Frequently Asked Questions
I am a prospective student. When do I start the financial aid application process?
The Free Application for Student Aid (FAFSA) is available January 1, 2014. You should complete the FAFSA, using tax information from 2012 tax returns until 2013 have been completed.
What is the deadline to apply for financial aid?
The deadline for submission of all financial aid information is June 1, 2014
What application material must be filed?
The Free Application for Student Aid (FAFSA) must be submitted by all students who wish to receive Federal loans. Only US citizens and eligible non-residents may receive Federal loans.
Why am I sometimes required to submit additional information even after I have completed the published financial aid application requirements?
Some applicants may have special circumstances that could affect financial aid. Letters explaining any special circumstances, unusual expenses or other details which will present a clearer picture of a family's financial situation may be e-mailed as a PDF to firstname.lastname@example.org.
What is the expected processing time from the date my application is complete?
Review of aid applications begins immediately following the application deadline. You should expect to be notified by email within two to three weeks of the application deadline.
Do I have to follow the same process every year?
The process for applying for financial aid must be completed each academic year if you wish to receive federal loans.
How does WFSM make financial aid decisions?
The FAFSA is used to determine eligibility for financial aid under Federal regulations. Parental information is not required on the FAFSA.
All graduate students are considered for full financial aid in the form of a tuition scholarship and stipend for living expenses.
Program-based scholarships are available on a competitive basis with nominations solicited by either the academic program or the Graduate School.
I have dependents. How do they affect my financial aid package?
Cost of attendance includes only those expenses associated with the living expenses of the student. A dependent care allowance, which most often means the cost of day care for dependent children, may be added to the cost of attendance.
The amount allowed for day care is based on the ages of the children and on reasonable costs in the area of the medical school. Keep in mind that this results in borrowing more money. Students with these circumstances should discuss them with the Financial Aid Officer early in the admission process.
Other sources of dependent support that should be explored include social services, religious organizations, and financial assistance from parents or other relatives.
Student and spouse should review their lifestyle expectations and be in agreement before making the financial commitment to attend school. Each one needs to be prepared to live like a student, which often means giving up "extras" that were taken for granted before.
How do I find information about outside scholarships?
The Office of Student Financial Planning receives scholarship information from various organizations periodically throughout the academic year. Students are notified about these scholarship opportunities via email.
The following resources are a great start as you search for outside scholarships:
Additionally, our office is happy to help you find outside resources using information that applies to your unique circumstances. If you would like to make an appointment, please contact April Moore at 336.716.2889 or email@example.com.
How do outside scholarships affect my financial aid package?
Receipt of outside scholarships and other resources must be reported to the Office of Student Financial Planning and will result in a review of your financial aid package. Students should inform the Financial Aid Officer of these resources in writing.
A portion of my financial aid will cover my living expenses. When and how do I receive this money?
Funds are disbursed at the beginning of each semester and dates vary depending on your class. After tuition and other fees have been paid, you will receive a refund of any remaining funds. After receipt of your refund, you should consider the following:
- Track your expenses for one month to establish a baseline of your expenses.
- Divide your disbursement by the number of months you need to cover. Spend only this amount each month and your funds should last until your next disbursement.
- Be creative!
- Deposit your whole disbursement into your savings account and pay yourself monthly.
- Pay all fixed expenses for the semester (rent, insurance, car payments, etc.) as soon as you receive your disbursement.
What should I do if my costs exceed the standard budget?
Students are not allowed to receive loans or scholarships in excess of Cost of Attendance, which is determined based on the anticipated expenses of a single student. COA cannot be increased for consumer debt, car payments or a standard of living beyond that of a typical graduate student.
What should I do if I need to apply for additional funding, either because I realize I did not borrow enough to meet the standard budget or because my financial situation has changed?
Financial aid is flexible. If you do not take out the full COA and realize you need more money, you may request up to the full COA at any point during the financial aid year. If you choose to take out the full COA and realize later that you will not need the full amount, you can return funds within 120 days of the disbursement.
How do I qualify for loan forgiveness?
Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) is available ONLY to borrowers from the Federal Direct Loan Program, which allows forgiveness of the remaining balance of one's federal student loans after 120 qualifying payments while employed full time by a public service organization.
Qualifying employment requires you to work full-time for 10 years in either a nonprofit organization, governmental organization, military service or public service organization. While working in a qualifying public service position, you must make 120 on time payments.
For more information visit http://www.aamc.org/first/facts/pslf or www.IBRinfo.org
Where can I find more information about WFSM financial aid?
Please visit our website at http://www.wakehealth.edu/School/Financial-Aid/Graduate-Studies.htm. You may also contact us by phone at 336.716.2889 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.