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 To be considered for all need-based financial assistance at FIU, the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) must be submitted each year.  The 2018-2019 FAFSA became available on October 1, 2017.  New students are encouraged to apply by December 1, 2017.  New students who apply by December 1 could have an award offer by January, giving more time to make informed financial decisions about enrollment.  The priority deadline for all student is March 1, 2017, but we encourage students to apply as soon as possible after October 1st to ensure financial aid is in place for the start of the new academic year.   

 The 2018-2019 FAFSA uses income tax information from 2016, which eliminates delays and the use of estimated income figures.  The 2018-2019 IRS Data Retrieval Tool (DRT) is available to most tax filers, and is the easiest way to provide accurate tax data directly from the IRS. 

 


To receive financial assistance you must be fully admitted to a FIU degree program or be enrolled in a eligible *certificate program.

To receive need-based assistance you must complete and submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) annually. Completing the FAFSA correctly and submitting any requested document(s) by the annual priority deadline date of March 1st, increases your potential to receive the maximum financial aid for which you are eligible.

FIU'S FEDERAL SCHOOL CODE: 009635 to be included on the FAFSA application.

Need-based federal and state assistance is not available to international or ineligible non-citizens.

*Eligible Certificate Programs are Legal Studies Institute and Museum Studies

 

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 Welcome and we hope this information will assist you in completing the necessary steps to apply for Financial Aid with ease.

The 2018-2019 Free Application for Federal Aid (FAFSA) is the application for Fall 2018, Spring 2019 and Summer 2019 semesters. When completing the FAFSA application you will use both you and your parent's/spouse's 2016 federal income tax information.

Note: The FAFSA is available every October 1st. FIU’s priority FAFSA application deadline date is March 1st for the following academic year; however, new students are encouraged to apply by December 1, 2017.

 

The Federal Student Aid (FSA) ID allows you and your parents to electronically sign your FAFSA application and provides access to Federal Student Aid websites. The FSA ID permits you and your parents to create your own username and password to electronically sign your FAFSA.  Both you, and your parent will need an FSA ID.  Create yours today at fsaid.ed.gov.

 

To make any corrections to your FAFSA, you may make them online at FAFSA.gov with your FSA ID.

Need help completing the FAFSA? 7 Easy Steps to the FAFSA tutorial is an excellent tool to assist you in completing the FAFSA.

 

 Beware of Scams: Be careful when offered assistance in searching for student financial aid information including scholarships; make sure any offer is legitimate. You should never have to pay a fee to file the FAFSA or to apply for a scholarship.


 

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If you are a returning student who has completed the FAFSA application from the previous academic year, you will receive an electronic reminder from the US Department of Education during the month of September. The Renewal FAFSA application is prepopulated with data you reported on the previous year’s FAFSA. You may apply for the next year by editing and updating the information on the FAFSA renewal application and utilizing the *Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Data Retrieval Tool.

Note: If you did not apply for aid for the prior year, you must complete and submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) application for the appropriate academic year using FIU's federal school code of 009635. 

 Sign your FAFSA electronically

The Federal Student Aid (FSA) ID allows you and your parents to electronically sign your FAFSA application and provides access to Federal Student Aid Web sites.  The FSA ID permits you and parents to create your own username and password to electronically sign your FAFSA application. Create your FSA ID today...don't delay!

*The IRS Data Retrieval Tool (DRT) transfers you and your parent's/spouse's tax return data from the IRS directly to your FAFSA application.  If you are eligible to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool, it is the easiest way to provide accurate tax data and you will not be required to submit a copy of you and your parent’s/spouse tax trancripts to the Financial Aid Office.  The IRS DRT will be available for the 2018-2019 FAFSA.

 If you do not use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool you may be required to submit an official IRS Income Tax Return Transcript from the IRS. Federal regulation requires an IRS Income Tax Return Transcript instead of the actual IRS Tax Return (i.e. 1040, 1040EZ,etc ) which will no longer be accepted for verification for the 2018-2019 aid year.

 

Beware of Scams: Be careful when offered assistance in searching for student financial aid information including scholarships, make sure any offer is legitimate. You should never have to pay a fee to file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid application (FAFSA).

 

 

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Students can start their admission and financial aid processes simultaneously!

Students who transfer to FIU during the summer term are required to complete two financial aid applications (FAFSA). One for the current academic year (which includes the summer term) and another one for the upcoming academic year starting the following Fall term. It is important to apply early to maximize your award package.

Financial Aid rules and regulations vary among schools.  Make sure you familiarize yourself with the financial aid process at FIU, as it may be slightly different than your previous institution. The Financial Aid website contains valuable information that you are expected to learn and understand. A good starting point would be to review the “Award Terms and Conditions” and the “Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy”. If you are unsure, or if you do not understand any of those terms, please contact the financial aid office for clarification.

