Financial Aid

Financial Aid
If you are applying for Financial Aid, complete the FAFSA application and submit it 4-6 weeks prior to the start of the program. We cannot guarantee you will be awarded funds in time to start classes.

Standard of Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy
The Office of Financial Aid (OFA) is required by federal and state regulations to monitor the academic progress of potential and current financial aid recipients. Financial Aid applicants must comply with the Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) policy as a condition of initial or continued eligibility. Please note that even if a student has not currently applied for financial aid, or is not currently receiving aid, this policy applies and prior academic progress will be evaluated to determine eligibility for financial aid.

Satisfactory academic progress is measured both qualitatively and quantitatively. The qualitative measure requires maintaining a satisfactory grade point average. The quantitative measure requires successfully completing a required ratio of attempted credits and receiving a degree in a timely manner.

For the students of the non-credit Paralegal Certificate, this translates as follows:

  • Students will qualify for financial aid (Stafford loans) as long as they maintain a “C” grade point average or above each term you are enrolled.
  • If you drop, fail, or withdraw from any classes, these will not be counted toward your program GPA, but will be used to calculate financial aid eligibility. For example, if a student registers for two classes, receives an A in one class and withdraws from the other, this second class will be considered an “F” for financial aid purposes. Consequently, the student will fall below the minimum GPA and will not qualify for financial aid the following semester.
  • Students must successfully complete a minimum of two courses each term.

Financial Aid will be available for a maximum of two years or the equivalent of 6 semesters.

After the program requirements are met and a Certificate of Completion is issued, students are welcome to continue their studies, but will NOT qualify for continued financial aid.

Dropping/Withdrawing
If you withdraw, drop out of school or drop below half-time, your financial aid award may be reduced or cancelled, and you may be required to return a portion of the aid awarded to you. If you are entitled to a refund of your tuition, all or part of the refund may be applied to the financial aid fund from which your aid was awarded. You may also be required to return a portion of the funds disbursed directly to you. The amount of the return is based on a formula established by the US Department of Education. You should always consult with a Financial Aid Administrator prior to dropping or withdrawing to determine your potential liability.

Instructions
Financial Aid is available only in the form of a “Stafford Loan.” Students may contact the Office of Financial Aid at 305.348.6292 for further information.

Please read and follow the directions below in order to complete your financial aid application.

  • Visit www.fafsa.gov to complete the financial aid application online. In order to complete this application you must use your income tax report.
  • Send completed application electronically to Florida International University.  School Code: 009635
  • Once you have applied for financial aid, complete your application which includes submitting an, providing two letters of recommendation, a resumeand a $25.00 application fee.
  • Wait for an email from LSI that your Stafford Loan has been awarded. Confirmations will be sent out beginning four weeks prior to the start date of the semester.
  • Upon receiving your award confirmation, visit my.fiu.edu and login with your assigned Panther ID (FIU student ID number). If you don’t know your Panther ID, click on the “Look up your Panther ID” link next to the Sign In button and enter requested personal information on the screen that follows. Your initial password is your date of birth in MMDDYYYY format.
  • Once logged in, look for Finances in the Student Center box in the middle of the screen. In Finances, you will see your financial aid award(s) and have the option to accept/decline awards (after accepting your loan, be sure to click SUBMIT).
  • After officially accepting your loan award, you must notify the LSI office by email at legal@fiu.edu.

Notes

  • If you need assistance completing the FAFSA application, contact the financial aid office at 305.348.6292.
  • The FAFSA application must be renewed every year once your taxes are completed.
  • Our program only qualifies for Stafford Loans, which is money that must be paid back. Non-credit programs are NOT eligible for grants (free money).
  • If you accept more money than you need to pay for your classes, the remaining amount will be issued to you by a check in the mail or deposited into your account if you sign up for direct deposit.
  • Students can sign up for direct deposit at my.fiu.edu.
  • Disbursements take place approximately on to two months after classes begin. We recommend that you don’t wait for disbursement to purchase your textbooks.