Beginning with the first disbursements of Fall 2006, notification of disbursement and the right to cancel are now sent to students by email at their university email address. Remember to check your University email account for important information.
Special Notice to Michigan Merit Award Recipients
All award notification letters have been sent to the graduating class of 2006. Students who have certified their college choice and payment option by September 21st will appear on the payment roster scheduled for the third week of October.
To use your Michigan Merit Award for 2006-07, you must certify with the Michigan Office of Scholarships and Grants no later than November 15th.
Remember that all awards are equally divided between two academic years. Students with a $2500 award will receive $1250 in 2006-07 and $1250 in 2007-08. If you have any questions, please call the Michigan Office of Scholarships and Grants at their toll-free number 888.447-2687.
Need additional funds to meet educational expenses?
You may wish to consider either the Parent Loan (largely restricted to dependent undergraduates) and has a 7.9% interest rate. An application can be completed by parent and student and submitted directly to the OFA. If a Parent Loan is declined by the U.S. Department of Education, the student can request additional Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan funds for the academic year.
Students can also consider alternative or private loans. These loans are also credit-based. Two of the most popular loans are the MI-Loan (Creditworthy and Creditready) and CitiAssist Loan.
MI-Loan's interest rate ranges from 6.5-9% with original fees of 3-5%. You can apply online for a MI-Loan.
CitiAssist Loan is tied to the prime rate of interest (8.25% currently). The CitiAssist Program will allow students to borrow for past balances, but loan periods cannot exceed 12 months in length. You can apply for a CitiAssist Loan online.
Special Notice to New Borrowers for 2006-07
After accepting your Federal Direct Loan(s) online or using the paper Student Decision Form, please allow a minimum of 72 business hours before attempting to complete your Direct Loan Master Promissory Note online (you can also receive a paper Master Promissory Note).
If this is the first time that you have borrowed in the Direct Loan Program, you can complete your loan counseling requirement online at http://www.dlssonline.com/exitcounseling/ecec-main.asp and even complete your Master Promissory Note online at https://dlenote.ed.gov/empn/index.jsp. You will need your U.S. Dept. of Education PIN to use the online process.
If you haven't applied for financial aid yet....
You can still apply for the 2006-07 academic year--even though the Office of Financial Aid recommends that all students use Valentine's Day--February 14th--as a reminder to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for 2006-07. Always use the www.fafsa.ed.gov directly (don't Google FAFSA) to avoid a website that charges a fee for processing. The FAFSA is always free at the government website.
If you have applied before, you should have a U.S. Department of Education PIN. If you have forgotten it, you can obtain a duplicate PIN at www.pin.ed.gov. Duplicates are usually available in four hours. A new PIN usually takes a few days. Remember that students and their parents must have different PINs. The PIN is used as your electronic signature when transmitting the FAFSA.
You can also complete the FAFSA online and print a Signature/Certification Page, sign it (parents too--if dependent) and mail to the address on the form. Your signature (and a parent's) are required to complete the FAFSA.