Office of Financial Aid
Welcome to Office of Financial Aid!
Making the decision to choose SBU is very important and how much it costs is usually part of the decision. We're here to help!
The Office of Financial Aid gives financial assistance and support to students attending SBU.
Student Aid Eligibility
Qualified students admitted to the Master’s degree program or Doctoral degree program are eligible for Federal Student Aid to assist with educational costs. Qualified new students must complete each of the following:.
1. Students entering the MSAOM degree program with at least 90 quarter units (60 semester units) are classified as undergraduate students and meet one of the following criterions:
a. A total number of credits earned at SBU including transfer credits are less than 120 quarter units without a Bachelor's degree. OR
A total number of credits
earned at another accredited institution of higher education
are less than 200 quarter units without a Bachelor’s degree.
2. Students entering the MSAOM degree program as a graduate student meet one of the following criterions:
a. A total number of credits earned at another accredited institution of higher education with more than 200 quarter units without a Bachelor’s degree. OR
b. Earned a Bachelor’s or higher degree.
3. After your information has been process, you will receive a Student Aid Report (SAR), usually within three weeks from the submission date of FAFSA. Carefully review the SAR to ensure all information is accurate. Read any comments to determine any further actions. Be sure to retain your SAR with all other financial aid records. SBU will receive a similar report directly from the U.S. Department of Education.
new students must complete a Loan Entrance Counseling prior
to the receipt of the first loan fund disbursement. Loans
will not be process until the Financial Aid Office has received
confirmation on the completion of the Loan Entrance Counseling
complete the Direct Loan Master Promissory Note (MPN).
Stafford direct loans are process every three quarters. It's important for students to keep record of your financial aid award and be aware of the next quarter application due date. The FA Office will make every effort to notify students with the time to reapply, but do not depend on the FA office.
TYPES of AIDS
Federal Student Aid (FSA) offers grant and loan programs administered by the U.S. Department of Education. South Baylo University participates in the following grants and loans available through Federal Student Aid.
The duration of Pell Grant eligibility will be implemented through the calculation of a percentage value called the Pell Grant Lifetime Eligibility Used (LEU). A student’s LEU is the sum of each of the percentages of the student’s scheduled award that was actually disbursed to the student for each award year. The calculation of the duration of a student’s eligibility included all years of the student’s receipt of Pell Grant funding. A student is NO longer eligible for Pell Grant funds once the student’s LEU reaches 600%. This change in the duration of student’s Pell Grant eligibility is not limited only to students who received their first Pell Grant on or after the 2008-2009 award years, as the HEA previously provided when the duration of eligibility was 18 semesters. For more information, please visit www.nslds.ed.gov.
Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG)
The Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG) program is for undergraduates who demonstrate exceptional financial need. Pell Grant recipients with the lowest Expected Family Contributions (EFCs) will be considered first for a FSEOG.
Funds are limited so students are encouraged to apply for FSEOG early and provide all necessary documents in a timely manner. SBU will allocate funds, basis on the availability of funds, over the course of the year.
Federal Work-Study (FWS)
The Federal Work-Study Program (FWS) is a federal financial aid program that provides part-time jobs for undergraduate and graduate students. Jobs are available both on and off campus. In order to qualify for FWS, you must apply for financial aid and provide documented financial need.
The Federal Work Study program earnings are excluded when a student reapplies for financial aid. Thus FWS earnings do not affect future financial aid eligibility however, FWS earnings are taxable.
Direct Stafford Loans, from the William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan) Program, are low-interest loans for eligible students to help cover the cost of higher education at a four-year college or university, community college, or trade, career, or technical school. Eligible students borrow directly from the U.S. Department of Education.
Direct Stafford Loans include the following type of loans:
• Direct Subsidized Loans - Direct Subsidized Loans are for students with financial need. The financial aid office will review the results of your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSASM) and determine the amount you can borrow. You are not charged interest while you're in school at least half-time, during grace periods, and deferment periods.
