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Award Notification

A few days after you complete the FAFSA, you and The University will receive the results. To ensure your results are sent to UT, please add The University of Tampa (Federal School Code 001538) in the School Selection portion of the FAFSA. 

Student Aid Report (SAR)

The U.S. Department of Education will send you a Student Aid Report verifying the information you submitted on the FAFSA. Carefully review the SAR and submit any corrections online at www.fafsa.gov.
 
SAR comments will alert you to potential errors on your FAFSA, that you have been selected for verification or that other information is needed. KHEAA (see section on Verification, below) may contact you to assist you in resolving certain SAR comments related to: 
  • Selective Service issues
  • Social Security Administration/citizenship issues
  • Social Security number/name/date of birth match
  • Veterans Affairs status issues
  • FAFSA question 23 issues
  • Issues related to differences in 2015 income reported on the 2016-2017 and 2017-2018 FAFSAs 
  • Signature(s) missing from the FAFSA
  • Other comments that include wording like: "Your School may [will] request additional information to determine your eligibility for federal student aid."  

Verification

The U.S. Department of Education selects approximately 30 percent of all FAFSA applications for verification annually. This process is used to confirm that the data reported on your FAFSA is accurate. 
 
Regulatory changes effective in the 2016-2017 academic year allow the U.S. Department of Education to require schools to verify additional items on the FAFSA. In some cases, this may happen even after verification has been completed and could result in changes to your financial aid eligibility. If this becomes necessary, we will request additional information from you.
 
The University of Tampa has contracted with the Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority (KHEAA) for verification services and to assist students in resolving certain SAR comments noted above. If your FAFSA has been selected for verification or contains one or more of the SAR comments mentioned above, KHEAA will contact you regarding the steps you must take to complete verification or resolve the SAR comment(s). 

You will create an account using the KHEAA Verify secure portal. From there, you (and parents of dependent students) will be able to electronically upload the required documents and e-sign forms. 

Contact KHEAA directly: 

Respond to KHEAA's request for information as soon as possible to avoid delays in processing your aid. KHEAA will notify UT's Financial Aid Office once verification is complete (or SAR comments are resolved) and will make any necessary changes to your aid at that time. In most cases, we will notify you of changes to your aid via email to your UT email account. Changes to your aid are visible immediately on SpartanWeb from the "Finances" tab. 

Award Eligibility

Once the results of your FAFSA are received and you have been admitted to UT, the Financial Aid Office will determine your eligibility for all types of available aid. An award letter detailing your financial aid will be mailed to you. For your convenience, you can review your aid at any time on SpartanWeb.

Any documents required to process your financial aid will be listed on your award letter. You may also check for missing documents on SpartanWeb and download most forms from there or the Financial Aid Forms page. Please be sure to log into SpartanWeb to accept or decline your Direct Loans (student). 

Changes to your FAFSA may trigger changes to your financial aid eligibility. In such cases, a revised award notice will be sent to the student's email address on record.

Special Circumstances

If your family’s financial circumstances change after you apply for aid, contact your UT financial aid counselor. Special circumstances include:
  • Loss of income
  • Reduced income
  • Unusually high medical expenses
  • Separation or divorce
  • Elementary/secondary tuition expenses
  • Loss of benefit (child support, etc.)

Outside Scholarships or Educational Benefits

Notify UT of scholarships or funding received from other sources. Some adjustments to your aid package may be necessary to comply with federal, state and institutional regulations.

Disbursement of Aid

Financial aid funds are awarded for the entire academic year; half of the funds are credited to each semester. Loan entrance counseling and a master promissory note are required before federal loan funds can be disbursed. First disbursements for all financial aid (provided all appropriate documentation is completed) are scheduled for the day after the last day to withdraw from classes with 50 percent tuition credit as indicated in the Academic Calendar for each term. In terms where there is no last day to withdraw from classes with 50 percent tuition credit, disbursements are scheduled for the day after the last day to withdraw from classes with 100 percent tuition credit, as marked in the Academic Calendar. Aid awarded by the University may be used only during the fall and spring semesters. Institutional aid is not available during summer terms or special intersessions. Please refer to the Billing and Payment information page for information on the Bursar's Office refund policy.