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The Dixie State University (DSU) Financial Aid program exists to ensure that no qualified student will be denied the opportunity to continue his or her education because of economic disadvantages. Through a program of grants, work-study, scholarships, and loans, students enrolled at DSU are able to supplement their own resources and the resources of their families to complete a course of study.
Financial aid is awarded on the basis of need and other eligibility criteria established by the U.S. Department of Education and other agencies at the state level. There is no discrimination based on race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, health-related condition, disability, or status as a veteran. Students must meet Satisfactory Academic Progress standards and must be an American citizen or eligible Non-citizen to be eligible to receive federal and state financial aid funds.
Pell Grant Lifetime Limit
Each student is limited to a total of 12 full-time equivalent semesters of Pell Grant eligibility during his/her lifetime. This limit applies to all students, regardless of when or where they received their first Pell Grant. Once a student has received Pell Grant equal to 12 full time semesters, s/he will not be eligible for further Pell Grant funding. There are NO exceptions to this federal regulation.
Guidelines for Financial Aid Applications
- Apply for Admission: Students are not eligible for any financial aid or scholarships until they have been successfully admitted to DSU as matriculated, degree-seeking students.
- Apply for Financial Aid: Students must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The FAFSA should be completed as soon as possible after October 1st for the upcoming academic year. The FAFSA institutional code for Dixie State University is 003671.
- Deadlines & “Priority” Dates:
If you plan to enroll in:
Deadlines and Priorities If you plan to enroll in: FAFSA should be completed by: All required paperwork must be submitted to Financial Aid Office by: Fall Semester May 1 July 1 Spring Semester October 1 November 1 Summer Term April 1 April 15
- Application Notification Process: Once the FAFSA is processed, students are contacted via their Dmail (Dixie e-mail). Students are notified of missing and/or required documents needed to complete verification of their FAFSA. Once all required documents are received and the students’ application is verified, an official “Financial Aid Award Notification” is sent through Dmail. (Additional Dmail information) It is the student’s responsibility to ensure that the balance owed for tuition and fees is paid in full. There are no guarantees that financial aid will be sufficient to cover the total balance or that it will be paid by the due date.
- Student Responsibilities: To receive Federal Title IV assistance and state assistance, a student must:
- demonstrate financial need, as determined by the U.S. Department of Education.
- have a high school diploma or GED certificate on file with DSU.
- be enrolled in an eligible program of study.
- be a U.S. citizen or an eligible non-citizen.
- have a valid Social Security number.
- maintain satisfactory academic progress.
- certify that they are not in default on a previous federal student loan.
- register with Selective Service, as required.
- submit all required documentation to verify FAFSA information, as required.
After Students Have Been Awarded Financial Aid
- Respond: Students should immediately review their award notification and make a decision to accept or reject any student loan and/or work-study offers. Acceptance must be done through the student’s MyDixie login. Once awards are accepted, students will receive follow-up Dmail messages with further instructions on how to complete entrance loan counseling and master promissory notes, or how to locate and apply for work-study jobs.
- Register for Classes: Students must be enrolled in classes prior to receiving any financial aid funds. Funding amounts may vary from award notification amounts based on enrollment status.
- Enrollment Requirements: Students must begin attending their courses. Non-attendance will require full repayment of all disbursed funds by the student. Pell Grants are prorated each semester based on the enrolled number of credit hours (see chart below). Pell Grant payments are locked at the end of the 3rd week of each semester (Census Date), and Pell Grant payments are adjusted up or down, based on a student’s enrollment status on the Census Date. Federal Student Loans require at least 6 credit hours of enrollment and Federal Work-study requires 9 credit hours of enrollment.
