Awarding/Packaging Process

Awarding/Packaging refers to the process of determining the type and amount of financial assistance the student is eligible to receive from one or more sources.  his is a general description of that process.

Excess Financial Aid

Excess aid is the difference between your university charges/bill and the amount of financial aid (federal, state, institutional, private) you have been awarded.  If the difference is negative, you would expect to receive excess aid. For more information see the Excess Financial Aid page.

Special/Unusual Circumstances

Federal financial aid is based on definitions and formula determined by the U.S. Department of Education.  If one of the following scenario applies to the student, the student may speak with a financial aid counselor to determine if their financial aid eligibility may be recalculated to consider the unusual circumstance.  Please note that a request for consideration of a special/unusual circumstance does not guarantee approval.  In addition, even if approved, a recalculation does not always result in increased eligibility for the student.