Student Financial Aid
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All state and federal aid programs are subject to review by their respective governing agencies and may be changed without notice.
Eligibility for many forms of financial aid is determined by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). These applications are available from high schools or online at www.fafsa.ed.gov by November of each year. Students should submit the FAFSA by mid-February prior to the fall term of enrollment, in order to receive priority consideration. A new application must be completed each academic year.
Applications must be received no later than March 1. Applications received after March 1 will be awarded as funds are available. New students enrolling spring semester or summer session should complete the current year’s aid application to apply for any available financial aid. To be eligible for financial aid, a student must be a
Students may use their financial aid for study in other countries if they have clearance for the transfer of credit to their degree programs and have made financial aid arrangements
prior to departure. For further information, contact the
Financial aid programs generally consist of three types: gift aid (scholarships and grants), loans, and part-time employment. Laws, regulations, and policies governing these programs are subject to change.
1. ISU Scholarship/Grants. These awards are based on financial aid eligibility as determined by the FAFSA. A student must complete the FAFSA to be considered. Many of these awards are based on academic or other special talent in addition to financial eligibility.
2. Entering freshmen can obtain information on the Web at www.financialaid.iastate.edu.
3. College and Departmental Scholarships. Students are encouraged to contact the scholarship chair in their department or college. Scholarships based on academic
achievement and/or financial need are available in most areas of study, but students may need to complete separate applications to be considered.
4. Military Officer Education (ROTC) Scholarships:
Army. The Military Science Department offers 4-, 3-, and 2-year Army ROTC scholarships to qualified students on a competitive basis in virtually any academic discipline. These scholarships provide payment of tuition, all required fees (except student health), books and supplies allowance, and a monthly cash subsistence allowance. For applications or additional information, contact the Military Science Department at 132 Armory or call
Navy. The Naval Science Department offers several scholarship programs to qualified students. The scholarships cover payment of tuition, fees, books, and a monthly stipend. Information is available from the Naval Science Department, 3 Armory, or by calling 515-294-6050.
Air Force. The Air Force offers Air Force ROTC scholarships for periods of 2, 3, or 4 years, with up to 1 additional year for qualified applicants in selected majors. The scholarships provide payment of tuition and fees. In addition, scholarship cadets receive between $250-$400 monthly subsistence allowance and $510 per year book allowance. Express scholarships are also available to students qualified in certain technical academic majors. Details on scholarship qualification, application procedures, and eligibility are available from the Department of Air Force Aerospace Studies, 515-294-1716.
5. Other Scholarship Sources: Students are encouraged to pursue funds from agencies and private organizations on campus and in their hometowns. An excellent resource is the Financial Aid Web site: www.financialaid.iastate.edu.
1. Federal Pell Grant. The maximum annual award under this program is $4,050. All undergraduate applicants for financial aid must apply for the Federal Pell Grant by completing the FAFSA. These forms are available from high school counselors, the Office of Student Financial Aid, or online at www.financialaid.iastate.edu.
2. Federal Supplemental Educational
4. Officer Education (ROTC) Financial Assistance Grants. All students enrolled in Advanced ROTC (third and fourth years) in the Army, Navy, and Air Force programs are provided a monthly stipend. For further information, contact the appropriate ROTC department in the Armory.
5. Tuition Assistance Grant for Undergraduate Foreign Students. Undergraduate foreign students who are faced with financial hardship resulting from unforeseen circumstances may apply for this grant. The maximum award is $700 per academic year. Apply to the Office of International Education Services, 252 Memorial
6. International Student Financial Aid. International students may contribute a small voluntary fee to this fund. These monies will be used to assist international students who have unforeseen financial emergencies. For further information, contact the Office of International Education Services, 252 Memorial
A. Federal Perkins Loan. An eligible undergraduate student may borrow up to $4,000 per year, depending on financial need and the availability of funds. A maximum total of $40,000 may be borrowed for undergraduate and graduate programs combined. Interest of 5 percent on the unpaid balance begins with repayment of the loan principal 9 months after ceasing at least half-time enrollment. A student must complete the FAFSA in order to be considered for a Federal Perkins loan.
B. University Long-Term Loans (ULTL). Private donors contribute the funds for these loans, which are awarded on the basis of need to undergraduate and graduate students. The interest rate of 5 percent begins with repayment of principal 6 months after ceasing at least half-time enrollment. Deferment provisions are available in some instances. A student must complete the FAFSA in order to be considered.
C. Federal Health Professions Loans and Scholarships. These programs are limited to those students accepted for enrollment in the
D. University Emergency Loans. The Emergency Loan Program is intended to meet students’ unplanned and unexpected education-related expenses. (These loans are not available to students who are enrolled only in off-campus courses.) Applicants must demonstrate that they have a verifiable means by which to repay their loans by the
due date. Interest on emergency loans will begin on the date the loan is processed in the Treasurer’s Office and is computed at the simple monthly rate of .75 percent of the unpaid balance (an annual percentage rate of 9 percent). Emergency loan applications can be obtained at the Office of Student Financial Aid, Room 0210, Beardshear Hall. Students should allow 48 hours for processing the emergency loan application.
