Title: Gator Aid handbook
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Title: Gator Aid handbook
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Language: English
Creator: Office for Student Financial Affairs, University of Florida
Publisher: Office for Student Financial Affairs
Place of Publication: Gainesville, Fla.
Publication Date: 2011-2012
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Volume ID: VID00009
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Office for Student
Financial Affairs

The Office for Student Financial Affairs
(SFA) is the financial aid office at the
University of Florida. SFA provides financial
aid advising and information about financial
aid programs and the application process
to students, prospective students, and their
Visit our lobby in S-107 Criser Hall if you
need assistance with any part of the
financial aid process. Office hours are 8:00
a.m.-4:00 p.m., Monday-Friday.
SFA also has satellite offices at the
Colleges of Business, Dentistry, Law, and
Medicine, and at the HPNP Building for
the Colleges of Public Health & Health
Professions, Nursing, Pharmacy, and
Veterinary Medicine. Students enrolled in
these colleges should contact the satellite
offices. See "Addresses & Phone Numbers"
on page 12 of this guide.

Financial Aid

For most financial aid programs at UF, you
* be a U.S. citizen, national, or
permanent resident alien
* be enrolled or accepted for enrollment
at least half-time in a degree program
* make satisfactory academic progress
toward a degree. See UF's Financial
Aid Academic Progress Requirements
at www.sfa.ufl.edu/additional/
* register with the Selective Service
Administration, if required to do so
* not be in default on a federal or
institutional loan or owe a repayment
on a previous financial aid award
received at UF or another institution.


How To Apply 4
Common FAFSA Mistakes 5
How Need is Determined/
Other Aid & Summer Aid 7
Are You A... 8
Student Rights 9
Stay Connected 10-11
Important Dates/Addresses
& Phone Numbers 12

2011-12 University of Florida
Estimated Costs of Attendance
for a Two-Semester Academic Year

Books and Supplies
Computer/Cell Phone
Clothing Maintenance
Personal/Health Insur.
Total Budget


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* Tuition/fee figures are projected estimates for 2011-12 for incoming freshmen and graduate
students entering UF for the first time. Tuition/fees for continuing students may be lower. Out-of-state
undergraduates should add $25,722 to projected tuition/fees. Out-of-state graduate students should
add $18,438 to projected tuition/fees. Undergraduate tuition/fees listed are based on an average of 30
credit hours of 0-4999 level courses. Graduate tuition/fees are based on 24 credit hours of 5000-9999
level courses. Rates per credit hour and block fees include the student health fee.
All projected figures are subject to change.


The final approved
tuition/fees for
2011-12 are not
available at the time of
printing. For tuition and
fee information, go to
the University Financial
Services student page,

University Financial
Services is located in
S-113 Criser Hall.

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Financial Aid Programs @ UF
R T Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education
(TEACH) Grant was created to help students planning careers as
highly qualified full-time teachers in high-need subject areas in
Grants are awards for students with the greatest financial need. schools serving low-income students. Recipients can receive up to
They do not have to be repaid. $4,000 per academic year. Students must sign a service agreement
Federal Pell Grant is the largest federally funded undergraduate and comply with all teaching requirements in order to avoid
grant program. Awards are based on students' enrollment status repayment of this grant as a loan.
and their expected family contribution, as determined by the Florida Student Assistance Grant (FSAG) is a need-based
information they supply on the FAFSA. Awards for full-time students state grant program for undergraduates attending eligible Florida
range from $277.50 to $5,550 per academic year. institutions. Recipients must meet Florida residency requirements
New regulations make it possible for a student to receive additional for student aid and be enrolled in eligible academic degree
terms of Pell provided they are enrolled at least half-time and earn programs. Awards range from $200 to $2,235 per academic year.
at least 25 credits over the course of the year. I. Douglas Turner Grant is a UF-funded program awarded by SFA
Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG) to undergraduates who demonstrate exceptional need. Awards
is a federally funded program awarded by SFA to undergraduates who generally range from $100 to $7,500 per academic year.
demonstrate exceptional financial need. Awards at UF generally range UF Graduate Grants are UF-funded grants awarded by SFA to
from $100 to $2,000 per academic year. graduate students who demonstrate exceptional financial need.
Awards range from $100 to $3,000 per academic year.

