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NelNet Business Solutions (NBS) Tuition Payment Plan

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Dear Delaware State University Students and Families: Delaware State University is no longer partnered with Academic Management Services administered by Sallie Mae for our monthly payment plan. Delaware State University is pleased to offer you the Tuition Payment Plan administered by NelNet Business Solutions®. The Tuition Payment Plan is an interest-free alternative to paying each semester's (fall, spring, summer I or summer II) tuition and expenses in full prior to the fall term (Payment due July 10th ), the spring term (Payment due December 10th ) or summer sessions (Payment due one week before the 1st day of class or upon enrollment).   Enroll in the Tuition Payment Plan for each academic semester and get these great benefits: Manageable Payments No Interest Payments - The Tuition Payment Plan is interest free. It can be used on its own or in conjunction with loans, grants and/or scholarships. MYFacts 24-hour access to manage your account via web. Convenient Online Statements - You will receive your statements via email each month. Automatic reoccurring monthly payments via ACH or credit card (includes debit cards) processed on the 5th of every month. We are pleased to provide you with alternatives to pay for your educational expenses and encourage you to enroll in the Tuition Payment Plan. Please note you must enroll on or before the last day to enroll online listed below in order to enroll in a plan for the specified number of months. You will NOT be able to enroll in a plan after the last published enrollment deadline.   Summer 2015 Projected Dates E-cashier opens 4/2/2015 Summer 1   Last Day to Enroll Online Number of Payments First Payment Scheduled Payments May 27 3 33.33% payment processed immediately June-July June 4 2 50%  payment processed immediately July Summer 2   Last Day to Enroll Online Number of Payments First Payment Scheduled Payments May 27 3 33.33% payment processed immediately July-August June 25 2 50%  payment processed immediately August   Fall 2015 Projected Dates E-cashier opens 4/2/2015 Last Day to Enroll Online Number of Payments First Payment Scheduled Payments May 21 6 16.67% payment processed immediately July-November June 30 5 20% payment processed immediately August-November July 24 4 25% payment processed immediately September-November August 21 3 33.33% payment processed immediately October-November September 23 2 50% payment processed immediately November     If you have any questions about the plan, please call NelNet Business Solutions at (800) 609-8056 and a specialist will be happy to assist you.   Please be advised that it may take up to 10 business days for you to be financially cleared after you have enrolled on the Tuition Payment Plan.   Sincerely, Office of Student Accounts (302) 857-6240 (302) 857-6249 fax studentaccounts@desu.edu  

Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP)

