September 17 is Constitution Day and Citizenship Day (Constitution Day). This day commemorates the September 17, 1787 signing of the United States Constitution.
Written in 1787, ratified in 1788, and in operation since 1789, the United States Constitution is the world’s longest surviving written charter of government. Its first three words –– “We the People” –– affirm that the government of the United States exists to serve its citizens. For over two centuries, the Constitution has remained in force because its framers wisely separated and balanced governmental powers to safeguard the interests of majority rule and minority rights, of liberty and equality, and of the federal and state governments. Since 1789, the Constitution has evolved through amendments to meet the changing needs of a nation now profoundly different from the eighteenth-century world in which its creators lived.To encourage all Americans to learn more about the Constitution, Congress in 1956 established Constitution Week, to begin each year on September 17th, the date in 1787 when delegates to the Convention signed the Constitution. In 2004, Senator Robert C. Byrd of West Virginia included key provisions in the Consolidated Appropriations Act of Fiscal Year 2005 designating September 17th of each year as Constitution Day and requiring public schools and governmental offices to provide educational programs to promote a better understanding of the Constitution.
The Declaration of Independence
The Office of Financial Aid is committed to assisting students in meeting the cost of a college education at Florida A&M University. One of the best resources available to help assist is the Free Application for Student Aid (FAFSA). We want our students to take advantage of all the grants, loans, and work-study opportunities available to them. We are located on first floor in the Foote-Hilyer Administration Center with a counseling staff that is ready and eager to assist navigating through the financial aid process.
Thank you for selecting Florida A&M University as your school of choice. We look forward to assisting you.
Check Your Aid Status
All students receiving financial aid are responsible for keeping track of their aid file and awards through iRattler, including providing information still needed to complete their financial aid file. Use your "iRattler
" and review your student center page to find out if your financial aid file is complete or if you have outstanding requirements that will prevent the disbursement of your financial aid.
Expect Financial Aid E-Mails
Check your FAMMail e-mail frequently for important financial aid correspondence. The Office of Financial Aid (OFA) uses email as the primary way to communicate with financial aid applicants and recipients.
OFA also generates e-mails directly from your aid file to alert you of the requirements you have yet to complete.
Types of financial aid e-mails include:
- Financial Aid Awards and Revised Awards
- Financial Aid Follow-Up Letters
- Direct Loans Correspondence (e.g. Entrance Counseling)
- Satisfactory Academic Progress Notifications
- Verification Notifications
- Requests for Additional Documentation
- Financial Aid Priority Dates and Deadlines
Please Note: Under Florida Law, email addresses are public records. If you do not want your email address released in response to a public records request, do not send electronic mail to the university. Instead, contact the specific office or individual by phone or in writing.
2019-2020 Financial Aid FAFSA Update
If you need financial aid to help assist you with college expenses, you must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The 2019-2020 FAFSA is now available.
To complete application, click here
The federal government now requires independent students and the parents of dependent students who filed a FAFSA to have the IRS verify, if no tax return was filed. If you are a parent of a dependent student or an Independent student and did not file a 2016 tax return, you must request a Verification of Non-Filing Letter from the IRS and submit the letter as part of your financial aid verification materials. For more information on non-filing letters, see the IRS Transcript Types Web page.
The 2019-2020 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is available as of October 1, and you can use your 2017 tax information to complete the application!
Apply Now for Financial Aid
We encourage all students to apply for financial aid. Apply online by submitting the 2019-2020 Free Application for Federal Student (FAFSA).
SUBMIT YOUR FAFSA
The Office of Financial Aid would like to encourage all students to apply for financial assistance. If you have not done so, go online now to complete your 2019-2020 FAFSA
. The priority filing date for Florida A&M University is January 1st
. New applicants should complete an Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), while returning students can submit a renewal FAFSA. In order to complete your application and sign it electronically, you will need an FSA ID. Your FSA ID can be used each year to electronically apply for federal student aid and to access your Federal Student Aid records online. If you need to apply for an FSA ID, please click HERE
or vist the Federal Student Aid website at studentaid.ed.gov
. Your FSA ID can be used each year to electronically apply for federal student aid and to access your Federal Student Aid records online.
If you are required to submit documentation for verification (check your To-Do List) here are some useful tips to help you - The US Department of Education has announced that you may submit a signed paper copy of the 2017 IRS tax return transcript for verification documentation if you have not complete the Data Retrieval Tool. This is effective for both the 2019-2020 verification requirements. (Click here for transcript request)
Students who have not filed taxes, you must provide a signed statement certifying that you have not filed and are not required to file a 2016 income tax return, as well as a document listing the amount and sources of any income from that year. You must also submit a copy of your w-2 for any source of employment from that year.
Important Things to Know
Attendance holds must be cleared in order for awards to disburse; please check your "Holds" in iRattler.
All one-term loans will be disbursed in two installments.
All loans for first-time borrowers have 30-day delay from the start of the semester before loans will be disbursed.
All first time loan borrows must complete Loan Entrance Counseling and a Master Promissory Note (MPN) in order to recieve student loans.
Any student loan borrower who is graduating, withdraws, or drops below half-time status must complete Loan Exit Counseling.
Please visit: www.studentloans.gov to complete all counseling and the MPN