You’ve worked hard to submit the best application essays, kept your grades up, and studied endlessly for college entrance exams. But once you get admitted to the school of your dreams, you still have to figure out how to pay for it!
UNF offers several scholarships on the basis of financial need and academic merit. Our scholarship website contains information about programs available for incoming freshman and transfer students. Generally, the merit-based scholarship deadline coincides with the freshman priority deadline date, while need-based scholarship applications are due in early spring.
Navigating the paperwork and policies of Financial Aid can be daunting. Here are some pointers to get you started.
Become familiar with the financial aid programs and policies for all schools to which you are applying. Every school has different requirements.
Apply EARLY for financial aid. Plan to have all your paperwork submitted by mid-February.
Complete a FAFSA form (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) EVERY YEAR you are attending school. Financial aid is not automatically renewed from year to year. If you are beginning classes during the summer term, be sure to fill out TWO applications for FAFSA - one for the upcoming school year, and one for the current school year. The Federal Financial Aid calendar runs from Fall through Summer.
Retain financial aid and scholarship information for tax records. Remember that all financial aid disbursements (excluding any loan programs) above the cost of tuition, books, and fees may be subject to federal income tax.
Monitor your status to ensure you remain eligible for your financial aid package. There are requirements in place for enrollment and academic performance.
Be sure to keep your local and permanent addresses current with your school’s financial aid office.
NEVER use your financial aid for expenses unrelated to college attendance.
One-Stop Student services is an excellent resource for questions related to financial aid.