Frequently Asked Financial Aid Questions
The first step in determining a student’s federal financial aid eligibility is submission of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The FAFSA may be submitted electronically at www.fafsa.gov. The FAFSA must be completed annually. The FAFSA becomes available on January 1st each year. The priority filing date at Florida A & M University is March 1st.
To receive the federal financial aid, students must: be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen; be enrolled in a degree seeking program; be enrolled at least half-time; not be in default on any federally funded student loan; and meet Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) requirements.
Once a student has received his or her first bachelor’s degree, the federal government no longer provides gift aid (federal grants). Students who have obtained a bachelor’s degree are eligible for self-help federal financial aid. Hence, students at Florida A & M College of Law are eligible for the Federal Loan Programs.
Graduate and professional students may borrow a maximum of $20,500, in the Stafford Loan, for the academic year. As of July 1,2012, graduate and professional students no longer receive subsidized Stafford Loans. Interest will begin accruing after disbursement on all federally funded loans. The interest rate of unsubsidized Stafford Loans disbursed between July 1, 2014 and June 30, 2015 is 6.21 % for graduate/professional students.
Students may be awarded up to their Cost of Attendance. The Cost of Attendance is a comprehensive student budget specifically created for students attending Florida A&M University College of Law. Each student’s Cost of Attendance is based on the student’s enrollment, residency and housing status. Please visit Tuition and Fees for more information.
To receive a disbursement of federal financial aid a student must ensure they have submitted all items requested on the To-Do-List via the Student Center in iRattler. Students must also ensure they have completed all steps in the loan process.
Financial aid documents are found on the main campus financial aid website under forms and publications: http://www.famu.edu/index.cfm?FinancialAid&FormsandPublications
All documentation for financial aid processing for College of Law students should be submitted to the Office of Financial Aid at the College of Law. The Office of Financial Aid is located in the Student Services Suite on the first floor of the College of Law.
Per federal regulation, students must meet Satisfactory Academic Progress in order to receive federally funded financial aid. Florida A & M University Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy has the following requirements:
Students must maintain a 2.0 cumulative GPA
Students must successfully complete 67% of courses attempted (Successful completion of a course requires a grade of A; B; C; D; or S)
Students attempted course hours must be within 150% of the hours required for degree completion
Satisfactory Academic Progress is evaluated at the end of each spring term. Students who do not meet Satisfactory Academic Progress standards, due to extenuating circumstances, may submit an appeal. Appeals should include documentation of extenuating circumstances and a Financial Aid Satisfactory Academic Performance Plan Form. Students who meet the requirements for SAP before the next spring term evaluation may submit the Request for Reinstatement of Financial Aid form. All forms can be found on the main campus financial aid website: http://www.famu.edu/index.cfm?FinancialAid&Forms
To receive a Stafford Loan students must:
Accept the loans via the Student Center in iRattler
Complete the online Entrance Interview Counseling for the Stafford Loan:www.studentloans.gov
Complete a Stafford Loan Master Promissory Note: www.studentloans.gov
The aggregate limit for the Federal Stafford Loan for Graduate and Professional students is $138,500. No more than $65,500 of this amount may be in subsidized loans. This amount includes all Stafford Loans, including loans received at the undergraduate level.
Students, who would like to receive funding up to their Cost of Attendance, may apply for the Graduate/Professional (Grad) PLUS Loan. The Grad PLUS Loan is a credit based loan that begins accruing interest once the loan is disbursed. The interest rate for Graduate PLUS Loans disbursed between July 1, 2014 and June 30, 2015 is 7.21%. Students may borrow up to their cost of attendance minus any Stafford Loan eligibility in the Grad PLUS loan. Credit worthiness is determined by the U.S. Department of Education. Credit worthy endorsers may be utilized, if the student borrower does not meet the U.S. Department of Education’s credit criteria.
Apply for the Graduate PLUS Loan via www.studentloans.gov
Complete online Entrance Interview Counseling for the Graduate PLUS Loan www.studentloans.gov
Complete a Graduate PLUS Loan Master Promissory Notewww.studentloans.gov
Please note the Graduate PLUS Loan is not accepted via iRattler. The Graduate PLUS Loan requires credit approval from the chosen lending institution. The Office of Financial Aid will accept Graduate PLUS Loans for students with credit approval from the U.S. Department of Education.
Financial aid disburses after the add/drop period of each term. Students are required to complete all requested documents and sign the Master Promissory Note on studentsloans.gov before disbursements are made. Students should be prepared to purchase the books and materials required for their courses. Additionally, students should be prepared to pay the first-two months of living expenses of each semester.
Federal financial aid is provided to students to assist with expenses related to educational pursuits. Funds students received should be used towards tuition, books, supplies and living expenses associated with being a student.
Students who have received the maximum Stafford Loan for the academic year ($20,500) will not have remaining Stafford Loan eligibility during the summer term. However, students who have not exhausted the maximum academic year amount may receive the remaining amount up to $10,250 for the summer. Students, who do not have remaining Stafford Loans available in the summer, may apply for the Graduate PLUS Loan.
If a student fails to earn any credit for a given semester, the student may have to return a portion of the financial aid received for that term.