Florida Bright Futures Scholarships are awarded by the State of
Florida and provide three awards:
* Florida Academic Scholars Award
* Florida Medallion Scholars Award
* Florida Gold Seal Vocational Scholars Award
Each award has different academic criteria for eligibility. The awards
are fixed rates calculated per credit hour. The top-ranked scholar

Part-time student jobs through the following programs require an
overall 2.0 grade point average. Students usually work 10-20 hours
a week and earn at least minimum wage.
Federal Work Study (FWS) is a federally funded, need-based work
program. Other Personnel Services (OPS) is an institutionally/
state-funded program that is not need-based.
All on-campus job listings can be found using the UF jobs website.
@ jobs.ufl.edu

Most long-term student loans have low interest rates and offer
deferred repayment.
The Federal Direct Loan Program includes the Federal Direct
Subsidized Stafford, Federal Direct Unsubsidized Stafford, Federal
Direct PLUS, and Federal Direct Graduate PLUS programs.
(j) www.studentloans.gov
Subsidized Stafford Loans are need-based, federally subsidized
loans with a fixed interest rate of 3.4% for undergraduate students
and 6.8% for graduate students. Repayment is deferred until
students graduate, withdraw, or enroll less than half-time. Interest
is paid by the federal government until six months after students
graduate, withdraw, or drop below half-time enrollment. An
origination fee of 1% is charged at disbursement.
Unsubsidized Stafford Loans are not based on need. "Unsubsidized"
means the interest is not deferred while in school. However,
repayment may be deferred until after students graduate, withdraw,
or enroll less than half-time. Unsubsidized loans have a fixed interest
rate of 6.8%. An origination fee of 1% is charged at disbursement.

from each high school district also receives the Florida Top Scholars
( www.floridastudenffinancialaid.org/SSFAD/bf
SFA Awarded Scholarships SFA awards a number of privately
funded scholarships ranging from $200 to $4,000 per academic
year. These scholarships are awarded based on guidelines provided
by the donors, financial need, and merit. Recipients must be
enrolled full-time. See SFA's website for a complete list of these and
other UF scholarships.
O www.sfa.ufl.edu/proclrams/schdarships

Florida Work Experience Program (FWEP) is a need-based
program providing eligible Florida students work experiences to
complement and reinforce their educational and career goals. FWEP
is a decentralized state of Florida program, which means that UF
determines application procedures, deadlines, student eligibility,
and award amount.
Off-Campus jobs are through private employers. The Career
Resource Center (CRC) website allows students to search and
apply for jobs using their Gator CareerLink Account.
OD www.crc.ufl.edu/students

PLUS Loans allow parents of dependent undergraduates, as well as
graduate/professional students, to borrow up to the cost of education
minus other financial aid. There are no aggregate loan limits. The
program has a fixed interest rate of 7.9%. An origination fee of 4% is
charged at disbursement. Unless deferred, repayment begins 60
days after the loan is fully disbursed.
Federal Perkins Loans are awarded by SFA to students with the
greatest financial need. Interest of 5% begins to accrue when the
loan becomes due, after a grace period of nine months.
University of Florida Long-Term Loans are awarded by SFA.
These need-based loans are available, upon request, to students
who have completed the FAFSA and who are ineligible for federal
loans or have need remaining after federal eligibility has been
exhausted. Annual interest rates range from 4% to 9% and most do
not start accruing interest until six months following graduation or
termination as a half-time student. All institutional long-term loans
require the student to have a co-signer in addition to completing
required loan disclosures and promissory notes.
Repayment of the loan begins six months following graduation or
termination as a half-time student at UF
( www.sfa.ufl.edu/programs/loans/uf-long-term-loans
2011-12 3


1 Complete a FAFSA on or after January 1,
2011. Apply each year-financial aid is not
renewed automatically.

Apply Online at www.fafsa.ed.gov

* Go to FAFSA on the Web at www.fafsa.ed.gov.
* Request a federal PIN (see "Your Federal PIN," page 6).
* Follow the instructions on the site. Be sure you read "Before
Beginning a FAFSA."
Read "Common Mistakes on the FAFSA" on page 5 of this
Application Guide.
List "University of Florida" and the UF Federal School Code
(001535) as a school choice in Step Six of the FAFSA.
Sign your FAFSA. Students can sign the FAFSA electronically
using their federal PIN (see "Your Federal PIN," page 6).
Parents of dependent students can also sign electronically
but must either request their own PIN or print, sign, and mail
the signature page to the processor.
After applying, you can check the status of your application
and/or make corrections online at www.fafsa.ed.gov.

If You Choose to File a Paper FAFSA

Request a paper FAFSA from the Federal Student Aid
Information Center at 1-800-433-3243; OR
Download and print one from the Federal Student Aid
website, www.federalstudentaid.ed.gov.
List "University of Florida" and the UF Federal School Code
(001535) as a school choice in Step Six of the FAFSA.
Read "Common Mistakes on the FAFSA" on page 5 of this
Application Guide.

