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  Renewing Financial Aid
You must reapply for financial aid each year by submitting a FAFSA or Renewal FAFSA to continue receiving federal, state, and/or institutional aid. The Renewal FAFSA, has fewer questions to answer. Most of the information on the form will be pre-filled with the information you provided the previous year. You will only have to add new information and update any information that has changed since the previous year. As your financial situation changes (i.e. income, assets, marital status, medical expenses, etc.), your financial aid package is adjusted accordingly.

Eligibility for financial aid based on financial need will be based on your current financial status each year. You must continue to demonstrate financial need and satisfactory academic progress to remain eligible for financial aid. It is very important that you read your school’s Financial Aid Guide to learn about the school’s policies such as Financial Aid Probation and Suspension, Reinstatement, Appeal Process, Fee Deferments, Disbursements, Refund and Repayments on Financial Aid, etc.

Renewal FAFSA must be received before March 1 at the central processing office to be considered for priority funding. If you filed the FAFSA online in prior years, you should have received a Personal Identification Number (PIN) in the mail with renewal instructions. If you do not have a PIN, visit the FAFSA web site and follow the instructions for receiving a PIN. You may use your PIN to apply for aid online after January 1 for the following academic year.

In order to sign the FAFSA form electronically, both you and your parent must have your own PIN. If you have any questions about the Renewal FAFSA, contact your school’s financial aid office or the Federal Student Aid Information Center at 800-4-FED-AID (800-433-3243) or 800-730-8913 (TTY) for the hearing impaired.

Private Scholarships
If you receive a renewable scholarship, you must adhere to the scholarship provider’s standards of satisfactory academic progress in order to remain eligible for their award. If you fail to maintain the organization’s standards of satisfactory academic progress, you are jeopardizing your scholarship and eligibility to continue to receive the award.

However, if you encountered unusual circumstances (such as serious illness, death of a family member, additional course work required resulting from change in academic program or transfer from another institution, etc.), contact the organization to discuss your circumstances.

General renewal requirements may include, and are not limited to:
Maintaining a minimum GPA
Completion of general education requirements or the degree within a designated time frame.
Full-time status - If you enroll as a part-time student or fail to enroll for the next semester/quarter, you may lose the award.
Study within a designated field of study.
Attending a particular school
Sending copies of your current transcript or semester progress reports.

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