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The UIS Institutional Scholarship Application 2014-2015 is now available to be completed online. Application deadline is 11:59 pm February 15, 2014.
The Friends of UIS Scholarship for Students with Disabilities Application 2014-2015 is now available. Application deadline is March 24, 2014.
The Global Studies Experience Scholarship Application 2014-2015 is now available. Application deadline is February 14, 2014.
Registration for the spring 2014 semester is ongoing. Please refer to the Records and Registration website for additional details. If you have a financial hold that prevents you from registering, please contact University Student Financial Services and Cashiers Operations (USFSCO) to get an explanation of the hold. Our office might be in a position to assist you through the financial aid process to remove that hold, so please do not hesitate to stop by our office at UHB 1015 or contact us at (217) 206-6724.
Are you a successful student and an amateur athlete at UIS? Consider applying for the Avery Brundage Scholarship. Eligibility requirements are on the application website. Application deadline is February 10, 2014.
The application for the 2014-2015 Children of Veterans Tuition Waiver is now available. The award is a four-year tuition waiver at the University of Illinois awarded to natural or legally adopted children of service members. Please see the application form for eligibility requirements and additional details. Priority deadline is March 1, 2014.
Spring 2014 financial aid refunds will start occurring on an ongoing basis as of January 15th, 2014. Please click on the “Check Your Financial Aid Status” link to the left to review your financial aid file status, as well as your student account summary and your E-bill via the Student Self-Service. Refunds will be direct deposited to your bank account by University Student Financial Services and Cashiers Operations (USFSCO). Direct deposit is mandatory for all student account refunds. If you have not already signed up, go to the USFSCO website for information on enrolling in direct deposit. An e-mail will be sent to your official university e-mail account once the refund has been processed.
The time to apply for financial aid for the 2013-2014 academic year (Fall 2013, Spring 2014 and Summer 2014) is now by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The Office of Financial Assistance encourages all students to apply as early as possible to avoid missing any grant opportunities. Our Federal School Code is 009333.
You will need information from your (and your parent's) 2012 federal tax return but those tax returns do not need to have been filed with the IRS for you to be able to complete and submit the FAFSA. If you filed the FAFSA last year for the 2012-2013 academic year, please just update the information and submit the FAFSA today if you have not already done so. You will find additional information and tips on how to apply and how you can submit your FAFSA application for 2013-2014 by clicking here.
The deadline for processing financial aid for the Fall 2013 semester is November 15, 2013; the Spring 2014 semester is April 15, 2014; the Summer 2014 semester is June 15, 2014. Please submit all required financial aid documents to our office prior to these dates. Applications received after these dates may not be processed.
The federal regulations governing the verification process, whereby schools are required to confirm that the data on the student's FAFSA is accurate, has changed for the 2013-2014 academic year. Students are encouraged to review these verification changes as this process may impact the timely receipt of their financial aid proceeds.
The US Department of Education has instituted some changes to the FAFSA process. Applicants are encouraged to use the IRS Data Retrieval process functionality within the FAFSA application. When completing the income sections of the FAFSA, the applicant is given the option to have this data retrieved directly from the IRS. If you have already completed your Federal Tax Return for 2012, please complete the IRS Data Retrieval process to transfer your 2012 Federal Tax Return information onto the FAFSA. The benefit of utilizing the IRS Data Retrieval process is that it will minimize your chances of being selected by the federal processor for the verification process. Follow the IRS Data Retrieval process directions on the FAFSA to complete the process. This is our preferred method.
Effective beginning the 2012-2013 award year a student’s eligibility for receiving the Federal Pell Grant will be limited to 12 full-time semesters (or its equivalent). This change applies to all Federal Pell Grant eligible students. It is not limited to students who received their First Federal Pell Grant on or after 2008-2009 award year. The Department of Education will calculate the Pell Grant duration for a student by adding together each annual percentages of a student’s scheduled award that was actually disbursed to the student. For example, a student whose 2011-2012 Federal Pell Grant award was $5,550, but who received $2,775 because she was only enrolled for one semester, will have used 50% of that award year’s schedules award. Similarly, a student who was enrolled three quarter time (9 credits) for the 2011-2012 award year would have used 75% of their scheduled award. A more detailed explanation is available at www.studentaid.ed.gov/Pell-Limit.
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New and returning students applying for financial assistance will receive their financial aid award letters electronically. You will be notified that your e-award is ready to be viewed via an e-mail to your official UIS e-mail address, as well as any other e-mail addresses we may have on file for you. As such, it is extremely important to verify that your email account(s) are valid. Furthermore, you should be checking your official UIS email account regularly, at least once a week, for updates on your financial aid status and other important financial aid notifications or billing information. You will then be able to access your E-Award Letter by clicking on the “Check Your Financial Aid Status” link. Students will no longer receive paper award letters.
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Springfield, IL 62703-5407
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