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The Higher Education Amendment Act of 1965, as amended, mandates institutions of higher education to establish a minimum standard of “Satisfactory Academic Progress” for students receiving federal financial aid. Delaware State University makes its standard applicable to all federal, state and institutional funds.  The satisfactory academic progress applies to all terms regardless of whether financial aid was received.  Satisfactory academic progress will be evaluated for all students (full- or part-time) annually (at the end of the spring semester and each summer session, as applicable).  Students re-admitted must also meet the Satisfactory Academic Progress standards to receive financial aid.   Definition Satisfactory Academic Progress, SAP, is a process to review a federal aid recipient’s academic record and compare it to defined criteria. The following defines when the review occurs, the criteria of the review, how the review occurs, and consequences of the review.  When SAP is Reviewed The academic records of all Title IV aid recipients are reviewed annually at the end of the spring semester and each summer session, as applicable, which is a payment period, to determine compliance with the qualitative (GPA) and quantitative (# of credits earned) components of satisfactory academic progress regulations. Any student who is not making satisfactory academic progress at the annual review will not be eligible for aid during the next enrolled payment period. For example, a student not making satisfactory academic progress at the end of the first summer session will not be eligible for Title IV aid for the second summer session that immediately follows the first summer session where academic progress was reviewed. This requirement is different from a non-Title IV recipient who may enroll in the next summer session or semester without intervention of an appeal.   SAP GPA CRITERIA Grade Point Average Requirement Undergraduate students must meet the minimum cumulative DSU grade point average (excludes transfer work) (see below chart of required hours and GPA). Please note, any student who has been enrolled for four semesters, whether the enrollment is consecutive or not, must obtain a 2.0 cumulative GPA at the end of the fourth semester. All grades except “W” grades are counted in the cumulative GPA calculation except a repeat course. In the repeated course, only the higher grade will be factored into the cumulative GPA.  Please note that Title IV aid restricts recipients from receiving funds for the same course more than twice.   GPA Chart   Hours Attempted Cumulative Grade Point Average 1-29 1.70, but 2.0 after 4 semesters 30-59 1.80, but 2.0 after 4 semesters 60-89 2.00 90-120 2.00   Delaware State University’s SAP calculation will include all hours attempted.   Undergraduate students must strive to complete all of their attempted starting credit hours each academic year.  Students are required to earn 24 credits each academic year for full-time status, 12 credits for half-time status and 6 for less than half-time status.   Graduate students must meet the minimum cumulative DSU grade point average (excludes transfer work) requirement of 3.00 by the end of their second full semester. In addition, all graduate students must earn 67% of their hours attempted, and must not exceed 150% of the hours required for degree completion. There is a one-time only appeal procedure for the graduate student. A formal written letter of explanation must be written to the Office of Academic Enrichment no later than the drop for non-payment date for the semester in which the student is applying for Federal Financial Aid. Graduate students must attain a 3.0 at the end of that semester to remain eligible to receive Federal Financial Aid preceding the appeal.    The following types of grades cannot be used to fulfill financial aid probation, suspension, or re-matriculation requirements: credits by audit or special examination, grades earned from advanced placement or CLEP exams for which prior approval was not obtained; withdrawal or incomplete grades; and grades earned with zero credit.   SAP Hours Completion Criteria Students must progress toward their education goal by earning credits at Delaware State University at the minimum rate. Courses in which students receive an "F", “W” or “FW” grade do not count as earned hours but will count in the attempted hours as well as repeated courses. Only courses in which students receive grades of "A," "B," "C," or "D” count as earned hours.  Audit course work does not count. Prior to receiving a disbursement of financial aid for the semester numbered in the first column of the chart, the student's cumulative credits earned at Delaware State University must total at least the number listed in the column marked Full Time which describes the enrollment status for the semester prior to the current semester. For example, if a student is entering in the fall semester after completing one academic year prior and was enrolled full time for that prior semester, then the student is entering his or her 3rd semester. The chart below details the number of credits required to have complete after the semester listed in column one. If you are not meeting the minimum required, you are not meeting the Satisfactory Academic Progress progression requirements and would be required to submit an appeal with an explanation of why you are not meeting the progression requirements and what you will do in the next semester to meet the requirements.     Progress Chart   NUMBER OF COMPLETED SEMESTERS   MINIMUM NUMBER OF CREDIT HOURS THAT MUST BE EARNED PERCENTAGE COMPLETION RATE PER SEMESTER ATTEMPTED NUMBER OF CREDIT HOURS PER SEMESTER 1 –Year 1 9 60% 15 2 18 60% 30 3 –Year 2 27 60% 45 4 36 60% 60 5 –Year 3 53 70% 75 6 63 70% 90 7-Year 4 74 70% 105 8 84 70% 120 9-Year 5 95 70% 135 10 105 70% 150 11- Year 6 116 70% 165 12 126 70% 180   SAP Maximum Hours Limitation Criteria Students may only receive aid until they reach the maximum hours limit.  The limit is 150% of the hours required for the program of study.  For example, if the typical bachelor’s degree requires 125 credit hours, the limit for maximum attempted hours would be 187.5. Hours accepted by DSU in transfer are included in the maximum hour limit.  Required hours for a specific program of study are found in the Undergraduate or Graduate Catalogs.  Students who have completed all the course work for their degree or certificate but have not yet received the degree or certificate are no longer eligible for financial aid for that program. Students with dual majors or students who change their majors are subject to the same hours limit; there are no exceptions. How SAP Review Occurs Students will be put on probation at the end of the spring semester, upon annual review, if they fail to meet the minimum number of credit hours or the required GPA. The probationary period will extend until the student meets the required SAP standards. Students are not eligible for aid during the probationary period, unless an approved appeal exists. Automatic Termination of Aid Eligibility Failure to meet special requirements of satisfactory progress imposed by the SAP Review Committee, Probation Contract and or Academic Success Plan, default on a federally funded student loan or failure to repay a grant overpayment will result in automatic termination of aid eligibility. Students who withdraw and/or are suspended from the University two consecutive semesters of attendance will have their aid eligibility terminated. Re-Establishing Aid Eligibility Before aid eligibility can be re-established, students must complete the minimum requirements outlined above in their attempted coursework, have a 2.0 GPA and be removed from University academic probation, which is different than the Title IV probation.  Financial aid will not be available during this period.  It is the responsibility of the student to inform the Financial Aid Office when reinstatement requirements are completed. Repeat Courses Title IV aid restricts recipients from receiving funds for the same course more than twice. Students who have withdrawn or failed a course more than twice must include within the appeal process a written explanation of why they must repeat a course. SAP Appeal Procedure Students may appeal the SAP decision regarding financial aid probation or suspension status by submitting a completed Petition for Reinstatement of Financial Aid Eligibility to the Office of Financial Aid. Students may appeal one times over the course of completing their degree.   Students placed on financial aid suspension must submit: the Petition for Reinstatement of Financial Aid Eligibility form.  The Petition for Reinstatement of Financial Aid Eligibility form should contain an explanation of what caused the progress issue, an outline of future goals and any supporting documentation of extenuating circumstances attached. The Petition for Reinstatement of Financial Aid Eligibility form appeal must be submitted by the deadline contained within the denial letter to the Office of Financial Aid. Late appeals will be reviewed on a case by case basis and may be held until the next semester for approval. The Petition for Reinstatement of Financial Aid Eligibility form can be found by accessing the DSU web site.    Download the Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) Appeal Form​. **Extenuating circumstances would include extreme illness or injury, family crisis, or additional credits earned from incomplete courses.     Examples of the SAP calculation:   Grade Scale: A=4 B=3 C=2 D=1 "W", "F", "I" count with no letter grade Hours for classification: 0-29 Freshman 30-59 Sophomore 60-89 Junior 90-120 Senior Student A:   Fall Semester – Takes 12 Hours             3 Hours                                                A       (4) x 3 = 12             3 Hours                                                D        (1) x 3 = 3             3 Hours                                                C        (2) x 3 = 6             3 Hours                                                B        (3) x 3 = 9             12 Quantitative hours                          30 Qualitative Points               Divide 30 by 12 = 2.50 GPA; Student is making SAP   Student B:   (Two year review)   Fall Semester – Takes 12 Hours             3 Hours                                                D        (1) x 3 = 3             3 Hours                                                D        (1) x 3 = 3             3 Hours                                                C        (2) x 3 = 6             3 Hours                                                B        (3) x 3 = 9             12 Quantitative hours                         21 Qualitative Points                          Divide 21 by 12 = 1.75 GPA   Spring Semester – Takes 12 Hours             3 Hours                                                A        (4) x 3 = 12             3 Hours                                                F         (0) x 3 = 0             3 Hours                                                D         (1) x 3 = 3             3 Hours                                                D         (1) x 3 = 3             Attempt 12 hrs/earned 9 hrs              18 Qualitative Points                          Divide 18 by 9 = 1.50 GPA    For the year – student attempted 24 hrs/earned 21 hours w/ 1.62 cumulative GPA   SAP status at end of year one is not meeting SAP since the GPA is not at least a 1.70 but earned credits is greater than 18.    This student is not making SAP at the end of the first year and would be on academic probation according to University academic standing policy going into the third semester. Student would be required to submit an appeal, be approved to receive aid for the third semester.   Year two- third semester:   Fall Semester – Takes 12 Hours             3 Hours                                                F         (0) x 3 = 0             3 Hours                                                D         (1) x 3 = 3             3 Hours                                                C         (2) x 3 = 6             3 Hours                                                F         (0) x 3 = 0             Attempt 12 hrs/earned 9 hrs               9 Qualitative Points                          Divide 9 by 6 = 1.33 GPA   This student’s cumulative GPA would be a 1.33 which would put the student into a suspension status and require them to request reinstatement into the spring semester. Since the student is suspended, the student would need to request an appeal to receive aid for the spring semester if the University granted them enrollment. Student is below the GPA requirement but progression is within requirements. Spring Semester – Takes 12 Hours             3 Hours                                                A        (4) x 3 = 12             3 Hours                                                D         (1) x 3 = 3             3 Hours                                                C         (2) x 3 = 6             3 Hours                                                B         (3) x 3 = 9             Attempt 12 hrs/earned 12 hrs            30 Qualitative Points                          Divide 30 by 12 = 2.50 GPA             Cumulative GPA:  Divide 78 Qualitative points by 48 attempted hrs = 1.69 GPA   This student has attempted 48 hours, completed 39 hours which is within the progression chart.   However, the GPA earned by this student of 1.62 is below the 1.8 cumulative GPA required as indicated on the GPA chart. In addition, the student has also been enrolled for (4) four semesters and is below the 2.0 cumulative GPA requirements; therefore, this student would not make SAP for this semester. Student would need appeal to receive aid but this student would be recorded as not making SAP twice and if an appeal is granted, the student only has eligibility for one more appeal as an undergraduate. The student could attend without the benefit of Title IV aid and once meeting the SAP requirements would be eligible for aid.   Any of the students above who are not making SAP can appeal but must be able to provide evidence of mitigating circumstances in their appeal to regain eligibility; or these students must obtain a 2.0 GPA before they regain their federal aid eligibility.  

