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Step 2: Accept Your Aid Package

A Financial Aid Award Package that lists the amount of aid you are eligible to receive will be mailed to you. Your award may be a combination of scholarships, grants, employment, and loans.

Your Award Package is based on your FAFSA results and on the assumption that you will register full-time. The aid awarded is divided equally between the fall and spring terms. If your enrollment is less than full time, your award is adjusted based on your enrollment status for each term.

When receiving the Financial Aid Award Package you must understand and agree to the Award Acceptance Conditions.

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Reconsider "Small" Scholarships

When you look at the thousands of dollars you will probably spend on your education, a “small” scholarship, such as one worth $200, may not seem worth the effort. Yet, if you take the time to fill out the application, and use two hours to complete an essay, then get the scholarship, you have just earned $100 an hour!

Completing the Financial Aid Award Package

Review your award package for accuracy. Make sure your name, address and student ID number are correct. If you are aware of additional aid you will receive, please list that amount and the source in the space provided and mail a copy back to the Office of Financial Aid. If you have no changes or corrections, we will assume you are accepting the funds awarded and you do not have to return a copy. If you do not plan to attend Howard University please notify us immediately.

You can accept aid from one source and not another. Please consider your needs when you accept or decline your awards for the entire year. The loan amount(s) offered in your award package is your maximum annual loan eligibility. You may accept the full amount, reduce the amount, or decline the offer. To reduce the loan amount, cross out the amount listed and write the amount you would like to receive. Loans are disbursed in two equal disbursements, one half of the total amount each term if there is no change in your enrollment status.

Award Package Checklist

  • Read the entire Financial Aid Award Package carefully.
  • If desired, reduce the amount of any loan award by crossing out the total offer and writing in a lesser amount.
  • Report all aid that you receive from other sources that are not listed in the Award Package.
  • Return the signed Award Package to the Office of Financial Aid immediately, if changes were made.
  • Keep a copy for your records.

Information about the aid programs is available on the Aid Information & Requirements page.

Report All Scholarships

If you are a Financial Aid recipient, you must report to the Office of Financial Aid all scholarship awards that you receive. If you receive a scholarship notice after you have received your award package, add the additional funding in the space provided on the notice, sign and return the notice to the Office of Financial Aid immediately. Please advise any organization that offers you a grant or scholarship to:

  1. Make checks payable to Howard University.
  2. Include your name, social security number and your Howard University identification number.
  3. Send the check to the Office of Student Financial Services.

If you receive a check that is payable to you and Howard University, be sure to endorse the check before submitting it to the Office of Student Financial Services.

Revised Awards

The Office of Financial Aid anticipates that your award will remain as listed in the original award package. However, your aid is estimated in the Award Package. If your circumstances change, your aid amount may be revised. If you (and your family) have special circumstances, such as a significant decrease of income, or unusual nonreimbursed medical expenses, you may have them considered in determining your eligibility for financial aid. Contact the Office of Financial Aid for further information about the special circumstances appeal process. If your financial aid is revised, you may receive a new award package. Your financial aid may be revised if you:

  • Attend less than full time
  • Do not attend the University for fall and spring terms consecutively
  • Receive scholarships, grants, waivers, tuition remission, stipends, fellowships or assistance from other outside sources not listed in your award package
  • Receive funds for which you are not eligible
  • Document expenses that were not reported on the FAFSA, such as childcare or disability related costs
  • Fail to sign your promissory note within five days of receipt
  • Are granted a revision to your award package due to special circumstances by the Office of Financial Aid, Scholarships and Student Employment

Howard University Refunds and Adjustments of Title IV Funds

A student who withdraws from the University within the first 60% of the semester will receive an adjustment to their student financial aid. This adjustment to the student's financial aid will be based on a percentage which represents the amount of time remaining in the semester, and will be applied to the total institutional charges assessed the student, as well as the Title IV financial aid applied to the student's account.

The percentage that represents the amount of time remaining in the semester, shall be determined by dividing the total number of calendar days in the semester not completed by the student by the total calendar days in the semester. The total calendar days in the semester begins with the first day of classes, ends with the last scheduled day of exams, includes weekends, but excludes scheduled breaks of five or more days and days that the student was on an approved leave of absence. No adjustments will be made to a student's financial aid if the percentage representing the amount of time remaining in the semester is less than 40%.

The University will refund the amounts due from the University and the student to the appropriate Title IV program in the following order:

  • Ford Federal Direct Subsidized Loan
  • Ford Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan
  • Federal Direct Plus Loan
  • Federal Perkins Loan

If funds remain to be returned after satisfying all loan repayment obligations, any excess must be refunded to the programs listed in the following order:

  • Federal Pell Grant Program
  • Federal SEOG Program
  • Other grants or loan assistance authorized by Title IV of the Higher Education Act (HEA).

The University will assume the responsibility for making the appropriate refunds to the Title IV programs for overpayments received by the student, as well as overpayments received by the University. It is the responsibility of the student to pay the University for these overpayments within 90 days of the date that the student withdrew from the University. Failure to repay the University the amounts of the overpayments will jeopardize the student's eligibility for further Title IV financial assistance at Howard University as well as other institutions of higher education.

Timely Tips

  1. Apply early for Financial Aid. 2010 priority deadlines are: February 15th for new students and continuing students.
  2. Avoid delays; be sure to complete all questions on the FAFSA.
  3. If possible, use actual figures from completed tax returns (yours or your parent's) when completing the FAFSA.
  4. Do not leave blank spaces on the FAFSA, use zeros when appropriate.
  5. Use the correct Federal School Code to release your FAFSA information to Howard University. Federal Code: 001448
  6. Sign and date the FAFSA. If you provided parental information on the FAFSA, one parent must sign. Use a pen with black ink or a #2 pencil.
  7. Keep a copy for your file.
  8. Notify the University immediately of any change in your name or address.
  9. Send all requested documents.
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