Financial Aid Timeline
- Prepare and begin to file your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at www.fafsa.gov by gathering W2’s & estimating your Federal Income Tax Return Transcript.
- Request a Federal Student Aid ID (FSA ID) at http://fsaid.ed.gov Both student and parent will need to request one.
- Submit the Admission Application prior to February 1st for priority consideration.
- If you are a WV resident, submit the PROMISE Application at www.cfwv.com for consideration of the PROMISE
- If you are a resident of another state, contact the Department of Education in your state regarding details of their aid programs.
- Search for private scholarships at websites such as www.fastweb.com or www.collegeboard.org
- Be admitted by February 1st to automatically be considered for priority New Student Scholarships.
- Submit the FAFSA BEFORE March 1st – for the PROMISE Scholarship and WV Higher Education Grant, as well as the maximum consideration for SEOG, and Work Study. Be sure to include Shepherd University’s Federal School Code-
- Contact academic departments or other areas of interest (Honors, Fine Arts, Multicultural Team, etc.) for scholarship opportunities. Many require separate applications and have different deadlines.
- If selected for verification, submit all required documentation to the Office of Financial Aid as soon as possible.
- Expect a Financial Aid Notification, which requires your online acceptance within 10 days. Notifications are only sent when your application status is finalized. You can check your financial aid status on RAIL.
- Be sure to have your final high school transcripts sent to the Admissions Office.
- Watch for an invitation to schedule your classes. Sign up early!
- Complete Entrance Counseling if you are a Direct Loan borrower at www.studentloans.gov.
- Complete the Electronic Master Promissory Note at www.studentloans.gov if you are a Direct Loan borrower. You will be notified when your promissory note is available to be signed.
- Visit campus and schedule your classes.
- Consider joining the Tuition Pay Plan through Higher One. Enrollment is done online by visiting the Higher One Tuition Pay website; www.tuitionpaymentplan.com. For more information or help with estimating a budget, please contact the Business Office at 304-876-5284.
- If you accepted Federal Work Study as part of your notification, see Marian Willauer in Human Resources or visit the website for placement at collegecentral.com/shepherd.
- After you register, a tuition bill will be emailed. You may also review your charges and pay with a credit card or electronic check on RAIL. A minimum of 60% is due before classes begin. This is calculated as total charges (tuition, room & board) minus all financial aid (loans, scholarships, grants, etc.) multiplied by 60%.
- A minimum of 60% of your bill is due before classes begin.
- If you have financial aid which exceeds your bill, generally, you will receive a refund through our partner, Higher One. You will receive a Ram Advantage Card to select how you want to receive your refund money. If you have questions, contact the Business Office at 304-876-5284. Watch for specific dates each semester!
- Classes are dropped for nonpayment after classes begin.
- Go to class! Study! Earn outstanding grades! Get involved! Seek assistance from your advisor or the Academic Support Center, located on the first floor of the Scarborough Library, if you need academic assistance. Be sure to see a Financial Aid Counselor if you are thinking about withdrawing from a course.
- Athletes – before withdrawing from a class, consult your coach.
- If you entered the 60/40 payment option, the 40% payment is due. You will be emailed a bill for the balance with the exact due date.
- Midterm grades are posted on RAIL. Please see your academic advisor. Let them know if you are having academic difficulties.
- Review the Satisfactory Academic Progress policy for financial aid to ensure you are meeting the standards to maintain your aid.
- Scheduling begins for the spring term.
- Bills for spring term begin to be emailed or you can check your balance on RAIL.
- Final grades are posted on RAIL.
- Prepare to file your FAFSA for the next academic year to ensure you meet the March 1st deadline for priority consideration.