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FAQ: Receiving and using your aid

How do I check the status of my financial aid?
You can check the status of your financial aid online through your MyUW account. Once you log in, select Student Financial Services, then Financial Aid Status. If you are still waiting to be admitted to the university, your status will only show whether your FAFSA has been received.

When will I get my financial aid award letter?
You will receive an email to access Student Aid Report (SAR) information after you send in your FAFSA. If you did not supply an email address, a paper SAR will be mailed to you. You must make any corrections requested on the form and mail or transmit it back as directed.

We begin sending award notices in the spring and continue through the summer. This may be sent to you electronically, so please check your UW email and MyUW regularly. The award notice shows you the types and amount of aid you are eligible to receive. Your award may be an estimate until we complete the review of your FAFSA information. Please accept your aid as directed, even if you are requesting or expecting changes. Unaccepted awards are subject to cancelation.

How do I receive my money after my tuition is paid?
Financial aid is disbursed first to your university student account to pay your tuition, U-PASS, late charges, student insurance and other university fees. If the amount of your aid is greater than the charges on your student account, the difference will be sent to your bank account via direct deposit.

I have an outside source paying my tuition, where should I send the funds?
From the Student Fiscal Services website, select the link “Scholarships” then select the link below “Third Party Sponsors.”

I need to send in a form to my loan source saying I'm going to school here full time.
To verify your enrollment for insurance, loan deferment or other purposes, an enrollment verification form should be submitted to the Office of the Registrar. You can submit your own form for the specific agency, or use a form from Enrollment Services. An automatic enrollment verification is sent to the National Clearing House on the 10th day of the quarter.

What happens if I withdraw from classes?
If you withdraw before the start of classes, you must repay any financial aid you have received. If you withdraw during the quarter, you may have to repay some of your aid. If you do not officially withdraw but fail to pass any classes, you will be considered to have unofficially withdrawn and may have to repay aid. A withdrawal may affect your future aid eligibility. Please see the Time Schedule or the policies on withdrawal for information on refunds. Tuition refunds, in general, must be returned to the financial aid programs.

Can I use financial aid for books or housing?
Financial aid is disbursed first to your university student account to pay your tuition, U-PASS, late charges, student insurance and other university fees. If the amount of your aid is greater than the charges on your student account, the difference will be sent to your bank account via direct deposit at which point you could use the additional funds for books, housing, transportation, childcare etc.

If I start in spring quarter (or winter), will my loans transfer to UW Tacoma from my current school?
Financial aid and loans do not transfer between schools. You will need to re-apply for financial aid at UW Tacoma by adding the UW school code (003798) to your FAFSA.