MU Closed Wednesday

With the forecast of “a wintry mix changing to snow,” Millersville University has decided to close the campus for Wednesday, November 26.  It is important to note that ALL classes will be held, as scheduled, the remainder of today and tonight.  Only essential personnel are to report on Wednesday. 

 Have a safe and enjoyable Thanksgiving.

 Policy on Snow Delays/Cancellations

Financial Aid Calendar

Calendar for Prospective Students

Students can receive financial aid at any point during the academic year. Millersville University’s academic year consists of two 15 week terms as well as the summer session.

Full time awards are based on a minimum of 12 credits per semester, 24 per year for undergraduates and 9 credits per semester, 18 per year for graduate students.

August

(Senior year for traditional students or year prior to starting college for nontraditional students)

September

  • Mark your calendar for college fairs - many of these have financial aid presentations you can attend for general information on receiving financial aid. 

October

  • Create a schedule of admissions and financial aid deadlines.
  • Explore college or scholarship information or apply to colleges online. See Education Planner for information or FinAid for more scholarship information.

November

  • Explore college or scholarship information or apply to colleges online. See Education Planner for information or FinAid for more scholarship information.

December

  • Obtain any other financial aid forms that may be required by your target schools.
  • The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is the main application needed to apply for financial aid at Millersville University. This form is available after January 1. If you plan to complete the FAFSA online, you are required to have a PIN number. Students and parents (for dependent students) are required to have a pin number. This will allow the form to be signed electronically and allow us to get the information up to two weeks faster than the paper FAFSA. You should request the PIN now so you have it when you are ready to complete the FAFSA.

January

  • File parents' and student's federal tax returns early. Keep copies of EVERY document sent to the IRS (1040, all schedules, W-2's, etc). The Office of Financial Aid may require these for verification.
  • Complete the FAFSA early (as soon after January 1 as possible) for maximum consideration of all available student aid programs. Check with the Office of Financial Aid for individual deadlines at each of your target schools. The priority filing deadline at Millersville is March 15 to be considered for campus-based aid (Perkins loan and SEOG grant) for most needy students.
  • Apply online at FAFSA on the Web
    • NOTE: Do not wait until you have received acceptance of admission to file your FAFSA. If you will not attend your first-choice school, you can easily have your information released to another school.
      NOTE: Non-PA residents should contact their state's higher education assistance agency to apply for a state grant from their home state. See the United States Department of Education State Higher Education Agency Listing for contact information.
  • Begin a student financial aid folder for all of your important papers. Include copies of all applications, taxes, and letters you receive. 

February

  • File the FAFSA early.
  • If you have not filed your taxes and cannot file them early, fill out the FAFSA with estimated income figures.
  • Be sure that you have submitted all required forms: the college admissions application, the FAFSA, any private scholarship applications, and any state or campus forms required for financial aid programs outside the federal student aid programs.

March

  • File the FAFSA early. Priority filing deadline is March 15 for Millersville University.
  • Watch the mail for the Student Aid Report (SAR), if you did not provide an email address on the online FAFSA.  It should arrive approximately 4-6 weeks after filing the FAFSA. If you provided an email address, you will receive an email with a link to your SAR on the Web no longer than 5 days after submitting the FAFSA. The SAR is the Department of Education's reply to your submitted FAFSA and summarizes your financial aid eligibility for any federal programs. Read it thoroughly and make any necessary corrections. If no corrections are necessary, keep it for your records. [If you send the SAR back to the processor for corrections, a revised SAR will be sent to you and electronic corrections are sent to the school (if you listed Millersville as one of your school choices). Review the corrected SAR and keep it for your records.]
  • Millersville University begins to send out financial aid award letters to incoming freshmen and transfer students who have been admitted to MU.
  • Your financial aid application may be selected for a process called verification. The federal government selects 30% of all students who apply for financial aid for verification. The school will notify you of your selection and require you to submit certain documents to them, which may include tax returns and W-2 forms.

April

  • Office of Financial Aid begins processing Stafford student loans for students who indicated interest in a loan on the FAFSA [indicated an interest in receiving loans on the FAFSA]. If you did not indicate an interest in a student loan, contact the Office of Financial Aid to let them know (additional paperwork may be required) so a loan can be processed for you.
  • After Millersville University pre-certifies the Federl Stafford Loan (first-time borrowers only), the Master Promissory Note (MPN) can be completed online (use the link to the left under Quick Links).  This is the only loan application required by a student at Millersville to obtain a Federal Stafford Loan and the MPN is good for ten years, unless you change lenders or guarantors.
  • Begin to compare financial aid awards at your target schools. Be sure to consider the cost of education at each institution when comparing the award amounts. Some schools may be offering more money to you, but their cost of education may be considerably higher than other schools and you may be awarded with more loans instead of grants/scholarships.
  • Access information regarding payment plans at each institution. Millersville has a twelve-month payment plan called MIPP (Millersville University Installment Payment Plan). There is a deadline of May 1 (for the annual option or the Fall only option) and November 1 (for the Spring only option – applications will be accepted in October for the Spring option).

