Initial awards for grants are based on full-time enrollment. If you are Not enrolled full-time, the grant will be reduced or cancelled based on your actual enrollment after the drop/add period. For more detailed enrollment information requirements, you can view the Grants Eligibility Chart found under Grants in the ‘Types of Aid’ section.
The Privacy Act exists to protect your right to confidentiality and limits our ability to release information about your financial aid application. Any documentation submitted by you and/or your parents and details of your award package are considered confidential and will not be released to anyone without your written consent. Information released over the telephone will be of a general nature. Specific details must be discussed in person. Your Panther ID is required for all inquiries at the Financial Aid Office.
FIU reserves the right to reduce or cancel these awards at any time. Revisions or cancellations may result from changes in your admissions status, enrollment, classification, academic progress, housing status, state residency, changes in the availability of funds or receipt of other awards.
FIU does most of its business electronically, including informing you of your Financial Aid Award Notice which provides your academic year awards. Initial financial aid correspondence is mailed to your local address. Thereafter, communications are sent electronically to your FIU Panther Mail. To set up your FIU Panther Mail go to myFIU student center. You are responsible for keeping your Email address up- to- date and active. You may use the "Self-Service Personal Profile" on myFiu to update your local information. To update other addresses (e.g. permanent), you must visit the Office of the Registrar. If you do not have a FIU Email address upon admission to FIU, you will need to activate and use your assigned Email address at: panthermail.fiu.edu.
* The Financial Aid Office reviews successful completion of attempted credits to determine if Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) has been met before an award determination is made for returning students at the end of each Spring semester.
A financial aid package may consist of a combination of gift-aid (grants) and self-help aid (loans and/or work-study), if, requested on the FAFSA application.
The financial aid awards on your award letter are based on an anticipated full-time enrollment (12 credits for undergraduates /9 credits for graduates) for each academic year. If you are not enrolled as a full-time student for each semester, your financial aid award may be reduced or cancelled. For enrollment requirements, please refer to the Types of Aid section on our website for additional information. All Summer Awards are based on half-time enrollment, undergraduates 6 credits or more, graduates and law student is 3 credits or more
The most common reasons for an award adjustment include changes in enrollment which reduces the cost of attendance, residency status, housing arrangements, not maintaining Satisfactory Academic Progress, or an over-award due to the receipt of additional aid from other sources after all other aid has been disbursed. An award may also be adjusted due to changes or inaccuracies in the information on which your award is based. If your financial aid has been disbursed, you may be responsible for partial or full repayment of funds regardless of the reason for the adjustment.
Each semester, after the drop/add (census date) period, some of your awards will be pro-rated based on your actual enrollment; Change of enrollment may cause a reduction of cost of attendance and awards.
Federal Work Study (FWS): Students who have accepted the FWS award and have not earned at least one dollar ($1.00) by the last day of the Drop/Add (census date) period for each semester will have the award canceled. The FWS will be canceled for the entire academic year (Fall & Spring semesters) and the award will not be reinstated.
Financial aid awards are not automatically renewed. The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for the 2016-2017 academic year will be available after January 1, 2016 at http://www.fafsa.gov/. FIU's priority deadline date for submission of FAFSA) and required documents is March 1 annually. If you are a returning student who has completed the FAFSA form for the previous academic year, you should receive an Email reminder and Renewal FAFSA (FAFSA-R) form from the US Department of Education during the months of November or December. You may apply for the next year by editing and updating the information on the renewal form and utilizing the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Data Retrieval Tool on the FAFSA application.
If you complete your financial aid file after the March 1 priority deadline, your file will be processed in order of completion date. Depending on the time of your application and/or date of admission decision, you may not receive an award determination by the beginning of the Fall 2016 semester.