Applying for Aid
- Complete the FAFSA. Priority deadline is March 2nd. Don't forget that financial aid can not be awarded until you have been fully accepted to Hope.
- Complete a Financial Aid Questionnaire (FAQ) and Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP).
- California residents need to apply for Cal Grants by submitting a GPA Verification Form to the California Student Aid Commission. The deadline for both the FAFSA and GPA Verification Form is March 2nd.
- In approximately 4 - 6 weeks, the result of the FAFSA will be sent to you and the school(s) that you have listed. If you did not initially indicate Hope as one of the universities of your choice, please contact Hope's financial aid office.
- If additional information is necessary, your award letter will indicate any additional documents needed.. Until the requested information is received, your application will be placed in a pending file.
- When your file has passed the review, your financial aid package is determined. An Award Letter is mailed to the address you reported on your FAFSA outlining which types and amounts of aid you are eligible for.
- If you accept the award in its entirety, you do not need to take any action other than your signature on the award. Otherwise, please indicate the changes, initial and return the offer to us within two (2) weeks. This is also the time to submit loan application(s), Satisfactory Academic Progress policy statement, etc. First-time Stafford borrowers at Hope are required to attend a Loan Entrance workshop. Dates and locations of these workshops will be announced. You may satisfy this requirement by logging on to www.studentloans.gov.
- After your enrollment is verified (usually 30 days after the first day of class), and presuming all documentation has been submitted and external funds have been received, we will credit your account with the financial aid amount that you were offered. If you have a credit balance, you may request a refund with the Student Account Department.
- Satisfactory financial arrangements must be made in order for you to be cleared for registration or move into the residence halls. If you have been awarded financial aid and have completed and returned all requested documentation, the Student Account Department may clear you for registration and/or checking into the residence hall, even if financial aid funds have not yet arrived. If we have not processed your file, you will be required to pay your fees at registration or on specified payment dates. Please contact your Student Account Representative for details.