Financial Aid

About Financial Aid
3 Easy Steps to Apply for Financial Aid

General Eligibility Criteria
To prove financial need. For some income sources, this is not a requirement.

To be an American citizen or eligible non-citizen.

To have a valid Social Security Number.

If male, to be registered in the Selective Service.

To be enrolled or accepted to enroll as an student in one of the certification or graduate programs.

To be enrolled at least half-time in graduate classes for direct loans.

To maintain a satisfactory academic progress in the program.

To sign the certification statement on the Free Application Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) that shows the student is not in arreas with a federal loan, nor the student is in debt with a federal grant, and the money will be used for educational purposes.

To show that the student is qualified for college education through a High School Diploma or an equivalent title such as the General Education Development (GED) that completes high school education in a home environment approved by State Law.To classify for federal, state and institutional financial aid, the students must meet the next requirements:
Proof of Eligibility
Only American citizens and eligible non-citizens are able to receive federal aid. If your Student Aid Report (SAR) indicates that you must present documentation to prove that you are an American citizen, you must present the documentation that proves that you are an American citizen. If your Student Aid Report indicates that you must present documentation to prove that you are an eligible non-citizen, you must present documentation that proves that you are an eligible non-citizen. The original copies signed (by issuing institution or student, as appropriate) of the following documents are accepted:
Proof of Eligibility
Proof of Eligibility
• Certificate of Naturalization
• Certificate of U.S. Citizenship
• U.S. Passport Card
• U.S. Passport Letter
• U.S. Birth Certificate
• I-551
• I-94 or I-94A
• I-571
• VTVPA - HHS certification or eligibility
• VAWA - I-360 with I-79
• Jay Treaty documents
Apply For Aid - Getting Started
Watch this video (7 Easy Steps to the FAFSA) to complete the FAFSA documentation.

SIU's Federal School code is 042169
Federal Funding Aid and Selective Service
What is the Selective Service System?

By law, most men between the ages of 18 and 25 are required to register in the Selective Service.

To register in the Selective System is not the same as joing the United States Army. In case of a draft, men will be selected by a random secuence and year of birth to serve in the Armed Forces.

If you are applying for student federal aid for the first time or your Student Aid Report indicates that you must register in the Selective Service, follow the steps below.
Who must register?
American citizens or aliens who live in the U.S.A. born in or after 1960 must be registered between the ages of 18 and 25.

How to register:

Choose the "Register" option in Free Aplication for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at www.fafsa.ed.gov, and the Department of Education will provide the Selective Service the information to register you.

(Important: students must have a Social Security Number for this registration method).

The Selective Service forms are available in every post office in the U.S.A. You can complete, sign, and submit the form to the Selective Service. If you have not receive a Social Security Number yet, you can leave the corresponding space blank.

Foreign men can register in any American embassy or consulate.
Who is not required to register?
The following are not required for registration:

Men temporarily living in the U.S.A. with tourist or student visa.

Men born on December 31 1959 or before.

Foreign male permanent residents who entered the U.S.A. at the age of 26 or more.

If you are foreign male permanent residents who entered the U.S.A. at the age of 26 or more, you must present documentation of your arrival date in the U.S.A. and your immigration status. If you have any questions, you can contact SIU's financial aid office.
Age 26 and Over and Not Registered?
Men who should have registered between the ages of 18 and 25 and are now 26 years old without registration on the Selective Service System (SSS) must complete the application form for State Information Letter (SIL).

The form is available at www.sss.gov and must be submitted to the Financial Aid Office and the SSS along the supporting documentation.

Depending on the student situation, SIU can exempt the registration on the Selective Service for financial aid purposes.

Questions? For more information, visit the Selective Service System website at www.sss.gov
Announcements
Start Your Fall Financial Aid Application Early! File the 2021-22 FAFSA!

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for the 2021-2022 academic year is now available here. The U.S. Department of Education redesigned the FAFSA website to make it mobile-friendly and also introduced a new smartphone application called myStudentAid.gov that allows you to complete the FAFSA on your phone.

File Early to Avoid Delays!

Use SIU's Federal Code 042169 to ensure we receive your FAFSA information. Once your FAFSA information has been received, we will contact you with important information on the next steps.

Use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool, when possible, to import your 2019 tax information directly from the IRS.

Read carefully and don’t rush through questions.

Don't forget to sign your FAFSA with your FSA ID. If you are a dependent student, your parent or guardian also needs to sign your FAFSA with an FSA ID. If you are a first-time filer, create your FSA ID as soon as possible. Your FSA ID serves as your electronic signature.

For more information on filing the FAFSA, Visit Federal Student Aid.

Annual Student Loan Acknowledgement

CARES Act Emergency Relief Funds Distribution
ED Gainful Employment
The Department of Education requires that all institutions disclose the required remunerated employment information using a standard disclosure template issued by the Secretary of Education. Providing all the paid employment disclosures required in this way allows an easy comparison of the information related to the program. See below for paid employment disclosures required by SIU.

