What can I do to simplify the financial aid process?
Please print Steps to Successfully Complete your Financial Aid. It will help you tremendously as well as speed along the process for the Office Financial Aid.
When will my financial aid be disbursed to my student account?
Financial Aid will be disbursed to your student account after your enrollment has been confirmed at the census date. Confirmation of enrollment includes that your professors have documented that you have had regular and substantive interaction in each of your courses. The census date is the last day to withdraw without a “W” grade per the academic calendar for each semester.
Can I charge books to my student account?
Yes, if you have or will have a credit balance. However, please be aware you are liable for any balance on your student account if your financial aid does not cover the cost of your books. The DCE Office will notify the Bookstore of any students eligible each semester. Contact the Bookstore at email@example.com or 503.883.2240.
Where is my refund check?
After your financial aid has been disbursed to your student account, if it creates a credit, your refund check will be processed and mailed to you. This usually takes between 5 to 10 business days. You may check to see if funds have been posted to your student account on WebAdvisor.
If I drop a class, how will it impact my financial aid?
If you complete and submit the Add/Drop form, or change classes, you will need to have your Academic Advisor submit an updated/revised Academic Plan to the Office of Financial Aid. Then you should contact the Office of Financial Aid to discuss any impact this may have on your financial aid. If you have already received your financial aid disbursements, this may impact your Satisfactory Academic Progress. If you have not received your financial aid disbursements, this may impact your eligibility to receive financial aid. If you drop all of your courses within a semester, you may be subject to the Return of Title IV aid calculations, and Satisfactory Academic Progress policy.
What if my loans have not been disbursed to my student account?
If you meet eligibility requirements, such as enrolled at least half time status (6 credits), you have had regular and substantive interaction by the census date (last date to withdraw without a W), you have completed your Master Promissory Note, and Entrance Counseling has been completed (if required), your loans will be disbursed to your student account. If you have completed these steps and your loans have not been disbursed contact the Office of Financial Aid.
I am thinking of transferring to Linfield. Will the financial aid I have been awarded at my current college transfer to Linfield?
No, financial aid does not transfer from one college to another. You need to apply for and receive financial aid from Linfield, including adding our federal school code of 003198 to your FAFSA. Types and amounts of financial aid at Linfield may vary from what you are currently receiving. Federal regulations do not allow you to receive a Federal Pell Grant from more than one college for the same period of time. If you have borrowed Direct Stafford Loans, the amount you borrowed at your previous school may impact the remaining annual amount you may borrow at Linfield.
Where do I report scholarship amounts and how does it impact my financial aid?
Notify the Office of Financial Aid of the name and amount of your scholarship award on your award letter, or submit the name of award and amount via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you receive an outside or private scholarship please send the scholarship check to the Office of Financial Aid for processing and subsequent disbursement to your student account. If the amount of scholarship reported requires revision of your financial aid, the Federal Direct Stafford Loans will be the first type of financial aid to be adjusted if the scholarship impacts your financial aid eligibility.
Is financial aid available if I start at Linfield College in the summer?
Yes, Linfield awards financial aid for the summer semester. Summer is the first semester in our academic year, also known as a header. Students who take summer classes are eligible to receive financial aid. Federal Direct Stafford Loans require you to be enrolled at least half time (6 credits) and meet federal eligibility requirements.
I’m in the certificate program and I already have a bachelor’s degree, can I get financial aid?
Yes, you may still be eligible for Federal Direct Stafford Loans if you have not reached your annual or aggregate loan limits, you are enrolled at least half time (6 credits) and meet other federal eligibility requirements. Since certificate programs are less than 2 years, you would only qualify for either a freshman or sophomore standing annual loan limit. Students do not qualify for Federal Pell Grant or Oregon Opportunity Grant.
What is SALT(TM)?
Linfield College has teamed up with SALT(TM), a new membership program, to help our students and alumni manage their money and student loans. SALT(TM) was created by American Student Assistance, a nonprofit organization, to help Linfield College's students become more financially savvy. Linfield students and alumni can join at saltmoney.org/LINFIELD for free to help manage student loans and finances successfully, to speak with an expert student loan counselor and receive free student loan advice, find scholarships, internships, or job, and more. Students and alumni can contact SALT member support at 855.469.2724 with any questions about their SALT accounts. If members have questions about their student loans, they should call a SALT loan counselor at 877.523.9473. Members can also follow SALT at Facebook.com/saltmoney or on Twitter at @SALT_MONEY.
What if my Federal Pell Grant disbursement presumably would create a credit balance on my Student Account, how would I be able to purchase books and supplies?
If there will be a credit balance on your Student Account, as a result of your Federal Pell Grant disbursement, presuming the funds were disbursed, you have the option to charge your books and supplies to your Student Account, by purchasing your books and supplies through the Bookstore. The DCE Office will notify the Bookstore of any students eligible each semester. Contact the Bookstore at email@example.com or 503.883.2240. Alternately, another option is to request a Short Term Loan from the Office of Financial Aid in order to purchase your books and supplies.