The financial aid program at the University of North Florida is committed to serving all students. Its purpose is to provide financial assistance for students who would be unable to further their education without such support. Educational opportunities should not be limited by the financial resources of the students and their families, although the University expects students and/or their families to make a maximum effort to help with University expenses.
UNF provides a comprehensive student financial aid program. All aid is based on individual need, educational costs, and availability of funds. Awards may consist of scholarships, loans, grants, and/or employment. Funds are limited; therefore, students are encouraged to complete an application for financial aid no later than the March 1 priority date for early consideration. Applications received after March 1 are considered on a funds-available basis only. Inquiries concerning financial aid should be directed to One Stop Student Services. To apply for aid, the the students must:
Withdrawing from classes will affect the percentage of hours earned. Students who withdraw from classes and have received Title IV Aid, to meet educational expenses for an entire semester, will be required to repay the amount of unearned aid. The unearned amount of federal program funds is calculated based on the percentage of the semester completed prior to the date of withdrawal. The repayment amount is determined by the Federal Formula for Return of Title IV funds (Section 484B of the Higher Education Act). According to federal regulations, only students who complete at least 60% of the term are considered to have earned all of their aid. Students who did not attend any classes will be required to return all funds disbursed. Title IV unearned aid must be returned to the applicable federal programs in the following order:
If a student accepts a financial aid award, the University will automatically defer the payment of tuition for approximately five weeks after the semester begins. The deferment of tuition and fees against anticipated financial aid will expire several weeks into the semester. If a student’s anticipated aid has not disbursed by the time the deferment expires, the student may have a late payment fee assessed. In these situations, the financial aid is not necessarily lost or cancelled; it simply indicates the tuition deferment has expired. Students should proactively monitor their myWings and UNF e-mail accounts for financial aid requirements and/or messages. Some types of aid are excluded from tuition deferment, including both the Federal Work-Study Program and Florida Prepaid Program.
A student who cannot automatically defer the tuition must make payment online via myWings or in person at the Cashier’s Office by the payment deadline posted on the Academic Calendar.
A student whose aid has not disbursed by the fourth week of classes must make payment online via myWings or in person at the Cashier’s Office by the end of the fifth week of classes to avoid late fees and registration holds.
The first disbursement of financial aid refund checks occurs after the third week of classes. As students’ files are cleared, financial aid refunds are issued to eligible students on a weekly basis throughout the term. Under the Federal Direct Stafford Loan Program, first time borrowers at UNF must complete a loan entrance interview and sign a Master Promissory Note before funds are released. Please note that all tuition/fees, housing charges, and other University debts will be deducted from the student’s financial aid before any other action is taken. Once all institutional fees have been paid, any residual funds will be electronically deposited into the student’s bank account.
NOTE: All financial aid recipients should be prepared to purchase textbooks and to meet their living expenses during the first four weeks of class.
Students are required, by federal regulations, to demonstrate satisfactory academic progress toward the completion of a degree within a specified time frame. Students receiving any assistance under the Title IV Program must comply with these conditions to remain eligible. Academic progress will be evaluated at the end of each semester to determine eligibility. This evaluation is designed to measure the student’s ability to: maintain a satisfactory grade point average, successfully complete a required ratio of attempted credit hours, and receive a degree in a timely manner.
To view the University's official Satisfactory Academic Progress policy, click here.
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