Important:
Some documents are providad as PDF. You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to open the files.
Financial Aid offered at San Ignacio University
The following aid is offered at San Ignacio University:
Grant
State Scholarship
Federal Student Loans
Veteran Aid
Grant
The grants are provided by the Federal government, the State or the institution to cover education expenses. The grants are based, generally, on the financial need determined by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). There is no refund obligation for the grants.
Grant Award
2021- 2022 Academic Year
Application Process and Criteria
Federal Pell Grant
Maximum Pell is $6,495.00

2020-2021
Maximum Pell is $6,345.00
Need based, complete the FAFSA. Students must be enrolled full-time in order to receive the maximum amount of Pell Grant. Awards are prorated and adjusted according to enrollment and attendance.
Jose Marti Scholarship Challenge Grant (State of Florida)
$2,000
The student is a Florida resident of Hispanic origin, minimum unweighted high school GPA of 3.0, Priority is for need-based; complete the FAFSA and Initial Student Florida Financial Aid Application. Graduates may apply. Must complete the Florida Residency Affidavit.
The Florida Postsecondary Student Assistance Grant (State of Florida)
Minimum award of $200, maximum award of $2,413 per year, determined by the University
Need-based, complete the FAFSA renewable for up to 9 semesters based on satisfactory academic progress and continued need. Must complete the Florida Residency Affidavit.
Iraq and Afghanistan Service Grant
Up to $6,495.00 (an amount equal to the Pell Grant)
The student is not eligible for Pell Grant, but whose parent or guardian was a member of the U.S. Armed Forces and died as a result of service performed in Iraq or Afghanistan after September 11, 2001. Must be 24 years of age or under, or enrolled in college at the time of the parent or guardian’s death
State Scholarship
Scholarship Award
2021-2022
Application Process and Criteria
Jose Marti Scholarship Challenge Fund
Up to $6,495.00
2021-2022
Up to $6,195.00
•Be Florida resident

•US citizen or eligible noncitizen.

•Be of Hispanic culture (born in or having a natural parent who was born in either Mexico or a Hispanic country of the Caribbean, Central or South America, regardless of race).

•GPA requirements: ◦Undergraduate scholarships: Have earned a 3.0 minimum unweighted cumulative GPA by the fall semester of senior year in high school. ◦Graduate-level scholarship: 3.0 institutional cumulative GPA for undergraduate college work.

•Enroll as a degree-seeking: ◦Undergraduate: for a minimum of 12 credit hours of study each term. ◦Graduate: for a minimum of 9 credit hours of study each term.

•Not owe a repayment or be in default under any state or federal grant, loan, or scholarship program unless satisfactory arrangements to repay have been made.
Florida Bright Futures Scholarship

•Be Florida resident
•Florida Medallion Scholar

Florida Gold Seal Vocational Scholar
• $4,272 ($2,136 per semester for 12+ credits)
•$3,204 ($1,602 per semester for 9-11 credits)
•$2,136 ($ 1,068 per semester for 6-8 credits)
Dependent children or un-remarried spouses of Florida veterans or service members who died as a result of service-connected injuries, diseases, or disabilities sustained while on active duty OR who have been certified by Florida Department of Veterans Affairs as having service-connected 100% permanent and total disabilities; Complete the Initial Student Florida Financial Aid Application by April 1 and ensure that the Florida Department of Veterans Affairs certifies the applicant’s eligibility by April 1. Must complete the Florida Residency Affidavit.
Vocational Rehabilitation School to Work Program
Varies per Applicant
All Students or young people with disabilities should be encouraged to apply for VR services.

Students who have an Individual Educational Plan (IEP)

Students who have a 504 Plan

Students or young people who don't need academic or physical accommodations in high school, but may need them later.
Federal Student Loans
San Ignacio University participates in the Federal Program of Direct Loans for Stafford and PLUS federal loans. The direct loans have a low-interest rate for students and their parents to fulfill their education following high school. Despite the Departament of Education is the lender, the mediator can be a private company like a bank.

All the loans must be refund by the borrower and, therefore, must be the last option for financial aid from the University.  The loans will be sent to the National Student Loan Data System (NSLDS) and they will be accesible to warranty agencies, lenders and institutions authorized by the system.
Loan
2021-2022
Application Process and Criteria
Federal Direct Student Loan
(Loans must be repaid-with interest)

• Direct Subsidized Loan
Up to $5,500, depending on grade level and dependency status.

For more Direct Subsidized Loan details and updates, visit studentaid.gov/sub-unsub.
For undergraduate students who have financial need, the U.S Department of Education generally pays interest while the student is in school and during certain other periods; the student must be enrolled at least half-time.

Interest rate is 3.76% for a loan first disbursed on or after July 1, 2016, and before July 1, 2017, and fixed for the life of the loan. Borrowers may not receive this type of loan for more than 150% of the length of their program of study; the U.S. Department of Education may stop paying interest if a student who received direct subsidized loans for the maximum period continues enrollment.
(Loans must be repaid-with interest)

• Direct Unsubsidized Loan
Up to $20,500, depending on grade level and dependency status.

For direct unsubsidized loan details and updates visit studentaid.gov/sub-unsub.
For undergraduate, and graduate, or professional students; the borrower is responsible for all interest; the student must be enrolled at least half-time; financial needs is not required.

