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Review Student Orientation Info (06.04.2014)

Student Financial Services presents information to orientation attendees on topics such as:

Financial Aid and Summer Short Courses (05.13.2014)

Are you enrolled in a summer term short course, which includes any course whose start and end dates do not span the full length of the semester (May 19-July 25)? If so, and if you drop/withdraw/stop attending any of your courses during summer term, you may be affected by regulations that require the University to reverse all or part of your financial aid.

The amount of financial aid reversed will depend on your attendance plans during the rest of the semester.  If you are enrolled in a summer term short course that has not yet begun at the time you drop/withdraw/stop attending another summer term course, information is needed about your future plans for attendance:

  • If you plan to attend the short course that has not yet begun, you must submit written confirmation immediately so the appropriate financial aid eligibility can be determined for you.
  • Written confirmation is given by completing the online form.
  • If you do not plan to attend the short course that has not yet begun, you should drop that course through the e-Services registration site.  Please note that dropping a course may also affect your financial aid eligibility.

Without written confirmation from the student indicating plans to attend a future short course in the semester, even if the student is registered for that future short course, the University is required to determine the financial aid reversal amount assuming the student will not be attending short courses that have not yet begun.

Summer Term Payment Dates (03.18.14)

  • Monday, June 23, 2014, is the Summer Term Due Date. All registered students should ensure that spring semester account balances are paid in full or covered by a Nelnet/FACTS payment plan.

Please note: Thursday, June 19, 2014, is the last day to enroll in the last available payment plan for summer term through Nelnet/FACTS.

  • Monday, July 14, 2014 is the Summer Term Past Due Date. Accounts with unpaid spring semester balances not covered by a Nelnet/FACTS payment plan will be subject to Unpaid Balance hold and $50 late fee.

Students meeting the minimum payment criteria by the registration guarantee dates will not have registrations cancelled for non-payment; enrolled students are obligated for tuition and fees charges, regardless of attendance, according to timelines published for summer term’s official withdrawal and dropping courses procedures.

More information on billing and payments, including available Automatic Payment Plan options.

Spring Grades-Financial Aid is Earned (04.23.2014)

While work-study employment is a clear example of financial aid that is earned to help finance the cost of education, students also earn the other types of financial aid funds through their attendance and participation in classes.

Reviews of financial aid eligibility occur throughout the semester for students who drop individual classes or withdraw from all classes, and they are notified if those decisions had an impact on their eligibility.

Likewise, instructors are required to report last date of attendance for each student who receives a failing (F or NC) grade, indicating whether the student never attended or stopped attending/participating before the end of the course completion date. If a student never attended the course, s/he has not earned any financial aid for that course; if a student stopped attending, s/he may not have earned all or part of the financial aid, depending on his/her overall academic performance for the semester. Students who did not earn the financial aid that was processed for them will be notified by mail of their requirement to return all or a portion of those funds, and their student accounts will reflect the adjustments as balances due to the University.

Loan Exit Counseling Sessions (03.31.2014)

Student-borrowers of Federal Direct Loans graduating or otherwise ceasing to be enrolled on at least a half-time basis at Minnesota State University, Mankato, at the end of Spring Semester are required to participate in Loan Exit Counseling.

To meet this requirement, students may complete the counseling process during one of the sessions hosted on campus by Student Financial Services.

  • Tuesday, April 22     11 am              CSU Ostrander Auditorium
  • Tuesday, April 22     2 pm                CSU Ostrander Auditorium

Information needed to complete the process includes:

  • Borrower’s driver’s license number
  • Names/addresses/phone numbers of borrower’s next of kin
  • Two personal references

The counseling session takes approximately 45 minutes and will provide borrowers with an individual review of their loan repayment obligations, information regarding repayment options and suggestions, debt management strategies, potential deferment, forbearance and cancellation options, and consequences of loan default.

Student-borrowers can also meet the requirement by completing Loan Exit Counseling online. Sign In at the StudentLoans.gov homepage, click on Complete Counseling and select Exit Counseling to begin. Visit www.pin.ed.gov if you need assistance with your Federal Student Aid PIN, which is required for online access.

For a complete federal loan history, visit www.NSLDS.ed.gov and click on the “Financial Aid Review” link.

Summer Term Registration, Guarantee Dates (02.21.2014)

The Summer Term class schedule is available for viewing on the web starting Friday, February 21. Registration begins Wednesday, March 19.

Students registered through April 21 are required to meet minimum payment requirements by Monday, April 28, to stay enrolled. Student accounts that do not meet the payment requirements will have all courses administratively dropped on Tuesday, April 29.

Students registered from April 22 through May 23 are required to meet minimum payment requirements by Friday, May 23, to stay enrolled. Student accounts that do not meet the payment requirements will have all courses administratively dropped on Tuesday, May 27.

More Summer Term Important Dates and registration guarantee information.

