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: Fall 2006
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for Gators
Office for Student Financial Affairs Fall 2006

Federal Direct Grad PLUS Loans
NEW for 2006-07: Graduate Students Can Apply

Recent legislation has extended Federal Direct Loan Reque
PLUS program eligibility to graduate students, on our We]
providing them a new financial aid option. Until must also
this summer the program has been available only Direct Stafl
to the parents of undergraduate, dependent Unsubsidi:
students. Graduate students with an acceptable Graduate I
credit history now may borrow Grad PLUS loans loans, stud
up to their cost of attendance. The Graduate complete a
PLUS went into effect July 1, 2006 and is available Master Prol
to students for fall 2006 and spring 2007. to receive 1
To apply for a Graduate PLUS loan students must for 2006-
submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid f r
(FAFSA) as well as a Federal Direct Graduate PLUS

New UF Scholarship Program
the Florida Opportunity Scholarship

This fall the University welcomed the first who meet
student recipients of the Florida Opportunity to work or
Scholarship. A reception was held to welcome have their
the 436 new scholars at the UF President's scholarship
Mansion on September 6. President Machen college for
gave the new scholars a warm welcome. undergrad
or later. Re
The new program, a UF initiative, was
supported by the Florida legislature in early parent ma
June 2006 when it created the First Generation $40,
Matching Grant Program. Florida Opportunity
Scholarships are designed to ensure that those

Continuing Students: Are you sure you've
met all requirements for satisfactory academic
progress for financial aid recipients? (These are
NOT the same as UF's academic requirements
for continuing enrollment and graduation.)
Before you drop a class or take an incomplete,
check how your financial aid academic
progress will be affected.
Academic progress measures include a
minimum, cumulative grade point average, the
number of hours it takes to complete degree
objectives, and the percentage of hours

attempted and achieved within given time-
frames. For the complete Satisfactory Academic
Progress Standards for Financial Aid
Recipients, go to: http: / /www.sfa.ufl.edu/
receiving / academicprogress.html. Check your
progress against these standards each semester
after your final grades are recorded.
If you have already appealed to the UF
Academic Progress Committee, you will
receive a letter regarding compliance. It is
important to fulfill all indicated requirements
speedily to avoid academic progress

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eligibility requirements will not have
Borrow to attend UF, but rather will
need fully met with grants and
ps. Awards go to Florida residents in
* the first time who are admitted to an
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requirements stipulate that neither
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OCTOBER 16, 2006
Last day to be considered for Fall
2006 Federal Direct Loans
Thanksgiving, Office Closed

NOVEMBER 28, 2006
Fall Deferred Fee Payment

DECEMBER 1, 2006
December Short-Term Loan
Repayment Deadline

JANUARY 2, 2007
2007-2008 Financial Aid
Applications Available


* Can My Initial Award Change?
* Check ISIS Regularly
* UF Payment Options
*Financial Aid in the News
*You Can Still Apply for 2006-07
*Update Contact Info with the Feds
*Looking for a Student Job
* GRE Fee Waivers
*Academic Competitive Grant &
National SMART Grant
* SFA Student Resource Center
* Florida Bright Futures Info
* Visiting SFA?
* Did You Know?
* Financial Aid Addresses &
Phone Numbers
* Satellite Aid Offices

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Will Financial Aid Academic Progress
Requirements Affect You ? "

CHECK before you drop a class, withdraw, or take an incomplete

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

* 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

* 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.

Check ISIS Regularly to Review Your Aid Status

* To see if all your requirements are
satisfied to receive aid
* To check for revisions to your awards
* To accept/decline your awards
* To check your aid status (deferments,
holds, satisfactory progress)
CHECK ISIS now for revisions to your
original award offer (see articleabove ),
and then on a regular basis. but at least
once a month. Awards must be revised
any time we (Student Financial Affairs)

UF Payment Options

Students have a number of ways to pay
UF tuition fees and other UF debts:

1. Use ISIS at www.isis.ufl.edu
MasterCard or American Express: a
2.6% service charge is assessed for
using credit cards.
2. In person at University Financial
Services, S-113 Criser Hall:
Pay by cash, check, money order,
bank debit/ATM card, or
MasterCard or American Express (a
2.6 % service charge is assessed for
credit card use).

receive information that changes your
eligibility for need-based financial aid.
Your award may be revised:
* If information is received regarding
your eligibility for scholarships and
other resources such as tuition
waivers, VA benefits, or other outside
funds, your eligibility for federal funds
may change.

your enrollment status (after classes
begin, your enrollment status may
require that your awards be adjusted),
your FAFSA results; and / or
your budget (residency changes,
living arrangements, etc.).
Go to ISIS at http:/ /www.isis.ufl.edu.
For more financial aid information go to:
http:/ /www.sfa.ufl.edu.

* If information is received that changes


3. 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."
4. 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.

5. UFS Drop Boxes (checks only):
Outside S113 Criser Hall (24hrs.)
Residence Hall Locations
Law School Dean's Office
6. At the Housing Office
Payments are accepted for tuition,
accounts receivable, and housing
charges (cash or checks only).

