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- Why should I report/disclose all sources of financial assistance I have, or expect to receive to the Office of
Financial Aid and Scholarships?
- (Disclosure Statement) Federal Student Aid Guidelines require schools to include various types of aid, as part of the
student’s estimated financial assistance when packaging his/her financial aid award. All categories of students
are required to report all instances of expected aid to the Financial Aid Office. Failure to do so could result in
the reduction, retraction or even cancellation of some or all of the student’s financial aid award, possibly leaving
the student with a balance owed to the University. The list provided below, should not be construed as all
- Waivers of Tuition and Fees; Fellowships or assistantships; Veteran Educational Benefits’ Stipends; National
Service Education Awards; Insurance programs for student’s education; scholarship; any educational benefits paid
because of enrollment in post secondary education; Chapter 1607 Reap Benefits, ROTC living allowances, net income from
Need-based Employment; Americorps funds, Designated State Aid; Designated Aid paid on the student's behalf; Scholarships,
- How can I begin searching for scholarships?
- One method interested students and parents may use involves focusing search efforts on the parent(s)' and student's:
demographic information (i.e. a characteristic used to classify people for statistical purposes, such as age, race,
or gender), academic accomplishments (i.e. honor roll throughout high school, high standardized test scores like
SAT and ACT, high school grade point average, etc...), memberships (i.e. store and major credit cards like
Target and Visa, NAACP, Boys and Girls Club, Kiwanis Club, etc...) and affiliations (i.e. business and
organizations you frequent and do not have a membership). This information can be used when researching on-line,
using search books and manuals, and when checking with individuals and organizations. Here is a tool you can use to list
your demographic, academic and membership information (excel)
- How do I qualify for need-based scholarships and grants?
- The following formula is used to calculate financial need: Cost of Attendance (COA) minus Expected Family
Contribution (EFC) equals Financial Need. The EFC is a figure provided by the U.S. Department of Education (DOE)
based on the FAFSA to help determine a student's financial need. Students who applied for federal aid with the FAFSA
will receive a Student Aid Report (SAR) from the DOE, which will contain their EFC. If a student does not submit the
FAFSA form, then financial need will be the difference between the student's COA and all accepted aid, if any. *The
financial need figure will change if any aid is received, reduced or retracted throughout the academic year. If a student
has financial need at the beginning of the academic year and receives financial aid that fulfills that need, then that
student would no longer have financial need and would not be eligible for need-based aid.
- Where can I apply for external scholarships?
- Scholarships and grants can come from a variety of sources, such as: government (federal, state, city and county),
institutions of higher learning (colleges, universities and trade schools), clubs, unions, societies and other
organizations (fraternities, sororities, Boys and Girls Club, NAACP, UNCF, banks, credit unions, churches, and UAW);
military branches (Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Marines and Navy) and individuals (family, friends, and philanthropists)
. Interested students and parents may research on-line, with the organization and individual, and using
scholarship/grant books, manuals and periodicals. Also, there are some reputable search engines, such as
FastWeb, which can help locate scholarships and grants for students.
*Be sure to investigate the reputation of any organization and individual whom you plan to send
personally identifiable information with the Better Business Bureau, Federal Trade Commission, and your state attorney
Click here for a scholarship list(doc)
- Does the Scholarship and Grants Division of the Office of Financial Aid find external scholarships for
- No. Students and parents must take the responsibility to identify potential sources of scholarships and grants.
This is important since only the student and parents would know their particular circumstances, such as membership in
certain organizations (i.e. fraternities, sororities, churches, etc...), opportunities for employment-related financial
assistance (i.e. tuition reimbursement programs through employer) and student recognition for outstanding service (i.e.
community, academic achievement, etc...). Students who are residents of states other than Virginia may decide to consult
his or her state department of higher education for any possible forms of assistance other state programs. Virginia
residents can consult the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia.
- Why has my external scholarship not been paid to my student account?
- Scholarships and grants from external sources may be sent to Hampton University via U.S. mail, or
other delivery service, or via electronic funds transfer (EFT). In many cases, our office has received an award letter
from an external organization and we used it to update the anticipated award to the student's financial aid package. The awarding
organization or individual may require some sort of verification of the intended recipient's: grade point average,
enrollment (full or part-time), financial need, and other information from Hampton University (Financial Aid, Registrar,
Business Office, etc...) prior to sending the award.You should always check with the award grantor after we complete the
verification for a possible time frame for receiving the funds.
