Steps to Receive Aid
Step 1: Receive Award
Once your financial aid application file is complete, you will receive an award notification via your financial aid counselor or by accessing your JICS account. Review your award letter carefully. If you have any questions, contact your financial aid counselor.
Step 2: Complete Entrance Counseling and Promissory Note
If your award includes loans, you will need to complete and submit the applicable promissory note(s) and entrance counseling. Your aid will not disburse until this is completed.
Step 3: Complete Registration
You will complete registration by paying all necessary fees and submitting all needed documentation in order to enroll for an upcoming semester. If you have a fee balance of $0, you still need to complete registration by being fully accepted (see Admissions and Recruitment for more information), complete housing application if applicable (see Residential Life and Housing), register for courses through your Academic Advisor (see the Center for Student Success for more information), receive ID during orientation and/or registration, and pay all necessary fees. Fee bills can be accessed on your JICS account to review semester charges (tuition, fees, fines, etc.), financial aid applied and refund amount if applicable.
Step 4: Receive Disbursement
If you submitted all applicable documents, your funds are ready for disbursement to your student account. If your semester funds are in excess of your semester charges, you may receive the excess in the form of a refund check. Depending on preference, you may pick up your refund check from the Cashier’s Window in the King Administration Building or a check will be mailed.
View the University’s Federal Loan Disbursement Policy.
Maintaining Receipt of Aid
Step 1: Complete the FAFSA each year
To continue receiving aid, you will need to complete the FAFSA each year after October 1. The suggested deadline to complete the FAFSA by is March 1.
Step 2: Maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress and Know all Financial Aid Policies
You will need to maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress in order to continue receiving aid. There are additional financial aid policies in place that could prevent you from maintaining the receipt of financial aid.
Step 3: Enroll for the Minimum Required Hours each semester
Certain aid programs have a required minimum number of hours you must be enrolled in to receive the award. You must enroll at least half time to receive student loans. Half time status for financial aid is not necessarily half time status for the University.
Step 4: Complete Registration each semester
You will complete registration by paying all necessary fees and submitting all needed documentation in order to enroll for an upcoming semester. If you have a fee balance of $0, you still need to complete registration.