The Preliminary Award Letter

To view your preliminary award letter, click “Preliminary Financial Aid Award” under the Finances section of your SIS Student Center.  Please print a copy of your award letter at this time for your records. Award letters are only available online in the SIS--you will not receive a paper award letter. As long as your award is listed as Preliminary, you will not have the ability to accept or decline loans or federal work-study awards in your SIS.  For both the Preliminary and Official awards, grant aid and scholarship amounts are accepted for you automatically in the SIS.

Your preliminary award may contain a variety of types of aid, including both Federal and University awards. Please click  the "Types of Aid" link on the left for information about each type of aid.

Award amounts between the preliminary and the official award could change if any additional information requested or submitted is significantly different from your FAFSA and/or CSS PROFILE application.  The cost of attendance and financial aid amounts included in your preliminary award are very good estimates, but they are subject to change depending on your field of study and pending future Board of Visitors approval.  Further, Federal Pell Grants are based on eligibility determined by Congressional action, and funding levels for them are also subject to change.

An important note for undergraduate transfer students: until your transferred credits are evaluated by your school of enrollment (usually before the start of the first term of enrollment), you are awarded loans at the level of a first-year student.  Once your credits have been evaluated and your academic level has been confirmed, your loans will be adjusted accordingly.  For students with need-based loans, the total loan amount will not change, but the types of loans will.

For more information about official awards, which will be produced this summer, please click here to navigate to the Current Undergraduates section.

 

Reporting Outside Grants and Scholarships

If you have been awarded or have been notified that you will receive a Non-University award, you must report the award to Student Financial Services.  Non-University awards are viewed as a financial aid resource when a student receives federal, state, or institutional assistance, and must be used when determining or revising financial aid eligibility.  After May 1, you will be able to report your outside awards through your SIS Student Center.  After we receive notice of your awards, we will make adjustments to your financial aid award accordingly.  Non-University awards typically replace "self-help" forms of need-based aid (Direct Subsidized Loans, Perkins Loans, Federal Work Study) before they will replace state and University scholarships and grants.

Only students who have applied for federal aid may report outside scholarships through the SIS. Others must instead submit the "Report Outside Scholarships and Other Benefits" form, found here.  All students can use this form, but we ask that you choose only one method for reporting your outside scholarships, as double reporting will likely cause a delay in your financial aid disbursing to your student account.

 

 

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