Financial Aid Information

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SHSU Financial Aid & Scholarships understands the Simplified 2024-2025 FAFSA rollout is challenging for students and families and our team is closely monitoring this process. Our office will continue to act in the best interests of our students as we implement continued Department of Education updates and recommendations.



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Verification

Verification

You are probably on this page because your FAFSA was selected for verification. If your FAFSA was selected for verification you must complete all requirements for this process to receive financial aid.

About 22% of students who file a FAFSA are selected for the verification process. In this process, schools collect documentation from applicants to check the accuracy of FAFSA information. Additional documentation may be requested during the process of verification. If chosen for verification, documents will be requested through your MySam account.

Please do not submit any documents to our office that are not specifically requested.

What happens during verification?

During the verification process, our office collects documentation to compare to the information input on the FAFSA. If there is information that does not match, the financial aid office will submit a correction to the U.S. Department of Education.

It may take 5-10 business days to complete the verification process once we have received all of your requested documentation. Please keep in mind that this process may take longer during peak processing times.

Your financial aid offer can potentially change due to the corrections made during the verification process. If your financial aid offer does change you will be notified that a correction was processed and you can review the new financial aid offer on your account.

What documentation do I need to submit?

The documents required will vary for each student. Forms and requests will be listed in your MySam account.

To see what needs to be submitted:

  1. Log into your MySam account
  2. Find the Financial Aid Requirements box
  3. Click on the Financial Aid Requirements link
  4. Box with financial aid requirements

Note: Make sure you are looking at the correct academic year once in your account.

Why use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool?

  • Easy: Transfers info with the click of a button
  • Fast: Instantly retrieves your information
  • Accurate: Correctly fills in data fields
  • Reduces amount of documents needing to be submitted to our office
Steps to use the IRS tax tool

How do I get an IRS Tax Return Transcript?

If for any reason you cannot use IRS Data Retrieval, you can request a tax return transcript using Get Transcript at irs.gov/Individuals/Get-Transcript.

Please ensure you request the correct document. The Tax Return Transcript should look like the example on the right.

A 1040 and an account transcript are not the same as a tax return transcript

Additional Documentation?

Other documents could be requested due to federal requirements during the verification process or after verification has been completed. Remember to always check your MySam account for the status of your financial aid account and to view any requested documents.

You may be required to submit additional documentation even though you have not been selected for verification. These documents may include but are not limited to;

  • Citizenship/eligible non-citizen status
  • Veteran status
  • High school completion
  • Documentation of independent student status

If requested, please submit the documents immediately to avoid delaying your financial aid. You can access your MySam account by

  1. Logging into your MySam account
  2. Finding the Financial Aid Requirements box
  3. Clicking on the Financial Aid Requirements link
  4. Box with financial aid requirements

How can I submit requested documentation?

Scholarships & Financial Aid accepts documents for students submitted via e-mail, fax, postal mail, or in-person.

E-Mail: FADocuments@shsu.edu

Fax: (936) 294-3668

Mailing Address
Box 2328
Huntsville, TX 77341

What if I don't finish verification?

You must complete verification before your financial aid will apply to your billing account. Your financial aid will not award and/or disburse, if you fail to submit all required documentation

Please respond immediately to any requests from our department.

You will receive a deadline to complete verification, if you were selected for verification after you received financial aid. Your financial aid will be cancelled and you may be required to repay previously awarded aid, if you do not complete verification by your given deadline.



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Priority Dates and Deadlines

Important Dates to Know

Apply early for financial aid. Aid is given to students who have the greatest financial need and have submitted all required documentation to our office. Below are the priority dates for submitting a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Attendance Dates Priority Dates FAFSA Year FAFSA Submission Period Tax Year
Fall 2023
Spring 2024
Summer 2024
November 1, 2022 2023-2024 October 1, 2022 to June 30, 2024 2021
Fall 2024
Spring 2025
Summer 2025
March 15, 2024 2024-2025 December 2023 to June 30, 2025 2022

You may apply for financial aid at any time. However, to receive early consideration for all available financial assistance and to determine your eligibility in a timely manner, submit all required forms to our office by the priority dates listed above.