Spring Payment Dates (02.21.2014)

  • Monday, February 17, 2014, is the Spring Semester Due Date. All registered students should ensure that spring semester account balances are paid in full or covered by a Nelnet/FACTS payment plan. Note that Monday, February 17, is also the last day to enroll in the final payment plan option through Nelnet/FACTS.
  • Monday, March 10, 2014 is the Spring Semester Past Due Date. Accounts with unpaid spring semester balances not covered by a Nelnet/FACTS payment plan will be subject to Unpaid Balance hold and $50 late fee. Additionally, accounts whose unpaid spring semester balances include unpaid residence hall charges will be subject to the suspension of meal plan/dining privileges per the terms of the 2013-2014 Residence Hall Contract.

2014-2015 FAFSA Help Sessions (02.21.2014)

Fast FAFSA Help @ the Campus Hub is being provided by Student Financial Services

  • 11:00 am – 1:00 pm         Monday through Thursday            February 24 through February 27
  • 11:00 am – 1:00 pm         Monday through Thursday            March 3 through March 6

Stop by for quick answers or in-depth assistance at the specially designated station. For in-depth assistance, bring completed 2013 federal income tax returns and W-2 forms, as well as your federal PIN. To apply for a PIN or request a duplicate PIN, go to www.pin.ed.gov.

The site to apply online for 2014-2016 financial aid is www.fafsa.gov. Remember to use your federal PIN to sign your application (parents, too, if you are a dependent student).

For assistance at times other than those offered above, contact the Campus Hub.

Spring Registration Guarantee, Payment Dates (11.20.2013)

  • Thursday, December 19, 2013, is the Early Registration Guarantee Date for spring semester. Students registered through Thursday, December 12, will need to meet minimum payment criteria by December 19 to guarantee their registration and prevent registration cancellation for non-payment.
  • Friday, January 17, 2014, is the Final Registration Guarantee Date for spring semester. All students registered through Friday, January 17, will need to meet minimum payment criteria by January 17 to guarantee their registration and prevent registration cancellation for non-payment.
  • Accounts meeting the minimum payment criteria will not have registrations cancelled for non-payment. Students are obligated for tuition and fees charges regardless of attendance. Additional information is published regarding the financial impact of dropping courses and official withdrawal.
  • Monday, February 17, 2014, is the Spring Semester Due Date. All registered students should ensure that spring semester account balances are paid in full or covered by a Nelnet/FACTS payment plan. Note that Monday, February 17, is also the last day to enroll in the final payment plan option through Nelnet/FACTS.
  • Monday, March 10, 2014 is the Spring Semester Past Due Date. Accounts with unpaid spring semester balances not covered by a Nelnet/FACTS payment plan will be subject to Unpaid Balance hold and $50 late fee. Additionally, accounts whose unpaid spring semester balances include unpaid residence hall charges will be subject to the suspension of meal plan/dining privileges per the terms of the 2013-2014 Residence Hall Contract.

Spring Semester FACTS Payment Plans (11.20.2013)

Convenient monthly payment options are offered through Nelnet Business Solutions, a third-party tuition payment service provider for Minnesota State University, Mankato students. Enrollment in spring semester FACTS payment plans is currently open. Deadline to enroll in the last available plans is February 17, 2014.

Automatic payments can be authorized from designated checking, savings, or credit card accounts. Credit card options include: VISA, MasterCard, Discover, American Express and internationally-issued credit cards. Enrollment in a Nelnet/FACTS monthly payment plan is done on semester-by-semester basis, at a cost of $25 per semester.

Students with active Nelnet/FACTS payment plans satisfy the minimum payment requirements for the Registration Guarantee Dates of December 19, 2013, and January 17, 2014, and protect their accounts from Registration Cancellation for Nonpayment; active payment plan status also prevents past due registration holds, semester late fees and suspension of residence hall meal plan/dining privileges.

More information.

Spring Semester Registration (09.24.2013)

The Spring Semester class schedule will be available for viewing on the web starting Monday, October 7. Registration begins Monday, November 11. Students registered through December 12 are required to meet minimum payment requirements by Thursday, December 19, to stay enrolled. Student accounts that do not meet the payment requirements will have all courses administratively dropped on Friday, December 20.

More Spring Semester Important Dates and registration guarantee information.

Set up Proxy Bill Pay through eServices (11.20.2013)

A Student eServices function allows students to assign proxy access to designated individuals to view University account information and make payments on the student’s behalf. A student who wishes to provide this access can do so by logging in to mnsu.edu/eservices, selecting the Bills and Payment menu item, and clicking on the “Give Someone Access to Pay My Bill” button on the Bills and Payment summary screen. The first time the student is required to read and accept the Terms and Conditions. Once accepted, the name and e-mail address of the alternate payer may be provided. Clicking on the “Send or Renew Access Request” button will initiate an e-mail message sent to alternate payer with instructions to activate his/her access within five days. Proxy bill pay access remains active for six months; a student may revoke access at any time, as well as renew access after it expires or is revoked.

