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Late disbursements — where is my financial aid?

There are times when federal financial aid is not disbursed until after the payment period for which the funds were intended has ended. In these cases, federal financial aid earned prior to completing the payment period may be disbursed through a late disbursement. This article explains when you may be eligible to receive a late disbursement and the process for disbursing those funds.

A late disbursement will be offered to you — or your parent, in the case of a PLUS loan — if you were eligible to receive federal financial aid loan funds but did not receive them prior to completing the payment period. To be eligible for a late disbursement, you must meet one or more of the following conditions before completing the payment period:

  • The U.S. Department of Education processed your FAFSA form with an official expected family contribution (EFC).
  • A Direct Loan was originated for you.
  • A Federal Perkins Loan or a Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG) was awarded to you.
  • A Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant was originated for you.

Late disbursements are prohibited if:

  • It is a second or subsequent disbursement of loan funds, unless you have graduated or successfully completed the payment period.
  • You are a first-year, first-time borrower and withdraw prior to completing 30 days of your degree program.
  • It is a disbursement of grant funds and you did not have a valid FAFSA on file prior to the processing deadline.

If you are found to be eligible for a late disbursement of loan funds, the University will contact you prior to making any disbursements. This gives you the opportunity to accept or decline loans and to choose how funds will be applied.

If you are eligible, you will be sent a late disbursement letter. This letter must be completed and returned within 30 days for funds to be disbursed. You can electronically upload your completed letter using the My Financial Aid Documents link on the Financial Aid Web.

If student loans are declined or the late disbursement letter is not returned, funds will not be disbursed.

If you accept the loan, you can choose to borrow an amount to cover open charges or an additional amount, if eligible. Borrowing only for open charges will result in the disbursement of just enough loan funds to pay any balances due on your account.

Borrowing an additional amount of student loan will result in all funds being disbursed and any amount in excess of the account balance being sent to you as a refund.

Funds are disbursed in accordance with your wishes. 

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