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FAQ

HOW DO I APPLY FOR FINANCIAL AID?

  • First complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at www.fafsa.gov. The FAFSA is used to determine how much a student and their family is expected to contribute for the student's education. The difference between the total cost of attendance and the family contribution is your financial need. You must file a FAFSA each academic year you want federal financial aid.

DO I HAVE TO ACCEPT THE FULL AMOUNT OF LOAN AWARDED TO ME?

  • No, you do not have to accept the amount offered. If you are requesting a different amount, email the Office of Financial Aid at asufinaid@alcorn.edu.

WHY IS MY ACCOUNT BALANCE NEGATIVE?

  • When the financial aid office authorize your aid to your account, you will normally see a negative balance (credit). The negative (credit) balance will change to a refund status and will be disbursed to you within 14 days.

DO I NEED TO BE ADMITTED BEFORE I CAN APPLY FOR FINANCIAL AID?

  • No. To actually receive funds, however, you must be admitted and enrolled at the University.

HOW MANY CREDITS DO I HAVE TO TAKE TO QUALIFY FOR A FEDERAL DIRECT STUDENT LOAN?

  • Students must be enrolled at least half-time (6 credit hours) to maintain eligibility for Direct Loans. Students who drop below half-time during the semester may have their Direct Loan(s) revoked and funds returned to the Department of Education. If you drop below half-time, please consult with a financial aid adviser.

DO I HAVE TO REAPPLY FOR FINANCIAL AID EVERY YEAR?

  • Yes. After your first year you will have an option to complete “Renewal Application” which contains preprinted information from the previous year’s FAFSA. Note that your eligibility for financial can change year to year. Renewal of your financial aid package also depends on satisfactory academic progress towards a degree.

WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN SUBSIDIZED AND UNSUBSIDIZED LOANS?

  • Federal Subsidized Direct Loans are available to undergraduate students with financial need. The U.S. Department of Education pays the interest on a subsidized Direct Loan while the student is in school at least half-time and when the student is in deferment. Unsubsidized loans, the student is responsible for the interest, but can have interest capitalized.

I WAS AWARDED A STUDENT LOAN. WHY WASN’T IT POSTED TO MY ACCOUNT?

The loan awarded may not have posted because:

  • Your enrollment status is below half-time (6 credit hours).
  • Your FAFSA was updated to reflect a change in status reflecting default or verification documents.
  • Registration may be incomplete.

WHY DID MY FINANCIAL AID AWARD CHANGE?

Financial aid awards are our best estimate of what you are eligible to receive at the time you are awarded and full time enrollment. Your award may be increased, reduced, or even canceled, if:

  • Your FAFSA contains incorrect or incomplete data
  • You receive any outside resources, such as privately awarded scholarships, which were not listed on your award letter.
  • You do not maintain satisfactory academic progress
  • You do not enroll for the required number of hours to receive aid through the programs awarded you.
  • Your student status changes in any way (Residency, career, hours enrolled, class level, or expected graduation date, etc.)

WHY WAS I SELECTED FOR VERIFICATION?

  • The Department of Education select students for the verification process upon receipt of the FAFSA. Verification selection can be random or because a FAFSA was incomplete, estimated, or inconsistent. Alcorn State University may also select students for the verification process if conflicting information is found.

WHY WAS MY SCHOLARSHIP REDUCED?

Scholarship(s) can be reduced for several reasons:

  • You campus housing changed.
  • You are no longer living on campus and the room/board portion of your scholarship was removed.
  • You received several institutional scholarships that surpassed tuition/room/board.
  • Full institutional scholarship reduced by the amount of Pell grant as stated per institutional rules.
  • Lack of performance for service scholarships such as band, music, ROTC, etc…

WHAT DO I NEED TO DO IF I FAILED TO MEET SATISFACTORY ACADEMIC PROGRESS (SAP) STANDARDS?

You can submit a SAP appeal form with documentation if you have a reason you were unable to meet the SAP standards or review the options listed below:

SAP Appeal Deadlines

Term

Application Available Online

Application Deadline

Summer

May 10

May 16

Fall

May 21

June 30

Spring

December 1

January 6

  • Self-Pay: SAP Suspension does not prevent students from registering for classes. However, payment is the responsibility of students and must be made as required by university policy.
  • Private or Alternative Student Loans: Students who do not qualify for Federal Financial Aid (because of financial aid suspension/ineligibility (reached max limit for federal financial aid) can apply for private or alternative student loans. These loans are nonfederal loans, made by a lender such as a bank, credit union, or state agency. Eligibility for private/alternative loans depends on the student’s creditworthiness. These loans are offered by private lenders and the amount you may borrow varies and depends on the lender of your choosing. The Office of Financial Aid will process any private/alternative loan of your choice upon notification. ASU does not have a preferred lender list, but you can search private or alternative student loans and compare terms and conditions of the loans before you decide on a particular lender.

HOW DO I APPLY FOR A PAYMENT PLAN?

  • The ASU Payment Plan is designed to help students defer payments for a given semester and broken down in two equal installments. A contract fee of $50 is required at the time of enrollment and is nonrefundable. Generally there are two plans offered (Partial Financial Aid and Non-Financial Aid). The payment plan is available for the Fall and Spring terms. Failure to pay the deferred balance by the due dates will result in a late fee of 5%, collection activity, holds placed on the student account and may prevent future eligibility of the payment plan.
  • Direct all questions concerning your Student Account and the Payment Plan to the Bursar’s office. (1) Email: bursarsoffice@alcorn.edu, (2) Campus Location: Room 203 2nd floor Walter Washington Administration Building and (3) Telephone: 601.877.6388.

I HAVE A QUESTION CONCERNING HOUSING/RESIDENCE LIFE?

WHAT FACTORS MAKE A STUDENT "INDEPENDENT"?

A student is considered independent if the student:

  • is married
  • 24 years of age
  • has children for whom one-half of support is provided
  • is a veteran
  • is an orphan or ward of the court
  • is a graduate student

HOW MUCH LOAN MONEY CAN I BORROW?

  • Freshman students are eligible for up to $5,500 in loan money per year, sophomore students are eligible for up to $6,500 per year, junior and senior students are eligible for up to $7,500 per year, and graduate students are eligible for up to $20,500 per year, respectively. Independent students may be eligible to borrow more.