Checklist for First-Year Students
Understanding the financial aid process can be challenging. That is why we have created this checklist to help you navigate your way through the process. Below is a comprehensive list of resources from cost calculators to finding scholarship opportunities and much more.
Remember, the Office of Financial Aid is with you every step of the way and you can contact us at any time for assistance and guidance.
It’s always a good idea to plan your finances. The calculators found below will help you estimate the cost of your education, calculate Expected Family Contribution (EFC), and more.
- Net Price Calculator
- FAFSA4caster (Expected Family Contribution (EFC) Calculator)
- College Board (Expected Family Contribution (EFC) Calculator)
- Direct Loan Repayment Plan
- College Board Financial Aid Easy Planner
- Finaid – Savings Plan Designer
Here are a few additional resources you might find helpful. Links to web sites outside the University of Michigan-Flint do not constitute an endorsement by the University of Michigan-Flint or the Office of Financial Aid of the sites’ sponsors or of the products presented on the sites.
Federal Financial Aid & Related Information
- U.S. Department of Education: News and resources for education, including the full text of many Department of Education publications. The source of federal student financial aid sites.
- Federal Student Aid Debt Resolution Center: Information concerning what you should do if your student loan is in default.
- FSA ID: Gives you access to Federal Student Aid’s online systems and can serve as your legal signature.
- Federal Financial Aid Resources: Resource on grants, loans, and work-study. It reviews the programs and how to apply for them.
- Public Service Loan Forgiveness: Under this program, borrowers may qualify for forgiveness of the remaining balance due on their eligible federal student loans after they have made 120 payments on those loans under certain repayment plans while employed full time by certain public service employers.
- Student Loan Borrower Assistance Project: A resource for borrowers, their families, and advocates representing student loan borrowers. This site is for people who already have student loans and want to know more about their options and rights.
- Teacher Loan Forgiveness and Forbearance
- US Citizenship and Immigration Services: Information on the general naturalization process.
- US Selective Service System: Students who are required to register with the Selective Services may register on-line at this site.
Asset Information Worksheet
This worksheet provides additional information about a student’s assets.
Care of Dependent Child Form
This form is used for students that indicate their care of a dependent child.
Cost of Attendance Worksheet
The Office of Financial Aid establishes standard student budgets each year as a basis for awarding financial aid funds. These budgets reflect typical “modest but adequate” expense patterns of University of Michigan-Flint students based on research conducted by the Office of Financial Aid. While actual expenses will vary based on your lifestyle and level of enrollment, this worksheet should assist you in planning your own budget.
Dependency Override Form
This form is used for students who, due to special circumstances, must be considered independent.
Dependent Care Budget Adjustment Form
This form is required for students whose amount of dependent care received has changed.
Electronic Enrollment Change Form
Use this form to notify the Office of Financial Aid of a change in your enrollment.
Michigan Indian Tuition Waiver Application
This form is for students who wish to apply for the Michigan Indian Tuition Waiver.
No Parent Information/Support Form
This form is required of students that did not report parental information on the FAFSA and indicated special circumstances.
Orphan, Ward of Court, or Foster Care Form
This form is required of students that indicated they are an orphan, ward of the court, or have been in foster care.
Re-Evaluation of Financial Circumstances Form
This form is used to re-evaluate your eligibility for financial aid due to a change in a student’s circumstances.
Revision Request Form
This form is used to notify the Office of Financial Aid of any changes to your financial aid. This includes a change in enrollment status as well as outside sources of aid. This form is also used to increase or decrease the amount of loans received.
Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) Appeal Form
This form is a requirement for students who have not met the requirements for SAP.
Students who are selected for verification will need to complete certain forms. Due to the fact that these requirements differ from student to student, you should review requirements through SIS to ensure that the correct forms are completed.
- Alternate Dependent Non-Filing Form: This form is used if you have requested a Verification Letter of Non-Filing from the IRS and have not received it.