Once you are an FIU student all correspondence from the financial aid office will be sent to your FIU email account.  It is important you check your FIU email periodically to review any information, updates, or revisions sent to you. In addition to checking your FIU email periodically, it is also important that you check your “To-do list” on my.fiu.edu.  Any pending information you have with the University, including the financial aid office, will show as a pending item on your To-do list.  Click on your pending items for detailed information and further instructions. It is also important that you also check your “Holds” section on my.fiu.edu. Holds traditionally block or prevent certain activity on your account such as enrollment, disbursements and student refunds. If you have a hold on your account, please review the details of the hold and contact the appropriate department for a resolution.

 

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The financial assistance offered through our office requires USA citizenship or permanent USA residency to qualify for any federal or state aid. Contact your academic department for possible scholarship and fellowship options. Most scholarship options can be viewed through either of the two following scholarship databases:

Fastweb

IEFA- International Financial Aid and College Scholarship Search

Staff at ISSS can assist you with a wide range of important and practical information to help make your transition into our university and community as smooth and comfortable as possible.

ISSS- FIU International Student and Scholar Services

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Apply Early:

Completing the FAFSA application and submitting your FIU financial aid e-forms (online forms) correctly by priority deadline of March 1, increases your potential to receive the maximum financial aid for which you are eligible. Late applications will be considered on a funds available basis and will be processed in order of completion.

Sign your FAFSA electronically:

The Federal Student Aid (FSA) ID allows you and your parents to electronically sign your FAFSA application and provides access to Federal Student Aid Web sites.  The FSA ID permits you and your parents to create your own username and password to electronically sign your FAFSA application. Create your FSA ID today...do not delay!

Create your FSA ID

Panther ID Number:

MyFIU Student Center is FIU’s web–based system used for all your student transactions and allows you to access your student records online at any time, enhancing self-service capabilities. Your FIU Panther Id Number is needed to access personal information via my.fiu.edu

First time users: Please visit My Accounts to Setup your Password. Login by using your Panther ID number and your default password, which is your date of birth in the DDMONYYYY format, which is case sensitive and alphanumeric. For example: January 8, 2017 would be 08Jan2017.

Log on to Your FIU Panther Mail Today!

FIU does most of its business electronically, including informing you of your Financial Aid Award Notice which provides you with your academic year awards. Initial financial aid correspondence is mailed to your local address. Thereafter, communications are sent electronically to your FIU Panther Mail. You are responsible for keeping your Email address up to date. You may use the "Self-Service Personal Profile" located on My.FIU.edu to update your local information. To update other addresses (e.g. permanent), you must visit the Office of the Registrar.

Direct Deposit:

All financial aid disbursements are released electronically to the Office of Student Financials. If you have not set up a Direct Deposit account through MyFIU, it is recommended you do so to receive your financial aid refunds electronically. Students who do not have a Direct Deposit account will have a refund check mailed by US Postal Service to the local address maintained by the Office of the Registrar. To avoid unnecessary delays, set up a Direct Deposit account.  There is an on-campus Wells Fargo Free Checking Account available by accessing FIU One Card Account Options.

Keep Good Records:

Make a file for your financial aid forms and correspondence. Photocopy all of your completed application materials and your tax forms

Respond Quickly:

If additional information is requested by the Federal Processor or the Financial Aid Office, respond quickly. A delay in your response may jeopardize your eligibility for financial aid.

Follow Up:

Check on the status of your application by checking your TO DO LIST on my.fiu.edu. we encourage you to be very active on your FIU Panther Email account since most correspondence is sent via email.

Don’t Forget to Tell Us!

Changes in Circumstances
You are required to report changes in circumstances that may affect your eligibility for financial assistance (e.g. receipt of additional assistance, loss of employment, etc.). In providing information regarding the receipt of additional funds through sources other than the Financial Aid Office, you will avoid surprises when need-based funds must be adjusted or requested to the be returned.

Your eligibility will be reassessed and a Revised Financial Aid Award Notice may be issued to reflect the appropriate changes.

Making Corrections on your Student Aid Report (SAR)

PLEASE DO NOT MAKE CORRECTIONS TO YOUR SAR (Student Aid Report-response from the FAFSA application) after receiving your award without consulting a Financial Aid Administrator. If your personal or financial circumstances change and you feel that your eligibility for aid may be affected, consult with a Financial Aid Administrator to determine if you meet the conditions for submitting a correction to the federal processor. Any corrections you make may jeopardize your eligibility, awards and/or delay financial aid disbursements.

NOTE: Corrections to your FAFSA will not be automatically reviewed without submitting a FAFSA Correction Form indicating the reason and the correction you initiated. The correction may generate a request for additional information before an award is revised, if applicable.

Anticipated Fall Graduates

If you plan to graduate in December and you have been awarded aid for the regular academic year (fall and spring), notify the Financial Aid Office of your anticipated graduation date before the end of your graduating semester. Once the Financial Aid Office has been notified of your expected graduation for the fall semester, a HOLD will be placed on your file for the remaining academic year.  If you are admitted into another degree program and plan to enroll for spring, please notify our office immediately, so we can re-evaluate your financial award(s).

Students classified as Special/Non-degree-seeking do not qualify for assistance. The financial aid you have been awarded to pursue your first undergraduate degree cannot be used towards graduate school or a second bachelor’s degree. 

Most grants and scholarships awarded to Undergraduate students are not available towards a Graduate education.

 

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