• Grace Period Interest Subsidy for UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS ONLY – Public Law 112-74 amended HEA section to temporarily eliminate the interest subsidy provided on Direct Subsidized Loans during the six month grace period provided to students when students are no longer enrolled on at least a half-time basis. This change will be effective for new Direct Stafford Loans for which the first disbursement is made on or after July 1, 2012, and before July 1, 2014.
• Loss of Subsidized Loan for GRADUATE STUDENTS ONLY – Effective loan periods beginning on or after July 1, 2012, graduate and professional students are no longer eligible to receive Federal Direct Subsidized Loans. The annual loan limit remains unchanged at $20,500, but this amount will now be limited to Direct Unsubsidized Loans.
• Direct Unsubsidized Loans - Students are not required to demonstrate financial need to receive a Direct Unsubsidized Loan. Like subsidized loans, the financial aid office will determine the amount you can borrow. Interest accrues (accumulates) on an unsubsidized loan from the time it's first paid out. You can pay the interest while you are in school and during grace periods and deferment or forbearance periods, or you can allow it to accrue and be capitalized (that is, added to the principal amount of your loan). If you choose not to pay the interest as it accrues, this will increase the total amount you have to repay because you will be charged interest on a higher principal amount.
Additional loan types provided under the Direct Loan Program include Direct PLUS Loans (for parents and graduate and professional degree students) and Direct Consolidation Loans (to combine federal education loan debts into a single loan).
The Cost of Attendance (COA) is an estimate costs to attend South Baylo University.
Tuition and Fees: The average cost of tuition and fees for is based on enrolling 30 hours per year. The actual costs will vary depending on the student’s degree or certificate program.
Room and Board: A reasonable estimate in the cost of living in Orange County or LA County while attending school. Actual cost may vary by individual choices related to location and circumstances. Typically room and board includes rent, food, snacks, household supplies, and utilities.
Books and Supplies: The average cost of books and supplies for an entire academic year includes books, educational supplies, course materials, and computer-related expenses excluding the purchase of a personal computer.
Transportation: Represents travel to and from residence and transportation costs to and from class and work (e.g., bus fare, gasoline, tolls, parking).
Personal Expenses and Miscellaneous: Estimate of costs for clothing, haircuts, entertainment and other miscellaneous expenses.
Entrance Counseling is required before you receive your first Stafford or Grad PLUS loan at SBU. In your Entrance Counseling session, you will learn about the types of loans that are available, the terms and conditions for the loans, and your responsibilities related to the loans. This information is provided to ensure you fully understand your loan obligation before you are committed to receiving the loan funds. It takes about 20-30 minutes. Please have your FSA ID ready.
Exit Counseling is required before you leave SBU by graduating, withdraw, or failing to return for a subsequent quarter. In the Exit Counseling session, you will learn to prepare repaying student loans and consider debt management strategies. This information is provided to ensure you understand repayment options and prepares you for payments that will be required on your loans.It takes about 20-30 minutes. Please use your own FSA ID.
The following list is provided as a resource to those students interested in applying for scholarships to help offset the cost of education at South Baylo University. While extensive, this list represents only a portion of scholarships available and does not guarantee eligibility. For details, please contact SBU Financial Aid Office.
Veteran's Administration of Educational Benefits
The University's programs are approved for the training of veterans and eligible individuals under U.S. Code Title 38. Any honorably discharged veteran of the US Armed Forces is eligible to receive educational benefits by submitting an application from the Veteran's Representative (Financial Aid Officer) located in the Financial Aid Office. Rules and regulations associated with this type of educational benefit are also available for students' review.
Applications for veteran's benefits are available at the Financial Aid Office.
For additional information, please contact the VA office at toll-free number (888)442-4551 or visit the VA website: www.va.gov
VETERAN AFFAIRS EDUCATION BENEFIT PROGRAMS
Many veterans and active duty personnel can qualify for education benefits program.
Apply for Benefits
Veteran Affairs (VA) students must file an application for Certificate of Eligibility (COE). Students who haven’t received VA benefits before must file an original application (veterans VAF 22-1990; dependants VAF 22-5490). Students who have received VA benefits before must file a Request for Change of Program or Place of Training (veterans VAF 22-1995; dependents VAF 22-5495).
