Frequently Asked Questions
How do I apply for student financial aid at Salisbury University?
All Salisbury University students must complete the Free Application for
Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at
www.fafsa.ed.gov as the first step in applying for
student aid each year. Remember you
cannot submit your electronic application prior to January 1st.
Does Salisbury University require the CSS profile?
What is the Federal school code for Salisbury University?
SU's federal school code is 002091. You will need this
when completing the FAFSA.
Should I obtain a PIN number?
Yes, you as well as your parent should obtain a PIN number. The
PIN is your identifier to let you access personal information in various U.S.
Department of Education systems. You will use this PIN to complete the Free
Application for Federal Student Aid on-line. PIN numbers will also be necessary
to complete the on-line electronic Stafford and/or PLUS Loan promissory notes.
How do I obtain the PIN number?
Please go to www.pin.ed.gov
to register for your PIN.
What is SU's deadline?
For priority funding, students should submit the FAFSA
between January 1st and February 1st. This allows time
for the processor to process the FAFSA and have the results forwarded to our
office by the March 1st deadline. Results received after March 1 and/or, for
incoming students, admission granted after March 1st will be processed on a
first-come, first-served basis.
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If I need to complete the aid application, but everyone is
telling me to do it on the web, is that better than completing it on paper?
Yes, The web version guides you through the application and
assists you in providing the right responses. Consequently, there are little or
no errors with this method and therefore, no delays in processing your student
aid. This method of applying is much faster than submitting the FAFSA by mail.
Approximately 98% of all applicants used the method last year.
How can I apply before February 1st if I don't have my tax returns completed?
If you do not have your tax return(s) completed, the federal
government allows you to use the best estimation of your income when completing
your FAFSA. After you have completed your tax return(s) you can make corrections
submit them to the processor for reprocessing.
My mother/father is widowed/single, how do we complete the FAFSA?
Answer the questions about that parent. (You will be providing
information about one person) If your widowed parent has remarried, as of the
day you sign the FAFSA, answer questions about that parent and the person whom
your parent married. (You will providing information about two people)
My parents have divorced/separated, how do we complete the FAFSA?
If your parents have divorced or separated, answer the questions
about the parent you lived with more during the past 12 months. If you did not
live with one parent more than the other, give answers about the parent who
provided more financial support during the last 12 months, or during the most
recent year that you actually were supported by a parent. (You will be providing
information about one person.) If this parent has remarried, as of the day you
sign the FASFA, answer the questions on the rest of this form about that parent
and the person whom your parent married. (You will be providing information
about two people)
If I don't think I'm eligible for anything, but I still need help, what can I do?
Many people assume that they are not eligible for financial aid
due to their family income level. There are many factors in addition to family
income used in determining aid eligibility, such as, family size, number of
people in college, assets, and parents age are considered when determining a
family's ability to pay. Families often lose out on financial aid because they
do not fill out the application form.
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My Student Aid Report says that I am selected for verification, what is that?
Verification is a process the federal government uses to make
sure that the information you reported on your FAFSA is accurate. This prevents
ineligible students from receiving aid by reporting false information, and it
ensures that eligible students receive all of the aid for which they qualify.
Each year the federal government selects approximately 30% of
the applications for verification. Some of these applications are selected
because of FAFSA information that is inconsistent; others are chosen at random.
Some colleges also choose applications for verification.
In any case, a student whose application is selected must give
his or her financial office certain documentation to show that the application
information is correct. SU will send you notification of the documents needed
Once SU receives my FAFSA results, when will I be notified of
the amount and type of aid I qualify for?
If you are an incoming Freshman or Transfer student, provided
you are admitted by March 1st and your FAFSA results are received by SU by March
1st, notification will begin in March. Results received after
March 1st and/or admission granted after March 1st, will be processed on a
first-come, first-served basis. If you are a current SU student, notification
will begin in June, (the March 1st deadline for priority funding still
applies). Failure to respond to our on-line award notification may result in the cancellation of the offer.
What should I do if my family's financial circumstances change
after I apply for financial aid?
If your family's financial circumstances have changed due to the
death of a parent, divorce or separation, or loss full time of employment,
contact our office.
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What if a parent refuses to contribute towards my college education?
In fairness to all students, SU financial aid decisions are
based on the ability, and not the willingness, of parents to contribute towards
your college education. A financial aid offer will not be adjusted because of a
parent's refusal to contribute. The basic concept of student financial aid, as
established by Congress and the U.S. Department of Education, is that the
student's parents have the primary responsibility for their children's
Does SU take into consideration my family's private elementary/high school expenses?
No, in order to be fair to all aid applicants, and because many
families would like to, but cannot afford private schooling, SU does not make
adjustments to the FAFSA results.
How often do I have to complete the FAFSA?
Your eligibility is determined one award year at a time. Because
your circumstances can change greatly from one year to the next, you must
complete the FAFSA each year; preferably no later than February 1st.
I will be receiving a scholarship from a local organization.
Will this affect the financial aid that I have received?
Many SU students receive scholarships/grants from outside
organizations, which is referred to as Outside Aid. This form of aid must
be reported to our office. In order to maximize our limited financial aid
resources, as well as comply with government regulations, the University
sometimes finds it necessary to adjust a student's financial aid based on the
Outside Aid that is received. And, if the student receives Outside Aid that
exceeds his or her full financial need, as determined by the FAFSA, the amount
of that Outside Aid will be used to reduce other awards previously offered for
the academic year.
As a potential Incoming student who has been accepted by SU as
well as by other institutions, will SU adjust my financial aid if I received a
larger financial aid offer from another institution?
No, It is the policy of SU not to negotiate a financial aid
offer. Our offer of financial aid is based on an analysis of the information
provided by the family, as well as maximizing our limited financial aid
If I still have money left over after paying my bill, what happens to it?
When your total aid is greater than your bill charges, you may
be eligible for a refund. Refunds are made available to registered students
after all University charges are satisfied. Please be aware that once your aid
has been credited to your account it takes approximately 2 weeks before the
refund check is available. Provided all paperwork is processed in a timely
manner, the first day of classes of each semester is the earliest point to
receive a refund.
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Are there payment plans?
Yes, please contact our Cashier's Office, 219 Holloway Hall. Phone (410)-543-6060 or
Should I use a Scholarship Search Service?
These companies are not recommended. Many have been found
to be fraudulent at worst and misleading at best. Don't be fooled by the
money-back guarantee. It is virtually impossible to get your money back. The
services provided by these companies can be done on your own over the internet
or by researching scholarship publications at the library.
I already have a first bachelor's degree, can I receive a Pell Grant?
No, Federal Pell Grants are awarded only to undergraduate
students who have not yet earned a bachelor's degree.
I obtained an in-school deferment form from my lender, which office at SU processes these forms?
Loan deferment forms are processed by our Registrar's Office,
120 Holloway Hall. Phone (410)543-6150.
I was not offered Federal Work Study on my Award Notification, can I still work at SU?
Yes, SU has a program called Work Experience. Work Experience
offers employment opportunities, to all SU students, to help defray the costs of
attendance. (the financial situation of the family is not a condition of
eligibility for employment!) For more information please contact the Work
Experience Office, Phone: 410-543-6216 or Website:
How much will my books cost?
SU estimates that students will spend approximately $1300 a year
on book purchases. Students can purchase their books approximately two weeks
before the beginning of the semester.
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