All applicants (freshman and transfer) for admission will be considered for non-need based scholarships and grants at the time of admission. Prospective students who want to be considered for need-based financial aid must complete the steps below.
Returning students must complete the FAFSA by May 1 to be considered for need-based aid. Non need-based aid is renewable assuming you maintain full-time status and meet Satisfactory Academic Progress requirements.
- Apply for admission to the University of Hartford . Students seeking consideration for financial assistance should file an application and provide transcripts and test scores by February 1st . You may use our online application if you wish.
- Submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Based on the information provided on your FAFSA, the Federal government will determine your family's expected family contribution (EFC). The difference between the cost of attendance (COA) at the University of Hartford and your EFC is your financial need. Your EFC is determined using a formula developed by the U. S. Department of Education and is designed to assess what a family can afford to pay toward a college education. Factors include the number of family dependents, number of children in college, income, and a percentage of total assets (not including home equity). You should list the University of Hartford as a recipient of the FAFSA data. Our Federal school code is 001422. The University has a priority-filing deadline of February 1st . The FAFSA is available online at www.fafsa.gov.
- The FAFSA should be submitted by February 1st to qualify for the maximum funding possible because some sources are limited. It is strongly recommended you estimate tax information to ensure priority filing dates are met. You can then update the FAFSA data after completion of your tax return.
A few important things to remember during the financial aid process:
- You must be accepted for admission before you are considered for student financial aid.
- You must submit the required deposit fees by the deadline date as stated in the Admission Office notification letter in order to reserve the financial aid awarded.
- Financial aid cannot be credited to your account until your high school final transcript is received in the Office of Admission and Student Financial Assistance.
- Your financial aid award is subject to verification of information provided on your FAFSA application and may be adjusted accordingly.
Verification is the process of comparing the information on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) with requested documents. These documents may include and are not limited to:
- Verification Worksheet
- Parent/student IRS Tax Return Transcript
- Parent/student W-2s
You can be selected for the verification process by either the Federal Processor at the time you complete the FAFSA (look at your Student Aid Report or SAR) or by the Office of Student Financial Assistance. In either case, the Office of Student Financial Assistance will send you a letter, called a Tracking Letter, notifying you that you have been selected for verification and stating what documents are necessary for your file. We may update the FAFSA as a result of the comparison process. Sometimes this results in a change to your financial aid awards or package. If your financial aid will change, we will notify you through a Revised or Amended Award Letter.
Through verification, students will be asked to perform a data match with the IRS instead of submitting copies of IRS Tax Return Transcripts. The IRS Data Match allows students and their parents that have completed their Federal Tax Return to pull that data directly into the FAFSA. This allows for fewer errors and can speed up the verification process significantly.
Verification will prevent your financial aid from paying to your account. This COULD result in:
- Inability to add/drop classes
- Default (late) fees on your bill
- Inability to register for the upcoming semester
- Inability to obtain a transcript
- Potential reduction of financial aid awards
Therefore, it is imperative you complete this process as soon as possible.
For further information on the IRS Data Match process, please see the Forms tab.
Students may be asked for additional documents not noted above that are necessary for file completion but not related to the verification process. These may include and are not limited to:
- Proof of citizenship
- Proof of Selective Service Registration
- Parent/student copy of birth certificate
- Parent/student copy of social security card
- Documentation of emancipation
- Documentation of ward of the court status
Students that separate from the University may not be eligible for the full amount of financial aid for which they were awarded. Federal regulations require that federal financial aid be pro-rated based upon attendance. The University and State also has policies in place about financial aid earned in connection to separation. Please contact us with questions about this policy.
In addition, your bill may change as a result of your withdrawal. Please contact the Bursar for information about how this may impact you.