How will you submit your application?
1. You can use the VONAPP Veterans Online Applications to fill out and submit your application at http://vabenefits.vba.va.gov/vonapp/main.asp.
2. You can submit a paper application called Form 22-1990 by mail to the VA Regional Processing Office. You can mail the form to the region of your home address. It will make it easier for the VA to determine what benefits you qualify for if you send a copy of the following documents:
a. Your certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty (DD form 214) for all periods of active duty service.
b. DD Form 2384, also known as the Notice of Basic Eligibility, if applying for the Montgomery GI Bill for Selected Reserves (chapter 1606).
c. Copies of orders if activated from the guard/reserves.
d. Supporting documents (e.g. vouchers, statements) for buy-up or buy-in contributions, which may allow you to make a small initial payment so that you can receive a higher monthly payment.
e. College fund “kicker” contracts for additional monthly payments that you may receive from the Department of Defense through your branch of the Service.
If you have trouble with the application process, you can call a VA Education Case Manager (888-GIBILL).
I’ve submitted My Application:
Once you have finished and sent in your application, the Regional Processing Office will process the application and determine your eligibility.
Certificate of Eligibility:
Eligible students will be mailed a Certificate of Eligibility letter that describes their eligibility. If you have received CEO, you can enroll in classes at the school any time. Student must submit a Copy of the COE to the Financial Aid Office.
The tuition policy for the Veterans and Military Service members is that once a student has enrolled at the school, the financial aid officer will submit a Certificate of Enrollment to the processing office at the Department of Veterans Affair for tuition and fees which will be paid directly to the school.
Other benefits that student receive, like a monthly housing allowance, books and supplies stipend or rural benefit payment, will be paid directly to you through direct deposit to your bank account.
SBU is required to recalculate federal financial aid eligibility up through 60 percent of the quarter for students who withdraw, drop out, are dismissed, or take a Leave of Absence. Recalculation is done from the actual date the student begins the University through the last day of recorded attendance. The refund calculation is based on formulas that determine the amount of aid earned and the amount of aid to be returned. The formulas used for recalculation can be obtained from SBU Financial Aid Office.
Note: The Federal Title IV Refund Calculations only apply to withdrawals from all classes. However, if a student changes enrollment status, and if there is an adjustment made to the tuition charge, the Financial Aid Office may recalculate the student Cost of Attendance Budget to see if the aid eligibility has changed.
A student's withdrawal date varies depends on the type of withdrawal. The withdrawal date is determine as follows:
Federal refunds calculations are completely separate from SBU tuition refund policy. Therefore, a student may still owe funds to the University to cover unpaid institutional charges. SBU will also charge the student for any Title IV program funds that SBU was required to return. Federal Title IV funds are always returned in the order mandated by the U.S. Department of Education. That order is:
If the student obtains a loan to pay for an educational program, the student will have the responsibility to repay the full amount of the loan plus interest, less the amount of any refund. If the student is eligible for a loan guaranteed by the federal or state government and the student defaults on the loan, both of the following may occur:
Student responsibilities are as follows:
Students have the rights to know following:
Q: What are my responsibilities?
Q: When do I get my financial aid money for living expenses (credit balance)?
A: Student financial aid at SBU is normally disbursed in three equal payments per academic year. Disbursements are typically made by the third week of each quarter after the add and drop period. Financial Aid is posted to your tuition account and you will be notified in writing as to the details of any disbursement made to your account.
Q: Who can apply for financial aid?
A: To be considered for financial aid, you must meet all of the following requirements:
Q: What circumstances can affect my aid eligibility?
A: The following is a list of circumstances that can have a serious effect on your aid eligibility:
Q: How is financial aid determined?
A: Financial aid is based on demonstrated financial need. This is determined by taking the Cost of Attendance (COA) at SBU and subtracting the Expected Family Contribution (EFC). The EFC is generated by the information reported on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and is verified by a federal income tax return and/or agencies providing non-taxable income.
Financial Aid Applications
Managing Student Loans
Education-related Tax Information