May

  • Deadline for PHEAA State Grant (The FAFSA must be received by the processor by this date, not postmarked!) - MAY 1
  • PHEAA notifies students about PA State Grant awards. (NOTE: It is the school's responsibility to notify PHEAA if the student changes housing, adjusts enrollment, or receives additional aid, all of which could affect the grant amount.) – please notify the Office of Financial Aid of any changes in housing plans that have occurred.

June

  • Incoming freshmen and transfer students complete an online Entrance Interview as potential first-time Stafford loan borrowers. A paper copy may be obtained by calling the Office of Financial Aid at 717-871-5100 or you may stop by the office and complete the Entrance Interview.
  • Complete any additional financial aid forms for consideration of all student aid.
  • Plan for college orientation, transportation, and housing.
  • Consider other types of financial aid necessary to pay your bill, including the Federal PLUS Loan (Parent Loan for Undergraduate Students) or Alternative Loans. Do not wait until August to apply for these additional funds. Doing so may jeopardize your start of the Fall semester!
  • Deadline for using the payment plan to pay your bill for the fall semester is June 15

July

  • Fall semester bill is available in the middle of the month. Financial aid that is approved appears as credit on the bill. Payment will be due in mid-August. Be sure to respond to the bill, as this is the only way Millersville knows that you will attend classes. If you have a “0” balance or a credit to your account (the financial aid awarded exceeds your bill), you can clear your bill online. Please see the Bursar's Office web site for additional information on paying your semester bill.

August

  • Classes start at the end of month.
  • Financial Aid is disbursed – refunds are mailed for students who have an overpayment of financial aid.
Download a printable version of this calendar to assist you in the financial aid process from the Financial Aid Forms (under Quick Links to the left).

Calendar for Current Students

Students can receive financial aid at any point during the academic year. Millersville University’s academic year consists of two 15 week terms as well as the summer session. For 2013-14, the Summer sessions begin on May 11 and end on August 21, 2013.  The fall semester begins on August 31, 2013 and ends on December 15, 2013. The spring semester begins on January 19, 2014 and ends on May 7, 2014.

Full time awards are based on a minimum of 12 credits per semester, 24 per year for undergraduates and 9 credits per semester, 18 per year for graduate students.

January

  • File parents' and student's federal tax returns early. Keep copies of EVERY document sent to the IRS (1040, all schedules, W-2's, etc). The Office of Financial Aid may require these for verification.
  • The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is the main application needed to apply for aid at Millersville University.
  • Students interested in a Federal Stafford Loan, who have not previously had one, must also complete a Master Promissory Note (MPN), which MU Office of Financial Aid will pre-certify, in addition to the FAFSA.
  • Spring semester classes begin.
  • Drop/add begins – drop classes the first five days of classes; add classes the first seven days using a drop/add card (obtained from the Registrar's Office) with signatures from professors.
  • Disbursement of approved financial aid and refunds of excess aid are mailed to the student's campus address.
  • Upon return to MU for Spring term, visit MU Office of Financial Aid for MU Scholarships.

February

  • File the FAFSA early. Priority filing deadline is March 15 to be considered for campus-based aid (Perkins loan and SEOG grant) for the most needy students.
  • Access information on Summer Financial Aid after February 15.
  • Deadline for MU Office of Financial Aid scholarships.

March

  • File the FAFSA early. Priority filing deadline is March 15 to be considered for campus-based aid (Perkins loan and SEOG grant) for the most needy students.

April

  • Watch the mail for the Student Aid Report (SAR), if  you filed the FAFSA and did not provide an email address.  It should arrive approximately 4-6 weeks after filing the FAFSA. If you provided an email address on the FAFSA and filed online, you will receive and email with a link to your SAR on the Web no longer than 5 days after submitting the FAFSA. The SAR is the Department of Education's reply to your submitted FAFSA and summarizes your financial aid eligibility for any federal programs. Read it thoroughly and make any necessary corrections. If no corrections are necessary, keep it for your records. [If you send the SAR back to the processor for corrections, a revised SAR will be sent to you and electronic corrections are sent to the school (if you listed Millersville as one of your school choices). Review the corrected SAR and keep it for your records.]
  • Your financial aid application may be selected for a process called verification. The federal government selects 30% of all students who apply for financial aid for verification. The school will notify you of your selection and require you to submit certain documents to them, which may include tax returns, W-2 forms, and 1099 forms.
  • Access information regarding payment plans at each institution. Millersville has a twelve month payment plan called MIPP (Millersville University Installment Payment Plan). There is a deadline of May 1.

