Frequently Asked Questions
- What is Mount St. Mary's Title IV code?
- When will financial aid decisions be mailed?
- Should I wait until my parents’ tax forms are finished before I complete my financial aid forms?
- My parents will not be claiming me as a dependent on their tax returns. Can I file my financial aid applications as an independent student?
- I was awarded a scholarship from a private outside organization. Do I need to inform anyone?
- How will dropping below full-time enrollment impact my financial aid award?
- If I choose to live off campus, will my financial aid be affected?
- How can I get a work study job if I currently don't have one?
- What is the difference between the Financial Aid Office and the Accounting & Finance Office?
- When will I know how much I owe for next year?
- What is student loan consolidation?
2. When will financial aid decisions be mailed?
Financial aid decisions for returning students whose applications were received by the March 1st deadline will be mailed between the final week of May and the middle of June.
3. My parents will not complete their federal tax returns before the priority deadline for filing the FAFSA. Should I wait until their tax forms are finished before I complete my financial aid forms?
No. You can complete the FAFSA application based on reasonable estimates of your family's prior year income. You may be asked later to submit copies of your and your parents' (if dependent) federal tax returns to the Financial Aid Office so that we can verify that the information you reported on your aid applications was accurate and recalculate your eligibility if necessary.
4. My parents will not be claiming me as a dependent on their tax returns. Can I file my financial aid applications as an independent student?
Probably not if you are an undergraduate student. To determine if you meet the federal definition of an independent student, review the six questions in Step Three of the FAFSA. If you believe your situation is unique and you should be considered independent, please make an appointment with the Financial Aid Office.
5. I was awarded a scholarship from a private outside organization. Do I need to inform anyone?
Yes. Federal law stipulates that students may not receive federal support if their financial aid exceeds their demonstrated financial need. The good news is that you can use the outside award first to eliminate your student employment and/or student loan before any adjustment in your grants will be made. For most students, this will mean that 100% of their outside award can be used to reduce their work or their loan without impacting their eligibility for institutional aid. Total aid including outside resources cannot exceed your demonstrated financial need and cost of attendance.
6. How will dropping below full-time enrollment impact my financial aid award?
Most initial awards are based on expected full-time enrollment and the corresponding tuition charge, unless otherwise indicated. One of the requirements for any institutional academic scholarship is that you be enrolled full time. Furthermore, if you enroll less than full time, your cost of education will be recalculated using actual reduced tuition costs. Your family contribution will not be revised, as you are expected to contribute the same amount regardless of your enrollment status. Your eligibility for need-based aid will be reduced in proportion to the reduced tuition or other charges that result from less than full-time study.
7. If I choose to live off campus, will my financial aid be affected?
Your merit-based aid will not be affected, but your need-based Grant-in-Aid would be reduced in proportion to the reduced university charges. If there is a credit balance on your student account once tuition and fee charges have been paid, you may use this credit to pay for off-campus rent and food expenses. A refund of any credit balance on your student account is obtained directly from the Accounting & Finance Office.
8. How can I get a work study job if I currently don't have one?
You should contact the Human Resources Office and ask to be put on a waiting list. Students who have remaining financial need are given priority on the list. Returning students must be on a re-hire list from the Human Resources Office to have work study included as part of their financial aid package.
9. What is the difference between the Financial Aid Office and the Accounting & Finance Office?
The two offices have separate administrative functions. The Financial Aid Office, located on the first floor of Bradley Hall, determines eligibility for grants, loans and work study. Located on the third floor of Bradley, the Accounting & Finance Office is responsible for billing and collecting payments from students for university charges.
10. When will I know how much I owe for next year?
The Accounting & Finance Office will send first semester bills at the beginning of July. You can estimate the amount you'll have to pay once you receive your financial aid package. Subtract your total aid from the listed tuition, room and board charges and divide by two to calculate what you'll owe for the fall semester.
11. What is student loan consolidation?
Loan consolidation allows students to combine all of their existing federal student loans into one. There are several advantages of loan consolidation. It simplifies repayment by having multiple loans under a single loan holder, reduces the required minimum monthly payments by extending the repayment period from the standard 10 years to a maximum of 30 years, and uses a graduated repayment schedule. The disadvantages to loan consolidation are that students end up paying more interest and they are no longer eligible for many types of deferments. At this time, the only consolidation loan being offered is with the U. S. Department of Education. You can obtain an application and more information online at loanconsolidation.ed.gov.