Reapply for Aid

the Web automatically saves some of your application
information from the previous year to make the process
easier. Go to www.fafsa.ed.gov and select "Filling out a

2 You will receive a Federal Student Aid
Report (SAR) from the federal processor
after you submit your FAFSA.

The SAR indicates your Expected Family Contribution (EFC),
which is used to determine your eligibility for financial aid. It also
lists information you recorded on your FAFSA, so you can check
your information for accuracy.
* If you provide your e-mail address on your FAFSA, you will
get an online SAR as soon as 24 hours after your FAFSA is
processed. If no corrections are needed, keep the SAR with
your financial aid records.
* If you want to be considered for aid at UF and UF is not listed
in the SAR's "College Release Section," you must use your
Federal PIN to make a correction at www.fafsa.ed.gov. You
can also call the federal processor at 1-800-433-3243.
* If your e-mail or mailing address changes, update it with the
federal processor to make sure you get your SAR, electronic
PIN, Renewal Reminder, and other correspondence. You can
make these updates at www.fafsa.ed.gov or on your SAR.

3 Follow up on your application. It may
be selected for Verification or Quality

* You are responsible for following up on your aid application.
* Check the status of your aid application and award on ISIS,
www.isis.ufl.edu (see page 10 of this guide).
* Do not wait until school begins to submit required documents.
Ask questions if you are unsure about any part of the application
* If your application is selected for Verification or Quality
Assurance, you will be required to provide verifying
documentation before aid can be disbursed to you (see
"Verification/Quality Assurance," page 9). Respond promptly
to requests for information or documentation. Most forms
for this process are available to print from your "financial aid
status" page on ISIS, or on SFA's website (see page 11 of this


You will receive a
Notification of Financial Aid
Award from us.

* When UF receives your application information from the
federal processor and you have been admitted to UF, SFA will
award you an aid package based on your eligibility.
* You will receive a Notification of Financial Aid Award by
e-mail stating the terms and conditions of aid programs
awarded to you. Read it carefully, and follow any instructions
that pertain to you.

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When filling out your FAFSA, pay special attention to:

You must report marital status as of the date you file the FAFSA
for all individuals about whom you give information. If you are not
married as of the date you sign the FAFSA, check "unmarried,"
even if you plan to marry during the award year. Intended
spouses cannot be included in household size, and this item
cannot be updated after filing the FAFSA. If your natural mother
and father are divorced and the responsible parent has remarried,
when indicating the responsible parent's marital status, mark
the box that says "married/remarried" and include income/asset
information for both parent and stepparent.
Also see "Adjusted Gross Income/ Income Tax Paid" on this
Include only the number of people that you/your parents
now support and for whom you/your parents will continue to
provide more than 50% support between July 1, 2011, and
June 30, 2012. Include your unborn child, if that child will be
born before or during the award year. Also include your parents'
other dependent children who will be attending postsecondary
schools in 2011-12. Always include yourself (the student).
Include only household members who will attend college at
least six credit hours per term or 12 clock hours per week
between July 1, 2011, and June 30, 2012. Students must be
working toward a degree or certificate leading to a recognized
educational credential at a college eligible to participate
in federal student aid programs. Do not include parents
attending college.
Questions 43 & 91 of the FAFSA should be answered when
either you or your parents have received an education credit,
paid child support, or reported any of the following as income:
Federal Work-Study, earnings from work under a cooperative
education program, scholarships, fellowships and/or grants,
Hope and Lifetime Learning tax credits, or AmeriCorps
awards. Combat pay included in the Adjusted Gross Income is
also reported in this section.
* Payments to tax-deferred pension and savings plans
* Untaxed portions of IRA and Keogh payments, 401(k) and
403(b) plans
* Total amount of child support you/your parents) received from
Jan. 1,2010, to Dec. 31, 2010
* Tax exempt interest income
* Untaxed portions of pensions (excluding "rollovers," which
must be identified as such on the IRS return)
* Military/clergy housing, food, living allowances
* Cash support or any money paid on your behalf (includes rent/
mortgage, tuition, insurance paid by someone other than the
parent, if dependent)

