As parents and guardians, we understand that you can play a vital role in supporting your student not only academically and socially, but also financially. Financing an education can be one of the biggest investments in one’s life. The Office of Student Financial Services is here to guide you and your student through the financial aid process, to assist in identifying scholarships, grants and loans, and to provide ongoing advice. Bilingual counselors are available.
Below are some resources that will provide you with general financial aid information that will help you better understand the ins and outs of financial aid and billing.
Your student’s educational records are covered under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). This federal law protects the privacy of student educational records, and limits the information that can be disclosed to parties other than the student.
Tip: All correspondence is sent to the student due to the federal privacy rules. Please talk to your child about relaying information to you.
To receive need-based aid, students must complete the (FAFSA). Priority deadlines apply.
Students can apply for financial aid at fafsa.gov. This site will provide detailed instructions on completing the application and guide you through some of the questions you may have (e.g., Who is considered a parent? Does the value of my primary residence get reported?)
Tip: Additional information may be required by our office to complete a student’s application.
The official document sent by the Office of Student Financial Services, which lists all awards—grants, loans and scholarships—that are offered to the student for an academic year. It also lists the terms and conditions required for each award and the cost of attendance.
Tip: The cost of attendance will include tuition, fees, room and board, and other allowances. This is not your student’s bill.
The bill reflects your student’s charges less anticipated aid (e.g., scholarships, grants and loans) and will display the balance due for the semester.
Tip: Federal Work Study is not deducted from the bill since the student receives a paycheck for hours worked.
Explore tools to guide you through the financial aid process.