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Questions for Your Financial Aid Administrator

Your financial aid administrator is an important resource while you’re applying for financial aid at your intended college, and when it is time to reapply for financial aid throughout college. Get to know the people in the financial aid office because they are responsible for determining your Expected Family Contribution (EFC), Cost of Attendance, and in special cases, your dependency status.

If your financial aid status changes during the course of the year, or after you’ve already submitted your FAFSA, contact your financial aid administrator. Changes affect your eligibility for financial aid. If those changes make you ineligible, you can be asked to return the money you received during that time. See our list of top questions to ask your financial aid administrator, and remember to contact your financial aid office with specific questions related to your financial aid package. Also browse through our site for tips on getting scholarships and grants, and completing financial aid applications.

  • Will my request for financial aid impact my chances of being admitted to this college?
  • Will the college meet my full financial need?
  • Will the college continue to meet my full financial aid need for all four years?
  • Describe your financial aid program, including requirements for need-based aid, merit-based aid and scholarships.
  • What application materials are needed to apply for financial aid, and does the college have its own form in addition to the FAFSA?
  • Where can I find additional sources of financial aid?
  • What are the deadlines for submitting financial aid forms? Are there state financial aid programs that I should know about?
  • When will I be notified of my financial eligibility?
  • Once my financial aid package is awarded, will additional scholarships affect the amount of financial aid I can receive?
  • Does this college participate in a tuition payment plan that allows installment payments for each semester's bill?

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Last Reviewed: January 2020