E. William D. Ford Federal Direct Loans. Several types of Federal Direct loans are available to students.
1. The Federal Direct Subsidized Stafford Loan and the Federal Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loan: low-interest loans made by the government to help pay for education after high school.
Subsidized Direct Stafford loans will have all interest charges paid by the federal government while the student is enrolled in school on at least a half-time basis. The interest on the unsubsidized Direct Stafford loan will be the responsibility of the student and can be paid while the student is in school or added to the outstanding loan balance for payment after graduation.
Students must complete a FAFSA form to be considered for either loan. Students are eligible to borrow up to the amount of their financial need in the subsidized loan. The student may then choose to borrow any remaining amount, up to the federal maximum, in an unsubsidized Direct Stafford loan.
Freshman students may borrow a combined total through either program of up to $2,625 per year. Sophomore students may borrow up to $3,500 per year, and junior and senior students may be eligible for up to $5,500 per year, with a $23,000 undergraduate maximum for all years combined. Graduate students may be eligible for up to $8,500 per year, with a $65,500 maximum, including all undergraduate loans.
For new borrowers, the interest rate is a variable rate which is tied to the 91-day treasury bill plus 1.7 percent. The interest rate is adjusted annually and is capped at 8.25 percent. Repayment does not begin until six months after graduation. Students are strongly advised to counsel with a financial aid adviser as increased loan indebtedness occurs.
2. Federal Direct Unsubsidized
To be eligible, a student must be either an independent undergraduate student or a graduate/ professional student. Completion of a FAFSA form is required. Eligible freshman and sophomore students may borrow up to $4,000 per year. Eligible juniors and seniors may borrow up to $5,000 per year, with a cumulative undergraduate maximum of $23,000. Graduate/professional students may be eligible to borrow up to $10,000 per year, with a cumulative total of $73,000.
Eligible independent students who borrow through both the subsidized and the unsubsidized Federal Direct Stafford Loan programs and are freshmen can borrow up to a total of $6,625 per year. Independent sophomores can borrow up to $7,500 per year, and independent juniors or seniors, $10,500 per year. Cumulative borrowing for undergraduate years could reach a total of $46,000.
Eligible graduate students can borrow up to $18,500 per year between the subsidized and the unsubsidized programs. Total indebtedness for a graduate student borrowing through both programs may not exceed $138,500. This amount includes undergraduate debt in these two programs.
All students are strongly advised to discuss their loan indebtedness with a financial aid adviser before combining several types of loans.
3. Federal Direct PLUS Loan. The interest rate for Federal Direct Parent Loans for Undergraduate Students (PLUS) is tied to the 91-day treasury bill rate plus 3.1 percent, with maximum interest being 9 percent. Through the Federal Direct PLUS program, parents may borrow the entire cost of education, less the amount of any financial aid the student is receiving. There is no limit on loan indebtedness, although a credit analysis will be conducted before funds can be disbursed.
F. Alternative Loans. Private financial institutions provide these loan funds, which are approved on the basis of a credit analysis. Amounts, interest rates, and repayment terms will vary, depending upon the financial institution selected. Interest will begin to accumulate immediately, although forbearance of the interest and principal can be made until after graduation. Some programs will require the student to obtain a creditworthy cosigner. A FAFSA form is not required to apply for this loan.
III. Part-time Employment
A variety of employment opportunities are available for students to earn a portion of their educational expenses.
A. Federal Cooperative Education Program. This program combines classroom learning with paid work experience designed to develop students into the federal government’s future professionals and managers. The federal government seeks highly motivated, flexible, and creative students to fill co-op assignments across the country in laboratories, offices, forests, parks, hospitals, and in ocean and space programs in a wide variety of occupational fields. There are two different types of work schedules: alternate periods of work and study (full-time student one semester and full-time worker the next) or part-time (parallel periods of work and study). Students interested in the Federal Cooperative Education Program can contact their academic adviser.
B. Internship Programs. Most college departments offer internship programs to enhance the student’s education and career preparation by integrating classroom theory with on-the-job performance. These programs enable students to test career and professional goals; develop confidence, maturity, and work-related skills; and establish professional contacts and interests. Contact the respective department for specific program information.
C. Work-Study Programs. Both federal and state funds subsidize need-based programs that permit students to be employed on campus or off campus in nonprofit agencies. A portion of the student’s total earnings is paid by federal, state, or institutional funds, and the remainder is paid by the employing department. Students apply for Work-Study by completing a FAFSA by the priority deadline, and indicating that they wish to work. Part-time job listings are available at www.financialaid.iastate.edu.
D. University Student Employment. University employment is available to all students who are
E. Off-Campus Employment. The off-campus employment program seeks part-time employment opportunities for students who would like to work while they are in school. Restaurants, hotels, service stations, and retail stores are examples of local employers that list positions with the
IV. Other Financial Aid
Many other forms of financial aid are available to students who qualify, including Vocational Rehabilitation, Veterans Benefits, and Department of Human Services programs. For further information on these programs, contact the appropriate government office.