MEETING COLLEGE EXPENSES:
A Guide for Seeking
As students prepare to attend UT Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas, they may discover their own financial resources, including help from their parents, are not sufficient to meet the costs of tuition, fees, books, supplies and living expenses. This guide is designed to inform you of the various options available to students for assistance in meeting these financial obligations. Additionally, it should ease you through the financial aid maze. The guide is not an encyclopedia of all existing financial aid programs. Rather, it is an introduction to the financial aid process and should provide useful information for students, spouses and parents.
Please read this guide in full before proceeding with the
completion of your application for financial aid or your financial aid form. You will find
the information to be helpful and may influence your responses. Additionally, we have
included a glossary of terms at the back of the guide which should assist you in better
understanding the world of financial aid.
No student should allow the pressures of financial constraint to cause a postponement of educational plans without first consulting with the Office of Student Financial Aid (OSFA). We can provide you with necessary applications, forms and advice concerning the rules and regulations of all federal, state and institutional financial aid programs available to our students. Additionally, we can provide debt management counseling and assistance in finding outside sources of aid for which you may qualify. Students are under significant pressure while preparing for classes or clinical rotations, and the OSFA will attempt to alleviate additional financial burdens for that pressure.
The Office of Student Financial Aid is located in M2.200, and can be
|Office of Student Financial Aid
UT Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas
5323 Harry Hines Boulevard
Dallas, Texas 75390-9064
Phone: (214) 648-3611 / FAX: (214) 648-3289
Applying for Aid
Since a students financial situation can change from year to year, you must apply for financial aid annually. Should you encounter sudden dramatic changes, do not hesitate to contact the OSFA immediately for guidance and possible assistance. By following the application instructions outlined below, you are applying for all types of need-based Federal, State and institutional loans, grants and scholarships administered by UT Southwestern. (See the Student Financial Aid Program Summary for a detailed listing.)
You should always keep copies of the forms you submit to the school, governmental entity or lender as part of the financial aid process. Additionally, include your full name and Social Security Number on all correspondence. Most problems arise from communication problems or missed deadlines. Maintain an open line of communication with the Office of Student Financial Aid. Maintaining contact may alleviate future delays or difficulties.
To apply for student financial aid you should:
|1.||Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) via the internet or via the paper form available from your Financial Aid Office or public library. Continuing UT Southwestern students should access their Renewal FAFSA via the internet by using your Personal Identification Number (PIN) that was previously sent by the U.S. Department of Education. (If you have misplaced your PIN, follow the instructions via the internet at www.pin.ed.gov. Internet access to the FAFSA is at http://www.fafsa.ed.gov. The results from the internet form are received more quickly.|
|2.||Complete all questions in Steps 1-7 of the FAFSA (if using the paper form, use black ink pen).|
|Allied Health and Graduate Students:||Your answers to Step 3 of the FAFSA will dictate which sections of the remainder of the form to complete.|
|Medical Students:||If you want to be considered for all types of aid available, you should provide parental information (purple sections) regardless of how you answer Step 3. See the Student Financial Aid Program Summary in this guide for aid programs that require parental income/asset information. Providing parental data will not affect the AMOUNT of aid you will receive, but may affect the TYPES of aid you will receive.|
|All Students:||Indicate on Question 86 that you plan to attend UT Southwestern (school code 010019) so that the results of your need analysis will be delivered electronically to the Office of Student Financial Aid.|
|3.||Within a few days of the date you submit your FAFSA to the Federal Processor, our office will receive your processed information electronically.|
|4.||The Office of Student Financial Aid will begin corresponding with you regarding any required supporting documentation or missing forms.|
|5.||Once the Office of Student Financial Aid has received your processed data electronically and any requested documentation, we will send you a notice indicating that your file is complete and ready to be awarded.|
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