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Financial aid is packaged based on full-time enrollment (Undergraduate - 12 credits, Graduate - 9 credits) and will be adjusted according to actual enrollment at the end of the add/drop period. 

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.

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FIU does most of its business electronically, including informing you of your Financial Aid Award Notice. Initial financial aid correspondences may be 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 OneStop. If you do not have an FIU email address upon admission to FIU, you will need to activate and use your assigned email address at: panthermail.fiu.edu

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Students are encouraged to complete the FAFSA each year as soon as possible after October 1. Newly admitted students who complete the FAFSA prior to December 1 can expect to receive an award notification as early as January.  Returning students who complete the FAFSA by the priority deadline of March 1, can expect an award notification by June.*

* The Financial Aid Office reviews Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) at the end of each Spring Semester.  students must meet SAP requirements to receive an award notification for the next year.

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.

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Awards are Subject to Change

The financial aid awards are based on 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.

 

Award Adjustments

The most common reasons for an award adjustment include changes to: enrollment which reduce the cost of attendance, residency status, housing arrangements, Satisfactory Academic Progress status, or additional aid from other sources after all other aid has been disbursed (including tuition waivers, assistantships, and fellowships). 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 repayment of financial aid funds, regardless of the reason for the adjustment.

 

Revised Awards

Each semester, after the drop/add (census date) period, awards will be adjusted to reflect your actual enrollment; change of enrollment may cause a reduction of cost of attendance and awards.

Federal Work Study (FWS): Students who accept 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.

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Financial aid awards are not automatically renewed. The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is available for the new academic year on October 1 of each year.  FIU's priority deadline date for submission of FAFSA is March 1.  Students who have completed the FAFSA in the prior year will receive an email reminder form from Federal Student Aid during the months of September and October.

Students who complete the FAFSA after the March 1 priority deadline 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 start of the new academic year.

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