Without a doubt, receiving an acceptance letter is one of the most exciting parts of starting your college journey. But there’s a second letter, called an award letter, that is also vitally important in actually making your dream of earning a degree become a reality.
Award letters are issued by financial aid professionals to organize how students are covering the costs of attending college. Letters use actual costs based on a full-time class load, and include standard room and board, and university fees. Miscellaneous costs like books and supplies vary, so they are not listed on the award letter.
Frequent Award Letter Questions
What is an award letter?
An award letter lists the types and amounts of financial assistance that you are qualified for based on your FAFSA. Award letters are mailed out by the Financial Aid Coordinator and are also viewable through the student portal in “My Financial Aid” under the awards tab. Your award letter includes your PIN and User ID that will allow you access to your financial aid information on our website.
When will I get my award letter?
Award letters are initially mailed out the first week of April. It can take a few weeks after you submit your FAFSA for us to process your aid eligibility and prepare an award letter.
What do I do if I don’t get an award letter?
Will my awards change if I’m not full-time?
Yes, all awards are based on your full–time semester enrollment of 12 hours or more. If you drop below full–time status, grant and loan amounts may change. Check with the Student Financial Services office to determine how changing your class load may affect your financial awards.
Do I have to accept the loans on my award letter?
No, you can accept or decline the aid offered to you by clicking the “Accept Awards” tab on your My Financial Aid page.
Can I change an award after accepting or declining it?
Yes. You can change an award to accepted or declined any time by contacting your Financial Aid Counselor.
What is the deadline to accept my awards?
The priority deadline to accept you awards is May 1.