Breaking Financial Aid News

Budget Control Act of 2011

The Budget Control Act of 2011 eliminated subsidized loan eligibility for graduate and professional students for loan periods/periods of enrollment beginning on or after July 1, 2012. The unsubsidized loan limit for graduate or professional students is $20,500 per academic year.

Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF)

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Helpful written information is also available on the Equal Justice Works website addressing, among other things: (1) individuals and loans eligible for PSLF; (2) payments and employment that qualify for PSLF; and (3) how to apply for PSLF. To view this information, please visit

PLUS Loan Applicant Communication

Recently, the U.S. Department of Education sent emails or letters to certain Direct PLUS Loan applicants who have been denied a PLUS loan due to adverse credit history. The email or letter, which is in addition to the standard denial communication, is sent to applicants who could most likely be approved if they request reconsideration of the initial PLUS loan denial. If you have received this communication, you should contact the Student Loan Support Center at 1-800-557-7394 to request to request reconsideration. The applicant (not the Financial Aid Office or the child of the parent applicant) should contact Student Loan Support Center to request reconsideration as soon as possible. Generally, this process can be completed in just a few minutes. Please bear in mind that the Financial Aid Office cannot guarantee that your reconsideration request will result in an approval for the PLUS loan.

Constitution Day!

September 17 is Constitution Day. This day commemorates the September 17, 1787, signing of the United States Constitution.

The Constitution of the United States is the supreme law of the United States of America.

Hampton University joins in celebrating this day!

The constitution was written over 200 years ago. However it is still a very integral part of our everyday lives.

Each year since 2004, on Sept. 17, we commemorate the 1787 signing of the U.S. Constitution by 39 American statesmen. Constitution Day Today, the United States celebrates Constitution Day, marking the date in 1787 when members of the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia signed the document that was subsequently ratified by the states.

The 10th Amendment states:

"The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people."


The Federal Convention convened in the State House (Independence Hall) in Philadelphia on May 14, 1787, to revise the Articles of Confederation. Because the delegations from only two states were at first present, the members adjourned from day to day until a quorum of seven states was obtained on May 25. Through discussion and debate it became clear by mid-June that, rather than amend the existing Articles, the Convention would draft an entirely new frame of government. All through the summer, in closed sessions, the delegates debated, and redrafted the articles of the new Constitution. Among the chief points at issue were how much power to allow the central government, how many representatives in Congress to allow each state, and how these representatives should be elected--directly by the people or by the state legislators. The work of many minds, the Constitution stands as a model of cooperative statesmanship and the art of compromise.

Preamble to the Constitution

"We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America."