VERIFICATION

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Verification uses documentation to confirm that the information provided on a student’s Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is correct. The federal government requires colleges and universities to verify, or confirm, the data reported by students and their parent(s) on the FAFSA. The verification process ensures that eligible students receive all the federal financial aid to which they are entitled and prevents ineligible students from receiving financial aid for which they do not qualify. The main reasons for being selected for verification include that you were chosen randomly, the FAFSA you submitted was incomplete, your FAFSA contains estimated information, or the data you provided on the FAFSA is inconsistent. Verification is a federal regulation. Students who are selected for verification are not being punished; rather verification prevents ineligible students from receiving aid by reporting false information and ensures that eligible students receive all of the aid for which they qualify The items being reviewed include: Household size Number in college Adjusted gross income Untaxed income Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program Benefits (often called Food stamps) Child support paid How do I know if my application is selected for verification by the US Department of Education? You may be selected for verification either by the federal processor or by the Office of Financial Aid. If you are selected for verification by the federal processor, there will be an asterisk next to your Expected Family Contribution (EFC) on your Student Aid Report (SAR). You will also be informed of having been selected for verification in the SAR Acknowledgement letter, which will be included with your SAR documents. You can view your SAR online at www.fafsa.ed.gov under Step 3, View and Print Your Student Aid Report. View a sample SAR.  You should also receive a copy of your SAR at the email address you provided on your FAFSA application approximately 3 to 4 days after you submit your FAFSA application. How will I know if my application is selected for verification by the Office of Financial Aid? If you are selected for verification by the Office of Financial Aid, the office will inform you of this selection in writing and instruct you of any additional documentation that is required. How will I know what additional documentation is required for verification?  If your SAR indicates you were selected for verification, or if the Office of Financial Aid determines that your application needs to be verified, you and your parent(s) will be required to provide supporting documents to the Office of Financial Aid: Copies of student's and parent(s)' federal income tax return transcripts. Tax transcripts can be ordered directly from the IRS web site. See a sample of a federal tax transcript.  We cannot accept copies of tax returns from a tax preparer; you must request a transcript from the IRS. Student and parent(s) W-2 statements. See a sample of a W2.  Copies of W2s are acceptable. 2016-2017 Verification Worksheet The Office of Financial Aid will send new students a letter outlining additional documentation that may need to be submitted.  Current students should check their student email and myDESU accounts for required documentation. What do I do if I have been selected for verification but I have not yet filed my taxes? If you completed your FAFSA before submitting your federal income tax returns, you will need to file your taxes with the IRS and request a copy of your transcript before the Office of Financial Aid can complete verification. What is the deadline for submitted verification documents? If the US Department of Education selects your application for verification, do not wait for the Office of Financial Aid to request additional documentation from you. It is your responsibility to review your SAR to determine if you are selected for verification. You should submit additional documentation to the Office of Financial Aid within ten days of the date of notification. The Office of Financial Aid cannot guarantee a student's financial aid will be awarded in time to satisfy his or her fall bill by the due date if verification documents are submitted after April 30th. Even if the US Department of Education does not select your FAFSA for verification, federal law gives a financial aid officer the ability to select your FAFSA for verification if he or she has reason to believe the data is inaccurate, inconsistent, or incomplete. If the Office of Financial Aid selects your application for verification, the office will contact you to let you know that you have been selected and what additional documentation is required. Please be sure to respond to requests for documentation within 10 days to avoid delays in processing your financial aid. Please remember, participation in the verification process is not optional! If you are selected, you must comply to be eligible for financial aid of any sort.   If applicable, please note that additional documents* may be requested at the Office of Financial Aid’s discretion including: 2016-2017 Non-Filers Verification Form 2016-2017 Standard Verification Form *Please do not submit any of the above documentation unless the Office of Financial Aid specifically requests you do so. How soon after I submit my documents will verification be completed? Normal processing time is 20- 25 business days, but can be as much as 40 business days during peak processing periods (late spring and summer). You should submit all of your documentation together and ensure that the information is complete and accurate. If the Office of Financial Aid reviews your file and then asks for missing or incomplete information, you will be subject to another processing time cycle upon receipt of the new documents. I still have additional questions about verification and financial aid.  How can I get answers to my questions? For a comprehensive overview of the financial aid process at Delaware State University, please familiarize yourself with our New Student Checklist or "Important Things You Must Know As You Go" checklist.  We encourage you to familiarize yourself with this information before contacting the financial aid office.  

