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Things to Do Checklist

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

 

**Please refer to the definition of terms and acronyms at the end of this checklist.

What Should be Done

When to Start  * 

□   Complete the WSC Admission Application and provide all requested documents

Beginning December

□   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.

 

□   Apply for a PIN at http://www.pin.ed.gov/, which is required to sign your FAFSA electronically.  The student and a parent (for dependent students) must sign the FAFSA.

Beginning December

□   Complete the WSC Online Scholarship Application at https://fafsa.ed.gov/ .  If unable to complete the online application you may contact the WSC Financial Aid Office.  Priority Deadline is March 15.

Beginning January

□   Complete the FAFSA at http://www.fafsa.gov/, which may be referred to as FOTW.  Application must be completed each year after January 1 and preferably before the WSC priority deadline of April 15. 

Beginning January

□   Check and read your e-mail at the address you provided on all applications.

 

□   Review the SAR after e-mail or mail response is received from the Department of Education announcing the processed FAFSA.  Make any necessary corrections on FOTW.

 

□   Respond to any requests for information from WSC, including, but not limited to :

□   IRS tax transcript is required if selected for verification.

□   Other information as requested by the Financial Aid Office.

Beginning March

□   Respond to any WSC Scholarship Award Letter received. 

Beginning April

□   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 Student Center then in Finances. 

Beginning late May

□   Inform the WSC Financial Aid Office of any other scholarship awards.  

 

□   If accepting a student loan for the first time, then you must complete Online Entrance Loan Counseling at https://studentloans.gov  

 

□   If accepting a student loan for the first time, you must sign a Master Promissory Note at https://studentloans.gov.

 

□   Check and read your e-mail.

Beginning early August

□   Purchase books or follow the book charge process for the semester.  

Beginning late August

□   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.  

Beginning about the 3rd week of each semester

□   You may pick up your excess aid on the first day that it is released.  You may also receive your excess aid by direct deposit if you have completed the necessary forms prior to disbursal.  

Beginning about the 4th week of each semester

□   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.

 

*Estimated time of year to begin a task assuming that you are starting your education in a fall semester. See, also, important date information at www.willistonstate.edu

**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