Applications completed after these priority dates will be reviewed on a first-come, first-serve basis and dependent on available funding.

Aid notifications will be emailed to your SHSU email account.


Attendance Dates: The semester(s) you plan to attend SHSU.

Priority Dates: Students who submit their FAFSA by the priority date are given priority consideration for programs with limited funding. The earlier you send in the FAFSA, the better.

FAFSA Year: The academic year the FAFSA will be applied to.

FAFSA Submission Period: The FAFSA is available online for students and parents to complete and send in to the Financial Aid and Scholarships office during the dates listed. If you have not submitted your FAFSA by the last date in this period, you will not be awarded.

Tax Year: The tax year you must use when filling out your FAFSA.



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Enrollment and Attendance

Enrollment

Undergraduate Students
Enrollment Fall/Spring Summer*
Full-time 12 or more hours 12 or more hours
3/4-time 9 - 11 hours 9 - 11 hours
1/2-time 6 - 8 hours 6 - 8 hours
Graduate Students
Enrollment Fall/Spring Summer*
Full-time 9 or more hours 6 or more hours
1/2-time 6 - 8 hours 3 - 5 hours

*includes mini-mesters, Summer I, & Summer II


Attendance

Students who receive federal aid must attend all courses. Failure to attend class may result in a reduction or cancellation of aid. As a result, a student may be required to repay any federal aid received and may lose eligibility for future financial aid.

All enrollment classifications are based on Federal requirements. While some programs may utilize different formulas for their enrollment classifications, the charts above are the guidelines used to award all financial aid.



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Special/Unusual Circumstances

Special Circumstances

If you or your family has experienced a significant financial hardship we may be able to help! If you have a qualifying special circumstance, our office may adjust your status to better reflect your current financial situation and increase your financial aid eligibility.

Income Adjustments

The Department of Education determines a student’s aid eligibility each academic year, using the student and parent’s reported income from 2 years prior. However, there are special circumstances we can consider to recalculate student eligibility using income from another tax year. The following circumstances may be considered if they apply to you, your spouse, or one or more of your parents:

  • Involuntary Unemployment (proof of unemployment is required)
  • Income will be significantly lower in a following tax year (involuntary reduction of income)
  • Loss of income such as alimony payments, child support, social security benefits, and/or pensions/annuities/worker’s compensation
  • Note: Self-employment or business income must be documented; therefore, the request may not be considered until after the current year tax return is filed.
  • Deduction of one-time payment which is included in AGI; funds cannot be used for every day expenses
  • Paid unusually high medical/dental expenses (in excess of 10% AGI; must be reported on Schedule A of tax return)

To be considered you must already have an aid offer for the aid year being reviewed.

If your situation qualifies make an appointment with a financial aid counselor!

Student/Parent Marital Status Change

Make an appointment with a financial aid counselor to discuss this special circumstance.

Divorce, Separation, or Death of Student’s Spouse or Parents

Make an appointment with a financial aid counselor to discuss this special circumstance.



Unusual Circumstances

Unusual Circumstances are conditions that lead to changes in your dependency status.

Dependency Override

Dependency Override requests are reviewed on a case-by-case basis. Only students who are estranged from their parents due to extenuating or unusual circumstances (example: abuse, family alcoholism, drugs, etc.) with documentation by an objective third party (example: high school counselor, coach, teacher, social services, police, clergy, etc.) may qualify.

A student is NOT independent because:

  • parent(s) refuse to contribute to the student’s education;
  • parent(s) are unwilling to provide information on the FAFSA or for verification;
  • parent(s) do not claim the student as a dependent for income tax purposes;
  • students’ demonstration of total self-sufficiency

If your situation qualifies make an appointment with a financial aid counselor!