Office of Financial Aid
3/14/16 - Changes to financial aid application
Welcome to the University of the District of Columbia's Office of Financial Aid. We have committed ourselves to helping students bridge the gap between their personal resources and the cost of attending school. We strive to maintain the highest standards of customer service to our students, staff, administration and the entire community.
Fall 2016 - Important Dates
|Priority deadline to submit all required documents*||Friday, May 6th|
|Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) Appeal Submission Deadline**||Tuesday, August 23rd|
|Skip The Trip (Online Chat 9:00-5:00) (http://www.udc.edu/financial_aid/office_financial_aid )||Monday, August 8th through Friday, August 19th|
|Fall Semester Begins||Monday, August 22nd|
|Payment Plan Period |
|Friday, April1st through Sunday, August 28th|
Book Authorization Period *
Online orders must be placed by Saturday, August 27th
|Monday, August 15th through Tuesday, August 30th|
|Attendance Verification Deadline||Friday, September 2nd|
|Deadline to Opt out of University sponsored Health Insurance http://www.firststudent.com/||Sunday, September 11th|
|Disbursements***||Standard: Tuesday, September 6th |
Fall Only Loan Recipients: 1st disbursement-Tuesday, September 6th and 2nd disbursement Wednesday, October 19th
First Year (less than 30crs), First Time UG Loan Borrower’s (Fall Only Loans) : September 22nd and 2nd disbursement Wednesday, October 19th
|Exit Counseling for Spring Graduates*** www.studentloans.gov||Monday, December 5th through Friday, December 16th|
* Students who do not meet the financial aid priority application deadline are strongly encouraged to make payment arrangements through August 28th at https://udc.afford.com/Home
**Submission of a SAP Appeal does not guarantee approval. In the interim of your decision being rendered, please make the necessary payment arrangements for tuition/fee’s and books.
***Once aid has disbursed to your MyUDC account, allow up to 14 days for issuance of refund.
****Exit Counseling is required of all students who have borrowed Federal Student Loans while attending UDC.
Frequently Asked Financial Aid Questions (FAQs)
1. How do I apply for financial aid?
To apply for most financial aid, you will need to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). This application is used to determine federal, state and institutional aid. You may apply online at www.fafsa.gov. Please be sure to list our School Code 007015 to ensure we receive your application electronically.
Please monitor your MyUDC account, my.udc.edu for additional information and/or documentation request’s. All information and documentation should be submitted as promptly as possible to ensure your aid is processed timely. Additional documents may be faxed to our office at 202.274.6060, scanned by email (with your signature) email@example.com, in person at the Flagship Office (Bldg. 39, Suite A-111) or Community College (801 North Capitol St. NE, 3rd FL) offices .
3. I submitted all of my required documents. MyUDC account indicates my documents are pending review of a counselor. How long will it take for my award to be processed??
Processing times vary. All applications are reviewed in the order received. Student’s who meet our priority application deadline are generally processed before the start of classes. You may view the priority application deadline date by visiting our important information and dates page at http://www.udc.edu/financial_aid/office_financial_aid.
4. I checked my MyUDC account and one of my documents is marked incomplete. Why is my document considered incomplete?
Please visit the important messages tab in your MyUDC account for detailed information regarding your incomplete document. Should you have any questions once you have reviewed the messages tab, please contact our office at 202.274.5060 or stop by for assistance. Remember that documents may be returned by fax 202.274.6060, scanned by email (with your signature) firstname.lastname@example.org, in person at the Flagship Office (Bldg. 39, Suite A-111) or Community College Office (801 North Capitol St. NE, 3rd FL) offices .
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5. I did not meet the priority application deadline for financial aid. May I still apply?
Yes, you may still apply. However, student’s who do not meet the priority application deadline are strongly encouraged to make payment arrangements to ensure your classes are not dropped for non-payment. You may make payment arrangements by visiting https://udc.afford.com/. Additionally, in the interim of your aid being processed, you may want to consider renting some books at reduced cost by visiting www.udcshop.com to ensure you do not fall behind in your classes.
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6. I completed my Master Promissory Note (MPN) and Loan Entrance Counseling (EC) requirement's but MyUDC account still reflects a required status?
MPN’s and EC are completed and submitted through an external system (www.studentloans.gov). Upon successful submission, the University will receive electronic confirmation of completion within 48hrs or once your loan is originated.
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7. When will my aid be applied to my tuition/fee's?
Each semester, financial aid is applied after the 100% withdrawal refunds period and once instructor’s have verified attendance. You may view this date by visiting our important information and dates page at http://www.udc.edu/financial_aid/office_financial_aid.
From the date your refunds disburse to your student account, please allow up to 14 days for receipt. It is imperative that you ensure that your mailing address is correct in your MyUDC account prior to your funds disbursing. Should you need to make adjustments to your address, please visit the Registrar’s Office for assistance. Should you have any questions regarding the status of your refund once your funds are reflected on your student account, please contact the Student Account’s Office at 202.274.5168.
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9. I am locked out of my MyUDC account. Can your office assist with reactivating my account?
Please contact the Office of Information Technology Help Desk at 202.274.5941, email email@example.com, or in person Building 41, Room 316 for assistance.
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10. I have my own health insurance. Why I am being charged for the University sponsored plan?
All student’s are automatically charged health insurance at the time of registration. You may opt out of the University sponsored health insurance plan by visiting www.firststudent.com . Please visit http://www.udc.edu/student_affairs/student_health_insurance to confirm the opt out deadline. If you have any questions regarding the status of this charge being removed from your account, please contact Student Accounts at 202.274.5168.
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11. When can I use my book authorization at the book store?
Book authorizations are generally available beginning the week prior to the start of classes through the end of the drop/add period. You may view the exact dates for each semester by visiting our important information and dates page at http://www.udc.edu/financial_aid/office_financial_aid. Also note to qualify for a book authorization, you must meet the following criteria.
- Financial aid awarded/accepted must exceed tuition/fee’s (credit balance)
- Must be meeting Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP), http://www.udc.edu/financial_aid/maintaining_eligibility
- Have completed a Title IV Authorization Release for Non-Institutional Charges authorizing the University to utilize your credit balance to pay for the charges incurred at the bookstore.
Attention Transfer Applicants to UDC who will seek Financial Aid
If you have or will request Financial Aid (via FAFSA), the University requires--- for financial aid purposes --- verification of high school completion.
In addition to your college transcripts, please submit a high school transcript or GED transcript to complete your admissions application. This applies to Transfer applicants who intend to request UDC Financial Aid. You will be denied packaging for Financial Aid if your high school transcript is not on file!