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|Eligibility for Financial Assistance||Financial Planning|
|Student Budget Determination||Tuition|
The 10 steps required for a student to receive financial assistance are as follows:
- The student completes the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FASFA) or a Renewal FAFSA by going to www.fafsa.ed.gov and following the instructions on the website. ATSU's school code is G02477.
- The Central Processing System (CPS) performs matches and edits, calculates a student contribution, and sends the data back to the processor.
- The A. T. Still University of Health Sciences (ATSU) receives the same information electronically (ISIR) within three to five business days.
- The student looks over the Student Aid Report (SAR) and, if accurate, keeps it for his/her records. If any corrections are needed, the student contacts the Financial Assistance Office.
- The Financial Assistance Office sends an electronic award letter to the student, along with instructions for completing the loan applications and other required forms.
- The student accepts, refuses, or modifies the award letter and submits all required forms to the Financial Assistance Office.
- The Financial Assistance Office looks over the required forms, performs verification if necessary, and transmits the loan data to Sallie Mae.
- The lender sends a copy of the Stafford Loan application to ASA for guarantee.
- The lender wires the funds by Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT) to the school or sends the institution a loan check.
- If by EFT, all funds will be applied to the student's account. The refund will be directly deposited to the student's checking account if so desired by the student and proper documentation is on file.
Eligibility or unmet financial need is determined by subtracting a student's expected contribution from his/her student budget. The student's expected contribution is listed on the Student Aid Report (SAR) and is based on the student's financial strength. Students may choose to receive financial assistance up to their unmet financial need. For example, if a student's budget is $13,000 and the expected contribution is $5,000, the student's unmet financial need is $8,000. The student may receive financial aid through scholarships, loans, etc., to arrive at this figure. (Note: Students may use the Unsubsidized Federal Stafford Loan or any private loan to replace their expected contribution.) Every effort will be made to meet the student's need, but in some instances, the student may have to rely on parents or other outside resources. It is of critical importance to be creditworthy, as most private loans require a credit check.
The student expense budget is determined each year by the Financial Assistance Director. Every effort is made to ensure that allowances in each category are realistic and fair. Although the Financial Assistance Director determines the average student budget, students having credit history difficulties may not be able to borrow the full budgeted amount due to the private loans being based on creditworthiness.
Verification is the process by which the Financial Assistance Office checks the accuracy of the information submitted by the student when applying for federal financial aid. It is intended to reduce errors in the financial information that students submit so eligible applicants can receive the correct amount of financial assistance.
ATSU will verify all applicants who are selected for verification from the federally approved edits. If selected, students will need to submit a signed copy of their federal income tax return from the prior calendar year along with a verification worksheet. ATSU will compare the tax return and the verification worksheet to the Institutional Student Information Record (ISIR) to verify required items. Financial aid will not be awarded until the verification is complete.
Professional judgment allows the Director and Assistant Director the flexibility to handle individual students with extenuating circumstances on a case-by-case basis. This authority is clearly stated in the regulations and is used as needed. The adjustments may be made in the cost of attendance, expected family contribution, or satisfactory academic progress.
Although every effort is made to meet a student's financial need, financial assistance is not an entitlement and, in some instances, not all of a student's need will be met.
Financing your health professions education is an investment in your future. As a major investment, it should be entered into with conscientious planning. Setting goals and establishing a game plan are essential in order to minimize your debt.
A simple financial plan begins with the establishment of a long-term goal. As an APA, MI, HM or AOT student, for example, your long-term goal might be to set up a private practice in your home town. As you plan your strategies to reach this end, keep in mind that your short- and mid-term goals should be consistent with and built upon this long-term goal. To help keep you on track, it is important to develop a budget.
A budget lists all sources of income, as well as all estimated expenditures. To make a budget work for you, keep the following points in mind:
- Have a written plan;
- Set realistic goals;
- Establish priorities;
- Keep expenditures below income; and
- Stick to your game plan.
It is important for you to determine your needs so that you will borrow only the amount necessary, rather than the amount for which you are eligible. In the end, you may pay back 2-3 times the amount you borrowed. Therefore, the less debt you accrue in school, the more financially secure you will be later. You can live like a student now, or you can live like a student later. The choice is yours.
Tuition is due each quarter at ASHS for the distance education programs. It is due on the start date of every quarter. The tuition amount due each payment is based on the number of credit hours being taken that quarter. Delinquent tuition penalties accrue at 1 1/2% per month, which is 18% per year.
Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT) Policy
The Department of Education is encouraging and, at times, requiring educational institutions to become paperless. Therefore, funds received through federal and private loans will normally be transferred electronically to a student's account at ATSU. Students will receive a receipt itemizing the type of loan and amount credited to their account at the institution. Funds electronically transferred above what is owed for tuition and fees will promptly be refunded to the student by check or deposited directly to the student's bank account. (Students that have lenders that do not wire money to ATSU will receive their financial aid through a co-payable check.) Generally, funds are available when tuition is due.
Many banks in states outside of Missouri make students wait 10 business days to tap their loan funds when deposited by check. Therefore, we require all students to use direct deposit where ATSU wires money to the student's bank account. This way, the money is available on the day it is wired to the bank.
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