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Tuition/Cost of Attendance

The Cost of Attendance budget set by the school determines the maximum amount of financial aid a student may receive. The information listed below should help as you develop your budget for the upcoming school year. The Cost of Attendance budget includes tuition, books and living expenses.

The 2013-14 semester per credit hour tuition/fee for entering law students is $739.37(30 hours = $22,181.10) for Florida residents and $1,384.86(30 hours = $41,545.80) for non-residents.

In addition to tuition, the following is included in the Cost of Attendance budget for Fall/Spring 2013-14:

Books/Supplies $1,080
Clothing/Maintenance $730
Computer/Cell Phone $1,380
Food $4,290
Personal $270
Room $6,590
Transportation $1,110
Student Orientation Fee $150
Total $15,600

Book Deferments

The UF Bookstore offers textbook deferments to students who are receiving a predetermined amount of financial aid each semester. The UF Bookstore establishes an amount of credit that you can use to purchase/rent books and supplies. These charges are placed on your UF accounts receivable account and are deducted from your financial aid when your aid is disbursed. There is no special application for a bookstore deferment.

If you participate in the book deferment program, it is extremely important to make sure the charge for your books is deducted from your financial aid refund. Sometimes the financial aid funds are disbursed before the charge for books is placed on your account. You will want to go to ISIS ( www.isis.ufl.edu), select Financial Services, and then select Account Activity to view charges and payments.

Check Financial Aid Status

All students receiving financial aid should check the status of their aid. In order to check the status of your financial aid, go to ISIS ( www.isis.ufl.edu), select Financial Aid 2013-14, and then select Aid Status. This will show if you have pending documents that have not been received or processed. Loans cannot be processed and/or disbursed until all requested documents have been received and processed. It will also show steps that are required before your aid can be disbursed. If you do have pending documents or need to complete steps for disbursement of loans, a link should be provided for each item needed. For disbursement of funds to occur, your Aid Status page should read, “You have no missing documents or requirements on your file at this time.”

Loans

If your Federal Direct (Stafford) Unsubsidized loan has not been processed, you will want to go to the Aid Status page on ISIS ( www.isis.ufl.edu), to see why your file is incomplete. Please make sure that you follow the Federal Direct Student Loan Request link on your financial aid status page and confirm your request for Federal loans in 2013/14.

If your Federal Direct (Stafford) Unsubsidized Loan has been processed and your Cost of Attendance set by the school is still not met, you can apply for the Federal Graduate PLUS Loan, if you have not already done this. Go to
http://www.sfa.ufl.edu/programs/loans/graduate-plus/ to read about this loan. If you decide to apply, go to www.studentloans.gov. You will use your FAFSA pin# to sign in and complete the 2013-2014 Graduate PLUS Loan request.

Disbursement Of Funds

If you will be receiving a refund after your financial aid disburses and your tuition has been deducted, it is required that you set up Direct Deposit to have your Financial Aid refund deposited into your checking account. If you have not already set up Direct Deposit, you should do this by going to ISIS ( www.isis.ufl.edu), select Financial Services, and then select Student Direct Deposit. Follow the instructions on this site.

Disbursement of Federal Loans is scheduled to begin on August 19th for full time students. If the disbursement does not occur on August 19th , I will email students to alert them to the situation. It usually takes up to two business days after disbursement for the refund to be deposited into your checking account. You should check your account to make sure the refund has been deposited.

Scholarships and grants are also scheduled to begin disbursing on August 19th,
but some students’ disbursements of these funds may be delayed until the funds become available. Once the funds are available, the scholarship/grant will be disbursed to the student.

If you are a FLORIDA PREPAID recipient financial aid will begin disbursing after the Florida Prepaid has been processed. This disbursement should take place by August 30th.

Again, if you participated in the book deferment program, it is extremely important to make sure the charge for your books was deducted from your refund. Sometimes the financial aid funds are disbursed before the charge for books is placed on your account. You will want to go to ISIS ( www.isis.ufl.edu), select Financial Services, and then select Account Activity to view charges and payments.

Tuition Due Friday, August 30th / Making Payments

Once your financial aid disburses, your tuition should be deducted from your financial aid. If there is a problem disbursing your aid before the tuition due date, a tuition deferment may have been set for you which would give you until your aid disburses or Friday, October 11th (whichever comes first) to pay the balance of your tuition.

If you do not have a tuition deferment or do not receive financial aid, the full amount owed for tuition is due by 3:30p.m. on Friday, August 30th. Tuition payments can be mailed, made on-line (preferred by University Bursar) through your checking account/credit card or put in the drop box located at Criser Hall on main campus.

Mailed payment:

Checks must be made payable to the University of Florida. Payments can be mailed to University Bursar using the following address:

University Bursar
PO Box 114050
Gainesville, FL 32611-4050

Make sure your name and UFID number appear on the check or a note is included with this information. Payment needs to be received by University Bursar by 3:30 p.m., Friday, August 30th.

On-line payment:

If you choose to pay on-line go to myUFL. Once you have logged into http://my.ufl.edu, select Main Menu on the toolbar, select My Campus Finances then Make a Payment. Remember to disable your pop-up blocker to make your on-line payment. There is no service charge if you pay with an Electronic Check using your routing and checking account numbers. There is a 2.6% service charge if you pay with American Express, Discover or MasterCard credit cards. Visa credit cards are not accepted. If you have questions about making a payment on-line contact the University Bursar at 352-392-0181 or email askbursar@admin.ufl.edu.

Drop box payment:

Pay by cashier’s check, check, or money order by placing a payment in the secure drop box located outside University Bursar’s Office, Criser Hall, near the vending machines on the NW side of Criser Hall. Checks must be made payable to the University of Florida. Payment needs to be in the drop box by 3:30 p.m., Friday, August 30th . If you have questions about using the drop box, contact University Bursar at 352-392-0181.

Update Addresses

Please take this time to provide the University of Florida with your correct local and permanent mailing addresses. This can be done by going to MyUFL ( http://my.ufl.edu), log in and select My Account and then select Update My Directory Profile. It is imperative that the University has your correct addresses on file for any correspondence they may send to you.

Loan Deferment For Undergraduate/Graduate Federal Loans

Toward the end of September, the UF Registrar’s office will send enrollment information to the National Student Loan Data System. Lenders will then pull in the current enrollment information and your loans should automatically be coded for in-school deferment status. You should check with your lender at the end of September to make sure your loans are coded for in-school deferment status. If they are not, you will want to download a deferment form from your lender’s website and then obtain a Certification of Enrollment from the UF Registrar’s Office. Attach the Enrollment form to the deferment form and send to your lender. You can obtain a Certification of Enrollment from the UF Registrar’s Office by going to ISIS, select My Records and then click Verify Enrollment. The verification generally goes out in the next business day’s mail. If you need the Certification of Enrollment form ASAP then you can go to the UF Registrar’s Office, 222 Criser Hall on main campus and obtain a Certification of Enrollment beginning Wednesday, August 28th .

If you have loans in repayment and you have a payment due before Wednesday, August 28th , you will need to make this payment. You can then follow the instructions listed above for obtaining a Certification of Enrollment to send with the deferment form to your lender.

In Closing

I hope this information helps you navigate the most common Financial Aid questions. If you have further questions, do not hesitate to contact the Student Affairs office at(352) 273-0620. The Financial Aid office is located in the Student Affairs Office, 164 Holland Hall.

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