The proxy bill payer will have access to functions within the Bills and Payment section of eServices, which includes viewing the student’s class schedule through the Account Activity PDF form. The proxy bill payer will not be able to enroll in a Nelnet/FACTS payment plan, will not have access to other sections of eServices, nor can s/he designate anyone else to have proxy bill payer access.  Students may also designate more than one individual as assigned alternate bill payers with proxy access to their account. It is recommended that access is limited to family members such as a parent, spouse, or legal guardian. It should also be noted that providing access to alternate payers is not considered a guarantee of payment; the student retains sole responsibility for timely payment of all account charges.

Important Dates information related to student accounts.

Spring Financial Aid Disbursement (01.10.2013)

Student grant, scholarship and loan funds for spring semester are processed after the final registration and tuition obligation date of Friday, January 17, resulting in transactions that apply financial aid payments to University charges. Funds in excess of tuition, fees, room and board, textbooks and other eligible University charges are payable to students.

The first scheduled direct deposit date for spring semester is Friday, January 24, 2014. Students are reminded to confirm deposit transactions with their financial institutions.

Subsequent student financial aid funds received by the University for spring semester are processed twice weekly throughout the semester

Annual tax documents online, consent needed (11.20.2013)

Students can provide consent to receive student-related annual tax documents electronically for quicker access. If consent is not provided, the forms will be printed and mailed in January to student address on file as of the end of December. Students providing consent will receive an e-mail and see an update to Action Items on Student e-Services indicating the availability of tax forms for downloading.

To sign up for electronic tax forms, log in to Student e-Services and click on the Action Items links for Tax Form 1098-T Tuition Statement and Tax Form W-2 Wage and Tax Statement. Once consent is provided, the Action Items links will disappear. The consent is only needed one time for each tax form and covers current and future years of enrollment at all Minnesota State Colleges and Universities.

Spring Financial Aid Disbursement (01.10.2013)

Student grant, scholarship and loan funds for spring semester are processed after the final registration and tuition obligation date of Friday, January 17, resulting in transactions that apply financial aid payments to University charges. Funds in excess of tuition, fees, room and board, textbooks and other eligible University charges are payable to students.

The first scheduled direct deposit date for spring semester is Friday, January 24, 2014. Students are reminded to confirm deposit transactions with their financial institutions.

Subsequent student financial aid funds received by the University for spring semester are processed twice weekly throughout the semester

StarID Conversion Dec. 19 - Get Ready (12.9.2013)

StarIDOn December 19, 2013, all University faculty, staff, and students will be required to use StarID in place of their current CAMPUS username to log on to the campus network and most network services and applications, including MavMAIL, D2L,  MavNET Wireless Network, and MavDISK. Students can continue to use TechID or you may use StarID to log in to Student e-Services.

A StarID website has been created to outline the steps to a successful conversion. The first step should be completed before December 19: Activate your StarID. Follow the instructions and set or change your StarID password to one you have NEVER used before. Then, change your CAMPUS login password (my.mnsu.edu/account) to match your new StarID password.

After the conversion, some settings on mobile devices (phones, tablets, laptops, etc.) will likely need to be reconfigured. These include MavNET Wireless, ResNet (residence communities), your email client (if you use one), MavPRINT, and others. The StarID website contains a configuration wizard and support matrix. MSU Information & Technology Services (ITS) staff will also provide extra assistance on campus and through the ITS Service Desk at 507-389-6654 or by email to starid@mnsu.edu.

Confirm account balance on e-services, avoid fees and penalties (09.24.2013)

Students are encouraged to monitor their accounts routinely by logging in to e-services with Tech ID/Password, selecting Bills and Payment and Balance Due by Term. If there is an amount due, the details can be viewed by selecting Full Account Detail.

Accounts with unpaid Fall Semester balances as of October 21, 2013, excluding those with a current Nelnet/FACTS payment plan in place, will be subject to the Unpaid Balance registration hold and $50 late fee.

Additionally, accounts with unpaid Fall Semester Residence Hall balances not covered by a Nelnet/FACTS payment plan will be subject to suspension of meal plan/dining privileges. Privileges are reinstated when the account is made current; the student retains financial responsibility for all meals missed as a result of failure to pay by established deadlines, as outlined in the 2013-2014 Residence Hall Contract. Refer to pages 34 and 37 in the Residence Hall Student Guide posted online (PDF).

Fall Payment Dates (09.09.2013)

  • Monday, September 30, 2013, is the Fall Semester Due Date. All registered students should ensure that fall semester account balances are paid in full or covered by a Nelnet/FACTS payment plan. Note that Monday, September 23, is the last day to enroll in the final payment plan option through Nelnet/FACTS.
  • Monday, October 21, 2013 is the Fall Semester Past Due Date. Accounts with unpaid fall semester balances not covered by a Nelnet/FACTS payment plan will be subject to Unpaid Balance hold and $50 late fee. Additionally, accounts whose unpaid fall semester balances include unpaid residence hall charges will be subject to the suspension of meal plan/dining privileges per the terms of the 2013-2014 Residence Hall Contract.

