2013-2014 Undergraduate Catalog
Location/phone: USF St. Petersburg: BAY 110, (727) USF-4128
Office Hours: Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Web Address: www.usfsp.edu/finaid
Counselor Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
In addition to finding a wealth of information on the web regarding your financial aid, you can monitor your aid application via the "Financial Aid" tab in OASIS, our online student information system. Throughout the year, University Scholarships & Financial aid Services (USF System), and USF St. Petersburg Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships (Campus specific) communicates important information regarding financial aid via the official USF email address located under the "Personal" tab in OASIS. Therefore, it is extremely important that you ensure that you are that you are reading these emails on a regular basis. Through OASIS, you can also view the status of your financial aid, see any needed documents to complete your financial aid file, and see any awards offered to you.
APPLY: The first step in obtaining financial aid is filing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at http://www.fafsa.gov. Be sure to list school code #009016 or #001537, to ensure USFSP receives an electronic copy of your information. Students, and for dependent students, their parents as well, will need to apply for a Federal Pin number at http://www.pin.ed.gov, then complete and submit the FAFSA online at http://www.fafsa.ed.gov
PRIORITY FILING DATE by MARCH 1st EVERY YEAR: Since many programs are funded on a limited basis, it is to your advantage to apply early. Meeting the priority date allows a student the best opportunity to be considered for the maximum amounts and types of aid possible, since many programs are funded on a limited basis. Complete the FAFSA every year.
Scholarships are another financial aid option for incoming students. See the "Scholarships" section below.
DEFERMENTS: Tuition, Housing and Meal Plan Deferments are automatically posted for qualified financial aid applications. Please note that tuition deferments, housing deferments and meal plan deferments all have different qualifications. A tuition deferment will not automatically qualify you for a deferment of your housing charges or meal plan charges. Be sure to check the "My Requirements, Bookstore Authorizations, and Deferments" link in the Financial Aid tab of OASIS PRIOR TO the start of classes (each term) to see if you have any deferments and to see the expiration date(s) for the deferment(s).
Tuition deferments are provided to Degree-seeking, Financial Aid students enrolled at least half-time. A tuition deferment prevents cancelation of registration for non-payment of fees and temporarily prevents assessment of the late payment fee. Financial aid is disbursed after drop/add, and applied against your student account charges. If a refund results, a check or e-deposit is issued for any remaining leftover funds. Avoid paying a late payment fee by paying any remaining balance before the deferment deadline Since tuition deferment prevents cancelation for non-payment, you must officially withdraw from all classes by the end of drop/add week to be relieved of liability to pay and to ensure that tuition is not later paid by disbursed financial aid.
Housing Deferments and Meal Plan Deferments are provided to students who qualify for Tuition Deferments, and who have accepted a specific amount of financial aid to ensure housing and/or meal plan contracts will be covered by incoming financial aid.
SATISFACTORY ACADEMIC PROGRESS for FINANCIAL AID STUDENTS: Federal regulations require all schools participating in Title IV federal financial aid programs to have a Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) policy that confirms to the two requirements: Qualitative and Quantitative detailed on the financial aid web page: http://usfweb2.usf.edu/finaid/other/satisfactory_progress.aspx.
These requirements apply to all students as one determinant of eligibility for financial aid. Your satisfactory academic progress is based on your entire academic record, at all schools attended, regardless of whether you received financial aid. SAP is calculated each semester after grades have been posted to academic history by the registrar. One week after the last day of final exams is a good time to check your status. If your SAP status is ineligible, you will not qualify for a tuition deferment and must pay by the payment deadline (end of drop/add, which is the fifth day of classes) or your registration will be canceled.
WITHDRAWAL and FINANCIAL AID: If you withdraw from USFSP, either officially or unofficially, before the end of a semester, you may be required to repay all or a portion of the aid you received. For detailed information on the Federal Return of Title IV Funds requirement, go to http://usfweb2.usf.edu/finaid/NonYear/aid_student%20withraws.aspx