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If you are interested in the status of your financial aid, first check your To-Do's in Buff Portal to see if there are any outstanding actions you must take to receive an aid offer. If you've completed all outstanding items, view your aid on the Financial Aid card. If you have recently submitted a document via our online upload tool, please give us a couple of days to process. We receive many documents daily and may not be able to confirm what we've received by phone.
Holds and To-Do's are listed in Buff Portal and are very important to complete in a timely manner. If you recently submitted a form or document via our secure document upload, please provide us a couple days to process it. The status of your document will appear in Buff Portal. If you have a question about a particular to-do item, please make sure to mention that in your question.
Learn how student aid and parent loans pay toward your university bill, when aid is applied and how you receive refunds on our Aid & the Bill webpage. If you haven't already, we encourage you to authorize your aid to pay for all university charges.
Watch our video and instructions on how to use IRS Data Retrieval. We encourage you to use data retrieval if available to you, as it's the fastest way to provide your tax information. This page also provides helpful tips for those who cannot use data retrieval.
To complete a Master Promissory Note (MPN) or Entrance Counseling, visit studentaid.gov. MPNs and Entrance Counseling are mandatory by the federal government, so we may be limited in our ability to help you beyond pointing you to their resources.
Grants are typically offered to low-income students and can be a combination of federal, state and university funding. Eligibility for grand aid is based on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and when you applied (as it is first-come, first-served). Visit our grants webpage for more information.
A Parent Plus Loan is available to parents of dependent undergraduate students. Read more details and how to apply on our Parent PLUS loan webpage.
Private student loans are offered by private lenders and eligibility depends on a credit score. We recommend that you complete a financial aid application before considering a private loan.
Eligibility for financial aid is based on a prior tax year, which may not be indicative of the family's continuing ability to pay for educational expenses. The Office of Financial Aid is able to evaluate special circumstances on a case-by-case basis with adequate documentation. See step-by-step instructions on our unusual circumstances webpage.
In order to receive financial aid, students must comply with Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP). This policy requires students to maintain a certain GPA and complete a set percentage of the courses attempted. For more information about the policy, including specific requirements and the appeal process, visit our SAP webpage.
Official withdrawals from the university are processed through the Registrar's office; however, your financial aid may be impacted as well. For details about procedures, deadlines, and how to appeal for a tuition refund, visit the Registrar's withdrawal webpage. For financial aid impacts, review the Financial Aid Withdrawal Policy.
Financial eligibility for the different education abroad programs varies, so please review our Education Abroad webpage to ensure that your plans are financially feasible.
Financial aid may be available to students who are interested in attending summer school. Work-study is also available for students with or without summer enrollment. Our summer school webpage includes instructions on how to receive aid for summer.