Financial Aid FAQs

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Frequently Asked Questions: Financial aid   What is the status of my financial aid? What exactly is financial aid? How do I apply for federal, state, and institutional aid? Do I have to be admitted to Delaware State University in order to apply for financial aid? How often do I have to apply for financial aid? Who determines how much aid I qualify for? Once it is determined that I am actually eligible for financial aid, when will my financial aid be awarded? What should I do if the aid I am given is not enough to cover my costs of attendance? What is the difference between the grants and the scholarships that the University offers? Do I need a Social Security Number in order to file my Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)? What happens if I miss the March 15th deadline to submit my FAFSA? Is it too late for me to apply? Do I have to wait until income tax forms for me and/or my parents are done before filing my FAFSA? If I live with someone other than my parents, what am I required to report? If the parent I live with is remarried, do I need my stepparent’s tax information? If I am a student who is separated and filing a joint tax return, how do I report my information? What is the EFC, and how is it used in determining my financial aid? What type of federal financial aid does Delaware State University offer? Are there any additional charges other than interest for getting these loans? How are my loan funds disbursed to me? How do I accept, decline, or reduce the Federal Direct Loans that have been offered to me in my award notification? If I change my mind about accepting the loan after signing the Master Promissory Note and agreeing to accept the loans on-line, can the loan be canceled? When am I required to begin repayment of my loans? What is the Delaware State University school code? What is the fax number? What is verification? How long will the verification process take? How do I know if my application is selected for verification? What should you do if selected for verification? How will I know if the verification process is complete? What should I do with outside scholarships I am receiving? How do I review and accept the Terms and Conditions of my Financial Aid Award? There is a Title IV Authorization requirement on my account.  What is that and how do I satisfy the requirement? There is a Hold Credit Authorization requirement on my account.  What is that and how do I satisfy the requirement? Is there an instructional guide I can download that will help me navigate the Financial Aid processes I need to complete on MyDESU and at Studentloans.gov?   What is the status of my financial aid? Students can review their financial aid status through their MyDESU accounts. Go to my.desu.edu Log in with your student ID number and PIN Click the "Financial Aid" link on the main menu Click "My Overall Status of Financial Aid" from the "Financial Aid" menu. Please read and any resolve unsatisfied student requirements you may see on this page. Return to the "Financial Aid" menu and select "My Award Information" and then "Award by Aid Year" From this page, you can review your financial aid award by clicking the "Award Overview" tab Don't forget to read and accept the "Terms and Conditions" and "Accept Your Award Offers" tabs.   What exactly is financial aid? Financial aid is help for a student who is enrolled in an eligible academic program at an institution participating in the federal student aid programs. Financial aid is designed to assist in covering school expenses including tuition and fees, room and board, books and supplies, and transportation. Financial aid is based on a student's demonstrated financial need. Back to top How do I apply for federal, state and institutional aid? Students can apply for financial aid each year by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid beginning January 1st at www.FAFSA.gov  DSU's priority processing deadline is March 15th.  We recommend you complete your taxes before you complete the FAFSA, but do not let the March 15th priority deadline pass.  It is OK to use estimated income information to complete the FAFSA by March 15th.  However, you must go back and update the FAFSA with actual tax data once your taxes are completed in order to receive a financial aid award letter. New students should consult our "New Student Financial Aid Checklist" for a comprehensive explanation of how to apply for financial aid at Delaware State University by clicking on "Financial Assistance" above or visiting www.desu.edu/financialaid.  Returning student should review the "Financial Aid Timeline" for a month by month listing of financial aid deadlines by clicking on "Current Students" under the "Financial Assistance" link above.   Back to top   Do I have to be admitted to Delaware State University in order to apply for financial aid? No. Your FAFSA application can be completed before your acceptance into the University. However, you must actually be admitted before ANY aid can be offered or given to you. Some forms of aid that the University offers is based on your cost of attendance and may include scholarships, work-study and grant money. Back to top    How often do I have to apply for financial aid? If you want federal, state, or institutional financial aid, you must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid each year.  The FAFSA is available on-line at www.FAFSA.gov each year beginning January 1st for the next academic year.  Delaware State University's priority deadline is March 15th. Back to top     Who determines how much aid I qualify for? The Office of Financial Aid makes a determination of what kinds of aid to offer you and in what amounts based on information submitted by you on your FAFSA application as well as other forms you may be required to submit and your actual cost of attendance at the University. Back to top   Once it is determined that I am actually eligible for financial aid, when will my financial aid be awarded? When Delaware State University has received a valid FAFSA application (no rejection codes), you have been admitted to the University and the verification process has been completed (if required), the Office of Financial Aid will award your financial aid. You can check your overall financial aid status by logging onto www.desu.edu and following these steps: 1. Click on MyDESU 2. Click on “Log In” 3. From the Main Menu click on “Financial Aid” 4. From the Financial Aid menu click on “Award by Aid Year” 5. Select the appropriate aid year from the drop down box Back to top   What should I do if the aid I am given is not enough to cover my costs of attendance? Generally, financial aid will not cover all of your college costs. Students who do not receive adequate funding to pay their college cost of attendance should consider Parent PLUS loans, private/alternative loans and/or the University’s Payment Plan. For more information on the Parent PLUS Loan, click the "Federal Direct PLUS Loans" link under the "Financial Assistance" section above or follow this link: http://www.desu.edu/financial-aid/federal-plus-loans. For more information on Alternative Loans, click the "Alternative Loans" link under the "Financial Assistance" section above or follow this link: http://www.desu.edu/financial-aid/alternative-loans For more information on the University payment plan, click the "NBS Monthly Payment" link under the "Financial Assistance" section above or follow this link: http://www.desu.edu/financial-aid/nelnet-business-solutions-nbs-monthly-payment-plan. Back to top   What is the difference between the grants and the scholarships that the University offers? Grant money is funding that is disbursed based on eligibility and financial need toward your financial aid cost of attendance. These funds do NOT have to be repaid. Scholarships also do not require repayment; however, they most often are offered through outside agencies and groups and are awarded based on different criteria and affiliations. Delaware State University offers a number of scholarships. Please consult http://www.desu.edu/scholarships for more information on scholarships and how to apply. Back to top   Do I need a Social Security Number in order to file my FAFSA? The federal government DOES require all applicants to have a SSN when applying for aid. If you attempt to submit your application without one, it will be returned to you unprocessed and can possibly cause delays in your financial aid being completed. Back to top    What happens if I miss the March 15th deadline to submit my FAFSA? Is it too late for me to apply? Missing the University’s deadlines for submitting your financial aid information could result in difficulty having your aid in place for the fall semester in preparation for your attendance at the University. But NO!, it is not too late for you to file your FAFSA application. You should complete your FAFSA as soon as possible. You may still attend the University, but you will need to make payment arrangements until your aid can be finalized. The Financial Aid Office will apply funding for which you are eligible retroactively to your account. Back to top    Do I have to wait until income tax forms for me and/or my parents are done before filing my FAFSA? Every attempt should be made to have that information for your application as soon as possible, but your FAFSA application can be filed without your tax information using estimates of your income that are as CLOSE AS POSSIBLE to your actual income.  We recommend that you complete your taxes in February so that you can complete your FAFSA before March 15th with your accurate tax information.  However, you should not miss the March 15th priority deadline waiting for your taxes to be completed.  You can use estimated income on your FAFSA to meet the March 15th priority deadline, but you will have to go back and update your FAFSA with your tax data once you taxes are filed in order to receive a financial aid award.  The Office of Financial Aid will not award any student who has estimated income on his or her FAFSA. Back to top   If I live with someone other than my parents, what income am I required to report? Any cash support that you receive from the individual(s) with whom you reside does have to be reported on your FAFSA as UNTAXED income.   Back to top   If the parent I live with is remarried, do I need my stepparent's tax information? Yes, a dependent student who lives with a parent who is remarried IS required to include the stepparent's information. Back to top   If I am a student who is separated and filing a joint tax return, how do I report my information? In this case, only YOUR portion of the income tax return exemptions, taxes paid and income should be reported. Back to top   What is the EFC, and how is it used in determining my financial aid? The US Department of Education, which processes the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), determines your Expected Family Contribution (EFC) by analyzing the income and asset data reported on your FAFSA. The EFC represents an the amount of money you and your family are expected to contribute toward educational expenses for the academic year before you can be considered for need-based aid. Do not mistake your EFC with your out of pocket expense; the amount you actually pay may differ.   