Financial Aid Financial Aid Required Credits Undergraduate - Full-time 12 or more credits Undergraduate - Three-quarter time 9 - 11.5 credits Undergraduate - Half-time 6 - 8.5 credits Undergraduate - Less than half-time .5 - 5.5 credits (Not eligible for student loans) Graduate - Full-time 9 or more credits (Only eligible for student loans) Graduate - Half-time 5 - 8.5 credits (Only eligible for student loans) Graduate - Less than half-time .5 - 4.5 credits (Not eligible for student loans)
- Completion Requirements: Federal Financial Aid eligibility is qualitative and quantitative. Undergraduate students are required to complete 67% of all credit hours they have attempted and to maintain a cumulative 2.0 Grade Point Average (GPA). Graduate students must maintain a 3.0 GPA to remain eligible to receive their financial aid. Students who fail to complete either requirement are placed on “Financial Aid Probation” for failure to make Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP). Students who fail to meet SAP requirements in a second consecutive semester are placed on “Suspended” status and will not receive Federal Financial Aid until they improve their GPA and complete attempted credit hours to meet the minimum standards. Students who do not successfully complete any credit hours (received grades of AU, F, I, or W in all classes) will be automatically suspended from Financial Aid without probation. All students have the right to appeal their status. If their appeal is granted, they will be placed on probation and must complete the requirements set forth by the Financial Aid Office. The student will be notified via their Dmail concerning their appeal status. Students must follow the guidelines set forth by the Financial Aid Office in cases of continued probation.
Financial Aid Eligibility for Repeating a Course for a Higher Grade: Financial aid funding may not be used to pay for more than one repeat of a course in which a student previously received a passing grade (A through D-). Here is an example: A student takes Math 1010 and the student earns a grade of "D". The student takes the course again, and this time earns a grade of "C-". If the student wants to take the course a third time in order to improve the grade, he or she would NOT be able to receive financial aid funds again for this course. In this instance, if the student was enrolled for 13 credit hours, they would only receive financial aid funds for the 9 eligible credit hours. There are NO exceptions to this federal rule.
If a student retakes a course that is not aid-eligible, a recalculation of the aid to exclude the credits for the repeated course will be performed. This rule applies whether or not the student received financial aid funds for earlier enrollments in the course. There are NO exceptions to this federal regulation.
This limitation does NOT apply to courses that may be repeated for credit as determined by DSU. Courses that may be repeated for credit are marked with an R after the course number, and the total number of credits that a student can earn in a particular course is listed in the course description.
Student Loan/Work-study Requirements & Information
- Undergraduate Federal Direct Student Loans: Subsidized, Unsubsidized, and Parent PLUS Loans are available to undergraduate students who apply through FAFSA. First-time borrowers at Dixie State University must complete “Entrance Loan Counseling” as well as a Master Promissory Note (MPN). Information on how to locate and complete loan counseling as well as instructions for completing an MPN are sent to students via Dmail. Students who have completed less than 30 credits and apply for a student loan must wait 30 days into their first semester to receive their loan funds.
- Graduate Federal Direct Student Loans: Unsubsidized and Grad PLUS are available to graduate students who apply through FAFSA.
- Work-study Funds: Students interested in receiving work-study funds for on-campus employment must first qualify for the funds through FAFSA. Students must then complete an application for a work-study job. Once students have been offered a work-study position, the funds will be added to their financial aid package. For information on work-study, the Financial Aid office has a Work-study Handbook.
Important Information Students Need to Know
- Receiving Funds: All financial aid and scholarship funds go directly to a student’s DSU account to pay tuition, fees, on-campus housing, and any other charges owed for the semester. Any remaining funds will be released to the student through the Business Services Office on the DSU campus. The current method for disbursing funds is through BankMobile Disbursements. Refund preferences can be changed at dixieonecard.vibeaccount.com. Disbursements are made according to the option selected by the student at dixieonecard.vibeaccount.com. DSU authorizes BankMobile to mail a student his/her individual DixieOneCard and personal code approximately ten business days after the student registers for classes. Any questions regarding the BankMobile Disbursements process should be addressed to the DSU Business Services Office.
- MyDixie & Dmail accounts: Students are strongly encouraged to check their Dmail on a daily basis. The Financial Aid and Scholarship offices send award letters, requests for information, deadline dates, and much more via Dmail. Students who fail to check their Dmail will miss out on important information. MyDixie is the login site students use to check their financial aid status, account status, and update their demographic information. It is very important for students to keep addresses and contact information updated and accurate. Delays in processing Financial Aid and/or disbursing funds due to a student’s failure to check his/her Dmail or because of incorrect contact information is not the responsibility of the Financial Aid Office.
- Privacy Restrictions: Students who want parents, a spouse, or a third party to have access to their financial aid information must complete a release of student information request or Federal Education Right to Privacy Act (FERPA) release. Without a FERPA release on file in the DSU Registrar’s Office, Financial Aid staff will not discuss a student’s information with anyone but the student.