Federal Student Loan Rates (08.22.2013)

Congress has passed and the President has signed on August 9th the Bipartisan Student Loan Certainty Act of 2013, which ties federal student loan interest rates to financial markets. Under this Act, interest rates will be determined each June for new loans being made for the upcoming award year, which runs from July 1 to the following June 30. Each loan will have a fixed interest rate for the life of the loan.

The following table provides the interest rates for new Direct Loans made on or after July 1, 2013, and before July 1, 2014. These rates will apply to all new Direct Loans made during this time, even loans already disbursed before the passage of the Act.  It is important to compare interest rates when borrowing whether it be with the federal government or  private student loan lenders.  It should be noted that the federal loans for the undergraduate student whether Subsidized or Unsubsidized are currently the same rate.

Federal Loan Interest Rates Interest Rate
Direct Subsidized Loans (Undergraduates) 3.86%
Direct Unsubsidized Loans (Undergraduates) 3.86%
Direct Unsubsidized Loans (Graduate or Professional Students) 5.41%
Direct PLUS Loans (Parents and Graduate or Professional Students) 6.41%

Learn more about financial aid (07.08.2013)

An online video service, Financial Aid TV, is available to the Minnesota State University, Mankato, community through the Campus Hub web pages.

Financial Aid TV presents short, dynamic video segments designed to answer students’ most frequently asked questions. The videos communicate complex financial aid information in an easy-to-understand style and format.

Transcripts for the videos are also provided in text format by clicking on the video text link just below the viewing screen for the selected segment. The video playlist is also provided in a low bandwidth version for those who experience trouble viewing the page or have an audio or visual impairment.

Fall Semester FACTS Payment Plans (07.10.2013)

Convenient monthly payment options are offered through Nelnet Business Solutions, a third-party tuition payment service provider for Minnesota State University, Mankato students. Enrollment in fall semester FACTS payment plans is currently open. Deadline to enroll in the last available plans is September 23, 2013.

Automatic payments can be authorized from designated checking, savings, or credit card accounts. Credit card options include: VISA, MasterCard, Discover, American Express and internationally-issued credit cards. Enrollment in a Nelnet/FACTS monthly payment plan is done on semester-by-semester basis, at a cost of $25 per semester.

Students with active Nelnet/FACTS payment plans satisfy the minimum payment requirements for the Registration Guarantee Dates of August 5, 2013, and August 30, 2013, and protect their accounts from Registration Cancellation for Nonpayment; active payment plan status also prevents past due registration holds, semester late fees and suspension of residence hall meal plan/dining privileges.

More information.

Fall Registration Guarantee, Payment Dates (07.17.2013)

  • Monday, August 5, 2013, is the Early Registration Guarantee Date for fall semester. Students registered through Monday, July 29, will need to meet minimum payment criteria by August 5 to guarantee their registration and prevent registration cancellation for non-payment.
  • Friday, August 30, 2013, is the Final Registration Guarantee Date for fall semester. All students registered through Friday, August 30, will need to meet minimum payment criteria by August 30 to guarantee their registration and prevent registration cancellation for non-payment.
  • Accounts meeting the minimum payment criteria will not have registrations cancelled for non-payment. Students are obligated for tuition and fees charges regardless of attendance. Additional information is published regarding the financial impact of dropping courses and official withdrawal.
  • Monday, September 30, 2013, is the Fall Semester Due Date. All registered students should ensure that fall semester account balances are paid in full or covered by a Nelnet/FACTS payment plan. Note that Monday, September 23, is the last day to enroll in the final payment plan option through Nelnet/FACTS.
  • Monday, October 21, 2013 is the Fall Semester Past Due Date. Accounts with unpaid fall semester balances not covered by a Nelnet/FACTS payment plan will be subject to Unpaid Balance hold and $50 late fee. Additionally, accounts whose unpaid fall semester balances include unpaid residence hall charges will be subject to the suspension of meal plan/dining privileges per the terms of the 2013-2014 Residence Hall Contract.

Financial Aid Awards for 2013-2014 (06.11.2013)

Packaging of official financial aid awards for the 2013-2014 academic year is set to begin mid-June. Students with completed applications will receive e-mail notices when their Official Financial Aid Award has been packaged, with most being available by the end of June.

The Official Financial Aid Award Notice lists the Academic Year Institutional Budget (also known as Cost of Attendance) and the Expected Parent and Student Contributions (together comprising Expected Family Contribution, or EFC) as determined by the information provided on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The Academic Year Initial Need is calculated as the difference between the total budgeted cost and expected contributions. Students will see a combination of financial aid types awarded, depending on the calculated need, that in total will meet the Cost of Attendance.

As a reminder, Cost of Attendance reflects the average cost for a variety of student educational expenses that are not all directly billed by the University. Students may not need to accept all of the financial aid offered on the Official Award Notice if they have other resources available or have lower than average costs.

A Sample Award Notice has been designed to provide more information regarding items that may be reported on an Official Award.

To view his/her Official Financial Aid Award, the student is directed to Minnesota State Mankato's Financial Aid site to log in with Tech ID and Password. The Award Notice will also contain a link to proceed to the Student Response process to complete the steps necessary to accept or decline the various award types. A Financial Aid Award Checklist is also provided for additional guidance.

