You’ve Got Questions? – We’ve Got Answers!
1) Do I have to complete my FAFSA every year?
Yes. According to federal guidelines you must apply for financial aid each year. The application is available October 1st of every year. You will need to visit FAFSA to complete your application.
2) Where do I go to apply for scholarships?
After you have applied for financial aid using FAFSA , you will need to log into My Student Center and navigate to the financial aid section. Find the link that says “UTHSCSA Scholarship Application” and then click on the link and follow the instructions. This link will not be in your portal unless you applied for financial aid and we have received your student aid report (SAR) from the Federal Government. Students can view potential scholarships on the school’s web page – Nursing, Graduate Biomedical, Medical, Dental, and Health Professions.
3) What is Satisfactory Academic Progress?
To maintain eligibility for financial aid, a student must make academic progress toward their degree. Once the requirements have been met for the student’s degree, that student will lose eligibility for further funds, even if they choose to stay in school for additional semesters and not graduate. Our office will measure your academic progress annually after the spring semester grades have been posted or after every payment period if the program of study is one year or less as mandated in Federal Regulation HEA 484(c). Failure to meet the Satisfactory Academic Progress Standards (for all terms enrolled, not just those terms that aid was received) may result in loss of financial aid eligibility. For complete details please click here.
4) What is verification?
Verification is intended to improve the accuracy of the information submitted on the FAFSA. Please be aware that our office cannot process financial aid, requests for professional judgment, or disburse federal student aid until the verification process is complete. Financial aid administrators have the right to ask for any documentation they feel is necessary to complete verification. We must receive your documents and, if corrections are required, have received your updated Student Aid Report no later than 120 days after the last day of enrollment or September 9, 2023, whichever is earlier for the aid year 2022-2023 (the date for aid year 2023-2024 will be September 14, 2024).
Corrections may be made by our office on your behalf, or if they must be made by the student/parent we will contact you via your UT Health San Antonio email account and assist you with identifying the necessary corrections. If your EFC changes, as a result of corrections made during the verification process, the DOE will send a message to the email address on your FAFSA announcing an updated Student Aid Report is available for your review.
- For forms related to verification for 2022-2023 click here.
- For forms related to verification for 2023-2024 click here.
If you are selected for verification you will need to do the following:
- Submit either a dependent or independent verification worksheet.
- If you or your parents filed a tax return, please make sure you used the IRS Data Retrieval Tool (DRT). If you cannot use the DRT, you will need to order a tax return transcript.
- To order a tax return transcript click here or call 1-800-908-9946.
- Submit any forms requested by our office (these will be displayed on your To Do List in the Student Portal).
Please keep in mind that if you do not complete the verification process in a timely manner, your financial aid will be delayed or it may not be processed.
5) What if my financial situation changes and my FAFSA no longer represents my (or my spouse’s or parent’s) current income?
We recognize that a student’s financial position may drastically change due to unexpected situations beyond the student’s control. When that happens, please reach out to our office for an evaluation of your situation to determine if updates can be made to your FAFSA.
6) How do I return loan funds?
If you borrowed more than needed, you can return the funds the business day before the 120th day after disbursement by 10:00 am or before the end of the fiscal year, whichever is earlier. Bring a personal check, cashier’s check, or money order payable to UT Health San Antonio for a full dollar amount (no cents) equal to or less than the net disbursed amount. Origination fees will be credited to your account when returning funds through the school and you will only be responsible for interest charges while the funds were in your possession. For payments after the 120th day of disbursement, please contact your loan servicer for their procedures. To identify who is your servicer, please log in to studentaid.gov.
7) Why haven’t I been awarded?
There are several reasons why you may not have been awarded financial aid. Make sure and view your “To Do” list in My Student Center to see if we have requested documents from you that have not been received. If you are still not sure, please contact the VSFA office directly at 210-567-2635 and we will work with you to identify the reason.
8) Is there aid available for International Students?
Students classified as international students can participate in private lending if credit approved. Submit an application with the lender of your choice to initiate the process. We will offer the loan, for an amount that cannot exceed your Cost of Attendance less other aid received for the aid year, which must be accepted by the student via their student center. Loans will be disbursed in at least two disbursements or based on the number of terms enrolled – whichever is greater. External Scholarship Information.
9) Is there aid available for Texas Residents- TASFA?
