Students must be master's candidates to be eligible for financial aid. In general, admitted graduate students typically qualify for aid as long as they are enrolled at half-time status and up.
To apply for financial aid for Summer 2023, complete and submit the 2022-2023 year FAFSA, as SOU's summer term falls at the end of the 22-23 academic year. To continue with the steps to complete the aid process, you may also complete the master promissory note and entrance counseling found on the Federal Student Aid website.
Once you have completed your initial FAFSA submission and registration for your summer SLI classes, SOU's financial aid office would reach out to assist you in finalizing your aid package. Financial aid funds are disbursed at the beginning of a session, shortly after classes start.
Please note that only federal loans (not direct grants) are available for master's degree programs.
SOU's financial aid office also has information and directions for the FAFSA process on their web site, including our school code. For questions about aid, please contact them at email@example.com.
Because SLI students are only enrolled as full-time graduate students during the summer, loans will go into repayment 6 months after taking classes. Students then begin making the few monthly repayments until they are enrolled again the next summer. At that time, students should provide their loan provider with proof of enrollment by following the "Enrollment Verification" process found on the SOU Raider Student Services page. Loan payments will be deferred again for the second and third summer, then resume after those summer terms are over. Making some payments on your loans in between summers helps keep the total amount owed and the interest accrued down. There are 3 or 4 plans to choose from, with the standard plan being 10 years to pay back your student loans.
For the delivery of any financial aid refunds, SOU partners with BankMobile to provide a "OneCard" for refunds and an SOU student ID. Students can choose to have refunds deposited to their existing bank account or to a BankMobile account.
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