
struggling due to the ongoing credit crisis in the nation's financial sector. The bailout has proven to be controversial the
American Association of State Colleges and Universities opposed the measure, while the American Council on Education
supported it. Time will tell whether the measure, as President Bush has argued, will help more families in their quest to pay for
their children's college education.
Read more at: http: / / chronicle.com / daily /2008 /10 /4884n.htm

U.S.D.O.E. Unveils College.gov
The U.S. Department of Education recently unveiled a new website aimed at both prospective and current students. The site
combines video, testimonials, and practical advice with a fresh, intuitive design. The How to Pay section, with links to the
FAFSA on the Web site as well as numerous DOE resources make College.gov a great go-to online resource for students looking
for guidance in the wacky world of financial aid.
http: / /www.college.gov


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 and who meet
eligibility requirements
established by the
GRE Board, including
financial need.

Waivers can be used
for both General and
Subject tests. Waivers
are limited and are
given out on a first-
come, first-served
basis at S-107 Criser
Hall and are available
only once per
individual.






2 Financia/Aid NEWS
Fall 2008


Withdrawal for Students Called to


Active Military Service
If you are a student called up for active
military service, 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/ufwithdrawal.html.
DSO, Student Financial Affairs (SFA),
University Financial Services (UFS), and
the Office of the University Registrar have
put together a brochure to assist students


Did You Know?
* You must REAPPLY for financial aid
each year in January/February.
* Spring 2009 classes begin January 6.
* You can complete an online Free
Application for Federal Student Aid
(FAFSA) using FAFSA on the Web at:
www.fafsa.ed.gov.
* You must show your Gator One card,
or your UFID plus a picture ID at the
financial aid advising desk to meet
our confidentiality requirement.


with this transition. Entitled "Military
Withdrawal," the brochure includes
information on withdrawal, fee refunds,
forbearance or deferments of repayment of
student loans, and re-enrollment. It's
available at each of these offices as well as
on the SFA Web site at:
www.sfa.ufl.edu/pub /publications.html.
Choose "Brochures."

SFA Forms on Our 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.






Need a 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. Both sites
allow students to view the listings,
then apply for student jobs.
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 f tl ...... 1, jobs.ufl.edu. On the
myUFL Menu select "My Self
Service" and then "Jobs at UF" Then,
follow the instructions above.


How to Pay

Students have a number of options for
paying UF tuition and other UF debts:
1. PeopleSoft Student Financials
After October 13, students will be able
to pay fees directly by using the PS-SF
system, available through their
myUFL portal.
2. Electronic Funds Transfer
Sign up for electronic funds transfer to
pay UF debts directly from your
checking account. Go to ISIS at
www.isis.ufl.edu; under "Financial
Services" choose "EFT Sign Up."
3. Use ISIS at www.isis.ufl.edu
MasterCard or American Express: a
2.6% service charge is assessed for
using credit cards.
4. In person at University Financial
Services, S-113 Criser Hall:
Pay by cash, check, money order, bank
debit/ATM card, MasterCard or
American Express (a 2.6 % service
charge is assessed for credit cards).


Each year in late fall-
the federal processor sends
Renewal Reminders to renewal-
eligible students to let you
know that you can reapply for
federal student aid using a
Renewal FAFSA through
FAFSA on the Web.

Benefits of the Renewal
FAFSA-
it is faster and easier to fill
out! The information fields
from last year are already
completed-just make any
corrections and changes for
the new year.

Two types of Renewal
Reminders:
1. Renewal Reminder E-mails
are sent to most applicants
who have previously received


5. By mail (checks only) Mail to:
University Financial Services, P. O.
Box 114050, Gainesville, FL
32611-4050. Make checks payable to
"University of Florida." Include
student's name, UFID, local address,
and phone number.
6. UFS Drop Boxes (checks only):
Outside S113 Criser Hall (24 hrs.)
Residence Hall Locations
Law School Dean's Office
7. At the Housing Office
Payments are accepted for tuition,
accounts receivable, and housing
charges (cash or checks only).

Note: No matter what payment method
you use, your oldest UF debt is always
paid first.



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a PIN and provided a correct
e-mail address.
2. PIN Mailer Renewal
Reminders are mailed via USPS
to most applicants who did
not provide an e-mail address
on their previous-year's
FAFSA. Pin Mailers Reminders
are sent to students'
permanent home mailing
addresses with their Federal
PINs, which they can use to
access the Renewal Application
through FAFSA on the Web.

To Get Your Renewal
Reminder:
* Make sure you have a good
Social Security Number on
file.
* Make sure your 2008-09
Renewal Reminder goes to your


correct address. Take time
NOW to update your e-mail
address, mailing address, and
other contact information at
the FAFSA on the Web site at
www.fafsa.ed.gov.
Call 1-800-4FED-AID for
questions regarding FAFSA on
the Web.

* Make sure you have
submitted any previous-year
corrections by January 12. If
you do not, or if you are in
default or overpayment on a
federal loan, you must
complete an original FAFSA.

If you have questions about
this process you can receive
help from CPS/SAIG
Technical Support at:
1-800-330-5947; or at
CPSSAIG@ed.gov.


Financial Aid NEWS 3
Fall 2008


Watch for Your Renewal Reminder

from the Feds






SF | UNIVERSITY of

UF I FLORIDA
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: Harry Monkhorst
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.


SFA Student Resource Center


SFA has a Student Resource Center,
located in S-107 Criser Hall.
Our staff is available to help you apply
online, use ISIS to track your financial aid,
search for a scholarship, or find a student
job.
You can access: ISIS; the U.S. Department
of Education FAFSA on the Web site; email;
UF's online job lists; free scholarship
searches, and more. The Resource Center
also provides numerous scholarship
applications and financial aid publications

2008-09 AID

is Still Available!


provided by outside agencies throughout
the year. Stop by any time during office
hours.

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


Do you still need financial aid for 2008-09?
We encourage applying online using FAFSA on the Web at: www.fafsa.ed.gov.
It's faster, and has built-in edits to help prevent application errors. You can also
track the status of your FAFSA after you apply.
Students who need help applying online can use the SFA Resource Center in
the SFA lobby.
Paper Gator Aid Application Guides for 2008-09 are available at SFA in
S-107 Criser Hall.


Can My Initial Award Change?


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 circumstances
change, causing your need to
change.
You receive any additional outside
resource, such as a privately
awarded scholarship, which was not
listed on your initial award letter.
* You do not enroll for the required
number of hours to receive aid
through programs awarded you.


* 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 the University.


UF Federal School Code
007535


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4 Financia/ Aid NEWS
Fall 2008


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.dl.ed.gov/borrower /Borrow
erWelcomePage.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"
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App / students / english / publications.jsp




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