* Use a completed 2010 tax return, if at all possible, when
completing the financial aid application.
* If your tax filing is delayed, estimate your information to meet
the "on-time" UF aid deadline. If you estimate, be sure to
update your application after your taxes are filed. Keep a
photocopy of your tax return. You may be asked to provide a
* When reporting U.S. taxes paid, do NOT report the amount of
tax "withheld" and do NOT include self-employment taxes.
* If your responsible parent is remarried (even if they were not
married in 2010), you must include your stepparent's income
and asset information.
* If you/your parents are married and filed separate income tax
returns, income information from both tax returns must be
combined and reported.
* If you/your parents are divorced, separated, or widowed, DO
NOT include information about your or your parent's spouse,
even if you/your parents filed a joint tax return. For further
assistance, call us at (352) 392-1275.
When answering questions pertaining to parent/student
assets, you must report the net worth of those assets as of
the date you complete the FAFSA. These items cannot be
updated after filing the original form. Do not include financial
aid you received.
Students must answer the question about drug-related
offenses. Do not leave it blank.
A drug-related conviction does not necessarily mean you
are ineligible for aid. For more information about UF's policy
on alcohol and other drug use, see "UF Drug-Free Schools
Policy" on page 11 of this guide.
If you haven't filed your 2010 federal income tax forms when
it is time to apply for aid, report "estimated" 2010 income
information on your FAFSA. You must correct your FAFSA if
the estimate differs from your actual income. Be sure to keep
a copy of your tax return and your W-2s.

Parents of Dependent Students
Parents) of dependent students MUST provide:
Social Security Number(s)
Date(s) of birth
Last name and first initial
Not supplying a parent's name, date of birth, or Social Security
Number will cause a student's FAFSA to be rejected.

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Your Federal & State PINS

Your PINs are your "Personal
Identification Numbers" that function as
electronic signatures and IDs. You will
have separate PINs for federal and state
aid programs, so be sure to use the
correct PIN.
You will use your PINs year after yea. Department
of a safe place.
Your Federal PIN
Your federal PIN allows you access to
personal information in U.S. Department
of Education (USDOE) systems when
applying for federal student aid.
Use your Federal PIN to:
1. Access FAFSA on the Web
2. Sign your FAFSA electronically
or obtain a copy of your FAFSA
3. Complete your federal student loan
(Federal Direct and/or Perkins Loans)
electronic Master Promissory Notes
4. Make online FAFSA corrections
5. Review your grant and loan history on
the National Student Loan Data System

6. Request a Federal PIN, request a
replacement PIN, or update your
PIN mailing address at the USDOE's
PIN site, www.pin.ed.gov.
Your State of Florida PIN
If you receive a Florida Bright Futures
award from the State of Florida, you
will also receive a System ID and
Personal Identification Number (PIN)
with instructions on how to access your
Bright Futures record electronically. Use
these to:
1. View your State of Florida award
2. Update your information
3. Update your college choice
4. View the amount disbursed each
5. Monitor your hours remaining for the
year and for the scholarship
6. View a list of correspondence sent
to you by the Florida Bright Futures
7. For questions on Florida programs,
call 1-888-827-2004.

(I) www.floridastudentfinancialaid.org

1. Photocopies of your federal income
tax return and W-2s
2. Photocopies or printouts of your
completed FAFSA
3. Your Federal Student Aid Report
4. Borrower copy of promissory notes
5. Your Federal PIN
6. This Gator Aid Application Guide
7. Your State of Florida PIN and
8. Photocopies of forms or information
used to complete your aid
application and all correspondence
with aid agencies

If you/your family have extenuating
financial circumstances, check with
your financial aid adviser to see if
they might affect your financial aid
application. Examples include:
1. Divorce of parents, or you from
your spouse
2. Death of a major wage earner
3. Loss of employment of a major
wage earner
4. Loss of other income or benefits
(such as child support), by you, your
parents, or spouse

Students petitioning financial aid
awards are strongly encouraged to do
so from March 1 through June 1.

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Keep the Following Change in Family

in Your Financial Circumstance

Aid File: Petitions

SFA Resource Center
SFA's Resource Center in S-107 Criser Hall provides students help with researching
and applying for financial aid, including scholarships and part-time jobs. Students
can access resources such as ISIS, FAFSA on the Web (U.S. Department of
Education's site), and free scholarship searches.
The SFA Resource Center is open from 8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m., Monday-Friday.


The financial information you and your
family provide on your FAFSA is analyzed by
the federal need analysis processor using
"Federal Methodology," a standard formula
established by the U.S. Congress. It is
used by the federal processor to calculate
expected family contribution (EFC)-how
much individual students and their families
are expected to contribute toward their
educational expenses.
After analyzing your financial information,
the federal processor sends the results to
the university, indicating how much you and
your family should be able to contribute
toward your education. If the cost of
attendance at UF is greater than what the
processor indicates is your family's expected
contribution, then the university considers
you to have financial need.
Cost of Attendance
Family Contribution
= Financial Need