For example, if your FAFSA has an EFC of zero, that does not necessarily mean you will have no out of pocket expenses for your educational costs. It means that you are eligible to receive the maximum amount of need-based financial aid for which you qualify without your family having to contribute to the cost of attendance first. If you have an EFC of 1000, then your family would be expected to contribute $1000 to your cost of attendance before your need based financial aid eligibility could be determined. The EFC does not necessarily have to be paid directly by you and your family; it can be satisfied through loan programs, such as the Direct Parent PLUS loan. .   Back to top   What type of federal financial aid does Delaware State University offer? The following is a summary of Title IV Federal Student Aid programs that Delaware State University: Federal Student Aid Program Type of Aid Program Details Annual Maximum Award Limits Federal Pell Grant Grant: does not have to be repaid Available to undergraduates; all eligible students will receive the Federal Pell Grant amounts for which they qualify $5730 (2014-15), $5775 (2015-16) Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG) Grant: does not have to be repaid For undergraduates with exceptional financial need; priority is given to Federal Grant recipients; funds depend on availability at school Up to $1,500 Federal Work Study Money is earned while attending school; does not have to be repaid For undergraduate and graduate students; jobs can be on campus or off campus; students are paid at least minimum wage No annual maximum  Direct  Subsidized Stafford Loan Loan: must be repaid Subsidized: For undergraduate students; U.S. Department of Education pays interest while borrower is in school and during deferment periods $3,500 to $5,500, depending on classification  Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loan Loan: must be repaid Unsubsidized: For undergraduate and graduate students; borrower is responsible for interest during life of the loan $2,000 to $20,500, depending on classification (includes any subsidized amounts received for the same period) Federal PLUS Loan Loan: must be repaid Available to parents of dependent undergraduate students Cost of attendance minus any other financial aid the student receives For more information on these and all other types of financial aid offered by Delaware State University, review our Financial Aid Award Guide on the "Financial Aid Forms and Publications" section of the "Financial Assistance" tab above .  Back to top   Are there any additional charges other than interest for getting these loans? There is a fee involved for Direct Stafford Loans and Direct Parent PLUS loans. Late charges may apply if you skip payments, make late payments, or less than a full payment. Back to top    How are my loan funds disbursed to me? You loan money is generally paid in two payments per academic year and paid to you by the University either directly or as a credit to your account.   Back to top   How do I accept, decline, or reduce the Federal Direct Loans that have been offered to me in my award notification?   The Office of Financial Aid requires students to view their financial aid awards and accept/decline or reduce any award listed in an offered status, Federal Direct Stafford loans.  Please follow the instructions listed to complete this requirement. Log on to your MyDESU account Choose "Financial Aid" from the main menu Choose "My Award Info"  Choose "Award by Aid Year" Choose the appropriate aid year from the drop down box Go to the "Accept Award Offer" Tab Click the "Accept Full Amount All Awards" button if you would like to accept full amount of all loans OR select "Accept" or "Decline" from dropdown menu next to each award If you are accepting a partial loan amount, be sure to list the dollar amount or decline if you wish not to take a particular loan.   If, later, you decide to change your decision concerning the loan(s), please contact the Office of Financial Aid in writing with your name, ID and detailed explanation of the changes you are requesting.   First time borrowers of Direct Stafford Loans must complete Entrance Counseling and a Master Promissory Note on-line at www.studentloans.gov.  For more information, visit the "Federal Direct Stafford Loans" page of the "Financial Assistance" section above or go to http://www.desu.edu/financial-aid/stafford-loans.   Back to top   If I change my mind about accepting the loan after signing the Master Promissory Note and agreeing to accept the loans on-line, can the loan be canceled? Yes. You may cancel all or a portion of your loan by informing the University of your desire to do so within a specific time period. If you have received your loan funds directly by check, you may refuse the funds by returning the check to the University. Back to top   When am I required to begin repayment of my loans? For the Federal Stafford Loan, there is a grace period of 6 months after you graduate, leave school or drop below half time enrollment (less than 6 credits for undergrad and less than 3 for grad). Back to top   What is the Delaware State University school code? The Delaware State University school code is 001428. Back to top   What is the fax number? The Office of Financial Aid fax number is 302.857.6251. Back to top What is verification? Verification is a part of the Federal Student Aid Programs requirements-34 CFR 668.56.  Verification uses documentation to confirm that the information provided on your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is correct. The federal government requires colleges and universities to verify, or confirm, the data reported by students and their parent(s) on the FAFSA. The verification process ensures that eligible students receive all the federal financial aid to which they are entitled and prevents ineligible students from receiving financial aid for which they do not qualify. The items being reviewed include:  Household size  Number in College   Adjusted Gross Income  Untaxed Income  Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program Benefits (often called Food Stamps) The main reasons for being selected for verification include that you were chosen randomly, the FAFSA you submitted was incomplete, your FAFSA contains estimated information, or the data you provided on the FAFSA is inconsistent. Verification is a federal regulation; if you are selected for verification, you must comply with all requests for documentation from the financial aid office. Failure to comply will result in termination of his financial aid eligibility. Back to top How long will the verification process take? Keep in mind that during our peak processing times of late spring and summer, verification can take up to 40 business days to be completed once all documentation has been submitted. If you are selected for verification, it would be in your best interest to start the process as soon as possible. Back to top How do I know if my application is selected for verification? The comments on your SAR (Student Aid Report) will indicate whether your application is selected for the verification process. Back to top What you should do if selected for verification?     You may be selected for verification either by the federal processor (US Dept. of Education) or by the Office of Financial Aid. If you are selected for verification by the federal processor, there will be an asterisk next to your Expected Family Contribution (EFC) on your Student Aid Report (SAR). You will also be informed of having been selected for verification in the SAR Acknowledgement letter, which will be included with your SAR documents. You can view your SAR online at www.fafsa.gov under Step 3, View and Print Your Student Aid Report. You should also receive a copy of your SAR at the email address you provided on your FAFSA application approximately 3 to 4 days after you submit your FAFSA application. Back to top   How will I know the verification process is complete? You will receive a corrected Student Aid Report from the U.S. Department of Education as well as an email from the Office of Financial Aid notifying you we have completed the verification process . If you are asked to submit any additional documents, please submit these documents ASAP. It is your responsibility to make sure that your financial aid status is OK. Back to top What should I do with outside scholarships I am receiving? If you are receiving outside scholarships, please have the agencies send the scholarship check(s) directly to the Office of Financial Aid on your behalf.  Please have them include your student ID # on the check if possible. Have checks sent to: Delaware State University Office of Financial Aid 1200 N DuPont Highway Dover DE 19901 Back to top How do I review and accept the Terms and Conditions of my Financial Aid award? Your financial aid file is considered incomplete until you read and accept the terms and conditions.  No financial aid funds will be disbursed to your account until the terms and conditions are accepted. Login to your myDESU account Select “Financial Aid” and then “Award Information” Select “Award by Aid Year” and “Current Aid Year” Select “Terms and Conditions” Select “Accept" or "Decline" (If you decline the terms and conditions, you cannot receive financial aid) Back to top There is a Title IV Authorization requirement on my account.  What is that and how do I satisfy the requirement? This authorizes the Office of Student Accounts to deduct non-tuition related expenses including, but not limited to, housing fines & damages, library fines, ID card replacements, and parking fines from your excess Title IV (federal) financial aid funds.  If you authorize the Office of Student Accounts to use your excess Title IV funds for these expenses, the authorization becomes effective the date on which you authorize and expires at the end of the current aid year.   You are not required to elect to make this authorization, but you must indicate whether you wish to accept or decline authorization. To complete the authorization process: Log on to your MyDESU account Choose "Financial Aid" from the main menu Choose "My Award Info"  Choose "Award by Aid Year" Choose the appropriate aid year from the drop down box Click on the RESOURCES/ADDITIONAL INFORMATION tab and answer the Title IV Authorization question. Back to top There is a Hold Credit Authorization requirement on my account.  What is that and how do I satisfy the requirement? This authorizes the Office of Student Accounts to hold your current credit balance (if any) for use in covering the cost of future semesters within the current aid year.  If you choose to authorize this hold, it becomes effective the date on which you authorize and expires at the end of the current aid year.   You are not required to elect to make this authorization, but you must indicate whether you wish to accept or decline authorization.   To complete the authorization process: Log on to your MyDESU account Choose "Financial Aid" from the main menu Choose "My Award Info"  Choose "Award by Aid Year" Choose the approporiate aid year from the drop down box Click on the RESOURCES/ADDITIONAL INFORMATION tab and answer the "Hold My Credit Balance Authorization" question. If your parent has a PLUS loan credit balance he or she would like to authorize to be held for future semesters, he or she will have to contact the Office of Student Accounts directly; this authorization is ONLY for funds in the student's name. Back to top   Is there an instructional guide I can download that will help me navigate the Financial Aid processes I need to complete on MyDESU and at Studentloans.gov? Please click here to download our Financial Aid Instructional Guide.  This guide has instructions on how to complete all of the  processes required  to secure your financial aid through your MyDESU account and at studentloans.gov. Back to top