Students who wish to check the status of their financial aid application may also login with Tech ID and Password at https://secure.mnsu.edu/FinancialAid and/or contact the Campus Hub for more information.

Review Student Orientation Info (06.20.2013)

Student Financial Services presents information to orientation attendees on topics such as:

Financial Aid and Summer Short Courses (05.13.2013)

Are you enrolled in a summer term short course, which includes any course whose start and end dates do not span the full length of the semester (May 20-July 26)? If so, and if you drop/withdraw/stop attending any of your courses during summer term, you may be affected by regulations that require the University to reverse all or part of your financial aid.

The amount of financial aid reversed will depend on your attendance plans during the rest of the semester.  If you are enrolled in a summer term short course that has not yet begun at the time you drop/withdraw/stop attending another summer term course, information is needed about your future plans for attendance:

  • If you plan to attend the short course that has not yet begun, you must submit written confirmation immediately so the appropriate financial aid eligibility can be determined for you.
  • Written confirmation is given by completing the online form.
  • If you do not plan to attend the short course that has not yet begun, you should drop that course through the e-Services registration site.  Please note that dropping a course may also affect your financial aid eligibility.

Without written confirmation from the student indicating plans to attend a future short course in the semester, even if the student is registered for that future short course, the University is required to determine the financial aid reversal amount assuming the student will not be attending short courses that have not yet begun.

Summer Term Payment Dates (03.07.2013)

The Early Registration Guarantee Date is Monday, April 29, 2013, applicable to students registered for summer term as of April 22. Students need to meet minimum payment criteria to guarantee their registration and prevent registration cancellation for non-payment.

The Final Registration Guarantee Date is Friday, May 24, 2013, applicable to all students registered for summer term through May 24.

Students meeting the minimum payment criteria will not have registrations cancelled for non-payment; enrolled students are obligated for tuition and fees charges, regardless of attendance, according to timelines published for summer term’s official withdrawal and dropping courses procedures.

The Summer Term Due Date is Monday, June 24, 2013. All summer term account balances are required to be paid in full or be covered by a Nelnet/FACTS payment plan.

More information on billing and payments, including available Automatic Payment Plan options.

Summer Term FACTS Payment Plans (03.07.2013)

The enrollment period for summer term FACTS payment plans begins March 20, 2013. Convenient monthly payment options are offered through Nelnet Business Solutions, a third-party tuition payment service provider for Minnesota State University, Mankato students.

Automatic payments can be authorized from designated checking, savings, or credit card accounts. Credit card options include: VISA, MasterCard, Discover, American Express and internationally-issued credit cards. Enrollment in a Nelnet/FACTS monthly payment plan is done on semester-by-semester basis, at a cost of $25 per semester. 

Students with active Nelnet/FACTS payment plans protect their accounts from Registration Cancellation for Nonpayment, past due registration holds and semester late fees.

More information.

Spring Grades-Financial Aid is Earned (04.17.2013)

While work-study employment is a clear example of financial aid that is earned to help finance the cost of education, students also earn the other types of financial aid funds through their attendance and participation in classes.

Reviews of financial aid eligibility occur throughout the semester for students who drop individual classes or withdraw from all classes, and they are notified if those decisions had an impact on their eligibility.

Likewise, instructors are required to report last date of attendance for each student who receives a failing (F or NC) grade, indicating whether the student never attended or stopped attending/participating before the end of the course completion date. If a student never attended the course, s/he has not earned any financial aid for that course; if a student stopped attending, s/he may not have earned all or part of the financial aid, depending on his/her overall academic performance for the semester. Students who did not earn the financial aid that was processed for them will be notified by mail of their requirement to return all or a portion of those funds, and their student accounts will reflect the adjustments as balances due to the University.

Loan Exit Counseling Sessions (04.03.2013)

Student-borrowers of Federal Direct Loans graduating or otherwise ceasing to be enrolled on at least a half-time basis at Minnesota State University, Mankato, at the end of Spring Semester are required to participate in Loan Exit Counseling.

To meet this requirement, students may complete the counseling process during one of the sessions hosted on campus by Student Financial Services.

  • Tuesday, April 16     11 am              CSU Ostrander Auditorium
  • Tuesday, April 16     2 pm                CSU Ostrander Auditorium

Information needed to complete the process includes:

  • Borrower’s driver’s license number
  • Names/addresses/phone numbers of borrower’s next of kin
  • Two personal references

The counseling session takes approximately 45 minutes and will provide borrowers with an individual review of their loan repayment obligations, information regarding repayment options and suggestions, debt management strategies, potential deferment, forbearance and cancellation options, and consequences of loan default.

Student-borrowers can also meet the requirement by completing Loan Exit Counseling online. Click on the Exit Counseling link found in the Tools and Resources menu of the StudentLoans.gov home page to begin.

For a complete federal loan history, visit www.NSLDS.ed.gov and click on the “Financial Aid Review” link using your federal PIN code as provided to you by the U.S. Department of Education.

