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Frequently Asked Questions

Q. What is the University of New Haven’s Federal School Code?

R. 001397 - The FAFSA is the first step in applying for aid.

Q. How do I apply for financial aid?

R. You first step is to provide the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by the March 1st priority deadline.  Once the FAFSA is completed with our federal school code indicated on the application, it will be sent to UNH from the federal processor.  Note: We may request additional documents or information in order to successfully review your file.  More detailed instructions and links are found on Applying for Financial Aid

Q. How do I apply for merit scholarship at the University of New Haven?

R. Merit-based scholarships such as the Distinguished Scholar Award and the Presidential Scholarship are awarded by the UNH Office of Undergraduate Admissions at the time of acceptance and recognize a student’s scholastic achievement.  Visit the Academic Scholarship page for more more detailed information.

Q. What are the most common errors when applying for financial aid?

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  • Filing your application late
  • Incorrect Social Security Numbers
  • Omitting the school code 001397 on the FAFSA
  • Not using your legal name from your social security card
  • Submitting illegible, incomplete, or unsigned documentation
  • Failing to include step-parent income
  • Failing to report untaxed income such as child support received, payments to tax deferred pension and savings plans, IRA deductions and payments to self-employed SEP, SIMPLE and Keogh, Tax Exempt interest income, Untaxed portions of IRA or Pension distributions, Living allowance paid to members of the clergy, Veterans noneducational benefits, Workers' compensation, Disability, etc.
  • Under reporting or failure to report parent and/or student assets, examples found on the FAFSA worksheet
  • Incorrect reporting of number in household/college on the FAFSA

Please be sure to check your FAFSA carefully before submitting it.

Q. What is meant by “financial need”?

R. Each student’s individual financial need is calculated based on the following formula: Cost of Attendance (COA) – Expected Family Contribution (EFC) = NEED The Expected Family Contribution (EFC) is calculated by the Federal Department of Education from the information reported on your FAFSA. The EFC formula considers income, assets, family size and number of family members in college.

Q. What if my family has extenuating or unusual circumstances?

R.  Families who experience a significant change in income, marital status, loss of job, or encounter special circumstances that are affecting their current financial situation must submit a Special Circumstances Appeal Form and provide a detailed explanation of the situation along with supporting documentation to the Financial Aid Office. In some cases a financial aid counselor will request further information in order to perform an accurate evaluation.

Q. Will UNH meet 100% of my need?

R. The financial aid office has a limited amount of resources to distribute as equitably as possible to all of our financial aid applicants. We meet a percentage of a student’s need with grants and scholarships, loans and student employment. Most families supplement their EFC and unmet need through a variety of resources such as the federal parent PLUS loan, a private alternative loan or through the monthly payment plan.  These alternative options can be found on our Student Loan Page.

Q. How much aid will I receive?

R. Use the UNH Net Price Calculator for a preliminary estimate of your EFC and your UNH financial aid package.

Q. What type of financial aid is available at the University of New Haven?

R. Financial aid takes many different forms and comes from a variety of sources including federal, state, institutional, and private sponsors such as: Merit-based scholarships, Athletic grants, Need-based grants, Student Employment, Loans – Federal Perkins, Federal Subsidized Stafford, Unsubsidized Stafford Loan, and Private Alternative Loans.  These resources are all outlined in Financial Aid Programs.

Q. When will I know how much aid I have been awarded?

R. If you have submitted your FAFSA by the March 1 priority deadline and have been formally accepted by Admissions, you will receive an “estimated” financial aid award notification. The award will provide all the details of your “financial aid package”. Students selected for a process called "Verification" must submit additional documents to the Financial Aid Office.  For those students, a final award will be made once all required documentation has been submitted.  Your estimated award may be subject to change if the documentation you provide indicates a significant change from the information originally reported on your FAFSA.

Q. If I receive an outside scholarship must I notify the Financial Aid Office?

R. Yes. Anytime a student receives funds from an outside company, employer, agency, or civic group they must report it to the UNH Financial Aid Office. Any outside scholarship will first be used to satisfy unmet need and then to replace self-help (federal loans or work-study). Outside scholarships do not include any tuition remission benefits, Vocational rehabilitation benefits, etc. These types of awards will be substituted dollar for dollar from any university grants, including merit awards.  We can be notified by email at Financial Aid.

Q. Will UNH match a financial aid package from another institution?

R. Each institution has its own unique set of awarding criteria that may treat students differently, especially when it comes to awarding institutional funds. Most institutions do not get into the practice of matching another school’s financial aid award.

Q. Do I have to re-apply for financial aid every year?

R. Yes. Financial aid is not automatic and must be reapplied for each year. You can file the FAFSA anytime after January 1. Our priority deadline to submit the FAFSA is March 1.

Q. Am I guaranteed my financial aid each year?

R. A student’s need is determined for one year at a time and is therefore subject to change from one year to the next. Students are required to renew their FAFSA by the annual deadline each year. The Financial Aid Office strives to maintain the same award from year to year. However, there are certain factors that can cause a significant change to a financial aid award. These include: changes in a family's expected family contribution (EFC), reduction in the number of family members in college/household, change in marital status, moving off campus, going on a study abroad program, and making satisfactory academic progress.

Q. I will be attending a study abroad program through another university. Am I still eligible for financial aid?

R. Students studying abroad through another educational institution will be eligible for their federal financial aid through a consortium agreement but not institutional financial aid programs such as the UNH Grant-in-Aid or merit based programs. In order to process your federal student aid, i.e. Pell grant, Federal Student/Parent Loans or Perkins Loans, students must have their study abroad courses approved by their academic advisor for transfer into their UNH degree program, and complete a financial aid consortium agreement with the study abroad institution in order for our office to award and process financial aid.

Q. Who do I contact with additional questions or for more information on financial aid?

R. The Financial Aid Office is located in Maxcy Hall, Room 118B, and is open from 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM Monday-Friday. We can also be reached at (203) 932-7315, toll-free at 1-800-DIAL-UNH, ext.7315, or by email at financialaid@newhaven.edu.

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