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Undergraduate Student Financial Assistance 2010/2011 School Year

The University of Central Missouri Office of Student Financial Services is pleased to assist graduating high school seniors and other new and continuing undergraduate students who wish to be considered for financial assistance to help them pay the educational and living expenses they'll incur to attend UCM. For a smooth application process, you're encouraged to follow these steps:

New Students:

Apply and be fully accepted for admission to a degree program offered by the University of Central Missouri. Contact the UCM Office of Admissions for more information about this process. You're welcome to apply for federal financial aid for 2010/2011 even though you may be waiting to be fully admitted to UCM. Please be advised, however, that individuals classified as 'visiting' or 'non-degree' high school students for the 2010/2011 school year, in accordance with federal regulations, are not permitted to receive federal aid.

All students:

  1. Complete and submit a 2010/2011 FAFSA, if you've not done so already. Your FAFSA should have been submitted prior to April 1, 2010 for you to be considered a 'priority' applicant, however, many students apply after this date. The 2010/2011 FAFSA is used to apply for federal financial aid for the 2010 Fall semester, 2011 Spring semester and is also needed for you to be considered for 2011 Summer Session assistance. A 2010/2011 FAFSA can be accepted by the national FAFSA processing agency until June 30, 2011.

  2. Watch your email account for the acknowledgments that will be sent to you by the national FAFSA processing agency and by UCM shortly after your FAFSA is submitted. Review your FAFSA data carefully. Make any corrections to your FAFSA information in accordance with the instructions you’ll be provided.

  3. Approximately 35% of all federal aid applicants are selected by the U.S. Department of Education to have their 2010/2011 FAFSA data verified. If chosen (you'll be notified by email) carefully complete and submit to the Office of Student Financial Services the required Verification Worksheet with photocopies of the signed 2009 federal tax return(s) and W-2 statement(s) that will be requested.

  4. Watch your email account. You'll be notified by the UCM Office of Student Financial Services with instructions how to access and respond to (at your MyCentral Portal ) the types of assistance you'll qualify to receive during the 2010/2011 school year.

  5. If your parent wishes to apply for a Federal PLUS Loan, be sure to have him/her complete and submit the on-line 2010/2011 PLUS Loan Request available at your portal.

  6. If you’ll be borrowing Federal Stafford Loan assistance for the first time at UCM , complete your on-line Stafford Loan Master Promissory Note (MPN) by clicking here.

  7. If you'll be borrowing Federal Stafford Loan assistance for the first time at UCM, complete on-line federal 'entrance' counseling by clicking here.

  8. Full-time enrollment (12 or more undergraduate credit hours per semester) is required for a student to receive SEOG grant, Perkins Loan, Work-Study employment, Access Missouri Grant, and most scholarship aid. Half-time enrollment (6 or more undergraduate hours per semester) is required to receive Stafford (student) Loan, PLUS (parent) Loan, ACG Grant and SMART Grant assistance.

  9. Please read and respond to all mailed and emailed correspondence you receive from UCM. If you’re unsure about what to do or how to respond, let us know.

  10. Are you experiencing processing delays or problems? Perhaps you have extenuating family, financial, or personal circumstances you believe impact your federal financial aid eligibility or are affecting your ability to attend UCM. If so, stop by the Office of Student Financial Services during regular office hours to visit with a Financial Aid Officer. You may also contact the office by phone (660-543-8266) or on-line.

  11. Receive your money! Credit balance funds from Stafford Loan disbursements are direct-deposited for first-year students starting 30 calendar days after the first day of classes. However, credit balance funds from federal and state grants and loans (including Stafford Loans for continuing borrowers) and most scholarships are direct-deposited during the second week of classes each semester.

  12. Click here for information about applying for financial assistance for the 2011 Summer Session. This is done starting in February of 2011.

  13. A step-by-step guide for completing the 2010-2011 FAFSA has been prepared by the Missouri Department of Higher Education and is available by clicking here.

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