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Eligibility for federal, state and institutional financial aid is determined by a student's annual filing of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form. Mansfield University's priority deadline for filing these forms is March 1st.
As stated above, you need to complete the FAFSA.
Both options are available, depending upon your comfort level. The online version is encouraged because it results in less errors and a faster processing time. To complete the form online, click on this link: FAFSA. If you want a paper application, they are available by calling the Financial Aid Office at 570-662-4129.
Online applicants (and their parents if applicable) must request a PIN number by going to:www.PIN.ed.gov.
There is no income cut-off for financial aid. The amount of financial aid you will receive is determined by your family's financial need as calculated by your annual FAFSA.
Available financial aid at Mansfield University includes grant, loan and employment programs such as the Federal Pell Grant, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant, Pennsylvania State Grant, Federal Work Study, Federal Perkins Loan, Federal Direct Loan, and Federal Parent Loans for Undergraduate Students. In addition, a variety of scholarship opportunities are made available to students.
In order to be considered independent for federal and state purposes for the 2011/2012 academic year, or you must meet one of the criteria listed in step THREE of the FAFSA.
A new student who files the FAFSA in a timely manner can expect to receive an award letter in the spring. The award letter will indicate eligibility for specific financial aid programs. Upper class students can expect their award letter soon after the completion of the spring semester provided the FAFSA was filed prior to May 1st.
Students who are selected for verification by the Department of Education will be asked to submit tax returns and a Verification Worksheet to the Financial Aid Office at Mansfield University.
On occasion, the Financial Aid Office may require additional information from a student. When this is the case, the Financial Aid Office will notify the student what is needed for completion. It is critical that all forms sent to the student are completed in full and returned to the Financial Aid Office as soon as possible to avoid processing delays. For convenience, the forms are available on the Forms Page.
Also, students that apply for Federal Loans will be required to complete the Master Promissory Note (MPN) and loan entrance counseling on the https://studentloans.gov once the loan is certified.
Parents and/or graduate students that apply for the Federal PLUS Loan will need to complete a MPN also. The PLUS application can be completed online at https://studentloans.gov.
The 2012/2013 FAFSA will collect income information from the 2011 tax year. Thus, if your family experiences a decrease in income in 2012, it will not be reflected on your application. If you feel you have a special circumstance that affects your ability to pay, please go to Forms and Publications on the Financial Aid Home Page and complete the Special Circumstances Form. In order to process your special condition request, you must complete the form in full and submit all required documentation. Incomplete forms with insufficient documentation will not be processed.
If you are a new student at Mansfield University and have never borrowed a student loan, Mansfield University will pre-certified a Federal Direct Student Loan for you. You should complete the application process by completing an Entrance Interview and signing the Master Promissory Note (MPN) online at https://studentloans.gov.
Students attending Mansfield University only need to complete and sign the MPN once; therefore, if you are a returning student, your student loans are processed annually unless you notify the Financial Aid Office that you do not want the loan.
All students that have borrowed a Stafford Student Loan at Mansfield University are encouraged to manage their loans online at AES/PHEAA Account Access. Those who have borrowed a Direct loan while at Mansfield University are encouraged to manage those loans online at https://studentloans.gov.
Private loans are available through a variety of lenders. For information on private loans, visit the Private Education Loan page.
Students are also encouraged to pursue private grant and scholarship funding. Information can be found on the Links page.
You may speak to a staff member in the Financial Aid Office by calling 570-662-4129 or 570-662-4418. You may also e-mail us.