Interest rate is 3.76% for a loan first disbursed on or after July 1, 2016, and before July 1, 2017, and fixed for the life of the loan. Borrowers may not receive this type of loan for more than 150% of the length of their program of study; the U.S. Department of Education may stop paying interest if a student who received direct subsidized loans for the maximum period continues enrollment.
Federal Direct PLUS Loan
The annual limit is equal to the student's cost of attendance minus any other financial aid the student receives.
The parent must complete a Direct PLUS Loan Application and Master Promissory Note (MPN).
For more information on interest rates visits www.studentaid.gov/interest for more information on types of federal student Aid, visit www.studentaid.gov/types
Veteran Aid
For information on Veteran Aid, click the following link for the Veteran Benefit page.
Financial Literacy Resources
Financial education can help developing the financial capacity to make smart decisions about accessing, completing and promoting academic programs and financial health for life. Here below are some helpful resources to help improve your financial health.
Benefits for Veterans
There is no greater honor than the opportunity to serve those who have served us all.
SIU commits to help veterans to use its educational benefits and give their families opportunities for educational and professional growth. SIU offers various benefits to all who served in the Armed Forces.

Process for Veteran Benefits

1.  Apply for educational benefits on www.va.gov. The students will receive a Certification of Eligibility (COE), a written notification of the Department of Veteran Affairs of the U.S.A. about the eligibility to receive educational benefits for veterans.

2.  Submit your COE and the Release Certification or Release of Active Duty (Form: DD-214) to SIU's financial aid office.

3.  Veterans are responsible to guarantee that all application requirements have been approved by VA. To ensure the status of the application process, veterans can contact the Admission Coordinator.

4.  The Veteran Certification Officer from SIU will send an electronic enrollment certification to the Department of Veteran Affairs once the applicant's forms have been received and the enrollment on SIU's classes have been confirmed. Veterans will receive an e-mail confirmation once the enrollment certification has been submited.

5.  Veterans will receive an award letter by the Department of Veteran Affairs once their eligibility is confirmed.

Veterans deserve to use the educational benefits they earned and we, at San Ignacio University, are pleased and honored to help them use those benefits.

We welcome you to our university and we hope that you benefit significantly from your studies.
Benefits
Chapter 30-Montgomery Gi Bill® (MGIB)

The MGIB program provides up to 36 months of educational benefits. This benefit can be used for degree and certification programs, flight training, apprenticeship, on-the-job training, and remote courses. Remediation, deficiency and actualization courses may be approved under certain circumstances. Generally, benefits are paid for 10 years after release from active duty. This program is also commonly known as Chapter 30.

Visit the GI Bill® website for a more detailed description of Chapter 30 benefits.

Chapter 31-Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment

This benefit is designed to help veterans with a service-related disability to obtain the chosen service and to maintain employment. A service-related disability classification is required as part of the eligibility requirements. Veterans must apply for vocational rehabilitation through the county's Veterans Services Office. They will receive guidance from the DVA Division of Vocational Counseling and Rehabilitation regarding application and admission requirements.

Visit GI Bill® for more information on benefits from Chapter 31.

Please note that the case manager must provide VA Form 1905 to the university to process your benefits.

Locate a Vocational Rehabilitation Center

Chapter 33: GI Bill® prior to September 11

GI Bill® prior to September 11, received Chapter 33,  offers the following benefits to veterans
:

Tuition and annual fees of $ 23,671.94. Please note that this amount is subject to change based on VA annual allowances.

Housing allowance

Funding for books and supplies up to $ 1,000 per year.

Chapter 35- Survivors and Dependents Assistance (DEA)

Visit the GI Bill® website for a more detailed description of Chapter 35 benefits.

Chapter 1606 – Montgomery GI Bill® for the Selected Reserve (MGIB – SR)

The MGIB-SR program may be available to you if you are a member of the Selected Reserve. The Selected Reserve includes the Army Reserve, Navy Reserve, Air Force Reserve, Marine Corps Reserve and Coast Guard Reserve, and the Army National Guard and the Air National Guard. Veterans may be entitled to receive up to 36 months of education benefits. Benefit entitlement ends 14 years from the date of eligibility for the program, or on the day the service member has left the selected reserve. The VA pays a monthly stipend based on the number of credits taken in the academic program.

Visit the GI Bill® website for a more detailed description of Chapter 1606 benefits.

Chapter 1607- Reserve Education Assistance Program (REAP)

REAP is an educational benefit programs of the Department of Defense of the U.S.A. designed to provide educational assistance to reserve members called or ordered to active duty in response to war or national emergency (contingency operation) as declared by the President of the United States and/or Congress. The Department of Defense and the Department of Homeland Security will determine who is eligible for the program. The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) will administer the program and pay benefits from funds contributed by the Department of Defense. The VA pays a percentage of the Montgomery GI Law based on the total length of active duty service and the number of credits taken in the academic program.

Visit the GI Bill® website for a more detailed description of Chapter 1607 benefits.

Important Avoid Delays and Overpayments

Notify immediately to the FA office at SIU if you are changing your credit hours or if you are withdrawing from the school. If you do not do it, you may causa delays or overpayments.

What forms do I need to submit to SIU?

Click here for more information about documents and forms.
For more information, contact the VA Certification Officer at SIU.


VA Certifying Official
305-629-2929 x4015
Email: flagardere@sanignaciouniversity.edu
Office Hours: Monday - Friday, 9:30 am - 6:30 pm EST

Department of Veterans Affairs of the United States of America (VA)
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has assigned SIU to the Muskogee Regional Processing Office.

Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)
Muskogee Regional Processing Office
P.O. Box 8888
Muskogee, OK 74402-8888

888-GI-Bill-1

CARES Act Emergency Relief Funds Distribution
CARES ACT SECTION 18004(a) (1): HEERF Institutional Aid Portion

What is the Institutional Aid portion of the CARES Act HEERF?