Financial Aid Forms & Publications

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General Documents Consortium Agreement (Instructions and Form) Enrollment at Another Institution Financial Aid Instructional Guide Summer Documents Summer Financial Aid Request Form Verification Documents 2016-2017 Verification Forms and Information Not all students selected for verification will need to complete all worksheets.  Please only complete the worksheets requested by the Office of Financial Aid. Review your myDESU account if you are unsure which forms you need. 2016-2017 Verification Worksheet 2016-2017 Non-Filers Verification Worksheet 2016-2017 Dependency Status Verification Form 2016-2017 Proof of Dependent Support Form 2016-2017 Statement of Educational Purpose IRS Interactive Tax Assistant - Do I Need to File a Tax Return? How to order an IRS Federal Income Tax Transcript Special Conditions and Dependency Overrides 2016-2017 Special Conditions Worksheet 2016-2017 Dependency Override Back to top Loan Documents Parent PLUS Loan Increase Form Alternative Loan Change Form W D Ford Direct Loan Acceptance and Adjustment Request Form Back to top Publications Financial Aid Award Guide   Financial Aid Terms Glossary Financial Aid Instructional Guide Back to top Satisfactory Academic Progress Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) Appeal Form​ Back to top Scholarship Applications 2016-2017 Delaware Incentive Grant  2016-2017 Diversity Scholarship There are currently no scholarship applications available. Back to top Study Abroad Study Abroad Policy Enrollment At Another Institution Permission to Release Funds Release Form Back to top Archived Documents​ 2014-2015 Verification Documents  2014-2015 Verification Worksheet 2014-2015 Non-Filers Verification Worksheet 2014-2015 SNAP Verification Worksheet 2014-2015 Child Support Paid Verification Worksheet 2014-2015 Dependency Status Verification Form 2014-2015 Proof of Dependent Support Form 2014-2015 Statement of Educational Purpose Older Archived Documents  2010-2011 Verification Worksheet 2010-2011 Low Income Form 2009-2010 Verification Worksheet 2009-2010 Untaxed Income Form 2009-2010 Low Income Form Back to top 

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Financial Aid — Current Students

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As a student borrower you are legally required to complete Exit Counseling if you have taken one of the following actions and were a recipient of Title IV financial aid: Graduated or will be graduating from your program of study Withdrawn Ceased attending Were enrolled for less than half time (6 credits Undergraduate / 3 credits Graduate) The purpose for this process is to help you (the student borrower) understand your rights and responsibilities while providing information to help you manage your loans. You must complete the Exit Counseling even if you plan to register for the upcoming semester. Please make sure you read all directions prior to logging in (you must login using your FAFSA Pin). Once you are in the system, follow all steps until you have finished. Directions for accessing the counseling are listed below: Logon to www.studentloans.gov  Select: Counseling Demo Select: Exit Counseling Option Lastly, we recommend that you contact your servicer to find out about repayment options which may be available to you. If you are unsure of who services your loans, you can logon to www.nslds.ed.gov/nslds_SA/, select Financial Aid Review to get the correct information. Please allow at least 5 business days for your DSU records to reflect that you have completed this process.   PLEASE NOTE: If you have received a Federal Perkins or Nursing Loan, you will receive an exit packet from Campus Partners at a later date. To secure a copy of your debt summary, log on to: www.mycampusloans.com. If your graduation date is incorrect, forward an email: lthompson@desu.edu listing your expected graduation date. Failure to complete the counseling could result in a hold being placed on your student records.   As the  spring semester progresses, it is time to start thinking about the next academic year. The Office of Financial Aid has posted information below to assist you with your financial aid planning.  Please e-mail us at faid@desu.edu if you have any questions.  You can visit the office Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m; the office is open until 6:00 p.m. on Wednesdays.  There is no appointment necessary.     Early Refund Discontinued Delaware State University will no longer participate in the early refund process.  Because refunds will not be issued prior to the start of the semester, students who choose off-campus housing must be financially responsible for their deposit and lease obligations as the academic year begins. If you will not be financially prepared, DSU offers a variety of opportunities for on-campus housing that can meet your needs. For upperclassmen, this includes the DSU Living and Learning Commons. Students can apply for on-campus housing beginning April 15 through a link that will be sent to your DSU email account. If you have any questions about the refund process, you may contact the Office of Financial Aid at 302.857.6250 or faid@desu.edu.

