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Winter Session 2015 Financial Aid Eligibility

Current UB undergraduate students may be eligible for financial aid for Winter Session. Updates to this site will be posted as policies and guidelines are available.

To be considered to receive financial aid:

Financial Aid Winter Session FAQ

Is UB’s Winter Session considered a winter term for financial aid eligibility?

No. For financial aid purposes, the Winter Session is not considered a stand-alone term. However, the Office of Financial Aid will adjust your cost of attendance for spring based upon Winter Session registration. Any courses taken during this session will be combined with spring registration to determine federal financial aid eligibility. For state aid eligibility, it will only be based upon Spring registration.

Is there aid for the Winter Session?

Only currently matriculated University at Buffalo students may be eligible for aid for the Winter Session. Federal financial aid eligibility is based upon the combined winter and spring registration. State aid eligibility is based upon Spring registration. Contact your financial aid advisor prior to registering for Winter Session courses.

How do I apply for aid for the Winter Session?

You must have a 2014-2015 FAFSA on file to be eligible for federal aid. There is no additional application required. The Office of Financial Aid will automatically review your federal eligibility based on combined winter/spring registration. There is no state aid for Winter Session.

Can I receive financial aid if I'm planning to graduate after the Winter Session?

It is highly recommended you contact your financial aid advisor to determine if there is aid eligibility prior to the end of the fall semester, December 7, 2014.

How many credit hours can I register for Winter Session in order to be eligible for financial aid?

The Winter Session registration will be combined with spring registration to determine eligibility.

Will my Spring financial aid awards pay for my Winter Session work?

Your Spring financial aid may pay for both Winter and Spring charges. If your award is not enough to cover both terms, you will see a balance that remains on both the Winter and Spring terms. Keep in mind, additional charges will reduce any anticipated refunds.

How will Winter Session affect my Spring federal financial aid eligibility?

Any courses taken during this session will be combined with Spring registration to determine federal financial aid eligibility.

I’m already registered full time for the Spring semester. How can I cover the cost for Winter registration?

If you’ve already been awarded a full time package based upon your grade level and dependency status, adding Winter registration will not increase your Pell or Direct Loan eligibility. However, there may be other financing options. Contact your financial aid advisor before registering for Winter Session courses.

When are my loans going to disburse and refund if I take classes during the Winter Session?

Financial Aid funds will disburse to the student’s account on or after February 10, following the Spring census date of February 4. If there is a credit on the account, refunds will be done after the Spring Census date.

Can my PLUS loan be increased to cover my Winter Session expenses?

We will not automatically increase your PLUS loan if you add Winter registration. Your current Spring aid including any PLUS loans you are receiving will apply toward both your Winter and Spring charges. If it's not enough to cover all the charges, you can submit an additional PLUS loan application. Contact your financial aid advisor before registering for Winter Session courses.

How will my Pell eligibility be affected if I register for Winter Session courses?

Pell eligibility is based on the combined winter and spring registration. If you are already awarded a full-time Spring Pell grant, adding Winter registration will not increase your Pell award.

Can I use my Federal Work Study funding to work hours during Winter Session?

If the student has Federal Work Study funds available as awarded for 2013-2014 academic year, a student is eligible to work providing their work study site approves.

How will taking classes during Winter Session affect my TAP and other aid eligibility?

TAP eligibility is based upon the Spring registration. Courses taken during the Winter session are not combined with Spring term to meet the fulltime eligibility requirement for TAP.

Am I eligible for Aid for Part Time Study (APTS) if I’m registering for the Winter Session?

TAP eligibility is based upon the Spring registration. Courses taken during the Winter session are not combined with Spring term to meet the fulltime eligibility requirement for TAP.

I’m not a UB student, can I receive financial aid?

Unfortunately, non-UB students are not eligible for financial aid at UB. Consult with your school’s financial aid office before enrolling for a course at UBThisWinter.

Will Satisfactory Academic Progress status be reviewed at the completion of the Winter Session?

There is no review after the Winter Session. Therefore, your Winter grades will not change your federal financial aid Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) status for Spring semester. SAP will be reviewed at the conclusion of the spring semester. Prior to adding or resigning any courses, contact your financial and academic advisors.

What happens to my financial aid if I resign a Winter course(s)?

Financial aid awards are based on combined winter and spring credit hours registered by the spring census date—February 4, 2014. If your registration falls below full time (12 credit hours—combined winter and spring registration) your financial aid award will be adjusted. Prior to resigning any course, you should contact your financial aid and academic advisors.

I want to participate in a Study Abroad program during Winter Session. May I use my financial aid to cover additional expenses?

A Study Abroad program during this session will be combined with spring registration to determine financial aid eligibility. The Financial Aid Office is unable to authorize aid to disburse prior to the start of your program. Make arrangements to use personal funds to pay for travel and other expenses that you may incur prior to the start of your program. The Office of Financial Aid is unable to authorize Federal financial aid to disburse prior to the start of your program. We recommend you contact your assigned Financial Aid Advisor to discuss options for financing your Study Abroad program in advance of your travel.

Will the Financial Aid offices be open?

Yes, the Financial Aid Office in 115 Porter Quad #2 and the Student Response Center in 232 Capen Hall will be open with regular business hours.

Information is subject to change without notice due to changes in federal, state and/or institutional rules and regulations. Students must complete a FAFSA every year. Students must be making satisfactory academic progress to continue to receive financial aid.

Last updated: June 10, 2014 10:28 am EST