Financial Aid Policies
Conditions of Award
The granting of any federal aid (Pell, SEOG, Perkins & Direct Loans, Work-Study) is contingent upon:
a. The authorization and appropriation of funds for each program by the federal government;
b. The receipt by UNH of anticipated funding levels in each program;
c. Any changes in federal regulations that affect your eligibility status;
d. Final approval of the University budget at projected funding levels.
You will be notified only if it is necessary to revise your aid as explained above.
Your financial aid award is based on information you and your family submitted on the application materials. It is your responsibility to notify the Financial Aid Office of any change in your or your family's circumstances. This includes the receipt of any additional financial aid or other resources not indicated on your award letter. If such a change does take place, we reserve the privilege of reviewing and possibly revising your aid.
Use of Aid
Unless you have received a specific, written statement to the contrary, this financial aid may only be used if you are enrolled in a degree program at the University of New Hampshire Durham or Manchester campus.
Academic Credit Requirement
Unless noted otherwise on your award letter, your award is based upon full-time enrollment for both semesters of the academic year (12 credits per semester for an undergraduate student and 9 credits per semester for a graduate student). If you are enrolled less than full-time, your aid will be adjusted accordingly (including possible cancellation). It is your responsibility to notify the Financial Aid Office of any change in enrollment status.
If you will be receiving a tuition scholarship, assistantship or any other aid from your department or the Graduate School, you should inform the Financial Aid Office in writing immediately. An adjustment in your loan or work-study may be necessary.
Satisfactory Academic Progress
All students receiving federal aid must meet satisfactory academic progress standards in order to be eligible to receive aid through those programs. The current standards for satisfactory academic progress are available on our website (http://financialaid.unh.edu) or upon request from the Financial Aid Office.
Return of Funds
Students receiving federal aid should be aware that U.S. Department of Education regulations govern the refund and repayment of aid when a student withdraws before completion of the semester for which aid has been received.
Duration and Renewal of Aid
Recipients are required to reapply each year since most aid is awarded for one year only. A Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is required each year and must be filed by March 1 for the following academic year.
The FAFSA deadline is March 1, 2015 for the 2015-2016 academic year. Your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) must be RECEIVED at the Federal Processing Center by this date.
2014/2015 Distribution of Financial Aid deadline
NOTE: There is a reference on the FAFSA/Renewal Application to "State Aid Deadlines." Do not be misled by these dates. These dates are when the FAFSA must be filed to be considered for aid from your home state. It is NOT the financial aid application deadline at UNH or most other colleges.
NOTE: In order to be reviewed for Federal Financial Aid, UNH must have your correct, complete FAFSA by your last day of enrollment for the academic year.
The Financial Aid Office reserves the privilege of reviewing and possibly revising awards. Therefore, applicants should notify us immediately of any change in either their or their families' financial situation. This includes notifying Business Services of the receipt of non-university scholarships.
Most financial aid awards are based originally upon the assumption that students will enroll full time (twelve or more credits per semester for undergraduates; nine for graduate students) unless they have notified our office to the contrary. Thus, if students change their status from full- to part-time enrollment, an aid adjustment may result.
If a student withdraws from UNH, an aid adjustment may result.
If your parents are divorced or separated, answer the questions on the FAFSA about the parent you lived with more during the past 12 months. If this parent has remarried as of the day you are completing the FAFSA, answer the questions about that parent and the person whom your parent married (your stepparent).
UNH does not require a Non-custodial parent statement
To be eligible for Financial Aid, you must be admitted to a degree program, enrolled at least half-time (six credits each semester for undergraduates; five credits each semester for graduate students), be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen. Check the Free Application for Federal Student Aid for a complete list of requirements.
The intent of the scholarships that are awarded through the Office of Admissions is to provide incentive to highly qualified students to enroll at the University of New Hampshire and to provide incentive to those students, once enrolled, to excel. As such, the decision to revoke a scholarship is not taken lightly, nor is it intended to be a purely mechanical process. At the same time, the scholarship is an honor; an institutional "gift" to the student that recognizes the potential for achievement and that provides support toward greater accomplishment.
Questions about this policy should be directed to the Office of the Vice President for Student and Academic Services, (603) 862-2053.