Cost of Attendance includes tuition/
fees, books and supplies, housing, food,
transportation, clothing maintenance, and
personal items/health insurance (see "2011-12
Estimated Costs of Attendance" on page 2).
Expected Family Contribution consists
of expected parental contribution and/
or student contribution, depending upon
the student's classification (dependent or
independent). The methodology used by
the federal processor takes into account the
family's income and assets, employment
costs, living expenses, taxes, family size,
and the number of family members in
D www.sfa.ufl.edu/basics/how-is-need-

The U.S. government has established criteria
for classifying financial aid applicants as
dependent or independent.
* If you are able to check "YES" to any
item in Step Three on the 2011-12
FAFSA, you are considered independent
for financial aid purposes. If classified
independent, your need is evaluated
using your own and, if applicable, your
spouse's income and assets.
* If you are classified dependent, your
own income and assets, as well as
your parents' income and assets, are
considered in determining your financial


Other Sources of Aid

There are many sources of aid outside of SFA. Students who
receive funds through these sources while also applying for aid
through SFA must notify us upon receipt of this assistance.
* UF Admissions Office The Admissions Office awards
academic achievement scholarships, primarily to incoming
freshmen and transfer students.
) www.admissions.ufl.edu/scholarships.html
* Florida Prepaid College Plan The Florida Prepaid College
Plan allows parents, grandparents, and others to lock in the
cost of college today.
D www.floridaprepaidcollege.com
* Individual UF Colleges Aid available through individual
colleges within the university is listed in the GatorAid
Handbook and on our website.
* The State of Florida The Florida Department of Education
Office of Student Financial Assistance (OSFA) sponsors many
programs, such as the Florida Bright Futures Scholarship, the
Florida Student Assistance Grant, the Jose Marti Scholarship
Challenge Grant, the Scholarship for Children & Spouses of
Deceased or Disabled Veterans & Service Members, and the
Rosewood Family Scholarship.
( www.floridastudentfinancialaid.org
* Outside Scholarships/Loans SFA includes a chapter
on outside aid in our Gator Aid Handbook and our website
features a scholarship search engine which includes outside
scholarships in its results.
) www.sfa.ufl.edu/programs/other-aid

Summer Financial Aid

SFA will award summer money if:
1. funds are available for summer awards after fall/spring
semester needs have been met, or
2. a student chooses to use aid originally awarded for fall or
spring term during the summer.
To apply for Summer 2011 financial aid, students should use a
2010-11 FAFSA.
To apply for Summer 2012 financial aid, students should use a
2011-12 FAFSA.
Pell Grants
During summer, Pell Grant funds can be paid from either the
current award year or the upcoming award year. The higher of the
two amounts will be paid.

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Graduate Student?
In addition to student loans, the Graduate Grant, and most work
programs, graduate students can also apply for fellowships,
assistantships, and other awards offered through individual colleges
and the graduate school. For these awards, students should apply
through the dean's office of their college or department.

Students applying for loans or work through SFA should understand
that fellowships, fee waivers, and health insurance benefits are
considered part of a student's financial aid package, and as such
affect eligibility for aid through SFA. Students must report all such
aid on ISIS using the "Additional Aid Reporting" page.
Contact the graduate school for more information about graduate
aid. The Office of Research, Technology, and Graduate Education
in 256 Grinter Hall maintains a comprehensive list of private and
outside scholarships and fellowships.

Study Abroad Student?
www.abroad. ufic. ufl.edu
Awards from federal aid programs are available to students who
participate in university-approved study abroad programs. The
reasonable costs of a Study Abroad program, rather than the
university's cost of attendance, can be used to determine students'
financial aid awards.
Check with SFA in S-107 Criser Hall about receiving aid, including

Student with a Disability?
Student Financial Affairs in S-107 Criser Hall and the Dean of
Students Office Disability Resource Center (DRC) in 001 Reid Hall
work together to assist students with disabilities. When applying
for aid through SFA, students with disabilities may qualify for an
increase in their educational budgets to cover disability-related
For financial aid purposes, undergraduates must be registered for at
least 12 credit hours per semester to be considered full-time, even if
application has been made for a reduced course load through DRC.
DRC helps determine disability-related expenses not offered or
provided by other agencies.
The Disability Resource Center's phone number is (352) 392-8565.
For a TDD number, call the Florida Relay Service-dial 711 or 1-800-
955-8770 for voice assistance.

Postbaccalaureate Student?

Postbaccalaureate students must submit a Financial Aid Academic
Progress Petition to SFA to have their postbaccalaureate status
evaluated before their eligibility for financial aid can be determined.
Financial aid eligibility is directly related to a student's degree-
seeking status.
Petitions may be downloaded from SFA's forms page,

www. registrar. uf l.edu/va
Veterans who are enrolled students may qualify for VA Work-Study
or VA Tutorial Assistance benefits. Questions regarding VA benefits
should be addressed to the VA Coordinator in the Registrar's Office.
The Registrar is located in Criser Hall, Room 222.

