Volume 47, Number 3 - September 21, 2009


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Chimene Garrison
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Financial Aid Department Here to Serve You

By Chimene Garrison

The beginning of each academic year brings with it the responsibility of financing educational expenses.

 The responsibility of securing the necessary funds to finance the cost of education can be a daunting one if the application and all documents are not submitted in the appropriate amount of time to complete the process from beginning to end. 

 The Free Application for Federal Financial Aid (FAFSA) is available on Jan 15 of each year and should be completed as close to this date as possible.

 I’d like to remind students that as soon as they (or their parents) can complete their Federal Income Tax each year, the FAFSA should also be completed. 

 Tax time is Financial Aid time!

 Submitting the FAFSA and all required documents by the Federal Aid Priority Deadline of March 15 of each year for the following fall term is the best way to assure your financial aid information will be reviewed prior to the start of fall. 

 Completing the FAFSA is the first step in applying for federal financial aid, and students should follow-up by checking on the status of their aid shortly after submitting a FAFSA. 

 Many students are selected for a process called “Verification” by the Federal Government and must comply with guidelines set forth by the Department of Education in order to receive federal financial aid.

 The financial aid offices send communications via e-mail to students as it relates to documents required to complete the financial process as well as information on other student related responsibilities such as standards of academic progress procedures.

 At a time in our economy when many are experiencing financial hardships, we urge you to be patient as many student records are requiring special attention and we are doing out best.

 The staff in the financial aid office is mindful that students and parents are sometimes not familiar with the requirements for applying and receiving federal financial aid and we are here to help you through the process.

 I want to assure students and the campus community that staff in the financial aid offices are constantly trained and retrained to assure we are compliant with federal regulation and will not knowingly misguide you.

 We are here to serve and welcome you to stop by and speak to a representative if you have questions. Never leave the department feeling confused, if you need additional clarification, feel free to ask for the assistance of another staff member, supervisor or advisor.

 As director of the financial aid office here at the North Campus, I welcome you to contact me and let me know about your experiences with the processing of your financial aid. You may visit the financial aid North Campus’ link via the Miami Dade College North Campus website at: http://www.mdc.edu/north/financialaid/ 


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