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Applying for Aid and Forms
If you have not considered it, now is a good time to think about applying for financial aid. We strongly encourage all students to apply for financial aid. You may be eligible for more than you expect! Applying for financial aid at Curry College is a simple process that can begin right now.
- Checklist and Facts You Should Know - New Students 2015-2016 (PDF)
- Checklist for Applying for Financial Aid - Returning Students 2015-2016 (PDF)
All prospective and currently enrolled students are eligible to apply for financial aid as long as you are enrolled in a degree program, are a U.S. Citizen or permanent resident, have a high school diploma or equivalent, are making Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) as defined in the Financial Aid Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy (PDF), meet enrollment status requirements and must have resolved any drug conviction issue. Information about acceptable documentation for Citizenship verification (PDF).
Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form is used to apply for all need based aid at Curry College. Need-based financial aid comes from many sources. These sources include institutional funding, federal and state student financial aid, including grants, student loans and work study. In addition, the FAFSA is used by most states to award non-federal student financial aid. You can file the FAFSA online.
The online process can be completed in about 3 days. You and your parent(s) must each obtain a Personal Identification Numbers (PIN) at www.pin.ed.gov. The pin will allow you and your parent to electronically "sign" the FAFSA by inputting the PIN instead of requiring a printed and signed signature page which could delay the processing of your FAFSA.
After you and your parent(s) have received your PIN(s), go to www.fafsa.ed.gov to complete the FAFSA online. You must list Curry College's federal school code of 002143 in order for Curry to receive your information. The website will guide you through the application process. You will need your family income and asset information readily available as you complete the FAFSA. If you have questions about the FAFSA application, you can call the toll-free help line at 1-800-433-3243. Curry should receive your FAFSA information approximately 2 weeks after you submit your FAFSA.
Enrolling for the Academic Year 2015-2016?
For all First-Time Aid Applicants
In addition to the FAFSA, you and your parent(s) will be required to submit signed copies of all your 2014 Federal Income Tax returns, including all schedules; and a Family Information and Verification Form. If your application is selected for Verification by either the federal processor or by Curry College, you will also be required to confirm your federal income tax information with the IRS through either the IRS data retrieval process on the FAFSA or IRS Tax Return Transcripts. Further information regarding obtaining IRS data or transcripts is provided on the Family Information and Verification Form. Additional information may also be required.
Deadlines and Award Notifications
Traditional Entering Undergraduate Students (First Year and Transfer Students)
You can file your FAFSA anytime beginning January 1. The priority deadline is March 1 for the upcoming academic year.
Award Letters are sent to newly accepted students beginning early March and are mailed on a rolling basis to students who have completed the application process and submitted all requested information.
January admits - Priority deadline is December 1.
Award Letters are available beginning late November and are mailed on a rolling basis to students who have completed the application process and submitted all requested information.
Continuing Undergraduate Students
As a result of recent changes to federal processing, Curry College has instituted some changes to its financial aid application procedures for returning students. While you can complete the FAFSA at any time beginning January 1, we are encouraging parents and students to complete their federal tax returns first. Once the tax return has been submitted, when completing the 2015-2016 FAFSA, you should follow the prompts to use the IRS Data Retrieval on the FAFSA application. This will initiate an electronic transfer of information to the FAFSA and ultimately to Curry College. If you are unable to electonically transfer your tax information through the data retrieval process, you can submit IRS tax return transcipts in place of the data retrieval. Copies of tax returns are no longer eligible to be submitted by you and your family because all taxable income data is required to come to the College solely from the IRS. Instructions for Completing IRS Data Retrieval or Requesting an IRS Tax Transcipt (PDF)
The priority deadline is April 15 for the upcoming academic year.
Award Letters are available beginning early April and are mailed to the home address on a rolling basis for those students who have completed the application process and submitted all requested information. You can check your award status at any time by logging into your myCurry account.
Enrollment in a program of study abroad approved for credit by the College may be considered enrollment at Curry College for purposes of applying for federal and state student financial aid. Students seeking study abroad opportunities are encouraged to speak with a financial aid counselor to discuss their individual circumstances. Steps to Securing Financial Aid for Study Abroad (PDF)
The Consortium Agreement Form (PDF) may be used for courses approved to be taken elsewhere, provided the student has the form completed by the Consortium School/Program and submits the appropriate financial aid application materials to the Curry College Office of Student Financial Services.
Curry College awards most of its institutional funds and all federal and state assistance based on financial need as demonstrated by the analysis of student and parents, if applicable, financial resources indicated on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and the federal tax returns of the family. These funds are known as need-based financial aid. Additionally, the College awards a number of institutional merit based awards which do not require the filing of the FAFSA.
A need-based aid philosophy assumes the student and parents are primarily responsible for the cost of an education to the extent of their ability and financial aid is used to supplement the efforts of the family. The College uses Federal Methodology, (FM) which is the formula used by the federal government to determine your Expected Family Contribution (EFC) . Federal Methodology evaluates your income and assets, provides non-discretionary allowances against both resources and determines how much your family can contribute. The EFC is then subtracted from your cost of attendance to calculate your financial need. Your financial need is used to determine the amount and type of aid - such as federal work study, loans, or grants - that you are eligible to receive, dependant on funding levels and the terms and the specific eligibility requirements of each fund.
To receive need-based federal, state or institutional financial aid, the student must meet certain requirements. You must:
- Be a U.S. citizen or eligible noncitizen.
- Have a valid Social Security Number (unless you're from the Republic of the Marshall Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia, or the Republic of Palau).
- Be registered with Selective Service if you are male and 18 to 25 years of age (go to www.sss.gov for more information).
- Have a high school diploma or a General Education Development (GED) Certificate or pass an exam approved by the U.S. Department of Education.
- Be enrolled or accepted for enrollment as a regular student working toward a degree or certificate in an eligible program at a school that participates in the federal student aid programs.
- Not have a drug conviction (PDF) for an offense that occurred while you were receiving federal student aid (such as grants, loans, or work-study).
- You must not owe a refund on a federal grant or be in default on a federal student loan.
- You must demonstrate financial need (except for Federal Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans).
- You must be making Satisfactory Academic Progress.
Financial aid comes in three forms: scholarships and grants, loans and student employment. Curry College provides students with millions of dollars in financial aid each year. The College uses its own endowment funds; gifts from friends, foundations and corporations, alumni, parents, and other donors to be able to provide this funding to our students. Curry also receives substantial funding from the various state and federal financial aid programs. We believe in the potential of every Curry College student and realize that financing a student's education can be challenging for a family. The College is committed to providing students and families with tools to assist in the education financing process.
Outside Aid/Private Scholarships is any financial aid offered by a private agency or entity. For example: Rotary Club, Walmart, etc. Any student who receives funds from a source not listed on their Curry College Financial Aid Award Letter prior to or during the academic year, is required to notify the Office of Student Financial Services in writing of the receipt of such funds. Outside Scholarships are used to reduce institutional unmet need, if any. If the student has no unmet need, the College will reduce Federal Work Study and/or Federal Perkins Loan, or Massachusetts No Interest Loan funds before reducing institutional grant funds.
For additional information on federal financial aid programs, please the U.S. Department of Education Student Guide.
For additional information on financial aid programs at Curry College, please refer to the 2015-2016 Financial Aid Award Guide. To receive a paper copy of this document, please contact the Office of Student Financial Services at 617-333-2354 or by email at email@example.com.
For general information about financial aid policies and a student's Rights and Responsibilities, view the Curry College Course Catalog (PDF).