Once you have been awarded aid, you will receive an award notice. This will come in the form of a physical letter for first year students and an email for returning students – carefully reviewing this letter is the first step in accepting your aid. The information below as well as the links in this section will guide you through the process.

Reviewing Your Award Letter

Area 1. Type of Award Notice

  • Blank - this is the first award notice sent.
  • Estimated - first award notice sent to a student needing additional documents.
  • Revised - award notice that is different from the first notice.

Area 2. Cost of Attendance (COA)

  • The COA, also known as the budget, is an estimation of what it costs to go to school for a specific period of enrollment. The COA is calculated using an estimated cost of tuition & fees; room & board; books & supplies; personal expenses; and transportation. 

  • This is not what a student/family is expected to pay out-of-pocket.  Actual expenses may be higher or lower depending on your lifestyle.

  • Tuition & Fees and Housing Costs (for on-campus students) are the only items charged by the University.

Area 3. Expected Enrollment

  • This is the enrollment status your awards are based on for the terms listed

Area 4. Cost to Attend Less Gift Aid

  • This is the Cost of Attendance with Grants and Scholarships subtracted.

Area 5. Financial Aid Awards

The financial aid awards offered are based on the financial need of the student.  Awards are broken down into:

  • Gift aid (grants and scholarships that do not have to be repaid).

  • Work-Study (aid that must be earned).

  • Loans (aid that is borrowed and must be repaid).

Area 6. Net Student/Family Cost if using all aid sources

  • Cost of Attendance – Grants and Scholarships – work study – loans = estimated cost to family.