Returning and Transfer Students Scholarships

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The scholarship application period is now CLOSED. Delaware State University Foundation scholarships have been made possible by a generous commitment from donors. The DSU Foundation supports students who have demonstrated a commitment to completing their education and have met various criteria as specified by our donors and scholarship awarding committee. Returning / current DSU students and transfer students who wish to be considered for University Privately Funded Scholarships, including Alumni Legacy Endowed Scholarships should review the information below. Applying for a scholarship does not mean you will automatically be awarded a scholarship but your application will be reviewed for consideration by the scholarship committee.    Private scholarships awarding for school year 2016 - 2017 will be awarded according to the: Donor's guidelines Availability of funds Financial need Privately Funded Scholarships Eligibility Applicants must have completed a minimum of 1 semester at DSU by the beginning of the 2015-16 school year or be entering as a transfer student. Must complete a FAFSA by the Financial Aid Priority Deadline of March 15th. Must have a 2.5 minimum cumulative GPA., unless stated otherwise. Must be a full-time student at DSU, unless stated otherwise Award Information Scholarships are disbursed evenly between the Fall and Spring semester of each academic year. Scholarships may only be used to cover direct educational expenses billed by the University (tuition, fees, housing, meal plans and book vouchers). All scholarships funds that exceed direct educational expenses will be reduced and refunded to the donor. Students who are awarded a scholarship, must send a thank you letter to the Office of Development via email at dsufoundation@desu.edu. Application Process Application available online January 5 – March 15, 2016 for the 2016-17 academic year.   FAQs Specialty Scholarships The Osher Reentry Endowed Scholarship   The Osher Reentry Endowed Scholarship is available to adults who are entering DSU after a five year cumulative gap in pursuing their first bachelor’s degree. Please note that the Osher Reentry Endowed Scholarship is available only to U.S. citizens and permanent residents.  Scholarships, policies, guidelines, and criteria are subject to change without prior notification. To apply, please download the following e-application; after completion, email it to dsufoundation@desu.edu. For more information, contact the Office of Development at dsufoundation@desu.edu or 302.857.6055. Award Information Scholarships may be used to cover tuition only. Scholarships amounts are up to $5,000.   The Alumni Legacy Endowed Scholarship Eligibility Scholarship applicant must: Be a child or grandchild of a DSU alumna/alumnus. Have completed a minimum of 1 semester at DSU by Spring 2016 or be entering as a transfer student. Complete the FAFSA by the Financial Aid Priority Deadline of March 15. Click here for the FAFSA website. Have a 2.5 minimum cumulative GPA. Award Information Scholarships are disbursed evenly between the fall and spring semester of each academic year. Scholarships may only be used to cover direct educational expenses billed by the University (tuition, fees, housing, meal plans and book vouchers). All scholarship funds that exceed direct educational expenses will be reduced. Application Process The application is available online January 5 – March 15, 2016, for the 2016-17 academic year. Submit three letters of recommendation. One letter of recommendation should be from an alumna / alumnus of Delaware State University. Letters of recommendation should be submitted no later than March 15 to: Alumni Legacy Scholarship Committee c/o Office of Development Delaware State University 2nd Floor Administration Building 1200 North DuPont Highway Dover, DE, 19901 or via email to: dsufoundation@desu.edu. A 250-word essay is required that describes what receiving Alumni Legacy Scholarship support means to you and why you are requesting such support. Also explain why you should be selected for a scholarship. If you have a particular financial need, include a paragraph about this topic. FAQs Deadlines   March 15     FAFSA Application (Priority Consideration)   March 15  Scholarship Application (Priority Consideration) For questions or concerns, please contact the Delaware State University Office of Financial Aid at 302.857.6250 or via email at dsufoundation@desu.edu. Please note that Federal and University financial assistance is available only to U.S. citizens and Permanent Residents. Also, please be aware that scholarships, policies, guidelines, and criteria are subject to change without prior notification. Frequently Asked Questions Q. Will scholarships cover the full cost of my education at DSU? A. Delaware State University is committed to making higher education accessible, as demonstrated by our reasonable tuition for in-state and out-of-state students and in our variety of scholarships, financial aid programs, and financing plans. While we strive to make a University education affordable, virtually all students will have a combination of student and family contributions and student/parent loans in addition to any grants or scholarships awarded. Q. I am a high school senior looking to come to DSU in the fall. May I apply for these scholarships? A. The Office of Admissions offers scholarships to incoming, first-time freshmen. The Returning and Transfer Student Scholarships are only available to returning students or those students transferring to Delaware State University from other institutions. Q. I have applied for admission to DSU as a transfer student, but when I try to complete the application, I get an error message indicating I am not a student. Why? A. Only a transfer student whose application has been accepted by the Office of Admissions may complete the scholarship application. If your application is incomplete or has not been finalized, you may not apply. Q. What is the user ID and password for the application? A. The user ID is your Delaware State University student ID# and the password is the PIN you use to access Student Services. If you are a transfer student and do not know your student ID# or PIN, please contact the Office of Records and Registration. Q. The list of available scholarships does not indicate how much each is worth. How do I know which ones to select if I don't know how much they are worth? A. The scholarships come from various sources such as endowments and private donations and the award amounts are often left to the discretion of the Scholarship Committee based upon the number of applicants, availability of funds, and overall merit and financial need of the applicants. The average scholarship recipient received a total of $2,000 in 2010 – 11. Q. When should I expect to get a refund check from my scholarships? A. Scholarships may only be used to cover direct educational expenses billed by the University (tuition, fees, housing, meal plans and book vouchers). All scholarship funds that exceed direct educational expenses will be reduced. There are no exceptions to this policy. Q. Why do I have to complete a FAFSA? A. The Privately Funded scholarships and the Alumni Legacy scholarship are awarded based upon both financial need and merit. Recipients are not required to have a high need, but some amount of need is necessary. Please do not assume your financial need is not low enough! Complete the scholarship application anyway. Students with very low need may be awarded scholarships as well as those students with high need. Q. I have a very high GPA. Why wasn't I awarded any scholarships? A. Make sure to read all of the eligibility requirements. Remember, you must have a valid FAFSA on file with the Office of Financial Aid. If your Student Aid Report does not contain an EFC, then your FAFSA is not valid. Also, you must have some amount of financial need. Also, many scholarships have specific eligibility requirements aside from GPA that you may not meet. Q. Are the scholarships open to graduate students? A. Scholarships are generally only available to undergraduate students unless otherwise specified in the criteria. Q. I am a transfer student. How will you know my GPA? A. The Scholarship Committee obtains transfer student GPAs from the Office of Admissions. Q. I made a mistake on my application! How can I fix it? A. Please review your application for accuracy before submitting it. All applications are final once they have been submitted.    

