Financial Aid FAQs

How can I utilize the IRS Data Retrieval Tool when completing my FAFSA?

Click here for step by step instructions on how to utilize this tool.

What paperwork is needed for Verification?

When selected for Verification, you will need to complete one of the options below:

 

Option I:
Complete the Verification Worksheet and submit to UM
If verifying tax information: Log into the www.fafsa.gov website with your PIN and use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool to transfer your 2013 federal tax return information directly onto the FAFSA.
Option II:
Complete the Verification Worksheet and submit to UM
If verifying tax information: Provide a copy of your 2013 IRS tax return transcript by requesting it from the IRS on form 4506T-EZ or 4506T at www.irs.gov or by phone at 1-800-829-1040.

I’ve already submitted my FAFSA, but I need to add a school. How do I do that?

If you have your PIN number from the Department of Education, you add a school on-line at www.fafsa.ed.gov. If you have your Student Aid Report, you may call the Department of Education at 1.800.433.3243. Give them your name, social security number, the DRN number and transaction number off your SAR (in the upper right corner of the front page), and the name of the school you want to have added to your FAFSA. If you no longer have your SAR, you may also call to request a duplicate.

I am on Financial Aid Suspension. How can I submit an appeal?

An appeal form can be obtained from the Financial Aid Office or online, click here. Prior to submitting this request, the student is required to meet with the Student Success Center. Call 251.442.2292 to schedule SSC appointment. Please attach confirmation sheet obtained during appointment to the appeal form and submit to the Financial Aid Office. Once your appeal is submitted, your appeal will be reviewed and you will be contacted with a decision.

I haven’t heard from the Financial Aid Office at the University of Mobile. Why?

All financial aid students at UMobile must be accepted for admission before your financial aid award will be processed. If you haven’t applied to UMobile, you can do so online. If you have been admitted or readmitted to UMobile but haven’t heard from the Financial Aid Office, you should check your mailing address with the University.

I don’t live with my parents, they don’t claim me on their tax returns, and they don’t give me any financial support. Do I still have to put down their information on my application?

If you cannot answer YES to any question in the “Step Three” section of the FAFSA, you MUST include parent information. Parent information is required in these cases because the federal government has decided paying for the cost of education is the responsibility of the student and the student’s parents until the student can answer YES to any one question in “Step Three.” If unusual circumstances exist, you may want to check with the financial aid office before submitting your FAFSA.

The school is asking for a copy of my tax transcript. How do I obtain a copy?

You can obtain a copy of your tax transcript at www.irs.gov. From that site, in the Online Services section of the homepage click “Order a Tax Return or Account Transcript.” Next, click “Order a RETURN Transcript” and follow the instructions through the process. If successfully validated, you should receive your request within 5 to 10 days.

I’ve already submitted my FAFSA, but I need to make some changes. How should I make them?

If you have your PIN number from the Department of Education, you can make your changes on-line at www.fafsa.ed.gov. Click on “Make Corrections to a Processed FAFSA.”

How long will it take before I receive my Award Letter?

It may take 3-4 weeks after you complete your file at UMobile before you’ll find out what aid you’re eligible to receive. Ensure the fastest processing time by turning in all requested information as soon as possible.

I haven’t heard from the Financial Aid Office at the University of Mobile. Why?

All financial aid students at UMobile must be accepted for admission before your financial aid award will be processed. If you haven’t applied to UMobile, you can do so online. If you have been admitted or readmitted to UMobile but haven’t heard from the Financial Aid Office, you should check your mailing address with the University.

The school is asking for verification of my Selective Service System registration. I don’t have anything. What should I do?

You must contact Selective Service System at www.sss.gov or 1.847.688.6888 to verify your registration. If it is determined you haven’t yet registered and you are between the ages of 18 and 25 you must do so. If you are not registered and you are over 26 years of age, you need to request a status letter from Selective Service System and provide a copy of that to our office.

I live with my grandparents/other relatives/guardians who support me. Should I report their income on my FAFSA instead of my parents?

No, you must list your parents’ information under the parent section. If unusual circumstances exist, you may want to check with the UMobile financial aid office before submitting your FAFSA.

My step-parent is not willing to support me. Do I have to list his/her income under the parent section?

Yes, if your supporting parent is remarried, you must include his/her spouse’s information on the FAFSA.

I already filed my application, but now I’m married. Can I be considered independent now?

Your marital status for financial aid purposes is determined on the day you applied for financial aid. So, if you included parent information on your application, their information will be included for that aid year.

What is your federal school code?

The federal school code for the University of Mobile is 001029.

How do I apply for financial aid?

The best way to submit your FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) is online at www.fafsa.ed.gov. If you have a PIN number from the Department of Education, you can do a renewal FAFSA on the Internet. You can request a PIN on-line at www.pin.ed.gov. The University of Mobile’s school code is 001029.

When should I apply for financial aid?

You must apply for financial aid every year. The best time to apply is as soon as possible after January 1st.

Am I eligible for Federal Financial Aid?
  • To be eligible for Federal Student Financial Aid, you must:
  • Be a U.S. citizen or an eligible non-citizen.
  • Be accepted for admission and admitted to an eligible degree-seeking or certificate-seeking program.
  • Be enrolled for at least the minimum course load required for the requested aid program. All loan programs (including alternative loans) require an enrollment of at least halftime. Audit classes do not count.
  • Meet and maintain all requirements under the Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy.
  • Not be in default on a prior student loan or owe a repayment on any TItle IV aid.
  • Be registered for Selective Service if you are a male at least 18 years old who was born after January 1, 1979.
Can I lose my financial aid?

You must make Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) in order to keep your aid. If you fail to make SAP you will first be placed on Financial Aid Probation for one semester and will still be allowed to receive aid. If you fail to make SAP after the probation semester, you will then be placed on Financial Aid Suspension and will not be allowed to receive any financial aid. You will be notified at the end of each semester if you should fail any component of SAP. Academic counseling is available to all students. For more detailed information, please see the section in the University of Mobile Catalog titled Satisfactory Academic Progress for Financial Aid. 

If I have a credit on my account, how can I request those funds?

Check requests are made through the Business Office. Please call 251.442.2214 or email businessoffice@umobile.edu.

Can my parent/guardian speak to university staff about my information?

We can only speak with others regarding your information if an Access to Student Records form is complete.

Is there a deadline to apply for financial aid?

You can apply for financial aid anytime during the current school year as long as the school receives a valid FAFSA from the Department of Education before or within the current school year. However, some funding is limited and/or may not be available when your award is finalized.

How can I change the amount or cancel my loans?

Click here to find our loan change form. This can be turned into the Financial Aid Office or faxed to 251-442-2498.

How can I apply for a loan?

Loan applications as well as Entrance Interviews and signing your Master Promissory Note can be done online. To visit the link click here.

Where can I fill out a FAFSA form?

You can fill out your FAFSA at www.fafsa.gov. The University of Mobile code is 001029.

Where do I submit my documents for verification?

You will need to submit your Verification documents to the Financial Aid Office. You can fax these documents to 251.442.2498. To ensure all of your documents are processed, please include your ID number on every page of every document

How do I retrieve my student loan information?

You may access information and the status of your student loan by clicking here.