The Department of Education may take up to two weeks to process your FAFSA application. You can check on the status of your application online on the studentaid.政府 site and using a 政府ernment-issued FSA ID.

When the application has been processed, you will receive via email or through the U.S. mail a Student Aid Report (SAR) with an Expected Family Contribution (EFC) number. The EFC is used to determine your eligibility for grant, 贷款, and work study programs and be considered in the financial aid package.

The federal 政府ernment expects that families will be responsible for students expenses while in college to the extent of their abilities. The EFC is derived from a standard formula set by the Department of Education. Only very low income families will have a zero EFC, and most families will be expected to do what they can to help students, 考虑到他们的收入, 资产, 以及其他支持手段.

The 金融援助 Office will notify you about scholarship and financial aid awards beginning in April. The awards will proceed through the summer and into the fall, depending on when your application is received and completed and if students given early scholarship offers reject them. We make new offers to the eligible students on the scholarship waiting list and inform them at that time.

Also expect to hear from the 金融援助 Office after your SAR has been received. You may be asked to submit other items to verify information on the FAFSA. 及时提交材料, 保留收据, and always make copies of what you submit, including the date it was sent or received.

If your file is complete by April 15, you can expect to receive notification of awards in April and of your complete 金融援助 Package by June. There are a number of items that must be submitted in addition to the FAFSA and scholarship and 贷款 applications. 例如, you must sign a Business Office Authorization Form to allow the financial aid to credit the aid to your student account.

If you receive a tracking letter that asks you to submit items to complete your file, 越快越好. Then if you do not receive an award letter, call to check the status of your file with a financial aid officer. Check the status of your 金融援助 information online here.

What is a 金融援助 Package?

A financial aid package is a possible combination of scholarships, 奖助金, 贷款, 工作和学习时间. Scholarships are awarded first in completing a financial aid package. If you do not have a calculated financial need (based upon your Estimated Family Contribution (EFC) and the cost of attendance at Highlands), 你的奖学金支持, 贷款, and possible work study assignment will constitute your financial aid package.

If you do have financial need as determined by your Estimated Family Contribution (EFC), you will receive support in this order:

  1. Scholarship aid (for instance, for tuition expenses as in the New Mexico Lottery Success Scholarship, Pell Grant) supports the maximum amount you are eligible for given your EFC and your remaining cost of attendance after scholarship aid is subtracted.
  2. FSEOG或SSIG授权, given your EFC and the remaining cost of attendance after Pell Grants are given.
  3. Work-study allocations, if you have requested to be considered for these.
  4. 贷款资格, Stafford the maximum amounts you can borrow, 减去奖学金, 奖助金, or work study awards from your total cost of attendance.
  5. All students have a Highlands’ student account receivable (SAR) in the Business Office. Tuition, fees, bookstore charges, and on campus room and board are posted here. If you apply for financial aid by March 1 before the Fall you will be entering or returning, your financial aid will be credited to your SAR to offset charges in the week before classes begin. You will be issued a reimbursement check at the cashier’s office on the 3rd Friday after the semester starts start, if your credits are greater than your charges.

If your applications are submitted after March 1 or if scholarships and 贷款 are awarded at a later date than normal, your financial aid will be posted to your SAR as soon as possible, and reimbursement checks will be ready either on a Wednesday or a Friday at the cashier’s office in the Business Office. Call to be sure a check is ready for you. Check the status of your financial aid online.