- Alternate Independent Non-Filing Form: This form is used if you have requested a Verification Letter of Non-Filing from the IRS and have not received it.
- Dependent Verification Worksheet: This worksheet is required for students who entered parents information to the FAFSA and were selected for the process called Verification.
- Independent Verification Worksheet: This worksheet is required for students who were selected for the process called Verification.
- IRS 4506-T: This form is used to request a Verification Letter of Non-Filing from the IRS.
- Living Expense Worksheet: This worksheet may be required of a student if the student is selected for verification.
Below you will find the Required Reading document. This document explains how to apply for aid, what types of aid are offered, the terms and conditions of your aid, and more. You must read this document before you receive financial aid.
Michigan Financial Aid Information
- Michigan Education Trust (MET): Detailed information concerning eligibility and application procedures for this prepaid tuition alternative.
- State of Michigan Student Financial Aid: Comprehensive information about state financial aid programs, including the “MI-Search” Scholarship Search Program and Michigan Competitive Scholarship.
Study Abroad Resources
- Financial Aid for Study Abroad: An Undergraduate Student’s Resource: Covers topics such as how much does it cost to study abroad and how to fund your study abroad experience.
Comprehensive Financial Aid Information
- Federal Student Aid: Site provides free information from the US Department of Education on preparing for and funding education beyond high school.
- Access Group: Information on federal and private loans for graduate and professional education. Download the Access Advisor, a free interactive graduate/professional student financial planner.
- Educational Testing Services: Links to financial aid resources on-line for undergraduate, graduate, and minority students, and financial aid publications. Advice on recognizing scholarship scams and reporting them.
- The Princeton Review: Information about financial aid for law school, business school, medical school, graduate school and undergraduate education.
- MappingYourFuture.org: 12-Step Guide to Financial Success
Scholarship Guides, Sources & Search Services
- AmeriCorps: National service program that provides the opportunity to earn money to help pay for post-secondary education in exchange for a year of community service.
- The Art Deadlines List: Updated monthly with information about juried exhibitions and competitions, call or entries/proposals/papers, poetry and other writing contests, jobs, internships scholarships, residencies, fellowships, casting calls, tryouts, grants, festivals, funding, financial aid, and other opportunities for artists, art educators, and non-art students.
- Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf: Awards scholarships to pre-lingual deaf or hard-of-hearing students who use speech and speech-reading to communicate, and who are attending or have been admitted to a college or university program that primarily enrolls students with normal hearing.
- CareerOneStop: Search more than 7,000 scholarships, fellowships, loans, and other financial aid opportunities.
- FASTWEB: Lets you create a custom profile in order to match up scholarship opportunities.
- Scholarships, Fellowships, and Post-doctoral Awards for Minorities: Sources of financial aid for African American, Hispanics, Native Alaskans (Eskimos or Aleuts), Native Americans, and Native Pacific Islanders (Polynesians or Micronesians).
- Scholarships, Fellowships, and Postdoctoral Awards: Sources of financial aid for undergraduate and graduate levels.
Student Budgeting Basics
- All About Personal Budgets: Make the most of getting motivated, starting, and sticking with a budget.
- CollegeBoard: Understand all of your options when it comes to paying for college. Get the latest information about college costs, scholarships, financial aid applications, education loans, and college financing.
- Sallie Mae: On-line debt management tools (calculators, worksheets, and budgets), pre-college planning information, and a glossary of financial aid and loan terms.
The Student Information System (SIS) at UM-Flint is your one-stop for you to manage your various accounts. SIS is where you can take care of many requirements of your financial aid package, and also track your information. Here is a short list of the items you can check on through SIS:
- Accepting Financial Aid in SIS
- Checking Financial Aid Requirements in SIS
- Tracking Financial Aid Status in SIS
Student Right and Records (FERPA)
The University of Michigan complies with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), the federal law that governs release of and access to student education records. For more information about Student Rights, please click here.