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Last Day To Use Vouchers

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Students, Your current semester vouchers will expire on the dates below for Summer I 2013: book vouchers- June 14, 2013 laundry voucher- June 27, 2013 print vouchers- June 27, 2013 After the dates above, the remaining funds on your student identification card will be removed.  The remaining funds on your book voucher will be applied back to your student account and refunded if applicable.  Please note that the remaining funds on the laundry and print voucher are not refundable and should be used on or before the dates above. Sincerely, Office of Student Accounts

Summer Payment Plans

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DSU Students and Families: Delaware State University is pleased to offer you the Actively Managed Payment Plan (AMPP), administered by Nel Net Business Solutions for Summer Session I and Summer Session II.  The AMPP is an interest-free alternative to paying each semester’s tuition and expenses in full. Enroll in the AMPP and receive these benefits: Manageable  Payments – Spread payments over 3 months No Interest Payments –Use current income to make monthly payments Payments are reoccurring – debited directly from checking, savings or credit/debit card Manage Your Account – 24 hour access to manage your account via internet The AMPP will allow you to pay one third (1/3) of the total balance due for Summer Session I & Summer Session II by the payment deadline date and the remaining balance  is paid monthly over the  two remaining months.  The plan includes a non-refundable enrollment fee of $35.00 that is required at the time of enrollment.  There will be a $30.00 return payment fee if a payment is returned.    AMPP Enrollment Deadlines Summer I   Last Day To Enroll Number of Payments First Payment Scheduled Payments April 24 3 Immediate May & June May 21 3 Immediate June & July   Summer II   Last Day To Enroll Number of Payments First Payment Scheduled Payments May 21 3 Immediate June & July June 21 3 Immediate    July & August   Sincerely, Office of Student Accounts

Student Accounts Billing Deadlines

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  The Office of Student Accounts is providing a schedule of billing dates and due dates for Summer Session I & II 2012.  To avoid penalties payment must be received on or before the dates listed.   Summer Term Payment Due Date   Removal for Non-Payment $150.00 Non-Payment Fee will be assessed   Last Day for Reinstatement $150.00 fee due upon reinstatement Summer I Upon Enrollment May 14 May 21 Summer II Upon Enrollment June 29 July 6   Summer Session I 2012 A weekly email notification will be sent as a reminder to students that have not been cleared financially.  Note: Students will receive the e-mail notifications at their official DSU e-mail address.    Financial Responsibility The act of registering generates related tuition charges for which you are financially responsible.  If you register and decide you will not be attending, you must officially drop or withdraw from the class through the Office of Records and Registration before the first day of class in order to cancel all charges incurred at the time of registering.  

New Osher Scholarship Available to Non-Traditional Students

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The new Osher Re-Entry Scholarship will be available to full-time and part-time non-traditional students such as Laura Fissette, a DSU human resources major from Smryna.

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Jan. 12, 2012   A new source of scholarships for non-traditional students has become available with a grant to DSU of $50,000 by the Bernard Osher Foundation to establish DSU’s Osher Reentry Scholarship Fund.   The Osher Reentry Scholarship Fund will be allocated during the 2012-2013 academic year to non-traditional students at DSU using the following guidelines to select Osher Scholars: ·         Students have experienced a cumulative gap in their education of five or more years.  Students are at the undergraduate level and pursuing their first baccalaureate degree. Students anticipate participation in the workforce for a significant period of time subsequent to graduation and are ideally between the ages of 25-50. Students demonstrate financial need, as well as academic promise and a commitment to complete a degree program. Osher Scholars may be full-time or part-time students, and may be awarded the scholarship again in the second and subsequent years if they continue to meet the criteria and funds are available. The scholarship awards will only be applied to tuition cost.   This scholarship will not be made available to students seeking an additional degree, or for visiting international students.   Students are encouraged to apply today for the Osher Reentry Scholarship. To apply online, students should visit www.desu.edu/returning-transfer-scholarships.  

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.                                                    Fall 2013 Last day to          Number of           First                 Scheduled Enroll online       Payments            Payment           Payments May 21                      6                      Immediate         July - November June 20                      5                      Immediate         August - November July 24                       4                      Immediate         September - November Aug. 21                      3                      Immediate         October - November Sept. 23                     2                      Immediate         November                                                                                             Spring 2014   Last day to         Number of          First                   Scheduled                                            Enroll online      Payments           Payment              Payments October 22                 6                    Immediate        November - April November 20             5                    Immediate         December - April December 19             4                    Immediate         January - April January 22                 3                    Immediate         February - April February 19               2                    Immediate         March - April                                                                                                                                                     All financial arrangements for Fall 2013 must be in place by July 30, 2013 to avoid losing your housing and meals if (applicable) and being assessed the $150.00 Non-Payment Fee.  The Removal for Non-Payment date is August 9, 2013 which will remove you from your courses, housing and meals (if applicable).  If you are removed and wish to be reinstated, there is a $150.00 Reinstatement Fee that must be paid out of pocket and all financial obligations must be satisfied via financial aid or enrollment in the Tuition Payment Plan. 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 each first summer session).  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 first summer session, which is a payment period, to determine compliance with the qualitative (GPA) and quantitative (# of credits earned) component 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 first summer session, 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, 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 Undergraduate Petition for Reinstatement of Financial Aid Eligibility to the Office of Financial Aid. Undergraduate students may appeal three times over the course of completing their first Bachelors degree.   Students placed on financial aid suspension due to insufficient GPA or credits must submit: the Undergraduate Petition for Reinstatement of Financial Aid Eligibility form.    Students de-matriculated (academically dismissed) who have been re-admitted to DSU, must submit: the Undergraduate Petition for Reinstatement of Financial Aid Eligibility form within 10 calendar days from reinstatement.    Students, who fail to achieve satisfactory academic progress due to mitigating circumstances, should submit: the Undergraduate Petition for Reinstatement of Financial Aid Eligibility form. The Undergraduate 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 attached.   The Undergraduate 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 Undergraduate Petition for Reinstatement of Financial Aid Eligibility form can be found by accessing the DSU web site.    Download the Undergraduate Petition for Reinstatement of Financial Aid Eligibility Form. **Mitigating 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. To view a sample SAR, click here.  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. To see a sample of a federal tax transcript, click here.  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. To see a sample of a W2, click here.  Copies of W2s are acceptable. 2013-2014 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: 2013-2014 Non-Filers Verification Form 2013-2014 Proof of Dependent Support Form 2013-2014 SNAP Verification Worksheet 2013-2014 Child Support Verification Worksheet 2013-2014 Dependency 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 $5550 (2012-2013) 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 Financial Aid Request Form Back to top Verification Documents 2014-2015 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. 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 IRS Interactive Tax Assistant - Do I Need to File a Tax Return? How to order an IRS Federal Income Tax Transcript Special Conditions 2014-2015 Special Conditions Worksheet Back to top Loan Documents Parent PLUS Loan Increase Form Alternative Loan Change Form Stafford Loan Acceptance and Adjustment Request Form Back to top Publications   Financial Aid Award Guide   Financial Aid Terms Glossary Back to top Satisfactory Academic Progress Undergraduate Petition for Reinstatement of Financial Aid Eligibility Form Back to top Scholarship Applications   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 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 

SATPrep and Financial Aid Workshop

SATprep and Financial Aid Workshop

SATURDAY October 11, 2014
Check-In/Registration: 7 am
Workshop: 8 am to 12 pm
Delaware State University, Bank of America Building
Longwood Auditorium
1200 North DuPont Highway
Dover, Delaware 19901

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