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Business Not as Usual...Big Changes in Financial Aid!!!


  • NEW FINANCIAL AID PORTAL -- You must go to your new Financial Aid Portal to view missing documents and see what financial aid you have been awarded.  You can access this new portal through your Campus Connect.  Simply log in and click on the link in your Financial Aid widget on your dashboard.  This will redirect you to the new portal, where you will receive instructions on how to log in.  
  • ACCEPT OR DECLINE AWARDS -- You ARE REQUIRED to go into the Financial Aid portal mentioned above to accept your awards before you can receive a disbursement of federal or state financial aid.  This includes the Pell Grant, TPEG, TEOG and Student Loans.  If you do not accept your awards, you will not receive a refund and could be dropped from your classes!!!
  • If you are receiving any type of financial aid, a hold will be placed on your record after 5 pm on August 25th to lock your enrollment.  You will be unable to add or drop courses without notifying the Financial Aid Office so that we may remove the hold and adjust your awards accordingly.
  • BOOK VOUCHERS WILL ONLY BE AVAILABLE TO STUDENTS THE FIRST WEEK OF SCHOOL -- NO EXCEPTIONS!!!  The Financial Aid Office will NOT release any book vouchers after the first week of school.  We highly recommend that you purchase ALL books and supplies with the first voucher you receive.    
    • AUGUST 28 - August 30 -- located in the Game Room of the Student Center
    • AUGUST 31 - September 1 -- located in the Financial Aid Office


IMPORTANT DATES for FALL 2017

August 25 -- hold placed on account to prevent schedule changes
August 28 - September 1 -- Book Vouchers
September 22 -- PELL residual
September 29 -- Student Loan Disbursement

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Important Changes to the Free Application for Federal Aid (FAFSA) Process

Beginning October 1, 2016, the 2017-2018 FAFSA will be available. Students will be able to complete their FAFSA using 2015 income tax information.

What does this mean for you?
By completing the FAFSA early, students may be eligible for additional federal and state grants. They may also avoid any possible delays of their funding for the upcoming academic year.

When will I be notified of my awards for 2017-2018 academic year?
Students will be notified via email and/or postal service once the FAFSA has been processed.
*All FAFSA's are processed in the order they are received.
**Due to a software update, the Midland College Financial Aid Office will not be able to process any FAFSA's until the end of May 2017.

What if I made less money in 2016 than in 2015?
If there is a substantial change in income for 2016, please visit the Financial Aid Office, located in the Student Scharbauer Center, for further instructions.


FAFSA Assistance
Financial Aid staff will be available to help students and parents set up FSA User IDs and fill out the FAFSA. We offer FAFSA assistance every Tuesday evening from 5:00 - 7:00 pm and every Thursday afternoon from 2:30 - 4:00 pm until Winter Break. Sschedule an appointment by emailing the Welcome Center at welcome@midland.edu to reserve a spot.

What is financial aid?
Financial aid helps students and their families pay for college. This financial assistance covers educational expenses including tuition, fees, books, and supplies. There are several types of financial aid that may be combined into your financial aid package.

To receive financial aid, you must complete Midland College's 4-step process:

  1. Complete a FAFSA application (MC school code is 009797)
  2. If requested, provide any additional documentation
  3. Apply for Midland College Scholarships
  4. Check your Campus Connect to review your aid package
Types of Financial Aid
  • Grants  
  • Scholarships
  • Veterans Benefits
  • Student Loans
  • Work Study
  • Exemptions, Waivers, and Prepaid Tuition Plans
Financial Aid Forms

Disbursements
Any amount of money remaining after your tuition, fees, books, and room & board charges (if applicable) have been paid, will be disbursed to you in what is called a residual.  There are three different ways you can receive your residual.
  1. You can designate a direct deposit account on your Campus Connect and the money will automatically go into that account
  2. You can get a Chap Card at Enrollment Services that acts as both your Student ID and a debit card
  3. If neither of the first two options are feasible, you may receive your refund in a paper check.  Please be aware that additional information may be required and there may be delays if the check has to be mailed.

        *Please note that most of our general scholarships will pay for tuition, fees and books only.  Any money that is not used will be returned to the scholarship fund to be used by other students.

Important Dates
The earlier you apply for all types of financial aid, the better.  Please be aware that if you do not complete your FAFSA and turn in all required documentation by the dates listed below, you may not receive your funds in time to pay for your classes.  Midland College's priority dates to complete the FAFSA are as follows:

  • Fall 2016 - June 1st (Complete the 2016-2017 FAFSA)
  • Spring 2017 - October 1st (Complete the 2016-2017 FAFSA)
  • Summer 2017 - February 1st (Complete the 2016-2017 FAFSA)