The US Department of Education granted institutions of higher education the use of up to 50 percent of the funds they receive to cover any costs associated with significant changes to the delivery of instruction due to the coronavirus.What are permissible expenses under the Institutional Aid portion?

Permissible expenses covered under the Institutional Aid portion include but are not limited to, costs associated with significant changes to the delivery of instruction, costs associated to orders, waivers and safeguards set forth by government officials and/or outstanding expenditures associated to the loss of revenue.

Expenses that will not be covered under the Institutional Aid portion of the CARES Act include payments made to contractors for the provision of pre-enrollment recruitment activities, endowments or capital outlays associated with facilities related to athletics, sectarian instruction, or religious worship.

How much funding was allocated to San Ignacio University and how much has been utilized?

Total Allocated to SIU: $69,721
Total Distributed as of 12/30/2020: 69,721
Total Awaiting Distribution as of 12/30/2020: $0

What are the reporting requirements for the Institutional Aid portion?

On October 13, 2020 the US Department of Education released further guidance regarding the reporting requirement for the Institutional Aid funding. All institutions participating in the HEERF Institutional Aid program are required to submit reports on a quarterly basis.

The following PDF attachments report our total expenditures of CARES Act Sections 18004(a) (1) Institutional Share as of the end of each quarter, beginning with September 30, 2020, as required by the U.S. Department of Education.

SIU CARES Act Quarterly Budget and Expenditure Reporting

December 2020

September 2020

Frequently Asked Questions

1. Acknowledgment of Certification and Agreement

An acknowledgment that the institution signed and returned to the Department the Certification and Agreement and the assurance that the institution has used, or intends to use, no less than 50 percent of the funds received under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students:

On May 19, 2020, San Ignacio University signed and submitted the Certification and Agreement under Section 18004(a) (1) of the CARES Act to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students.  

2. Total Amount of Funds Received

The total amount of funds that the institution will receive or has received from the Department pursuant to the institution’s Certification and Agreement [for] Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students:

SIU has been allocated $139,442 in funds for student and institutional expenses as the result of the CARES Act. Of this total allocation and consistent with the HEERF guidelines, a minimum 50 percent of the College allocation will be distributed directly to students in the form of emergency cash grants.  That 50 percent amount is $69,721 and is being provided directly to students in the form of cash grants as mandated by the CARES Act

3. Total Amount of Funds Distributed to Students to Date

The total amount of Emergency Financial Aid Grants distributed to students under Section 18004(a) (1) of the CARES Act as of the date of submission (i.e., as of the 30-day Report and every 45 days thereafter):

As of December 1, 2020, $47,550 of emergency financial aid grant funds have been distributed to students. All cash grants were paid directly to the students.

The Student Portion, under Section 18004(a) (1) of the CARES Act, expended $47,550 and the amount of Institutional Portion expended is $69,721 as of December 1, 2020.

4. Estimated Total Number of Students at the Institution Eligible to Participate in Programs under Section 484 in Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965

The estimated total number of students at the institution eligible to participate in programs under Section 484 in Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 and thus eligible to receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act:

Based on regulatory guidance released April 21, 2020, by the Department of Education, a total of 45 students were identified.

5. The Total Number of Students who have Received an Emergency Financial Aid Grant to students under Section 18004(a) (1) of the CARES Act.

The total number of students who have received an Emergency Financial Aid Grant to students under Section 18004(a) (1) of the CARES Act:

As of December 1, 2020, 30 students have been provided emergency financial aid grant funds. All cash grants were paid directly to the students.

6. The Methods used by the Institution to Determine which Students Receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants and how Much they would Receive under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act.

The method(s) used by the institution to determine which students receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants and how much they would receive under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act:

SIU students were identified as eligible for the HEERF emergency cash grants by querying the University’s data system for students who met the following requirements:

Student has completed the FAFSA for 2019-2020
Student is actively enrolled in classes for Spring 2020 (not withdrawn) for the spring distribution or enrolled in classes for Spring 2020 and Summer 2020 for the summer distribution
Student is meeting Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP)
Student has been awarded aid for any term in 2019-2020 (fall, spring, or summer)
Student is Legal resident or Citizen of the US

SIU has awarded grants equally in the amount of $1,585.00 under Section 18004(a) (1) of the CARES Act.  Students who met the requirements were able to apply for grants via a simple certification process. The Emergency Committee received the certification along with eligibility proof for students with no FAFSA application on file, the certifications were reviewed for completeness and eligibility under the CARES Act, and coordinated the awarding of the funds.  Eligible students were able to apply for grants for expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus, including housing and food insecurity, medical expenses, and lack of educational support and supplies (including technology).

7. Any Instructions, Directions, or Guidance Provided by the Institution to Students Concerning the Emergency Financial Aid Grants.

Any instructions, directions, or guidance provided by the institution to students concerning the Emergency Financial Aid Grants:

For the 45 students who were determined to be eligible to apply. Multiple communications were sent to these eligible students via their email address on record, which included instructions for how to access and submit the form.

Additionally, all instruction and eligibility requirements were posted on our Website.

Download as PDF:CARES ACT SECTION 18004(a) (1) HEERF Institutional Aid Portion





The CARES Act and the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) Report – 12/30/20

Section 18004(e) of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (“CARES Act), directs institutions receiving funds under Section 18004 of the Act to submit (in a time and manner required by the Secretary) a report to the Secretary describing the use of funds distributed from the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (“HEERF”).

