HRSA SUCCESS Scholarship FAQs

FAQs about the HRSA SUCCESS Scholarship for CSD graduate students

Q:  What criteria must I meet to apply?

A:   If ONE of these scenarios applies to you, then you are eligible for consideration

  • I am from an Appalachian County http://www.arc.gov/counties
  • I am a first generation college student
  • I am from an economically disadvantaged environment
  • I am from an educationally or environmentally disadvantaged background

IF you meet ONE of the above scenarios, you must ALSO demonstrate sufficient financial unmet need as determined form the Office of Financial Aid, then you will be eligible for consideration of this award.

If you are uncertain if you meet any of these criteria, please see the application for addition information.

**Please refer to the 200% column below for poverty guidelines


Q:  I am less than 24 years of age, can I complete the FAFSA and apply as an independent?

A:  For purposes of this grant, if you are less than 24 years of age (regardless of your status), you must apply as a dependent, and therefore must apply accordingly and include your parental income on the FAFSA. In the event that there are extenuating circumstances – abandoned by parents before college, violence in the home, unfit parent – students can appeal to be considered independent for financial aid.


Q:  I am between 24 and 27 years of age, how do I identify myself for purposes of this grant?

A:  There are two options.

  • If you have been listed as a dependent on your parental federal income tax for at least one of the proceeding three years, you must identify as a dependent and complete the FAFSA online based on parental family federal income tax for the previous year.
  • If you have not been listed as a dependent on your parental /family federal income tax for 3 or more years you qualify as independent. Please refer to the application about how to document independent status.

Q:  What is needed to document independent status between the ages of 24-27?

A:  Provide the first two pages of the 1040 tax return form.  You can redact any identifying information such as SSN, DOB. You must provide this documentation for the past 3 years.


Q:  I am over 27 years of age, how do I apply?

A:  You are considered independent for the purposes of this grant.


Q:  I don’t live with either parent, how should this be reported on the FAFSA?

A:  The parent who provides the most support should be listed on the FAFSA.  


Q:  My father is on disability and receives SSI plus a small pension. Do I have to include the pension and the disability income on the FAFSA?

A:  No, the FAFSA calculations only use the adjusted income.  The SSI is not considered part of you adjusted income.


Q:  My mother is disabled and does not file taxes. How should I complete this information on the FAFSA?

A  On the FAFSA there is a spot to explain this situation. You are not automatically considered independent because of this and so there would need to be some extenuating circumstance to grant an over-ride if needed.


Q: Will changing the FAFSA (and including parental income information) change my ability to qualify for loans?

A: Adding parental information will not change the status as independent for financial aid.  The calculations will not pick-up/include the parent data but we will receive the information when we get the results of the updated FAFSA.


Q; When can I expect that my tuition will be paid?

A:  Once scholarship recipients have signed and returned their letter of agreement, tuition paperwork will be processed. The scholarship will be applied to the student’s account in approximately 2 weeks.


Q:  When can I expect that I will receive my stipend?

A: If you are eligible for a stipend (and this varied based on unmet need), after recipients have accepted their scholarship and tuition paperwork has been submitted, stipend paperwork will be processed. The stipend is payment will occur approximately four – six weeks after the award is accepted.


Q:  My tuition scholarship award is less than I thought it would be why is that?

A:  Your scholarship award often have to be reduced by any “uncovered grant” expenses that are typically included in tuition. For example, Johnson Center and Student Health fees are not covered by the grant, but are included in your tuition. Therefore, we cannot pay them directly as tuition and thus have to reduce the tuition award these uncovered expenses. We will offset this reduction by adding any uncovered expenses to your stipend.


Q:  When can I expect that I will receive my stipend?

A: If you are eligible for a stipend (and this varies based on unmet need), after recipients have accepted their scholarship and tuition paperwork has been submitted, stipend paperwork will be processed. The stipend is payment will occur approximately four – six weeks after the award is accepted.


Q: What about if I am already getting financial support through another training program (i.e. LINKS or SPEAC-IT or other)? Can I still apply?

A: Yes you can still apply. The Office of Financial Aid (OFA) will determine the amount of unmet need AFTER receipt of the other scholarship grant money. After deduction of the awards from other scholarships, the amount of remaining unmet need still needs to exceed 50% of annual tuition costs.


Q: Can I accept student loans and the HRSA scholarship grant money?

A: No. The amount of the scholarship awarded includes unmet need plus the student loan amount for which you are eligible. The idea is to award a significant amount of scholarship money so that you would not need to accept student loans for which you qualify. Therefore, the expectation is that you will repay or not accept the students loans for which you are eligible before the scholarship was provided.

For example if the calculated unmet need is $5000.00 and you qualify for $10,000.00 in student loans, your award would likely be $15,000.00. Therefore, you would not need to accept the student loans. If you have already accepted the loans, you would need to “reverse” the loan acceptance through your account with the UK Office of Financial Aid (OFA) In other words, the scholarship replaces the loans, so you will need to repay the loan or choose to not accept the scholarship. We will provide a contact for you in the office of Financial Aid who will actually “reverse” the loan amount. 


Q: When the Office of Financial Aid (OFA) allocates the HRSA funds toward the student loans, what do I have to go through with my loan borrower service? Do I repay these myself, or will the university be taking care of this? Since I have already paid my tuition for this fall, how will that repayment process will work?

A: We will reduce or cancel the loans and that information will be relayed to the students’ loan servicers.  Students will receive a notification from their loan servicers within about 3 weeks of the changes to the loans being made on their student accounts here. If you have already paid the tuition, then that amount will be refunded back to you.


 

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