- I contacted the scholarship organization and they said my scholarship check has been sent to Hampton University. Why is my award not paid to my student account?
- There are few reasons why a scholarship check may not have been paid to the intended student's account. One reason is the check and how it was written. We do not accept personal checks. So, if one was used for your scholarship, it may have been returned to the granting source. Also, if the award check was made payable to any party other than "Hampton University", then that particular party (probably the student) would be required to visit the Business Office to sign the check over to Hampton University for it to be cashed. Another reason is the check may contain incorrect or missing information, which would make the check void. Also, organizations must send scholarship and grant award checks directly to the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships. If the award was sent to any other office, processing it may be delayed. The student and parent(s) could contact the scholarship organization again to inquire about the above. We strongly encourage all recipients of financial aid, whether federal, state, private or institutional to have the granting organization to forward data to the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships.
- What is the address to where external scholarship checks must be mailed?
- Hampton University, Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships, 100 East Queen and Tyler Streets, Hampton, VA 23668.
- What is the difference between a scholarship and student account payment check?
- A scholarship check would usually be accompanied by an award letter on the granting organization's
or individual's letterhead, indicating the intended recipient, award amount, duration of award (i.e. Fall, Spring, Summer
semesters), as well as any other relevant information. The check would be from the granting organization and would contain
their name (or the program name) in the upper-left corner of the check (i.e. Robert C. Byrd Foundation), and possibly
their address. A student account payment (cashier's check or money order) check would usually be from a financial
institution, like a bank, and would not include an award letter, program, or scholarship organization name.*Most checks
sent directly to the Business Office, and not to Financial Aid, are treated as student account payments.
- Why was my scholarship check used to pay my balance instead of help pay for my books and supplies, as specified?
- Students usually purchase textbooks required for each class through the Hampton University Collegiate Book Store.When an organization sends a scholarship award check to the University specified to cover books and supplies, if the student has a past due balance, then the check will be used to help satisfy that balance. Any funds remaining may be provided to the student in the form of a refund, either a paper check or electronic refund (E-Refund), which the student could use for books and supplies. It is important to ensure that your student account does not have an outstanding balance if you expect to receive a scholarship specified to cover books and supplies. For more information on the application of fees to the student's account, you should contact the Business Office.
- Why has my scholarship from my major department not been paid to my student account?
- Our office requires at least five to seven (5 - 7)business days, during peak periods (June - September), for processing of paperwork and other related financial aid matters for students. In addition, most scholarship award paperwork (i.e. grant-in-aid form) from major departments needs to be reviewed to ensure compliance with any rules and regulations of the University, federal or state government, or the granting organization, prior to being sent to be be updated to the student's account.
- Why has my tuition, room and board, comprehensive fee, and stipend from my major department not been paid to my student account?
- The scholarship and stipend form used by major departments and other offices within Hampton University to award student tuition, room and board, comprehensive fee, and stipend awards has been updated to provide important information to all parties involved, and to request the signatures of all required parties, including the student receiving the award(s) after reading the entire scholarship and stipend form. The important information provides stipend award limits per student classification, such as for undergraduates and graduate students. Also, the important information provides the potential reasons why the award listed may not be available. Such as, time period during which the form was submitted may be a registration period, where longer processing time is required by our office. Also, if the student’s account budget, or cost of attendance, would be exceed by update of the current award. Also, the student may be ineligible for that particular award based on some other eligibility criterion.
Be sure to review the language on the scholarship and stipend form prior to signing, in order to be aware of the process and rules regarding receiving departmental scholarships and stipends.
Some helpful resources...
General Scholarship Links
Graduate Scholarship Links
Scholarship Search Tips
National Institute of Health (UGSP) Scholarship
Benjamin A. Gilman Scholarship Program
Study Abroad Scholarship
Teach Abroad Scholarship
Volunteer Abroad Scholarship
Campus RN - Nursing Opportunities & Scholarships
Gates Millennium Scholarship
Sallie Mae's Scholarship Search Tool