Out of State Incoming Freshman Scholarships

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Delaware State University currently provides our students an array of scholarships. Prospective scholarship recipients may become eligible based upon academic achievement, financial need, group affiliation, or some combination of these factors. The University works to assist students in meeting their financial needs (Financial Need = Cost of Attendance – Expected Family Contribution). In addition to scholarships, students in need of additional educational funds might consider: Contacting businesses, civic organizations, fraternal or religious organizations to ask if they offer scholarships, Speaking to high school administrative or counseling staff about available scholarships, Contacting a local library for further resource information, Researching the World Wide Web for helpful sites such as www.fastweb.com Scholarship Opportunities The Osher Reentry Scholarship is available to adults who are entering DSU after a five year gap in pursuing their first bachelor’s degree. To apply, please download the following e-application; after completion, email it to dsufoundation@desu.edu. For more information, contact the Office of Development at dsufoundation@desu.edu or 302.857.6055. Click here to read more… Merit Scholarships  Please visit www.desu.edu/npc to see which scholarship you may qualify for. Premier Platinum Scholarship is a merit-based scholarship awarded by the University’s Office of Admission to entering full-time, first-year freshmen who are United States citizens on the basis of above superior academic achievement. Full tuition (locked in rate) Platinum Scholarship is a merit-based scholarship awarded by the University’s Office of Admission to entering full-time first-year freshmen who are United States citizens on the basis of superior academic achievement. $15,000.00 Gold Scholarship is a merit-based scholarship awarded by the University’s Office of Admission to entering full-time, first-year freshmen who are United States citizens on the basis of outstanding academic achievement. $12,000.00 Silver Scholarship is a merit-based scholarship awarded by the University’s Office of Admission to entering full-time first-year freshmen who are United States citizens on the basis of above average academic achievement. Recipients of the Silver Scholarship may also be eligible for an additional grant pending review of their FAFSA. $9,000.00 DSU Advantage Grant is available on a first-come; first-served bases to applicants who apply and are accepted to the University.  A combination of GPA and test score determines eligibility and award amount.  Applicants must be full-time, first-year, just out of high school freshmen who are United States citizens.  Platinum, Gold, and Silver scholarship recipients are not eligible. $2,000.00 - $6,500.00   Please note that scholarship candidates are selected from the pool of admission applicants and are evaluated based on their complete academic (GPA and test scores) profile. A scholarship application is not required. Eligibility in no way guarantees awarding. Scholarships are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis. Financial need is not taken into consideration when awarding merit-based scholarships. Renewal of all scholarships is based on continued achievement of the grade point average (GPA) specified for the scholarship awarded, as well as consecutive full-time enrollment each semester. Visual and Performing Arts Scholarships Applicants with outstanding talents in music and who would like to be members of the “Approaching Storm” Band or the University Choir may be considered for these scholarships. Auditions are required. You may contact the Chairperson of the Music Department, Dr. Horace Lamar at 302.857.6680. Other Opportunities There are numerous outside scholarship opportunities for Delaware State University incoming freshman.  Please note that Federal and University financial assistance is available only to U.S. citizens and Permanent Residents. Also, please be aware that scholarships, policies, guidelines, and criteria are subject to change without prior notification.

Investing in your future: Paying for college

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At Delaware State University, education is an investment in your future. The lifelong benefits of a quality education far exceed the initial expenses involved. However, you may need assistance and guidance in meeting those expenses. The Delaware State University Financial Aid Office is committed to providing the best possible service and programs to assist you in achieving your educational goals. Currently enrolled students, the  "Important Things You Must Know As You Go" checklist will keep on track. All new students must by fully admitted to Delaware State University to receive financial aid.  Please complete our on-line Admissions application to get started. The Office of Financial Aid understand that students and their families have a lot of questions about how the financial aid process works, especially the first time through the process. To help answer many of your questions, we strongly encourage you to familiarize yourself with the steps below and to read all of the information provided before contacting the financial aid office. New Student Financial Aid Checklist Step 1: Complete or update the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and include Delaware State University’s school code of 001428. DSU should receive your FAFSA in 7 – 10 business days after you receive email confirmation from the US Department of Education that your FAFSA has been processed. Apply on-line at www.fafsa.gov Apply for a PIN first at www.pin.ed.gov before completing the FAFSA Step 2: Read the Student Aid Report (SAR) emailed to you by the US Department of Education and make any requested corrections to your FAFSA. If your SAR indicates your FAFSA has been selected for a process called verification, Delaware State University will send you a written request outlining the documentation that you will need to submit. Allow the financial aid office 20 – 25 (as much as 40 during peak processing times in the late spring and summer) business days to review your documents after they are submitted. Download our 2016-2017 verification documentation How to request an IRS tax return transcript More information on the verification process Be on the lookout for mail from the financial aid office. We have the right to request any and all documentation we need to resolve issues with your FAFSA or other data. Therefore, please respond to any requests for documentation promptly to avoid delays. Step 3: Seven to 10 business days after your FAFSA is received by DSU (and verification is completed, if applicable), you will receive a financial aid award letter. Read the letter completely and visit our web site if you need more information on the awards you’ve been offered.  Log onto your My DESU account to read and accept the Terms and Conditions of your Financial Aid Award. Learn how to read and accept your financial aid Terms and Conditions Step 4:  If you wish to accept the Federal Stafford loans that are offered to you in your award notification, you must log on to your MyDESU account and accept your loans on-line.  For more information on how to accept your loans on-line, visit our FAQ page. In addition to accepting loan on-line, first time borrowers of Federal Direct Stafford loans must complete a Master Promissory Note (MPN) and Entrance Counseling. If you wish to participate in this loan program, complete your MPN and Entrance Counseling on-line. Learn how to accept, decline, or reduce your Federal Direct Stafford loans on-line Learn more about the Federal Direct Stafford loan program Complete Entrance Counseling and MPN at www.studentloans.gov If you forgot your PIN, request a duplicate at www.pin.ed.gov. (You will need this to access the studentloans.gov web site.) Step 5: Estimate your cost of attendance (COA). Remember: books and supplies are not included in your tuition and fees. They are an additional expense that you should take into account when determining your COA.  Delaware State University’s current tuition and fee schedule. (There will be no increase in the 2015-2016 tuition and fees.) Step 6: Determine your balance by subtracting your financial aid award from your estimated COA. Step 7: Make plans to cover your balance. If you plan to apply for an additional loan, your loan application must be completed and approved before registering for classes during New Student Orientation.  Please allow the Office of Financial Aid 25 business days to process your loan applications once they have been approved and are ready for school certification. Learn more about the Federal Direct Parent PLUS loan program Complete a Parent PLUS loan application at www.studentloans.gov If your parent forgot his or her PIN, request a duplicate at www.pin.ed.gov. (He or she will need this to access the studentloans.gov web site.) Find information on Alternative Education loans Learn about DSU’s monthly payment plan Step 8:  Have outside scholarship checks sent directly to the Office of Financial Aid on your behalf.  Make sure the agency sending the check includes your full name and student ID# on the check, if possible. Have checks sent to: Delaware State University Office of Financial Aid 1200 N DuPont Highway Dover DE 19901 Step 9: Accept the terms and conditions of your financial aid award. Before you can receive any financial aid payments, you must read and agree to the terms and conditions. Learn how to read and accept your financial aid award Terms and Conditions 2015-2016 Terms and Conditions Form Step 10: Stay informed. Check your student email, Blackboard, and My DESU accounts regularly throughout the semester for updates from the financial aid office.

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