If you receive a scholarship from your high school or an outside organization, you must submit a copy of your award letter and/or check to UNH Business Services as soon as you receive it. They will, in turn, notify the Financial Aid Office.
If you are receiving federal aid, regulations state that a student's resources cannot exceed a student's need. If you already have an aid package and your need is fully being met, your scholarship may require a reduction to your need-based award. In many cases, this will reduce the amount of the loans or federal work-study which you were awarded. Check with our office for specific information.
STANDARDS OF SATISFACTORY ACADEMIC PROGRESS
(For eligibility for Title IV federal student aid)
University of New Hampshire
Durham, New Hampshire
Federal regulations require that a student “maintain satisfactory academic progress in his or her field of study” in order to be eligible to receive Title IV federal student financial aid. For students at the University of New Hampshire, “satisfactory progress” is defined as: Retention in a degree program by the Academic Standards and Advising Committee and at the end of the second semester of each year, having successfully completed the credits indicated below based on the number of semesters enrolled:
Number of Semesters Enrolled Number of Credits Required
9 or more the number of credits increases by 13.0 for each additional semester.
Both the “number of Semesters Enrolled” and the “Number of Credits Required” are based on enrollment and credits at current degree level and include UNH courses and transfer credits.
Enrollment at R+30 results in that semester being counted in the “Number of Semesters Enrolled.”
Enrollment on a less than full-time basis will result in the required number of credits being adjusted proportionally as follows:
Enrollment status at R+30 will be used.
6.0 -8.0 credits are considered half-time.
Maximum eligibility is:
Associate Degree Program - 6 semesters
Bachelor’s degree Program - 12 semesters
Dual Degree Program - 15 semesters
Graduate Degrees – time limit for each degree program (as determined by the Graduate School) in effect for the year being evaluated.
A student not meeting the Satisfactory Progress requirements will not be eligible for financial aid and will be notified via their UNH email. If eligibility is terminated a student may request Financial Aid Probation with a written appeal to the Director of Financial Aid. Probation status allows the student to receive financial aid for one additional payment period (semester). After this time the student’s progress will again be reviewed. Circumstances under which a student would be permitted to submit an appeal include death of a relative, injury or illness of the student, or other special circumstances.
As part of an appeal a student must submit information regarding why the student failed to make SAP, and what has changed in the student’s situation that would allow them to demonstrate SAP at the next evaluation. An appeal may be approved if, it has been determined that the student will be able to meet SAP standards after the subsequent payment period or the student develops an academic plan that, if followed, will ensure that the student is able to meet SAP standards by a specific point in time.
A student will be notified of the outcome of the appeal at their UNH email address.
Contact our office if you feel you have special circumstances not addressed on the FAFSA. Or, you can download and complete a Special Circumstances Form 2014-2015 and submit it to our office for review.
When your FAFSA is received by the federal processor, the "date of receipt" is recorded in the federal system. It is this date that will normally determine whether your application is considered as on-time or late.
File your FAFSA on-line, print a copy of each page as you complete it and print the confirmation page you receive after the completed application is submitted. Keep these copies in your financial aid folder. In this way, if there is a problem with the electronic submission, you have proof of on-time filing.
Please understand the risk you are taking with UNH and other colleges if you submit your FAFSA and do not retain proof of filing as described above. In such a situation, the "date of receipt" recorded by the federal processor will be the only determining factor as to whether your application is considered on-time.
You do not need to complete your taxes before you file a FAFSA. You can file a FAFSA using estimated tax information. However, once your tax returns are completed, you should correct the estimated figures with the actual return information. DO NOT send tax returns or any other documents with your FAFSA as they will be disregarded by the Federal Processing Center.
Tax transcripts may be required by our office. After your FAFSA has been processed, you will receive a Student Aid Report (SAR). Check the first page of your SAR. If it says that "your application has been selected for verification," have copies of your and your parents' (if you are dependent) Federal tax transcripts sent to the Financial Aid Office. Our office also requires that you send the appropriate completed Verification Worksheet Forms for academic year 2014-2015 along with your tax transcripts. If we require documentation, you will be required to provide an official IRS Tax Return Transcript. These forms can be requested online at www.irs.gov and a copy will be mailed directly to you within 5-10 days of the request. Tax Transcript Instructions
UNH Title IV Code: 002589
Financial Aid Deadline: March 1