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

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Financial/ Aid NEWS
Fall 2006

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Weirdest Scholarships
(Forbes, 09/14/06)
"Bringing your friends home to show off
a new Ham radio or your great-great-
great grandfather's rebel flag probably
won't boost your popularity in high
school. But it could help you hit it big on
the college scholarship circuit," Forbes
reports. "...Depending on where in the
United States you choose to attend
school, you can receive college
scholarships for being short, tall, fat, left-
handed or a distant relative of Lambert
and Annetje Van Valkenburg."
Read more at:
http: / /www.NASFAA.org /publications
/2006 / awweirdscholarships091506.html
College Life by the Numbers
(Christian Science Monitor, 09/13/06)
"As colleges reopen, here's a statistical
snapshot of life on campus-from tuition

Heads up! Make sure your 2007-08
Renewal Reminder and other information
from the Feds is sent 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.
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.

costs to faculty politics-without any
calculus thrown in," The Christian
Science Monitor reports. Some statistics
provided in the article:
* 17.6 million students are enrolled in
America's 4,216 colleges and universities.
* 30.4 percent of undergrads are
* $12,605 is the average annual tuition,
room, and board at four-year public
colleges for in-state students, more than
double the 1990 cost.
* $34,698 is the average annual tuition,
room, and board at four-year private
colleges, also more than twice the 1990 tab.
* $74,602 is the average annual earnings
of workers with an advanced degree.
$18,734 for those with no high school
Read more at:
http: / /www.nasfaa.org /publications /20
06 / awcollegestats091306.html

You Can Still Apply for 2006-07 Aid

If you need financial aid for 2006-07,
apply immediately! We encourage
applying online using FAFSA on the Web
at: www.fafsa.ed.gov.
Applying online is faster, and the
application has built-in edits to help
prevent application errors. You can also

track the status of your FAFSA after you
apply. Gator Aid Application Guides for
2006-07 are available at SFA in S-107
Criser Hall. Students who need
assistance applying online can use the
SFA Resource Center in the SFA lobby.

There are two types of renewal reminders:
E-mail Renewal Reminders are sent to
most applicants who have previously
received a PIN and provided a correct
e-mail address.
PIN Mailer Renewal Reminders are
sent to most students who did not
provide an e-mail address on their 2006-
07 FAFSA. A PIN Mailer Renewal
Reminder is a paper document mailed to
the student's permanent mailing address.
It contains the student's Federal PIN,
which is used to access the Renewal
Application through FAFSA on the Web.
Call 1-800-4FED-AID for questions
about using FAFSA on the Web.

UF Federal School Code

Looking for a

Student Job

Seven days a week, 24 hours a day,
the following two Web sites make
job hunting easy.
1. For on-campus jobs including all
Federal Work-Study, Federal
Community Service, and OPS
positions, use the main UF job
listings at http:/ /jobs.ufl.edu.
Students not yet employed by UF
should use the following
* Go to "Jobs at UF" at:
* 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 required fields. Follow
instructions and "Submit Your
Resume" to finish applying.
Students who are current UF
employees reach "Jobs at UF"
through myUFL at:
https: / /my.ufl.edu. On the myUFL
Menu select "My Self Service" and
then "Jobs at UF." Follow the
instructions above.

2. For off-campus jobs, go to:
http: / /www.sfa.ufl.edu /job.html.
For jobs that interest you, call the
contact person for an interview.

Financial/ Aid NEWS
Fall 2006

Update Contact Info with the Feds
Get Your 2007-08 Renewal Reminder

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/TED); Florida
Relay Service: Dial 711; or 1 (800) 392-3008
(TED). Online at: http://sww.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.

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/
Send questions by e-mail to:
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

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 given out on a first-come,
first-served basis at S-107 Criser Hall and
are available only once per individual.

Academic Competitive
Grant & National
Are one of these grants listed on your aid
award? In 2006-07, the federal
government initiated two grant programs
based on academics. Students who
complete the FAFSA and are determined
eligible for a Pell grant are automatically
considered for these two programs. For
the federal description of these
programs, go to their student portal:
http: / /studentaid.ed.gov/PORTALSWebA
pp / students/ english/ NewPrograms.jsp.

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
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

Visiting SFA?
Bring Your UFID
Thinking of stopping by SFA to
check on your financial aid? Don't
forget your Gator One card, or
your UFID plus a picture ID to
meet our confidentiality

Did You Know?
You must reapply for financial aid
every year in January/February.
Spring classes begin January 8.
You can complete an online Free
Application for Federal Student Aid
(FAFSA) at www.fafsa.ed.gov.

numerous scholarship applications and
financial aid publications 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.-4:30 p.m.,

( U.S. Department of Education
E Student Aid Information Center
' P. O. Box 84
Washington DC 20044-0084
( (800) 433-3243
O (800) 730-8913 (TED)
o5 Federal Direct Loan Servicing Center
<) 1 (800) 848-0979; 1 (800) 848-0983 (TED)
JO www.dlssonline.com /tools /sitemap.asp
D (choose FAQ)
- Federal Direct Loan Consolidation
1 (800) 557-7392; 1 (800) 557-7395 (TED)
-o www.loanconsolidation.ed.gov
< "Don't Get Scammed on Your Way
0 to College" and more, free at
u studentaid.ed.gov
http: / /studentaid.ed.e ov/PORTALSWeb
C App / students / english / publications.isp

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

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