Spring Semester Payment Date (02.22.2013)

Monday, February 18, 2013, is the Spring Semester Due Date. All registered students should ensure that spring semester account balances are paid in full or covered by a Nelnet/FACTS payment plan.

Monday, March 11, 2013, is the Spring Semester Past Due Date. Accounts with unpaid spring semester balances not covered by a Nelnet/FACTS payment plan will be subject to Unpaid Balance hold and $50 late fee. Additionally, accounts whose unpaid spring semester balances include unpaid residence hall charges will be subject to the suspension of meal plan/dining privileges per the terms of the 2012-2013 Residence Hall Contract.

Unpaid balances at the close of the semester are subject to referral for collection to Minnesota Department of Revenue. Further details about collection referral.

MN College Goal FAFSA Help events

Minnesota State University, Mankato is hosting two Minnesota College Goal workshops that will provide free professional assistance to students and families who need to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for the 2013-2014 school year.

The events will be held in the computer lab area located on the lower level of the Centennial Student Union. Pre-registration is not required and free parking will be available in the Visitor’s Lot at the intersection of Ellis Avenue and South Road.

  • Saturday, February 23rd                  1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
  • Sunday, March 3rd                           2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Minnesota College Goal is a FAFSA Completion Initiative funded through a grant from USA Funds.  Workshops are held on various dates and locations throughout Minnesota from February 1 through May 1.

If either of these scheduled events is affected by winter weather conditions, cancellation information will be posted at: http://www.katoinfo.com/closings.php.

2013-2014 FAFSA Help Sessions

Fast FAFSA Help @ the Campus Hub is being provided by Student Financial Services

  • 11:00 am – 1:00 pm         Monday through Thursday            February 25 through February 28
  • 11:00 am – 1:00 pm         Monday through Thursday            March 4 through March 7

Stop by for quick answers or in-depth assistance at the specially designated station. For in-depth assistance, bring completed 2012 federal income tax returns and W-2 forms, as well as your federal PIN. To apply for a PIN or request a duplicate PIN, go to www.pin.ed.gov.

The site to apply online for 2013-2014 financial aid is www.fafsa.ed.gov. Remember to use your federal PIN to sign your application (parents, too, if you are a dependent student).

For assistance at times other than those offered above, contact the Campus Hub.

Annual student tax docs online with consent (11.06.2012)

Students can now provide consent to receive student-related annual tax documents electronically for quicker access. If consent is not provided, the forms will be printed and mailed in January to student address on file as of the end of December. Students providing consent will receive an e-mail and see an update to Action Items on Student e-Services indicating the availability of tax forms for downloading.

To sign up for electronic tax forms, log in to Student e-Services and click on the Action Items links for Tax Form 1098-T Tuition Statement and Tax Form W-2 Wage and Tax Statement. Once consent is provided, the Action Items links will disappear. The consent is only needed one time for each tax form and covers current and future years of enrollment at all Minnesota State Colleges and Universities.

Spring Financial Aid Disbursement (11.06.2012)

Student grant, scholarship and loan funds for spring semester are processed after the final registration and tuition obligation date of Friday, January 18, resulting in transactions that apply financial aid payments to University charges. Funds in excess of tuition, fees, room and board, textbooks and other eligible University charges are payable to students.

The first scheduled direct deposit date for spring semester is Friday, January 25, 2013. Students are reminded to confirm deposit transactions with their financial institutions.

Subsequent student financial aid funds received by the University for spring semester are processed twice weekly throughout the semester.

Spring Semester FACTS Payment Plans (11.06.2012)

Convenient monthly payment options are offered through Nelnet Business Solutions, a third-party tuition payment service provider for Minnesota State University, Mankato students. Enrollment in spring semester FACTS payment plans begins Monday, November 12, 2012. Deadline to enroll in the last available plans is February 18, 2013.

Automatic payments can be authorized from designated checking, savings, or credit card accounts. Credit card options include: VISA, MasterCard, Discover, American Express and internationally-issued credit cards. Enrollment in a Nelnet/FACTS monthly payment plan is done on semester-by-semester basis, at a cost of $25 per semester.

Students with active Nelnet/FACTS payment plans satisfy the minimum payment requirements for the Registration Guarantee Dates of December 20, 2012, and January 18, 2013, and protect their accounts from Registration Cancellation for Nonpayment; active payment plan status also prevents past due registration holds, semester late fees and suspension of residence hall meal plan/dining privileges.

Set up Proxy Bill Pay through eServices (11.06.2012)

A Student eServices function allows students to assign proxy access to designated individuals to view University account information and make payments on the student’s behalf. A student who wishes to provide this access can do so by logging in with Tech ID and Password at mnsu.edu/eservices, selecting the Bills and Payment menu item, and clicking on the “Give Someone Access to Pay My Bill” button on the Bills and Payment summary screen. The first time the student is required to read and accept the Terms and Conditions. Once accepted, the name and e-mail address of the alternate payer may be provided. Clicking on the “Send or Renew Access Request” button will initiate an e-mail message sent to alternate payer with instructions to activate his/her access within five days. Proxy bill pay access remains active for six months; a student may revoke access at any time, as well as renew access after it expires or is revoked.