Students classified as Texas Residents by the Office of the University Registrar and do not meet the citizenship requirements for Federal Student Aid, can submit a Texas Application for State Financial Aid. This application is used to calculate “Need” and be considered for state aid. In addition, it will make the UT Health San Antonio Scholarship link available for submission. Texas Residents can also apply for the College Access Loan with the State of Texas at www.hhloans.com or other private loans with the lender of their choice.
10) What is a reaffirmation agreement?
A student who has inadvertently exceeded their aggregate loan limit will receive notification via their Student Aid Report. Students in this situation can either choose to repay the overage in full or begin the reaffirmation agreement process detailed below. UT Health San Antonio cannot process an application for aid until the issue has been resolved.
The student contacts the servicer and explains that the student has inadvertently overborrowed and wishes to reaffirm the debt. Visit studentaid.gov to review your loans and identify the servicer(s).
- The servicer sends the student a reaffirmation agreement.
- The student reads, signs, and returns to the servicer the reaffirmation agreement. Please note that Section 3 of the agreement must be completed by the school at which the student is seeking aid before the student can return the form to the servicer.
- The servicer sends the student confirmation that the reaffirmation agreement has been accepted. The student or servicer must provide a copy of the reaffirmation confirmation to UT Health San Antonio.
- The inadvertent overborrowing is considered to have been resolved as of the date the servicer receives the student’s signed reaffirmation agreement.
11) Can I receive additional financial aid because I have a family to support?
No. According to federal guidelines, financial aid is for the student. If other members of your family require support, you will need to consider applying for other types of federal or state assistance.
12) What does Cost of Attendance (COA) mean?
The Cost of Attendance (COA) is determined by the VSFA office and is based on the average costs that a student will incur during the academic year. Included in the COA are average tuition and fee costs, room and board allowance, books and supplies, transportation, and personal/miscellaneous expenses. The actual cost will vary depending on the student.
13) When is my disbursement date?
Financial aid disburses on or around ten days prior to the first class day and after all required evaluations have occurred.
For example, if your classes begin on June 29, your aid will disburse on June 19, unless that days falls on a Saturday, Sunday, or holiday when the university is closed. Then it falls on the first business day immediately following.
14) When will I get my refund check and how?
If you signed up for direct deposit you should receive your refund within two to three business days depending upon your banking institution. If you are going to wait for a paper check, please make sure your home address is updated in the student system at least three days before your scheduled disbursement.
Please note: Checks are usually delivered to your home address within 3 to 5 business days during the first disbursement day and census day for the current term. Checks are then processed twice a week (Tuesday and Friday) until the next disbursement cycle begins. This change is effective October 13, 2014. Your banking institution may place up to a 10-day hold on your check. During the Winter Holidays, students electing to receive paper checks may wait an additional 3 to 5 business days to receive their funds due to bank/post office/university closures.
Please note – Direct deposit is always your best option in order to receive your refund in a timely manner and you sign up for the service via your student portal. It must be set-up at least 10 business days before your scheduled disbursement. You can set up direct deposit in My Student Center. To contact the Bursar’s office click here.
15) I received too much financial aid, can I pay some of my loan back?
Yes, you can return a portion of your financial aid. You have 120 days from the date of your disbursement to bring the funds back into the VSFA office. We will need a personal check, money order, or cashier’s check made payable to “UT Health San Antonio”. Please round up to whole dollars when returning funds. We will send a confirmation email to you after the loan adjustment has been processed. For independent confirmation, although it may take up to 30 days from the date of the return to be reflected in your loan totals, you can confirm your funds were credited to your account by accessing the studentaid.gov web site.
16) How can I find a copy of my 1098T form for my taxes?
If you paid qualified tuition and fees, or received scholarships and grants, in the previous calendar year, please visit this site for instructions on how to obtain your form. Medical and Dental students who graduated in 2018 actually paid/received their tuition/scholarships in the fall of 2021 and will not receive a form for the 2022 calendar year.
It is important that you are aware of all holds on your account since this can impact registration, transcript requests, packaging, or disbursement of financial aid funds and eventually, graduation. Please view your account periodically to make sure you do not have any holds placed on your record. If you do, review the hold indicator and/or your “Tasks” to determine the steps required to resolve the pending issue. For more information please click here.
18) Since I have to purchase a laptop, can I receive my financial aid before my scheduled disbursement to pay for it?
No. You will need to find an alternative form of payment to purchase your laptop or wait until you have received your refund. You can bring the receipt to Veteran Services & Financial Aid (VSFA), showing you paid for the computer, to have your Cost of Attendance increased, but aid is disbursed no earlier than ten days prior to the first class day.