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Important message about your 2017-2018 Financial Aid

Hello Students,

As you are aware, the federal processor is using 2015 income (same as last year’s FAFSA) to determine eligibility for the 2017-18 award year.  This change was introduced to make it easier for all students to file their FAFSAs on time with accurate income data.

Although the change is to assist students, it has not come without its challenges.  One of those is “Conflicting Data.”  If any income data element is different between the two FAFSAs (2016-17 and 2017-18), the federal processor issues a code 399 on the student’s FAFSA, and the Financial Aid Office is notified.

It is the responsibility of the Financial Aid Office to rectify the conflict by requesting documents to verify which information is correct.  Although students were awarded for the 2016-17 year, if conflicting data remains unresolved, the aid could be taken away, and the 2017-18 award delayed.

If our office is sending numerous emails requesting documents from you, and then requesting additional follow up documents, please do not ignore the request – your aid could be in jeopardy!  We are doing our absolute best to serve you by reminding you that information may still be outstanding.  We would rather send numerous reminders, than let the matter drop, and your aid be canceled!

Thank you,

Financial Aid Office Staff

 

Message from the Director

Our mission in the Financial Aid Office is to assist you and your family in affording the cost of your college education. This is accomplished through the awarding of grants, loans, and student work programs and by providing you with a supportive and comfortable environment where counselors are willing to work with you in obtaining the necessary funds you may need to attend BSU. My staff and I are dedicated to this mission and will be available to assist you throughout your entire college career at Bridgewater.

We have outlined the various types of Financial Aid programs available at BSU which include grants/waiverswork programs, and loans. Our Financial Aid Guide is designed to inform you of some general policies and guidelines that govern the various aid programs. We encourage you to read this guide and become familiar with its contents. We want you to be informed and become an advocate for yourself so that you will receive the maximum financial aid that is available to you.

If you need further assistance in the completion of applications or if you have questions or comments regarding the application process, your awards, or the service you receive, please feel free to contact either myself or any one of the counselors listed in this guide. Best wishes for a successful year.

Sincerely,

Janet Gumbris
Director
Financial Aid Office