May

  • Deadline for PA State Grant (The FAFSA must be received by the processor by this date, not postmarked!) - MAY 1
  • PHEAA notifies students about PA State Grant awards. (NOTE: It is the school's responsibility to notify PHEAA if the student changes housing, adjusts enrollment, or receives additional aid, all of which could affect the grant amount.) – please notify the Office of Financial Aid of any changes in housing plans that have occurred.
  • After grades are posted for the Spring semester, a review of the credits earned will be conducted for each student. Any student not completing the number of credits to meet the satisfactory academic progress requirements, will have his/her aid removed beginning pre-session and continuing until the required number of credits have been passed.
  • Students who are graduating need to complete an online Exit Interview

June

  • First-time Federal Stafford Loan borrowers need to complete the online Entrance Interview.
  • Students' loans are processed and awards are available online (through MAX) after end-of-semester grades are posted and eligibility is reviewed. Be sure to watch the mail for your financial aid award or access it online through MAX.
  • Consider other types of financial aid necessary to pay your bill, including the Federal PLUS Loan (Parent Loan for Undergraduate Students ) or Alternative Loans. Do not wait until August to apply for these additional funds. Doing so may jeopardize your start of the Fall semester.
  • Contact the Office of Financial Aid if you wish to reduce your Federal Stafford Loan amount or if you wish to increase your Stafford Loan amount if:
    • you are considered an independent student by the federal government or
    • you are a dependent student and have a parent PLUS loan denial and have submitted a copy of it to the Office of Financial Aid.
  • Be sure all financial aid forms have been completed and submitted to the Office of Financial Aid.
  • Deadline for using the payment plan to pay your bill for the fall semester is June 15

July

  • Fall semester bill is available in the middle of the month. Financial aid that is approved appears as credit on the bill. It will be due in mid-August. Any financial aid that is cleared after the bill was printed may be used as a deduction (Check with the Office of Financial Aid to be sure your aid can be used as a deduction on your bill). Be sure to respond to the bill, as this is the only way Millersville knows that you will attend classes. If you have a “0” balance or a credit to your account (the financial aid awarded exceeds your bill), you can clear your bill online. Please see the Bursar's Office web site for additional information on paying your semester bill.

August

  • Fall semester bill is due (middle of the month). Return the signed bill to the Bursar's Office even if you do not owe any money. Any financial aid that is cleared after the bill was printed may be used as a deduction (Check with the Office of FInancial Aid to be sure your aid can be used as a deduction on your bill). Be sure to respond to the bill, as this is the only way Millersville knows that you will attend classes. If you have a "0" balance or a credit to your account (the financial aid awarded exceeds your bill), you can clear your bill online. Please see the Bursar's Office website for additional information on paying your semester bill.
  • Fall semester classes start at the end of the month.
  • Disbursement of approved financial aid and refunds of excess aid are mailed to the student's campus address.

September

  • Drop/add begins - drop classes the first five days of classes; add classes the first seven days using a drop/add card (obtained from the Registrar's Office) with signatures from professors.

October

  • Mid-semester bills are sent to students who still owe a balance for the Fall semester.

November

  • Register for the Spring semester courses. Be sure that you will satisfy the satisfactory academic progress requirements for the number of credits needed to qualify for next year financial aid.
  • Spring bill is available in the middle of the month.
  • Deadline for using the payment plan to pay your bill for the spring semester is November 15

December

  • Spring semester bill is due (middle of the month).
  • Gather together the information to file your taxes and get ready to file next year's financial aid application.
  • If you lost your Federal or State financial aid because of academic progress requirements and took classes in the Fall semester, call the Office of Financial Aid when grades are posted to have your credits re-reviewed to see if you are eligible for aid in the Spring semester.
  • If you will change grade levels AFTER FALL GRADES ARE POSTED [i.e. freshman to sophomore (at least 30 credits) or sophomore to junior (at least 60 credits)] and wish to have your Federal Stafford Loan increased, contact the Office of Financial Aid.
  • Students who are graduating need to complete an online Exit Interview.
  • If you filed your FAFSA online last year, but do not remember your pin number, request your PIN online - it can be obtained immediately or sent to you.  Remember, for dependent students, both the student and the parent must have a PIN.
Download a printable version of this calendar to assist you in the financial aid process from the Financial Aid Forms (under Quick Links to the left).