HEERF – Funding for Students

After signing the required Certification and Agreement and completing the formal application process for the U.S. Department of Education on May 19, 2020. The amount is intended to directly assist students with financial need stemming from COVID-19 related disruption of campus operations, such as food, housing, course materials, technology, and child care, medical and travel expense. As of this report, $47,550 has been distributed to eligible students.

To be eligible for the CARES Act Grant, a student must have been enrolled and actively participating in the spring semester as of March 13, 2020 and must be eligible for Title IV aid. To determine Title IV eligibility, students must have submitted a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for the 2021-2021 academic year.

Students who met the eligibility requirements were awarded $1,585 equally. Grants were distributed to the students via direct deposit.


Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES)

Reporting and Disclosure
July 15, 2020, 45-Day Report

In accordance with the reporting requirements of Section 18004(e) of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act, San Ignacio University (SIU), an institution receiving funds under this section, is providing the following information:

• SIU acknowledges that the University signed and returned to the Department of Education the Certification and Agreement on May 14, 2020. The institution further certifies it will use a minimum of 50% of the funds received under Section 18004(a) (1) of the CARES Act to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students.

• SIU received $69,721.00 from the Department pursuant to the University’s Certification and Agreement for Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students.• The total amount of Emergency Financial Aid Grants distributed to students under Section 18004(a) (1) of the CARES Act as of July 15, 2020, is $ 45,965.00.

• The estimated total number of students at SIU eligible to participate in programs under Section 484 in Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 and thus eligible or could be eligible to receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act is 45.

• The total number of students who have received an Emergency Financial Aid Grant to students under Section 18004(a) (1) of the CARES Act is 29 as of the date listed in number 3 above.

• SIU has awarded grants equally in the amount of $1,585.00 under Section 18004(a) (1) of the CARES Act. Students who met the requirements were able to apply for grants via a simple certification process. The Emergency Committee received the certification along with eligibility proof for students with no FAFSA application on file, the certifications were reviewed for completeness and eligibility under the CARES Act and coordinated the awarding of the funds. Eligible students were able to apply for grants for expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus, including housing and food insecurity, medical expenses, and lack of educational support and supplies (including technology).

• Instructions provided by SIU to students concerning the Emergency Financial Aid Grants were distributed VIA emails, and information about the grant was posted on our Website: https://www.sanignaciouniversity.edu/en/cares-act-emergency-relief-funds...

Download as PDF:
Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES)


CARES Act Emergency Relief Funds Distribution

June 12th, 2020

San Ignacio University received a total of $139,442 in Emergency Relief Funds. The money was received in two disbursements. The first disbursement of $69,721.00 was designated for emergency grants for student aid. The second disbursement of $69,721.00 was designated for emergency relief for the institution.

The institution signed and returned to the Department of Education (DOE) the Certification Agreement and the assurance that the institution intends to use 50 percent of the funds received under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students, and the other 50% to the institution.

The university has approximately 30 Title IV eligible students and an additional 15 students who could be eligible for Title IV. These students have been emailed on June 12, 2020, to apply for the $69,721.00 in emergency relief aid designated for student aid. The university referred to guidance provided by the Department of Education in the development of its Higher Education Emergency Relief certification. Those students who could be eligible, are asked to provide proof of their eligibility. All applicants will be screened for an eligibility check. Once eligibility is confirmed, funds will be disbursed to those students via direct deposit.

Students eligible to receive the relief aid will be notified by email on a daily basis. Additional emails will be sent thereafter to reach those students who didn’t respond to the initial email. The email communication details both the eligibility requirements and instructions for the application process.

The primary method used to determine the student portion of CARES Act funding gives priority to all eligible students and those who could be. The award amounts will depend on the total number of eligible applicants and total amount of funding to award.

As the application window is still open, a total of $0 in Emergency Financial Aid Grants has been distributed to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act as of the date of submission (i.e., as of the 30-day Report and every 45 days thereafter). The majority of funds are expected to be distributed in the next few weeks.

Federal CARES Act FAQs

What is the CARES Act?

The https://www.ed.gov/news/press-releases/secretary-devos-rapidly-delivers-more-6-billion-emergency-cash-grants-college-students-impacted-coronavirus-outbreakhttps://www.ed.gov/news/press-releases/secretary-devos-rapidly-delivers-more-6-billion-emergency-cash-grants-college-students-impacted-coronavirus-outbreak

CARES Act is federal legislation that provides a variety of financial support to individuals and businesses affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The CARES Act established and funded the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) to provide emergency financial aid grants. One part of this federal program allocates money to the University of Florida, and a portion of that allocation can be awarded to students who are experiencing expenses due to the coronavirus.

Who is eligible for a Federal CARES Act Emergency Grant?

Students who meet basic eligibility criteria for federal financial aid and who have the greatest financial need can be considered for these funds.Unfortunately, the CARES Act does not allow these funds to be used for international students or DACA students.

How do I apply for the Federal Emergency Aid Grant?

Information about applying for these funds will be emailed to eligible students when funding becomes available. International and DACA students are not eligible to receive funds from the CARES Act.

Does emergency funding apply to graduate students?

Graduate students may be eligible

What constitutes eligible expenses to qualify for emergency funding?

