When it comes to the financial aid process, so often we hear people ask "Where do I begin?" We are here to help and guide you through the process!
What is financial aid?
Financial aid refers to any federal and state aid, grants/scholarships and loans, available to students and/or their parents to help offset the cost of higher education.
What does "pending" and "awarded" status mean?
The status of your awards will show as "PENDING" until the funds are applied to your tuition account.
Once the funds have arrived at the university, usually at the beginning of each term, the status of your awards will change from "PENDING" to "AWARDED".
I am a graduate student; will I qualify for federal aid?
Graduate students are only eligible to receive federal unsubsidized loans.
If I am a graduate student, and I have met my lifetime aggregate loan limit of $138,500, what other options are available to me?
The Direct PLUS Loan for Graduate/Professional Students as well as Private & Alternative Loan options are available. Click here for Grad Plus Loan information and Private & Alternative Loan options.
I am an undergraduate student working on my bachelor's degree; will I qualify for federal aid?
- You must submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (see below).
- You must be a U.S. citizen, permanent resident, or eligible non-citizen.
- You must be enrolled in at least 6 hours.
- You must be officially admitted to Lindenwood University.
What are the steps I have to take to apply for financial aid?
There are several steps you must complete in order to apply for financial aid. Follow these steps and you will be on your way to completing the process.
If a Stafford loan does not provide enough financing to meet my educational needs what else is available?
Why do I have to provide my parents information?
Even if a student's parents do not contribute money toward their education, students are considered a dependent of their parents unless:
- They are 24 years old before January 1 of the year you are applying for financial aid.
- They are an orphan or were a ward of the court until age 18.
- They are a veteran.
- They are a graduate student.
- They are married.
- They have legal dependent other than a spouse.
- They are currently serving on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces for purposes other than training.
If I have not completed my taxes what should I do?
You may estimate your tax amounts for now. Once you have completed your tax forms, make any necessary corrections to the FAFSA at www.fafsa.gov.
What does it mean if I am selected for "verification"?
Lindenwood University's Student Financial Services Office, in conjunction with the Department of Education participates in a quality assurance program. As part of this program we may ask students and their parents or spouse to provide copies of certain income documents such as federal tax returns, W-2 forms, verification of untaxed income, and Verification Worksheets. We use these documents in a process called verification where we compare income tax information and household size to the data you reported on the FAFSA. Without these forms being complete, we will not be able to process any Federal Aid (grants/scholarships or loans).
After applying for Financial Aid what do I do next?
Once you have completed all the proper paperwork needed for financial aid, you will receive a Student Aid Award letter in the mail. The Student Aid award letter will indicate the aid that has been awarded. If the information is correct, sign, date and return student copy #1 to the financial aid office and keep student copy #2 for your records. If the information is incorrect, or you have questions, Lindenwood St. Charles students should contact the financial aid office at (636) 949-4923. Lindenwood Belleville students should contact the financial services office at (618) 239-6256. If Belleville Financial Services is unavailable, you can contact the Financial Aid Office at the St. Charles Campus at (636) 949-4923.
Who should I contact with questions about my financial aid?
The Financial Aid Office is available to answer questions pertaining to your financial aid. Office hours are Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. or Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.. You can stop by the office which is located in the lower level of Roemer Hall on the main campus or you can call us at (636) 949-4923. At Lindenwood Belleville, you can stop by the office which is located in room M113 of the Old Main Hall or you can call us at (618) 239-6256.
Please remember your advisor or instructor cannot answer questions pertaining to your financial aid.