Tips To Help Your Financial Aid Process

  1. Don’t Wait Until The Last Minute – When it comes to obtaining funds to help pay for your schooling, it takes time.  The amount of time it can take varies greatly from person to person and even from year to year. Complete applications (FAFSA, scholarships, etc.) as soon as you can. Some documentation that is required may require substantial time on your part to acquire. Starting the process early will give you more time to complete all steps of the process. If receiving your student aid at the earliest possible time is important to you, give the application process the same high level of importance. 
  2. Open And Read All Mailings – The Financial Aid Office does not send mail unless it is necessary. If you receive mail from the Financial Aid Office you should open, read and return all requested documents and documentation as quickly as you can.  If you misplace your list of items needed you can also view the Document Tracking located on your “My Financial Aid” page of STInet.
  3. Read All Information Carefully – Every effort is made to provide clear information and instructions that will help to make the process as smooth as possible. Take your time to read all information before filling out forms or requesting documentation from other agencies to prevent avoidable mistakes and the resulting delays in processing. Information regarding the needed documents is also located on the Glossary of Document Tracking Terms.
  4. Don’t Guess When Answering Questions – Whether on the FAFSA or on Southeast Tech documents, be sure the answers you provide are accurate. Information provided on Verification Worksheets that does not match information provided on the FAFSA (conflicting information) must be resolved with appropriate documentation before awarding can be done. If you guess or round your answers while filling out the FAFSA it may very well cause delays later on.
  5. Fill Out All Forms Completely – All questions asked on a form are asked for a reason. If the response to a question is left blank we can’t assume that you meant to leave it blank. Signatures and dates are critical parts of official documents that quite often get overlooked.  Also, be sure to check the back side of a page to see if there are more questions that need to be completed. A form will be returned for completion until all questions have been answered.
  6. Use A Pen – When completing Financial Aid forms, be sure to use a pen. To ensure the integrity of the information provided, it must be provided in a manner which can’t be altered. Information provided in pencil cannot be accepted.
  7. Use Southeast Tech’s Resources: Using the Financial Aid web page and STInet – Many of the questions a student might have regarding the status of their financial aid can be answered by using the “My Financial Aid” page or the “My Student Account” page on STInet. The Frequently Asked Questions page and Glossary of Document Tracking Terms may also help you avoid standing in a line.
  8. Check Your Southeast Tech Email Account Every Day – Some communication sent by the Financial Aid Office will go via US mail to your home address. However, a significant amount of communication will also be done via email to your Southeast Tech email address. Your professors, advisors and other Southeast Tech personnel also do large amounts of communication via your Southeast Tech email address. Failure to check your email on a regular basis can at times be very detrimental to your education at Southeast Tech.
  9. Know Your Southeast Tech Student ID Number – When calling or visiting the Financial Aid Office (and most Southeast Tech offices for that matter), you will be asked to provide your Southeast Tech ID number. By having your number memorized or having your Southeast Tech card readily available you can speed the process for you and for others who may be waiting.

    Steps for Using Business Office and Financial Aid Tools on STInet

    To View and Print your current 1098-T Form for Tax Purposes

    Log in to STInet using your STI username & password

    Click on the "Student" tab

    Click on "Student Finances" on the left side

    Click on “Business Office” on the left side

    Link to your 1098-T is on the right side of the page

     

    To Update Mailing Address and Other Personal Contact Information

    Log in to STInet using your STI username & password

    Click on the "Personal Info" link just to the right of your name

    Click on "Biographical Info" in the “My Info” section

    Click on the pencil to the right of “Name, Address, and Personal Details”

    Update information as needed and then click the “Submit” button at the bottom of the page

    To Review Documents Required for Financial Aid Purposes

    Log in to STInet using your STI username & password

    Click on the "Student" tab

    Click on "Student Finances" on the left side

    Click on “Financial Aid” on the left side

    Click on "Click here to review your Financial Aid Information" on the right side

    Click on "Documents” to review the status of documents required

     

    To Review your Financial Aid Award(s)

    Log in to STInet using your STI username & password

    Click on the "Student" tab

    Click on "Student Finances" on the left side

    Click on “Financial Aid” on the left side

    Click on "Click here to review your Financial Aid Information" on the right side

    Click on “Awards” to review the amount and status of aid you are eligible for.

    If there are no funds listed, you have not been awarded.  Review your “Documents Required” tab to see what is missing

     

    To Accept/Decline Financial Aid

    Log in to STInet using your STI username & password

    Click on the "Student" tab

    Click on "Student Finances" on the left side

    Click on “Financial Aid” on the left side

    Click on "Click here to review your Financial Aid Information" on the right side

    Click on “Accept/Decline Awards”

    Agree to Terms and Conditions at bottom of page (only done once each academic year)

    Indicate your intentions for each fund or use the Accept All option and submit

     

    To View your Course and Fee Statement (Bill)

    Log in to STInet using your STI username & password

    Click on the "Student" tab

    Click on "Student Finances" on the left side

    Click on “Business Office” on the left side

    Click on “Couse and Fee Statement” on right side

    Click on “Generate Course and Fee Statement”

    Click on “View Course and Fee Statement”

     

    A positive balance at the bottom means you still have an outstanding balance.

     

    A negative balance (also known as a credit balance) at the bottom means you have accepted more financial aid than your bill for the semester.  The bookstore is able to see your current balance.  A credit balance can typically be used to purchase books the week before classes start and the first week of each semester.  Contact the bookstore to confirm when a credit balance can be used.

     

    Remember that all costs and aid shown on your Course and Fee Statement are estimates only until after the add/drop period has completed and actual enrollment and eligibility has been finalized.  Changes in your schedule can affect the aid you are eligible for.

    To Complete the On-Line Release of Information Form

    Log in to STInet using your STI username & password

    Click on the "Student" tab

    Click on “Academic Information” on left side of screen

    Click on “Release of Information Permissions” on left side of screen

    Provide name and relationship of the person receiving permissions – must include email address for this person

    Choose the information this person may view

    If granting permission for more than one person, you will need to submit a separate form for each person

    Person granted permission(s) will receive an email with username, password and instructions for viewing released information

    To Complete Entrance Counseling

    Go to www.studentloans.gov

    Click the green “Sign In” button

    Use your federal Pin # you used to sign your FAFSA to get logged in.  If you don’t remember your Pin # you can use the “Pin site” link and then the “Request a Duplicate” link to get a reminder of your Pin#

    Complete the “My Preferences” page

    Once signed in, select “Complete Counseling” from the list of 7 options in the middle of the page

    Click the “Start” button in the Entrance Counseling section

    Select Southeast Technical Institute as your school to notify

    In the “Select Student Type” section, choose “Undergraduate Student” and then click “Continue”

     

    Once completed, you will see a message stating that you have successfully completed your Entrance Counseling.  Be sure to see this notice before closing your window.

     

    To Complete The Master Promissory Note

    Go to www.studentloans.gov

    Click the green “Sign In” button

    Use your federal Pin # you used to sign your FAFSA to get logged in.  If you don’t remember your Pin # you can use the “Pin site” link and then the “Request a Duplicate” link to get a reminder of your Pin#

    Complete the”My Preferences” page

    Once signed in, select “Complete Master Promissory Note” from the list of 7 options in the middle of the page

    Select “Subsidized/Unsubsidized” from the list of 3 options in the middle of the page

     

    Once completed, you will see a message stating that you have successfully completed your Master Promissory Note.  Be sure to see this notice before closing your window.