Understanding Your Award Offer

To view your financial aid offer, login to your Student Email. All awards are based on full-time enrollment and are adjusted according to enrollment status for a term.

  • The Financial Aid Office reserves the right to modify aid at any time based on changes in eligibility or additional resources.
  • Students are notified via Student Email of any revisions to their award offer during the academic year.
  • All students are responsible for monitoring their financial aid eligibility and aid offers through Student Self Service.
  • Financial aid consists of grants, work-study, scholarships and loans and may include outside resources. Students may accept or decline all or part of their financial aid offer.
  • Federal Work Study and Stafford Loans require enrollment of at least half time (six approved credits).

Financial Aid’s main purpose is to provide assistance with educational expenses and may not cover 100% of a student’s living expenses.


Financial Aid Eligibility

Determine Your Financial Need: How are Need and Cost of Attendance (COA) Determined?

Most financial aid offers are based on financial need. The need is the difference between the Cost of Attendance (COA) and the Expected Family Contribution (EFC). EFC is determined by the Department of Education (DOE). Once students complete a FAFSA, the DOE provides their EFC amount via email.

financial need equationHow is Cost of Attendance Established?

Standardized budgets are established by each college. Students with similar circumstances will receive the same budget allowance for tuition and fees, room and board, books, supplies, transportation, and personal expenses. Adjustments may be made on the basis of certain expenses (i.e.: daycare).
Learn more about the Child Care Cost Add-On Worksheet.


How Is Financial Aid Offered?

Financial Aid is offered based on eligibility established by Federal guidelines and methodology.