Welcome to USU's Federal Financial Aid Website.
The Financial Aid Office can help make a degree financially possible for every qualified USU student. However, federal financial aid is just one part of a payment strategy that should include money saved by the family and student for attending school as well as scholarships and waivers. Grants, student loans, parent loans, and work-study funds are offered to students who qualify to help increase access to higher education. All the information you need for applying for federal aid can be found here. Please take a few moments to review the information on the sidebar as well as the following topics:
- Step-by-step guide to apply for financial aid.
- A guide to the types of federal financial aid available at USU.
- Some required PDF forms can now be uploaded to our office.
- Here's a hand-out for setting up the new FSA ID that replaces the PIN. Frequently Asked Questions about FSAID
- 2015-16 FAFSA applications are currently being received, processed, and awarded for Fall 2015 and Spring 2016. We will contact you by email if we need additional information.
How to Accept Your Financial Aid Award - video tutorial
How to Check Your Balance Online- video tutorial
Checking On Your
Financial Aid Application
We send out financial aid offers or other instructions to fully admitted students by email generally one week after submitting the FASFA.
More information about your status can be reviewed on MyUSU - after you login, click on the Banner button, click on the "Financial Aid (FAFSA) Menu" and click on the "To-Do List."
Please keep your preferred email address up to date on MyUSU
We send email notices when you are awarded or when you need to know or submit something that affects your funding. MyUSU
Getting tax transcripts from the IRS
Starting 2012-2013, federal regulations no longer allow students to provide a copy of their IRS 1040 forms if they are selected for verification. However, students have several options for getting their tax information to USU for FAFSA verification.
Federal Pell Grant - For a Limited Time Only
Students who have received 12 or more full-time semesters of Federal Pell grant are no longer be eligible for Federal Pell funding. Some Federal Pell grant awards may be reduced or cancelled as we receive updates from the U.S. Department of Education. We will notify ineligible recipients of any changes or cancellations.
Subsidized Direct Loans have new rules
There are some important changes in the way Direct subsidized loans will be offered to encourage students to graduate on-time. These regulations apply to all first-time or zero-balance borrowers and went into effect July 1, 2013. You will need to familiarize yourself with these changes in order to plan out your education.
Your Right to Privacy
To protect your right to privacy, we use your SecurityPhrase to verify your identity when you call us. Please take a moment to create your SecurityPhrase. Because email isn't secure, we can only answer general questions by email.
Why Form 1098-T is important to you?
An education credit helps with the cost of higher education by reducing the amount of tax owed on your tax return. Based on both anecdotal information and data from the IRS we believe many students and their families do not take advantage of these tax credits that could save them thousands of dollars. Please take a moment to review important information about your 1098T form at IRS.gov.
USU has chosen to partner with CentsibleStudent and RepayCentsibly as part of our default prevention strategy. USU students in loan repayment may be contacted by this agency if they get behind on their student loans payments. If a student defaults on a federal loan, the consequences can be costly and difficult to repair. CentsibleStudent and RepayCentsibly will advise and guide USU students through making payment or other arrangements to avoid default.
Financial Aid Comes with Strings Attached
To keep your aid, you must meet minimum GPA and course completion standards. Please review USU's Financial Aid's Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy.
Financial Aid and Academic Participation
All students receiving financial aid are expected to participate in their courses, pass them, and graduate. Students who withdraw from or fail courses are required to document participation to avoid repaying their financial aid. Please note, students who withdraw from or fail all their classes may still have to return a portion of their financial aid even if they document participation.