Transfer student?
www. registrar.ufl.edu
Generally, financial aid cannot be transferred from one institution
to another. In most cases, you must reapply for aid. If you plan to
transfer to UF:
1. Contact both SFA and the financial aid office at the institution you
currently attend for transfer policies.
2. When you receive your Federal Student Aid Report (SAR) from the
processor, be sure the University of Florida (Federal School Code
001535) is listed as a "School to Receive Results" on your FAFSA.
3. If you are receiving a Florida Bright Futures Scholarship or
other aid program from the State of Florida, contact the Florida
Department of Education in Tallahassee. Inform them that your
school of record is UF
4. If you are receiving a Federal Direct Loan at your current school,
you must cancel that loan, reapply at SFA, and contact all your
previous lenders to update your enrollment status and address.

International Student?
Students in the U.S. on an Fl, F2, J1 or J2 exchange visitor visa, or
a G-series visa are not eligible to receive federal aid administered by
These students, however, may be eligible for private or college-
awarded scholarships administered by agencies other than our
office. The UF International Center (UFIC) may be able to provide
information on other programs.

Transient Student?
www.registrar. ufl.edu
UF degree-seeking students who do not enroll for any UF courses
and elect to attend another school in the Florida State University
System for one term may be eligible to receive aid from UF
Financial aid awarded at UF may be processed and paid by UF
upon receipt of consortium agreements and enrollment certifications
from the host institution. Students wishing to receive financial aid as
a transient student MUST see a financial aid adviser PRIOR to the
term of non-UF attendance to see if they are eligible.

Distance Ed/Correspondence Student?
www.sfa. ufl .edu/basics/special-categories/#c-study
UF students enrolled in distance education or correspondence
classes may be eligible to receive financial aid. Check with SFA for
information regarding your specific program or enrollment plans for
more information and for special requirements that may apply.

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What Happens if You

Are Selected?
Each year, about 30 percent of students' financial aid
applications nationwide are chosen for "verification," a
process of confirming data supplied by the applicant and/or
parents on aid applications. Through verification, UF resolves
discrepancies on students' aid applications.
UF's participation in the Federal Quality Assurance Program
allows us to establish verification criteria for UF and
determine which student files must be verified. Because of
this, you should disregard any statement on your Federal
Student Aid Report that you are being verified.
If your application is selected for verification or quality
assurance, or if there are discrepancies on your aid
application information, you will receive an e-mail from us
alerting you to check your financial aid status on ISIS at
www.isis.ufl.edu to determine which documents to provide.
Aid funds cannot be disbursed to you until you have
submitted all requested documents and the accuracy of your
information has been checked. The review process can take
four weeks or longer.

* turn in all documents requested by SFA as soon as
* be sure all documents are signed
* be sure your name and UFID and/or Social Security
number are on all documents you submit
* keep photocopies of all information you submit and
record the date you send in the documents
* keep photocopies of tax returns and W-2s
* call the IRS at 1-800-829-1040 if you need copies of
your IRS forms


* forget to sign your forms
* submit incomplete or illegible documents; if you do, they
will be returned to you with a request for acceptable
forms, causing a delay in processing your aid
* submit photocopies of income tax forms with information
obstructed by another form
* submit any documentation unless requested to do so by


It Is Your Responsibility To:
* complete applications correctly and on time
* read and understand all materials sent to you from SFA
and other financial aid agencies or provided on the
SFA website; keep copies of all forms and materials that
you send in
* know and comply with the rules governing aid you receive
* provide all documentation and information requested by
* comply with the provisions of any promissory note and all
other agreements you sign
* register for the number of hours required for your aid
( www.sfa.ufl.edu/receiving/enrollment-requirements
* maintain satisfactory academic progress
(1) www.sfa.ufl.edu/additional/academic-progress
* notify SFA of all resources not listed on your award letter
* use aid only for expenses related to attending UF
* check your GatorLink e-mail account for financial aid info
* keep your e-mail and mailing addresses up to date with UF,
as well as the state aid and federal aid processors.