This could apply to a variety of financial costs directly tied to the effects of an emergency situation that is straining students. This could include money spent for unanticipated travel, replacement of medications, emergency child care due to extended school closures, additional technology requirements, etc.

What kinds of expenses are allowable?

Funds can be used for food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, tuition, fees, or child care.

Do I have to repay a Federal Emergency Aid Grant?

Typically, you would not have to repay the amount awarded to you. The Federal Emergency Aid Grant funds are designed to be a grant, not a loan.

Where are the funds coming from? Is there some sort of disaster relief fund?

The University has been awarded https://www.ed.gov/news/press-releases/secretary-devos-rapidly-delivers-more-6-billion-emergency-cash-grants-college-students-impacted-coronavirus-outbreakhttps://www.ed.gov/news/press-releases/secretary-devos-rapidly-delivers-more-6-billion-emergency-cash-grants-college-students-impacted-coronavirus-outbreak CARES Act, which provides emergency grants for eligible college students impacted by the coronavirus outbreak.

How will SIU disburse the money?

For students who have signed up for direct deposit sent to the students via Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT).

Would this funding reduce my financial aid?

No, this fund does not negate nor replace financial aid, and it is a one-time grant.

How much money is available for each applicant?

Amounts vary, but students must provide a signed certificate acknowledging receipt and that they meet the requirement to receive the funds. The amount will be distributed equally.

What documentation is required to be submitted with the certification?

This will depend on the individual claim. However, a student who could be the eligible need to provide proof of eligibility (i.e., permanent resident, asylum approved, Citizenship, etc.)

How can students obtain more information about the Federal Emergency Aid Grant?

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Do I need to report financial aid or grants on my federal tax return?

The IRS issued FAQs on the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund and Emergency Financial Aid Grants under the CARES Act that clarifies that the CARES Act aid should be treated as a “qualified disaster relief payment” and not be treated as taxable income. Each financial award you receive from the federal government and other sources will have separate and unique tax consequences for your federal tax return. Visit the https://www.irs.gov/IRS website for assistance.

Download as PDF:CARES Act Emergency Relief Funds Distribution
About Financial Aid
3 Easy Stops to Apply for Financial Aid
General Eligibility Criteria
Generally, to qualify for federal, state, and institutional financial assistance, students must meet the following requirements:

Demonstrate financial need. For some sources of aid, this is not a requirement.

Be a U.S. citizen or eligible noncitizen.

Have a valid Social Security number.

Be registered with the Selective Service if male.

Be enrolled or accepted for enrollment as a regular student in an eligible degree or certificate program.

Be enrolled at least half-time in degree-applicable coursework to be eligible for Direct Loan Program funds.

Maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress toward a degree or certificate in an eligible program.

Sign the certification statement on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) stating that you are not in default on a federal student loan and do not owe money on a federal student grant and you will use federal student aid only for educational purposes.

Show you are qualified to obtain a college education by having a high school diploma or recognized equivalent such as a General Educational Development (GED) certificate completing a high school education in a homeschool setting approved under state law.
Proof of Eligibility
Only U.S. citizens and eligible noncitizens may receive federal student aid. If your Student Aid Report (SAR) indicates that you are required to provide documentation to prove that you are a U.S. citizen, you must present original documentation that verifies you are a U.S. citizen.  If your Student Aid Report (SAR) indicates that you are required to provide documentation to prove that you are an eligible noncitizen, then you must present original documentation that verifies you are an eligible noncitizen to SIU. Signed (by issuing authority or student, as appropriate) originals (not copies) of the following documents will be accepted as proof:
Proof of Eligibility
Proof of Eligibility
• Certificate of Naturalization
• Certificate of U.S. Citizenship
• U.S. Passport Card
• U.S. Passport Letter
• U.S. Birth Certificate
• I-551
• I-94 or I-94A
• I-571
• VTVPA - HHS certification or eligibility
• VAWA - I-360 with I-79
• Jay Treaty documents
Age 26 and Over and Not Registered?
Men who were supposed to register between the ages of 18 and 25 and have reached the age of 26 without registering with the SSS, should complete a Status Information Letter Request Form (SIL).

The form is available at www.sss.gov and should be submitted to both the Financial Aid Office and the SSS along with supporting documentation.

Based on the student’s situation, SIU may grant a waiver of the Selective Service registration requirement for financial aid purposes.
ED Gainful Employment
The Department of Education requires that all institutions disclose the required remunerated employment information using a standard disclosure template issued by the Secretary of Education. Providing all the paid employment disclosures required in this way allows an easy comparison of the information related to the program. See below for paid employment disclosures required by SIU.