The proxy bill payer will have access to functions within the Bills and Payment section of eServices, which includes viewing the student’s class schedule through the Account Activity PDF form. The proxy bill payer will not be able to enroll in a Nelnet/FACTS payment plan, will not have access to other sections of eServices, nor can s/he designate anyone else to have proxy bill payer access.  Students may also designate more than one individual as assigned alternate bill payers with proxy access to their account. It is recommended that access is limited to family members such as a parent, spouse, or legal guardian. It should also be noted that providing access to alternate payers is not considered a guarantee of payment; the student retains sole responsibility for timely payment of all account charges.

Important Dates information related to student accounts.

Fall Registration Guarantee, Payment Dates (07.13.2012)

Monday, August 6, 2012, is the Early Registration Guarantee Date for fall semester. Students registered through Sunday, July 29, will need to meet minimum payment criteria by August 6 to guarantee their registration and prevent registration cancellation for non-payment.

Friday, August 31, 2012, is the Final Registration Guarantee Date for fall semester. All students registered through Friday, August 31, will need to meet minimum payment criteria by August 31 to guarantee their registration and prevent registration cancellation for non-payment.

Accounts meeting the minimum payment criteria will not have registrations cancelled for non-payment. Students are obligated for tuition and fees charges regardless of attendance. Additional information is published regarding the financial impact of dropping courses and official withdrawal.

Monday, October 1, 2012, is the Fall Semester Due Date. All registered students should ensure that fall semester account balances are paid in full or covered by a Nelnet/FACTS payment plan. Note that Monday, September 24, is the last day to enroll in the final payment plan option through Nelnet/FACTS.

Monday, October 22, 2012 is the Fall Semester Past Due Date. Accounts with unpaid fall semester balances not covered by a Nelnet/FACTS payment plan will be subject to Unpaid Balance hold and $50 late fee. Additionally, accounts whose unpaid fall semester balances include unpaid residence hall charges will be subject to the suspension of meal plan/dining privileges per the terms of the 2012-2013 Residence Hall Contract.

Exit Loan Counseling Sessions (11.06.2012)

Student-borrowers of Federal Direct Loans graduating or otherwise ceasing to be enrolled on at least a half-time basis at Minnesota State University, Mankato, at the end of Fall Semester are required to participate in Exit Loan Counseling.

To meet this requirement, students may complete the counseling process during one of the sessions hosted on campus by Student Financial Services.

  • Wednesday, November 28     10 am              CSU Ostrander Auditorium
  • Wednesday, November 28     2 pm                CSU Ostrander Auditorium
  • Information needed to complete the process includes:
  • Borrower’s driver’s license number
  • Names/addresses/phone numbers of borrower’s next of kin
  • Two personal references

The counseling session takes approximately 45 minutes and will provide borrowers with an individual review of their loan repayment obligations, information regarding repayment options and suggestions, debt management strategies, potential deferment, forbearance and cancellation options, and consequences of loan default.

Student-borrowers can also meet the requirement by completing Exit Loan Counseling online. Click on the Exit Counseling link found in the Tools and Resources menu of the StudentLoans.gov home page to begin.

For a complete federal loan history, visit www.NSLDS.ed.gov and click on the “Financial Aid Review” link using your federal PIN code as provided to you by the U.S. Department of Education.

Fall Grades-Financial Aid is Earned (09.25.2012)

Most students rely on financial aid (grants, scholarships, work-study, loans) as they pursue their postsecondary degrees. While work-study employment is a clear example of the “earn while you learn” concept, other federal and state aid programs stipulate that students must earn the other types of funds through their attendance and participation in classes. Students who drop individual classes or withdraw from all classes are subject to a review of their financial aid and are notified if that decision has had an impact on their eligibility.

Instructors utilize a grading system that requires them to report last date of attendance for each student who receives a failing (F or NC) grade, indicating whether the student never attended or stopped attending/participating before the end of the course completion date. If a student never attended the course, s/he has not earned any financial aid for that course; if a student stopped attending, s/he may not have earned all or part of the financial aid, depending on his/her overall academic performance for the semester.

The grading system is required to determine whether students with last dates of attendance prior to the end of the semester have earned their financial aid. For those who have not, they will be notified by mail of their requirement to return all or a portion of the funds and their student account will reflect the adjustment as a balance due to the University.

Fall Semester FACTS Payment Plans (07.03.2012)

Convenient monthly payment options are offered through Nelnet Business Solutions, a third-party tuition payment service provider for Minnesota State University, Mankato students. Enrollment in fall semester FACTS payment plans is currently open. Deadline to enroll in the last available plans is September 24, 2012.

Automatic payments can be authorized from designated checking, savings, or credit card accounts. Credit card options include: VISA, MasterCard, Discover, American Express and internationally-issued credit cards. Enrollment in a Nelnet/FACTS monthly payment plan is done on semester-by-semester basis, at a cost of $25 per semester. 

