1. Apply to Shenandoah University
Contact the Office of Admissions to apply to Shenandoah University. Financial aid is not awarded until a student has been accepted to the university. However, if necessary, an estimate of aid available from Shenandoah can be made.
2. Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid
All students should complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is updated every year by the U.S. Department of Education and is available for the upcoming academic year after October 1. Completing the FAFSA is the first step in applying for Federal Financial Aid. The FAFSA can be complete on-line at www.fafsa.gov.
It is strongly recommended students sign the FAFSA on-line by using the Federal Student Aid ID. Both students and their parents (if applicable) can obtain a Federal Student Aid ID.
To ensure Shenandoah University receives your FAFSA, be sure to list our Federal School Code: 003737.
The FAFSA must be filed each academic year in order to be considered for financial aid, with the exception of Shenandoah University’s academic scholarships.
Changes For The 2017-18 FAFSA
The FAFSA will have two major upcoming changes. The FAFSA will be available October 1 instead of January 1 and the FAFSA will also now use tax information from two years ago, the prior prior year. This means the 2017-2018 FAFSA will be available October 1 and will use 2015 tax information.
Please note: Shenandoah must have your social security number on file to match your FAFSA results with your student account. Therefore, you cannot receive any federal aid package until your social security number is on file. Please call Hornet Central at 540-665-4514 to provide your number. For security purposes never email you social security number.
Once we have received the results of your FAFSA, and you have been admitted as a degree-seeking student into Shenandoah University, we will begin the process of determining your eligibility for financial aid.
3. Submit Grant or Scholarship Applications
Complete any applicable grant or scholarship applications. Certain forms of financial aid at Shenandoah University have separate applications other than the FAFSA. It is important to ensure these forms are submitted to the Financial Aid Office prior to their due date. For example, the application for the Virginia Tuition Assistance Grant (VTAG) is due July 31, while the Virginia Conference United Methodist Scholarship application is due May 31.
4. Completing and Accepting Your Aid
You will receive your Financial Aid Package at your home address which must be completed and returned to the Financial Aid Office as quickly as possible. Delays in returning these materials to our office could adversely affect the availability of your financial aid.
It is normal to have questions about your aid, if you do please contact the Office of Financial Aid at 540-665-4538 or your Admissions Counselor at 540-665-4581.
Once you have received your financial aid award letter, please review carefully all of the financial aid made available to you and do the following:
- Draw a line across any forms of aid you are not interested in receiving
- Check the appropriate box indicating either you are accepting all aid not crossed out or if you are declining all of the financial aid offered to you
- Sign and return the financial aid award notice as quickly as possible to ensure your financial aid is available in time to fund your tuition and other expenses
If any of the items below appear on your Financial Aid Package they have been offered to you, now you must complete these steps to accept them:
Students who are borrowing a Federal Stafford Loan for the first time or have not borrowed in the past 10 years must complete Entrance Counseling and the Master Promissory Note. These are both completed at studentloans.gov.
Domiciled residents of Virginia can apply for the Virginia Tuition Assistance Grant. The completed application must be printed and submitted to the Office of Financial Aid by July 31. Previous recipients of VTAG at Shenandoah University do not need to reapply.
If you are the recipient of any scholarships or grants from outside of Shenandoah University, please print and submit the declaration of outside grants and scholarships form to the Office of Financial Aid.
5. A Few Students are Asked to Verify Their Tax Information
This process is called Verification. You maybe selected for Verification for a variety of reasons, you may have submitted whole dollar amounts on your FAFSA or claimed $0 income on your FAFSA. If you have been selected, the Office of Financial Aid must verify your tax return information. You will receive a packet of Verification forms in the mail explaining all verification steps. You can also print the Verification Forms and submit them to the Office of Financial Aid.
At Shenandoah we understand that Financial Aid is an important, and sometimes confusing, factor in your college search process. We are here to help you understand your Shenandoah University financial aid package and financial options. Contact the Office of Financial Aid.