You Have the Right To:
* be informed of the correct procedures to apply
for aid, cost of attendance, aid availability, how
financial need is determined, aid awarding criteria,
how academic progress is determined, and what
you must do to continue receiving aid
* be informed of the type and amount of your
assistance, how much of your need has been met,
and how and when you will be paid
* appeal financial aid office decisions about your
* view the contents in your financial aid file, in
accordance with the Family Educational Rights and
Privacy Act
* know the terms of any loan that you accept,
including the annual interest rate, the interest
accrual schedule, the repayment schedule, and
default penalties
* know the job description and pay rate for any job
that you hold or for which you may apply.
O www.sfa.ufl.edu/basics/rights-and-responsibilities

2011-12 9


UFID When you first applied to the University of Florida, you Gatorlink is an individual's computer network identity
were given a University of Florida ID Number, or UFID. at the University of Florida. Through establishing a
& Your UFID is your primary identifier for all UF records and GatorLink account, students gain access to network
Gatori k transactions. It is printed on your Gatorl ID card. You services such as e-mail, personal webspace, VPN
Ga rLink can also find out your UFID online at www.it.ufl.edu/ufid. access, and connection to the UF wireless network.
Your UFID vs. Your Social Security Number (SSN). To sign up for a GatorLink account, go to www.gatorlink.
Please note that when you apply for financial aid you ufl.edu.
will also be asked for your SSN. Your SSN does not Students use their UFID in conjunction with their
function as an ID at UF; however, it is required by GatorLink ID and password to access myUFL and ISIS.
the federal government to process your financial aid

myUFL myUFL is the UF portal website, www.my.ufl.edu. To access myUFL, sign in using your GatorLink
Students can conduct most UF business through username and password.
myUFL, such as: signing up for direct deposit, viewing To update your mailing address to receive UF business
UF charges, paying UF bills, recording payable time for correspondence, sign in with your GatorLink ID and
student jobs, and accessing Gator Tickets for athletic password, choose "My Account," then "Update My
events. Directory Profile."

SFA SFA uses e-mail as the primary way to communicate Students should be sure to clean out their inbox-an
.with financial aid applicants and recipients. SFA also "over quota" mailbox won't accept new e-mails.
e-mail generates e-mails directly from students' financial aid GatorLink Make sure your GatorLink e-mail address
files to inform them of requirements they still must is up to date and correctly configured to receive UF
complete to receive aid. business correspondence, including e-mail from SFA.
Make sure to check your GatorLink e-mail daily for To check your GatorLink configurations, go to
important financial aid correspondence. www.gatorlink.ufl.edu.

ISIS ISIS is UF's secure Integrated Student Information For more information, contact University Financial
System, www.isis.ufl.edu. Using ISIS, students can: Services in S-113 Criser or at (352) 392-0737.
Check Financial Aid Status & Disbursement Complete Loan Requirements
Information You are responsible for understanding and accepting the
You are responsible for keeping track of your financial terms of your loan.
aid file, before and after you receive your award notice. Borrowing money for college is a serious financial
Once logged into ISIS, under "Financial Aid" for 2011- obligation. It's important to remember when you
12, choose from: borrow money for school, you are making a legal and
"Aid Status" for missing documents, verification, ethical agreement to repay the loan.
financial aid academic progress, etc. Federal Direct Stafford Loans, PLUS Loans, and
"Awards & Disbursements" to review your award; Perkins Loans will only be disbursed following the
accept, cancel, or reduce work and loan awards; completion of a specific set of requirements. Check
"Additional Aid Reporting" to report aid not listed ISIS regularly to determine which of these requirements
on your aid award; apply to you.
Using ISIS, you can:
Sign Up for Direct Deposit c your lan
Accept your loan
To have your financial aid deposited directly into your Ean
Complete Entrance or Exit Counseling
checking account, go to ISIS and choose "Financial
Services," then "Student Direct Deposit." Complete a Master Promissory Note (MPN)

Facebook To better communicate with students, SFA maintains of specific financial aid situations, it is a great resource
a Facebook page at www.facebook.com/ufsfa. While for students (and parents) wishing to learn more about
our Facebook page is not a forum for the discussion financial aid at the University of Florida.

Twitter You can find us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/ufsfa. SFA's tweets remind students of approaching
SFA uses Twitter to send short, timely messages to deadlines, alert them to the availability of SFA's
students who are interested in learning more about newsletter, share interesting financial news items, and
financial aid at the University of Florida. more.

