Calendar/Checklist for Current Students

 

 December/January

  • Be sure you and your parents, if applicable, know your Federal Student Aid PIN(s) (Personal Identification Numbers). Request new PIN(s), if needed.
  • Complete the Renewal Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)  prior to March 1 for maximum consideration of all available student aid programs.
  • You and your parents, if applicable, should complete your federal taxes before completing your FAFSA; if you cannot, you may estimate your income on the FAFSA.
  • However, it is best to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool option when filing your FAFSA.
  • Check with your state grant agency to determine if there are any other applications you must complete. You can also find information about state grants for out-of-state students on the Office of Student Aid Website.
  • The application deadline for the Pennsylvania State Grant consideration is May 1 (Pennsylvania residents only).   

 

February

  • Access information on Pitt-Bradford’s payment plan.
  • Begin a student financial aid folder for all of your important papers. Include copies of all applications, tax information, and letters you receive.
  • Review financing strategies.
  • Review summer aid information. Once you are registered for summer courses you can request consideration for Summer Work-Study. 
  • If you will be attending Pitt-Bradford this summer and have not received the maximum amount of Federal Direct Stafford Loan eligibility during the previous fall and spring semesters, you may have remaining Federal Stafford Loan eligibility. You can request your Summer Direct Stafford Loan by completing the Summer Aid Request form . You may also speak with a counselor about alternative financing options. 

 March

  • We recommend you submit the FAFSA by March 1for maximum aid consideration.
  • If you will be attending Pitt-Bradford this summer and have not received the maximum amount of Federal Direct Stafford Loan eligibility during the previous fall and spring semesters, you may have remaining Federal Stafford Loan eligibility. You can request your Summer Direct Stafford Loan by completing the Summer Aid Request form . You may also speak with a counselor about alternative financing options.

April

  • If you will be attending Pitt-Bradford this summer and have not received the maximum amount of Federal Direct Stafford Loan eligibility during the previous fall and spring semesters, you may have remaining Federal Stafford Loan eligibility. You can request your Summer Direct Stafford Loan by completing the Summer Aid Request form.  You may also speak with a counselor about alternative financing options.
  • If you are a Pennsylvania resident and you are interested in summer Pennsylvania State Grant consideration, you can apply through PHEAA between April 1 and August 1 by selecting the Summer Pennsylvania State Grant option.   Please note this will count as one term of grant eligibility.

May

June

  • You will receive an Award Letter to your university email account advising you of your Financial Aid.  You can also view your Financial Aid Award in the Student Service Center from the my.pitt.edu portal.
  • If you are a dependent student and your parents are interested in a Federal Direct Parent PLUS Loan, your parents can access information on how to apply for a PLUS loan on the Office of Financial Aid Website. Your parents can complete the application after you have reviewed your Financial Aid Notification from your Student Service Center on my.pitt.edu.  
  • Begin saving money for the fall semester. You should come to school with money for start-up expenses, such as your books and supplies.
  • If you need additional funds to satisfy your tuition bill and other costs associated with your education, you can access private alternative loan information.
  • Remember,  if selected, you will not receive a financial aid notification until you complete verification.
  • Respond quickly to requests and return necessary forms. When in doubt, contact the financial aid office.
  • Notify our financial aid office of additional funding you get for college (scholarships and loans, etc.).
  • Consider a cosigner to help you get your student loan.
  • If you take out a student loan, borrow only what you absolutely need to cover the cost of your education. When it's time to repay, you'll have other financial obligations, too.

July

  • Fall tuition bill notification arrives in your university email account.
  • If you wish to decrease or cancel your Federal Direct Stafford Loan(s), please complete the loan change form and return to the Office of Financial Aid. 
  • Notify the Financial Aid Office of all scholarships and loans you will receive. 
  • Sign up for Direct Deposit in PittPay. It is the quickest, safest, and easiest way to get your refund.

August

  • Fall tuition bill is due. Log into Pitt-Pay through my.pitt.edu to pay your tuition.
  • Your financial aid will be ready for disbursement 10 days prior to the start of the term (if all steps have been completed). If there are excess student aid funds after the tuition bill is paid in full, you will receive a refund. To learn how to expedite the receipt of your refund, visit the Office of the Student Accounts Web site
  • Remember to bring money for start-up expenses such as books, supplies, and off-campus apartment expenses.

September/October

  • Study, work hard, and enjoy!

November

  • Spring tuition bill notification arrives in your university e-mail account.
  • Share this with your parents if they are helping pay the bill. Your student aid will appear as a credit on the bill.
  • If you wish to decrease or cancel your Federal Direct Stafford Loan(s), please complete the loan change form and return to the Office of Financial Aid.

December

  • Spring tuition bill is due. Log into Pitt-Pay through my.pitt.edu to pay your tuition.
  • Get ready! It's time to begin the student aid application process for next year. See January for instructions.