Financial aid is awarded in accordance with federal, state, and institutional guidelines to help meet your UWF financial need. All awards are contingent upon available funds. The University of West Florida has the right to change or cancel awards if funds are unavailable, your application contains incorrect data, your enrollment status changes, or your financial situation changes. If there is a change in your eligibility, you will receive a revised award letter.
Students Selected for Verification
Students, if your FAFSA was selected for verification, your financial aid award is tentative until you have submitted the required documentation, and it has been reviewed by the Financial Aid Office. We will contact you via email if you are required to submit the Institutional Verification Form and IRS Tax Return Transcript.
Types of Aid Awarded
Your award will contain one or more of four types of aid: scholarships, grants, loans, and work-study.
- Scholarships are merit-based awards that do not have to be repaid.
- Grants are need-based and do not have to be repaid.
- Loans are long-term and low-interest (3.4-6.4 percent), and most have deferred repayment provisions.
- Work-Study allows a student to work and earn money as part of his or her financial aid award. Awards are usually 10-15 hours per week and pay $7.79 per hour. ($7.93 pay rate takes effect January 1, 2014)
Award letters are emailed beginning in March for the following academic year. You can also check your status through the MyUWF student portal to determine if you have been awarded.
When you receive your award letter, please review the award letter and attachments carefully. Make sure your enrollment status, residency, and housing status are correct. If any of these factors are incorrect, or you want to decline all or a portion of the award, please notify the Financial Aid Office in writing.
Students, you need to be aware of the following conditions when accepting aid from the Financial Aid Office.
- You must notify this office of any additional financial aid or scholarships you receive that were not previously reported to us. Examples include: FL Bright Futures, private scholarships, tuition/fee waivers, tuition reimbursement, private loans, and vocational rehabilitation. You must also notify the Financial Aid Office of a change in residency. In some cases, receipt of additional resources will result in a reduction of financial aid.
- You must notify the Financial Aid Office if you reside in military housing or receive a military housing living allowance (Do NOT include Ch. 33 VA educational benefits).
- If you do not plan to enroll full-time, you must notify the Financial Aid Office. If you do not plan to attend for the semesters awarded, you must notify us. Your financial aid eligibility may change.
- Your enrollment status at the end of drop/add will determine if an adjustment to your award is required. Your award will not be increased as a result of a late add (courses registered for after the official drop/add period).
- Undergraduate students receive financial aid for undergraduate courses only. Graduate students must be enrolled in graduate courses or undergraduate courses annotated for graduate credit.
- Your financial aid is awarded for courses taken at UWF only. If you choose to enroll in 1 or more courses as a transient student, you should contact the Financial Aid Office regarding the effect on financial aid eligibility.
- Repeat coursework regulations apply for federal financial aid recipients. Federal aid can be awarded to repeat a course one time (if you previously passed it); however, if a course is repeated a 3rd time, the course will not count for federal financial aid eligibility. Please contact the Financial Aid Office if you must repeat a course (that you previously passed) for a 3rd time.
- Federal regulations dictate that financial aid only be awarded for courses that count toward the student’s degree. Additional courses, or non-required courses, are not funded and cannot be used to determine enrollment status and financial aid eligibility.
- If you are pursuing a second degree, or are a doctoral student, you can only receive financial aid for required coursework. This will be monitored through a Course Audit Form which must be completed by your academic advisor your first term of enrollment in the program. No financial aid will be disbursed until this form has been returned to the Financial Aid Office.
- If you audit a course, those hours do not count toward the required minimum enrollment status.
- Students classified by the Admission's Office as "non-degree" are not eligible for financial aid.
- If your award includes a Federal Direct (Subsidized/Unsubsidized) Student Loan:
- You are required to sign a promissory note if you are a first-time Direct Loan borrower. Once a signed promissory note is on file, no future signatures are required.
- You will be required to complete entrance counseling if you are a first-time borrower.
- If undecided about accepting the Direct Loan, accept it for now. You can decline it up until the point it is disbursed.
- If your award includes Federal Work-Study:
- The amount awarded each semester is the maximum you may earn during that semester (first day of classes to last day of exams). You will receive a paycheck every two weeks, not a lump sum payment. The hours/week designation after the Federal Work-Study award is only a guide for the student and supervisor. Following those hours precisely may result in under- or over-utilization; therefore, you are advised to check frequently with your supervisor regarding hours worked and hours remaining in each semester's award.
- You must complete the Federal Work-Study attachment to your award letter, by the designated deadline, to accept/decline the award. You will receive notification at a later date concerning job placement.
- The Financial Aid Office assumes no responsibility for replacing any or reinstating financial aid you decline or become ineligible to receive.