10 Gator Aid Application Guide

On SFA's website

SFA Forms
Our site has many of the forms needed to complete the
application process. You can find petitions, loan disclosures,
verification forms and much more on our forms page.
( www.sfa.ufl.edu/publications/forms

Need more detailed information? You can download our current
brochures, guides, handbooks, newsletters, and more.
( www.sfa.ufl.edu/publications

SFA's podcast series offers timely financial aid information
especially for UF students in a convenient audio format.
Download the .mp3 files, listen to them using the built-in player,
or subscribe to the feed via iTunes or any RSS aggregator.
@ www.sfa.ufl.edu/podcast

Other Helpful websites


Scholarship Search Engine
SFA's Scholarship Search Engine is a searchable database of
scholarships--both UF college-awarded and non-UF.
* Search by keyword or use the advanced search function
* Customize searches by college, department, deadline,
amount, major, or GPA.
* Use the "Add to favorites" function to keep track of the
scholarships that you're watching.
* You can subscribe to the RSS feed of a particular unit's
scholarships to be alerted automatically when a scholarship is
added or changed.
(D www.sfa.ufl.edu/search

Financial Aid FAQ
Find answers to specific financial aid questions using our handy
list of frequently asked questions, organized by topic.
D www.sfa.ufl.edu/faq

State of Florida Aid Programs
Florida Prepaid College Plan

Direct Loan Servicing Center
ECSI (UF's Perkins Loan Servicer)

Federal Student Aid

Federal Direct Loans

UF Admissions Office
UF Office of the University Registrar
UF University Financial Services

Still have a question? Come to our office in S-107
Criser Hall, or call us at (352) 392-1275. For
questions on completing the FAFSA, call the federal
processor at 1-800-433-3243 or (319) 337-5665.

2011-12 11

SSN Number Privacy
SFA complies with all relevant UF policies governing the
use of Social Security Numbers. To read more about
collection and use of Social Security Numbers at UF, visit
the UF Privacy Office website.
( www.privacy.ufl.edu/docs/IDTheftPreventionProgram.pdf

The University of Florida ensures the confidentiality of
student records in accordance with State University
System rules, state statutes, and the Family Education
Rights and Privacy Act of 1974, known as the Buckley
Amendment. Your family financial information and the
type and amount of your aid are held in confidence, and
information is released only with your written consent.
) www.epic.org/privacy/education/ferpa.html
UF Drug-Free Schools Policy
A summary of UF policies on the use of alcohol and
other drugs is provided to you through the Division of
Student Affairs website in response to the Drug-Free
Schools and Communities Act Amendments of 1989.
(1) www.ufsa.ufl.edu/students/dfs.shtml

Student Loan Code of Conduct
The University of Florida complies with the Student
Loan Code of Conduct adopted by the Florida Board of
Governors December 2007.
(I www.sfa.ufl.edu/?p=225

Consumer Information Disclosure
The University of Florida is committed to providing
consumer information to its students, faculty and staff.
(1) http://www.isis.ufl.edu/consumerinfo.html


University of Florida

Office for Student Financial
Affairs (SFA)
S-107 Criser Hall
P. O. Box 114025
Gainesville, FL 32611-4025
(352) 392-1275
(352) 392-2861 (fax)
SFA Satellite Offices
College of Dentistry
Dental Tower
D3-#17A, Health Sciences Center
(352) 273-5999
College of Law
164 Holland Hall
(352) 273-0620
College of Medicine
M-128 Health Sciences Center
(352) 273-7939
Colleges of Public Health and Health
Professions; Nursing; Pharmacy; & Veterinary
G206/G208 Student Services Center
HPNP Bldg., 101 Newell Drive
(352) 273-6202
Graduate Business Programs/MBA
Hough 203
(352) 273-4960, or (352) 273-4967

U.S. Department of Education

Federal Student Aid (FSA) Programs
(Federal student financial aid info; request
a FAFSA; help filling out FAFSAs; questions
on your application status; duplicate SARs)
1-800-730-8913 (TDD)

Direct Loan Servicing Center
Borrower Services

Florida Department of

Office of Student Financial
Assistance (OSFA)
(State student aid programs)
Turlington Building, Suite 1514
325 West Gaines Street
Tallahassee, FL 32303-4759




January 1, 2011
Apply now for aid for 2011-12

March 15, 2011
"On-Time" UF Financial Aid Application
Deadline for 2011-12 aid
Apply weeks early to meet this deadline.
The Office for Student Financial Affairs
(SFA) must receive the results of your
FAFSA with a calculated "Expected Family
Contribution" from the federal processor by
this date for you to be considered "on-time."

On-Time Federal Direct

Loan Application

We must receive your FAFSA data and all
other required documents by the following
dates to ensure funds can be processed for
the terms listed below:
Fall 2011-October 15
Spring 2012-March 15
Summer 2012-May 15

June 30, 2012
Deadline to submit a FAFSA to apply for any
federal aid program for 2011-12

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Financial aid applications are reviewed without
regard to race, creed, color, religion, age,
disability, sexual orientation, sex, marital status,
national origin, political opinions or affiliations,
or veteran status.

Office for Student Financial Affairs S-107 Criser Hall
P. 0. Box 114025 Gainesville, FL 32611-4025
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