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These Steps Streamline the Financial Aid Application Process for Students
Complete the online FAFSA, every year, as soon as possible after January 1, using the required, accurate taxed and untaxed income information. List ETSU as a school choice using Title IV school code 003487.
Information from the 2009-10 FAFSA will be used to determine aid eligibility for the Fall 2009, Spring 2010, and Summer 2010 semesters. April 15 is the priority deadline for financial aid files to be complete in the Office of Financial Aid at ETSU to ensure timely receipt of funds for fall semester. Incomplete or inaccurate applications will cause a delay in the process. Students who apply after July 1 should not anticipate that aid funds will be available by the beginning of the Fall semester to assist them with their cost of education. These students should contact the Office of Financial Aid for information on alternate sources of funding.
If the student has attended a previous college ETSU will review the student's financial aid record electronically with the National Student Loan Data System (NSLDS). Discrepancies will be resolved by requesting a financial aid transcript from the student's previous institution(s).
The student may submit the results of the FAFSA, called the Student Aid Report (SAR), to the Office of Financial Aid. However, if the student listed ETSU on the FAFSA, the University will receive the data electronically and the student is not required to submit a SAR to the Office of Financial Aid. The Student Aid Report (SAR) is mailed or emailed to the student from the federal processor. The student should review the SAR for completion and accuracy. If selected for verification, the student must complete a verification worksheet, submit copies of the parent(s)'/student's/spouse's IRS 1040 tax returns and W-2 forms as well as any other untaxed income documentation to the Office of Financial Aid. The University may also request other information as necessary to complete the verification process.
Scholarship applications vary according to each program. Students are encouraged to apply early and be observant of each program’s individual requirements and deadlines. Please review the ETSU Financial Aid and Scholarship Brochure every year. The priority deadline for making application for scholarships is March 1, unless otherwise stated by the program. Applications received after March 1, will not be processed. The ETSU Scholarship Application is used for most scholarships. Students should check with each program for individual requirements.
All students borrowing at ETSU from the Federal Stafford and Federal Perkins Loan Programs are required to complete Entrance Loan Counseling, which may be done electronically online. For Stafford loans, complete your online Entrance Loan Counseling at http://www.studentloans.gov/. For the Perkins Loan complete your online Entrance Loan Counseling with your Master Promissory Note https://www.ecsi.net/prom5y/. Confirmation of your online completion of Stafford or Perkins Entrance Counseling will be sent electronically to the Office of Financial Aid at ETSU. Entrance Loan Counseling is mandatory before receiving loan funds for the first time while attending ETSU. Entrance Loan Counseling must be completed at ETSU, for loans to be received at ETSU, regardless of whether or not loan counseling has been completed at a another institution. Federal regulations require all student loan borrowers to participate in Exit Loan Counseling whenever you drop below half-time enrollment status, withdraw, or graduate.