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Financial Aid offered at San Ignacio University
The following aid is offered at San Ignacio University:
Grants
State Scholarship
Federal Student Loans
Veteran Aid
Grants
Grants are supplied by the federal government, state government, or the institution, to meet the cost of your education. Grants are, generally, based on financial need as determined by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). There is no repayment obligation tied to grants.
Grant Award
2019-2020 Academic Year
Application Process and Criteria
Federal Pell Grant
Up to $6,095.00
2019-2020
Up to $6,195.00
Need-based, complete the FAFSA. Students must be enrolled full-time in order to receive the maximum amount of Pell Grant. Awards are prorated and adjusted according to enrollment and attendance.
Jose Marti Scholarship Challenge Grant (State of Florida)
$2,000
The student is a Florida resident of Hispanic origin, minimum unweighted high school GPA of 3.0, Priority is for need-based; complete the FAFSA and Initial Student Florida Financial Aid Application. Graduates may apply. Must complete the Florida Residency Affidavit.
The Florida Postsecondary Student Assistance Grant (State of Florida)
Minimum award of $200, maximum award of $2,413 per year, determined by the University
Need-based, complete the FAFSA renewable for up to 9 semesters based on satisfactory academic progress and continued need. Must complete the Florida Residency Affidavit.
Iraq and Afghanistan Service Grant
Up to $6,095.00 (an amount equal to the Pell Grant)
The student is not eligible for Pell Grant, but whose parent or guardian was a member of the U.S. Armed Forces and died as a result of service performed in Iraq or Afghanistan after September 11, 2001. Must be 24 years of age or under, or enrolled in college at the time of the parent or guardian’s death
State Scholarship
Click here for more information.
Scholarship Award
2019-2020
Application Process and Criteria
Jose Marti Scholarship Challenge Fund
Up to $6,095.00
2019-2020
Up to $6,195.00
•Be Florida resident

•US citizen or eligible noncitizen.

•Be of Hispanic culture (born in or having a natural parent who was born in either Mexico or a Hispanic country of the Caribbean, Central or South America, regardless of race).

•GPA requirements: ◦Undergraduate scholarships: Have earned a 3.0 minimum unweighted cumulative GPA by the fall semester of senior year in high school. ◦Graduate-level scholarship: 3.0 institutional cumulative GPA for undergraduate college work.

•Enroll as a degree-seeking: ◦Undergraduate: for a minimum of 12 credit hours of study each term. ◦Graduate: for a minimum of 9 credit hours of study each term.

•Not owe a repayment or be in default under any state or federal grant, loan, or scholarship program unless satisfactory arrangements to repay have been made.
Florida Bright Futures Scholarship

•Be Florida resident
•Florida Medallion Scholar

Florida Gold Seal Vocational Scholar
• $4,272 ($2,136 per semester for 12+ credits)
•$3,204 ($1,602 per semester for 9-11 credits)
•$2,136 ($ 1,068 per semester for 6-8 credits)
Dependent children or un-remarried spouses of Florida veterans or service members who died as a result of service-connected injuries, diseases, or disabilities sustained while on active duty OR who have been certified by Florida Department of Veterans Affairs as having service-connected 100% permanent and total disabilities; Complete the Initial Student Florida Financial Aid Application by April 1 and ensure that the Florida Department of Veterans Affairs certifies the applicant’s eligibility by April 1. Must complete the Florida Residency Affidavit.
Vocational Rehabilitation School to Work Program
Varies per Applicant
All Students or young people with disabilities should be encouraged to apply for VR services.

Students who have an Individual Educational Plan (IEP)

Students who have a 504 Plan

Students or young people who don't need academic or physical accommodations in high school, but may need them later.
Federal Student Loans
San Ignacio University participates in the federal Direct Loan program for federal Stafford and PLUS loans. Direct Loans are low-interest loans for students and parents to help pay for the cost of a student's education after high school. The lender is the U.S. Department of Education, though the entity you deal with, your loan servicer can be a private business such as a bank. All loans must be repaid by the borrower, and should, therefore, be used as a last option for University financial aid. Loan(s) will be submitted to the National Student Loan Data System (NSLDS) and will be accessible by guaranty agencies, lenders, and institutions determined to be authorized users of the data system.
Loan
2019-2020
Application Process and Criteria
Federal Direct Student Loan
(Loans must be repaid-with interest)

• Direct Subsidized Loan
Up to $5,500, depending on grade level and dependency status.

For more Direct Subsidized Loan details and updates, visit studentaid.gov/sub-unsub.
For undergraduate students who have financial need, the U.S Department of Education generally pays interest while the student is in school and during certain other periods; the student must be enrolled at least half-time.

Interest rate is 3.76% for a loan first disbursed on or after July 1, 2016, and before July 1, 2017, and fixed for the life of the loan. Borrowers may not receive this type of loan for more than 150% of the length of their program of study; the U.S. Department of Education may stop paying interest if a student who received direct subsidized loans for the maximum period continues enrollment.
(Loans must be repaid-with interest)

• Direct Unsubsidized Loan
Up to $20,500, depending on grade level and dependency status.

For direct unsubsidized loan details and updates visit studentaid.gov/sub-unsub.
For undergraduate, and graduate, or professional students; the borrower is responsible for all interest; the student must be enrolled at least half-time; financial needs is not required.

Interest rate is 3.76% for a loan first disbursed on or after July 1, 2016, and before July 1, 2017, and fixed for the life of the loan. Borrowers may not receive this type of loan for more than 150% of the length of their program of study; the U.S. Department of Education may stop paying interest if a student who received direct subsidized loans for the maximum period continues enrollment.
Federal Direct PLUS Loan
The annual limit is equal to the student's cost of attendance minus any other financial aid the student receives.
The parent must complete a Direct PLUS Loan Application and Master Promissory Note (MPN).
For more information on interest rates visits www.studentaid.gov/interest for more information on types of federal student Aid, visit www.studentaid.gov/types
Veteran Aid
For information on Veteran Aid, click the following link for the Veteran Benefit page.
Financial Literacy Resources
Financial Literacy can help build financial capability to make smart choices about academic program access, completion, and promote lifelong financial health. Below are some helpful resources to help boost your financial health.
What Students Need To Know
Veteran benefits
There is no greater honor than the opportunity to serve those who have served us all.
SIU is committed to assisting Veterans in taking advantage of their educational benefits and providing then and their families with opportunities for educational and career growth. San Ignacio University offers a variety of Benefits for all service members.

