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Applying for Aid and Forms 2017-2018
The 2017-2018 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) cycle began earlier than in previous years. Beginning October 1, 2016 families can complete the FAFSA for the 2017-2018 school year. For the 2017-2018 academic year, you will be asked to enter income from your 2015 federal tax return. For the 2017-2018 academic year, you will be asked to enter income from your 2015 federal tax return. The earlier October 1st FAFSA submission date is a permanent change.
Curry College strongly encourages 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 than begin right now.
- Checklist and Facts You Should Know - New Students 2017-2018 (PDF)
- Checklist for Applying for Financial Aid - Returning Students 2017-2018 (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).
HOW TO APPLY FOR FINANCIAL AID
Establish a Federal Student Aid ID
Students, parents, and borrowers are required to use an Federal Student Aid ID (FSA ID) made up of a username and password, to access certain U.S. Department of Education websites, including the FAFSA. Your FSA ID is used to confirm your identity when accessing your financial aid information and electronically signing your federal student aid documents. If you don't already have an FSA ID and password, you will need to create one before completing your FAFSA.
To create your FSA ID, go to www.fsaid.ed.gov. Remember both the student and student's parent, who completes the FAFSA, must each have a FSA ID.
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.
After you and your parent(s) have received your FSA ID(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's 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.
Students and parents are strongly encouraged to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool to transfer your 2015 federal tax return data directly to the FAFSA.
Students may be asked to submit additional documentation to determine or finalize financial aid eligibility. The most common request is due to a process called verification. Verification is a process for confirming information reported on the FAFSA. It involves the collection and review of additional documents specified by the Department of Education.
Documents that are required for verification:
- 2015 IRS data retrieval or a 2015 IRS tax transcript
- Students or parents who did not file a 2015 federal tax return must submit IRS form 4506 to the IRS indicating the 2015 tax year to confirm your non filing status. In addition, copies of all 2015 W2 forms received are to be submitted to the Student Financial Services Office.
- 2017-2018 Verification Form
- Other documents as requested
Deadlines and Award Notifications
Traditional Entering Undergraduate Students (First Year & Transfer Students) for Fall 2017
The priority deadline is March 1, 2017 for the 2017-2018 academic year.
Award Letters are sent to newly accepted students beginning early December 2016 and are mailed on a rolling basis to students who have completed the application process and submitted all requested information.
Returning Undergraduate Students
The priority deadline is April 15, 2017 for the 2017-2018 academic year.
Award Letters are available beginning early January 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, dependent 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 2017-2018 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).