Important Notices

ALERT:  Deadline to complete Fall 2017 Federal Financial Aid Appeal is August 30, 2017

Did You Know About?

Student Success Challenge and Scholarship Opportunity:

http://uca.edu/studentsuccess/student-success-challenge/

Year Round Pell Grants are back!

In early summer the federal government announced the implementation of Year-Round Pell Grants effective with the 2017-2018 award year.  At UCA, summer is a trailer meaning the first term of the academic year is Fall then Spring then Summer.  Beginning with the Summer 2018 term, students who are enrolled at least half time and otherwise are eligible for a Pell Grant, will be able to receive a Pell Grant for summer enrollment even if they received a full time Pell Grant in the prior Fall and Spring terms.  If you have questions, please visit with your Financial Aid Counselor.

The Release of Information Form:

This allows staff to speak with the individuals you designate.  The release form is found at: http://uca.edu/financialaid/forms/student-forms/

myUCA

Students, please be sure you are checking your myUCA self service account to ensure you have completed all requirements for timely receipt of financial aid.

Excess Aid

If the student wants to use excess aid to purchase their books before school begins, please ensure they have completed the Title IV authorization that allows them to do so.  The student may check their myUCA account to see if they have already completed the release.  If not, they may complete it online at that time.

Why Students and Parents Need to Create Their Own FSA IDs

“Each year, more than 18 million people submit a FAFSA, and the U.S. Department of Education provides more than $150 billion dollars in federal student aid. To protect the integrity of this important financial system and the private data of all of the students, parents and borrowers within it, it’s essential that only the FSA ID owner create and use their account,” according to the Department of Education’s HomeRoom blog.

“In order to fill out and submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), you now need an FSA ID, made up of a username and password that you create.

Although the FAFSA is considered your application, one of your parents will have to provide some information on the FAFSA and sign it, if you are considered a dependent student. Any parent, who wants to electronically sign the FAFSA, will need his or her own FSA ID.

To avoid problems with your financial aid down the road, you (and your parent, if that applies) should create your own FSA ID. Don’t let anyone-not your teacher, your financial aid counselor, your mom or dad, your best friend, or your second and third cousins-create your FSA ID for you. And you should not create one for your parent or anyone else.

For starters, it’s against the rules. The FSA ID has the same legal status as a written signature, so you should treat it like such. You’re not supposed to let someone else sign your name on a tax form or a job application. Well, the same goes for your FAFSA.”