Process for Veteran Benefits

1.  Apply for education benefits at www.va.gov . Eligible students will receive a Certificate of Eligibility (COE), which is a written notification from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs regarding eligibility for veteran education benefits.

2.  Submit copies of the COE and the Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty (Form: DD-214) to SIU financial aid office.

3.  Veterans are responsible for ensuring that all requirements for their admission to their VA-approved SIU academic program have been met. To ensure this, veterans can contact their admission's coordinator.

4.  The SIU Veteran Certifying Official will send an electronic enrollment certification to the Department of Veteran Affairs, once a student's forms have been received and enrollment into courses at SIU has been confirmed. Veterans will receive confirmation via email once the enrollment certification has been sent.

5.  Veterans will receive an award letter from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs once their eligibility has been certified.

Veterans have earned the right to use their educational benefits for the purpose it was intended for, and we at San Ignacio University are both pleased and honored to assist you in utilizing it to your best advantage.We welcome you to our university and hope you will significantly benefit through your studies.

Benefits
Chapter 30-Montgomery Gi Bill® (MGIB)

The MGIB program provides up to 36 months of education benefits. This benefit may be used for degree and certificate programs, flight training, apprenticeship/on-the-job training and correspondence courses. Remedial, deficiency, and refresher courses may be approved under certain circumstances. Generally, benefits are payable for 10 years following your release from active duty. This program is also commonly known as Chapter 30.

Visit the GI Bill® website for a more detailed description of Chapter 30 benefits.

Chapter 31-Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment

This benefit is designed to assist veterans with a service-connected disability in obtaining and maintaining employment. A service-connected disability rating is required as part of the eligibility requirements. Veterans should apply for vocational rehabilitation through the County Veteran Services Office. They will receive guidance from the Vocational Rehabilitation and Counseling Division of the DVA regarding application and admission requirements.

Visit the GI Bill® website for a more detailed description of Chapter 31 benefits.

Please note that the case manager must provide VA Form 1905 in order for SIU to process your benefits.

Locate a Vocational Rehabilitation Center

Chapter 33- The Post-9/11 GI Bill®

The Post-9/11 GI Bill®, commonly referred to as Chapter 33, offers the following benefits to veterans:

- Tuition and fees-annual entitlement of $23,671.94. Please note: This amount is subject to change based on annual VA allocations.

- Housing allowance

- Funds for books and supplies- up to $1,000 a year

Chapter 35- Survivors and Dependents Assistance (DEA)

DEA provides education and training opportunities to eligible dependents of certain veterans. The program offers up to 45 months of education benefits. These benefits may be used for degree and certificate programs, apprenticeship, and on-the-job training. If you are a spouse, you may take a correspondence course. Remedial, deficiency, and refresher courses may be approved under certain circumstances.

Visit the GI Bill® website for a more detailed description of Chapter 35 benefits.

Chapter 1606 – Montgomery GI Bill® for the Selected Reserve (MGIB – SR)

The MGIB-SR program may be available to you if you are a member of the Selected Reserve. The Selected Reserve includes the Army Reserve, Navy Reserve, Air Force Reserve, Marine Corps Reserve and Coast Guard Reserve, and the Army National Guard and the Air National Guard. Veterans may be entitled to receive up to 36 months of education benefits. Benefit entitlement ends 14 years from the date of eligibility for the program, or on the day the service member has left the selected reserve. The VA pays a monthly stipend based on the number of credits taken in the academic program.

Visit the GI Bill® website for a more detailed description of Chapter 1606 benefits.

Chapter 1607- Reserve Education Assistance Program (REAP)

REAP is a United States Department of Defense education benefit program designed to provide educational assistance to members of the reserve components called or ordered to active duty in response to a war or national emergency (contingency operation) as declared by the President of the United States and/or Congress. The Department of Defense and the Department of Homeland Security will determine who is eligible for the program. The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) will administer the program and pay benefits from funds contributed by the Department of Defense. The VA pays a percentage of the Montgomery GI Bill based on the aggregate length of service on active duty and the number of credits taken in the academic program.

Visit the GI Bill® website for a more detailed description of Chapter 1607 benefits.


Important Avoid Delays and Overpayments

Notify SIU FA office promptly if you are changing your enrollment credit hours or withdrawing from school. Failure to do so can lead to a delay in delivery of your educational payments or cause overpayments.

What forms do I need to submit to SIU?

Click Here to determine the correct documents and forms.If you have additional questions, you may contact SIU’s VA Certifying Official.

VA Certifying Official
305-629-2929 x4015
Email: flagardere@sanignaciouniversity.edu
Office Hours: Monday - Friday, 9:30 am - 6:30 pm EST

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has assigned SIU to the Muskogee Regional Processing Office.

Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)
Muskogee Regional Processing Office
P.O. Box 8888
Muskogee, OK 74402-8888

888-GI-Bill-1

Policies
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Title IX Policy

2018 - 2019 Financial Aid Policies and Procedures Manual
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