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Things to Do Checklist

Things to Do & What to Expect When Applying for Financial Aid

WHAT SHOULD BE DONE

WHEN TO START
O       Complete the WSC Admission Application and provide all requested documents As early as possible prior to the semester you want to begin classes
O       Claim your NDUS Account and activate you WSC issued student email address
Official WSC correspondence will only be sent to your official Williston State email address
O       Plan on how and where you will create and remember the many user ID's, passwords and answers to security questions.  Do not share, lose or forget online security information.
O       Complete a FAFSA.  o   Your first step is to create an FSA ID by visiting: https://fsaid.ed.gov/npas/index.htm. (This is required to sign your FAFSA electronically.  The student and a parent (for dependent students) must sign the FAFSA; If you've already created an FSA ID you will not need to create a new ID and you will use your same FSA ID). o   Second step is for student to login using their FSA ID by visiting: https://fafsa.gov/ .  (You and parent(s) (for dependent students) will use two years back taxes.  Ex. 2017-18 FAFSA will use 2015 taxes and 2018-19 FAFSA will use 2016 taxes). *PRIORITY DEADLINE IS APRIL 15 o   For more information on how to fill out the FAFSA please visit: https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/fafsa/filling-out October 1st
o   Review the Student Aid Report (SAR) that you receive 3 to 5 days after you complete the FAFSA.  Contact WSC Financial Aid if you were selected for verification.   
o   Complete the WSC Online Scholarship Application by visiting: https://willistonstate.starsscholarshipsonline.com/STARS/Default.aspx. Click 'Sign up' if this is your first time.  *PRIORITY DEADLINE IS MARCH 15 Beginning January
o   Log on CAMPUS CONNTECTION and Check your To-Do List [right side of page] o    Click More to view more specific information o   Respond to any requests for information from WSC, including, but not limited to: §  Verification Worksheet - Visit the following WSC site for financial aid forms: http://www.willistonstate.edu/Future-Students/Financing-Your-Education/Financial-Aid/Financial-Aid-Forms.html §  IRS tax transcript is required if selected for verification.  You can request this by visiting: https://www.irs.gov/individuals/get-transcript. (Be sure it's the correct tax year and correct transcript - this can take between 3 to 5 weeks to get back and will hold up your financial aid). §  Other information as requested by the Financial Aid Office Beginning March
O       Respond to any WSC Scholarship Award Letter received. Beginning May
O       Respond to the WSC Financial Aid Award Notice by accepting or denying aid that was offered.  Online access to Accept/Decline Awards on the CampusConnection Portal can be found in your Student Center then under Finances. (Free money is accepted for you, ex. Pell Grant and Scholarships) Beginning June
O       Inform the WSC Financial Aid Office of any other scholarship awards  
O       If accepting a student loan for the first time, then you must complete online Entrance Loan Counseling for undergraduates and every year need to sign your loan agreement (MPN) for undergraduates by visiting: https://studentloans.gov.  Log In using your FSA ID. Beginning June
O       Check and read your e-mail Beginning August
O       Purchase books or follow the book charge process for the semester. (Contact the financial aid office if you are unsure if you have financial aid and you can charge your books). Beginning August
O       Check your account information on CampusConnection after financial aid has been applied to charges.  Pay any unpaid balance before the fee payment deadline or contact the Financial Aid Office about any other options to assist with payment. 14 days after school starts
O       You may pick up your excess aid on the first day that it is released.  (You will receive an email to your WSC email from the Student Finance Office)  You may also receive your excess aid by direct deposit if you have completed the necessary forms prior to disbursement.  14 days after school starts (this could vary)
O       Be aware of all policies found in the WSC College Catalog and complete your semester successfully by meeting the guidelines found in the WSC Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy found on our website.   

Glossary of Terms and Acronyms
CampusConnection - Online student portal used for WSC students (as part of the NDUS) to view all information and access all tasks related to the process of going to and paying for college.
Book Charge Process - Request authorization from the Financial Aid Office, before visiting the bookstore, to charge books against your excess financial aid. 
Direct Deposit - The ability to authorize WSC to deposit, electronically, funds into your checking or savings account.
Excess Aid - Any financial aid left over after all direct costs at WSC have been paid for a semester.
FAFSA - Free Application for Federal Student Aid, including grants, work-study, student loans and the ND State Grant.
FOTW - FAFSA on the Web.
Master Promissory Note - Form to collect your signature and your promise to repay borrowed student loan funds per terms and conditions of the loan.
NDUS - North Dakota University System
PIN - Personal Identification Number provided by the Department of Education for financial aid purposes.
SAR - Student Aid Report or a summary of information you provided on the FAFSA.
Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy - Financial aid recipients must meet certain GPA and course completion rates to remain eligible for aid.  Failure to meet guidelines can result in financial liability.
Verification - The Department of Education selects about 30% of all financial aid applications for verification.  This is a means of randomly verifying that financial information provided on the FAFSA is accurate.
WSC - Williston State College