Students with active Nelnet/FACTS payment plans satisfy the minimum payment requirements for the Registration Guarantee Dates of August 6, 2012, and August 31, 2012, and protect their accounts from Registration Cancellation for Nonpayment; active payment plan status also prevents past due registration holds, semester late fees and suspension of residence hall meal plan/dining privileges.

More information.

Review Student Orientation Info (06.01.2012)

Student Financial Services presents information to orientation attendees on topics such as:

Presentations

Financial Aid and Short Courses (05.17.2012)

Are you enrolled in a short course, which includes any course whose start and end dates do not span the full length of the semester? If so, and if you drop/withdraw/stop attending any of your courses during the semester, you may be affected by regulations that require the University to reverse all or part of your financial aid.

The amount of financial aid reversed will depend on your attendance plans during the rest of the semester.  If you are enrolled in a short course that has not yet begun at the time you drop/withdraw/stop attending another course, information is needed about your future plans for attendance:

  • If you plan to attend the short course that has not yet begun, you must submit written confirmation immediately so the appropriate financial aid eligibility can be determined for you.
  • Written confirmation is given by completing the online form.
  • If you do not plan to attend the short course that has not yet begun, you should drop that course through the e-Services registration site.  Please note that dropping a course may also affect your financial aid eligibility.

Without written confirmation from the student indicating plans to attend a future short course in the semester, even if the student is registered for that future short course, the University is required to determine the financial aid reversal amount assuming the student will not be attending short courses that have not yet begun.

Congress Temporarily Extends 3.4% Rate on Subsidized Student Loans (07.02.2012)

Congress passed legislation Friday, June 29, 2012, to extend the 3.4 percent interest rate on subsidized Stafford student loans for one year. The bill temporarily delays the rate from doubling to 6.8 percent on July 1. Experts estimate that this change will reduce costs for these borrowers by as much as $1,000 over the life of repayment or $6 to $9 per monthly payment.

The House voted 373-52 and the Senate voted 74-19 in favor of the bill.  President Obama is expected to sign it into law.

July 6-8th Planned System Outage (06.29.2012)

From 6:00 PM on Friday, July 6, 2012 through approximately 6:00 PM on Sunday, July 8, 2012, the student administrative systems will be unavailable due to a planned outage of the MnSCU enterprise systems. You will be unable to access Student e-Services, view your Financial Aid Application Status or Official Award, or complete the Financial Aid Student Response process during this outage.

Change in Federal Stafford (Direct) Loans for Graduate Students for 2012-2013 (4.30.2012)

Graduate and professional students who use federal student loans to fund their education will be affected by a change to the Federal Stafford (Direct) loan program for the 2012-2013 academic year.

Currently, graduate students with demonstrated financial need can borrow Subsidized loans for which the interest is paid by the federal government until after graduation. For periods of enrollment (loan periods) that begin after July 1, 2012, the federal subsidy will no longer be available to graduate students. If you already have a Subsidized loan, you will not be responsible for the interest that accrues until after you graduate, but any new federal Direct loans taken out will be Unsubsidized loans. Unless you make interest payments while you are in school, those federal loans will accrue interest at a fixed rate of 6.8% while you work toward graduation.

The annual loan limit remains unchanged at $20,500 but this amount will now be limited to Direct Unsubsidized Loans; the aggregate limit remains unchanged as well, at $138,500.

There are alternative borrowing options available beyond the Unsubsidized loan. The government also offers Grad PLUS loans, which have a fixed rate of 7.9%. Students also have a wide variety of private educational loans to consider. While the new subsidy change may make these private loans look more attractive – comparing a 6.8% fixed rate to a 3% variable rate – caution is recommended; a rate increase can set in at any point with a variable rate, and private loan holders are not eligible for some post-graduate financial aid programs, including Public Service Loan Forgiveness, which only requires professionals working for the government, a nonprofit, or a variety of other public service organizations to make loan repayments for 10 years. Students are encouraged to fully research loan program features to determine the best approach for their individual situations.

Please contact us if we can provide any further information about this change to the Federal Direct Loan program.

Summer Term Payment Dates (3.15.2012)

Students registered for summer term through April 23, 2012, are reminded to meet minimum payment criteria by Monday, April 30, 2012, to guarantee their registration and prevent registration cancellation for non-payment.

All students registered for summer term through May 25, 2012, will need to meet minimum payment criteria to guarantee their registration as well.

Accounts meeting the minimum payment criteria as of May 25, 2012, will not have registrations cancelled for non-payment; students are obligated for tuition and fees charges, regardless of attendance, according to timelines published for summer term’s official withdrawal and dropping courses procedures.

All summer term account balances are required to be paid in full or be covered by a Nelnet/FACTS payment plan by June 25, 2012, to prevent past due penalties.

Click here for more information on billing and payments, including available Automatic Payment Plan options.

Summer Term FACTS Payment Plans (3.14.2012)

The enrollment period for summer term FACTS payment plans begins March 15, 2012. Convenient monthly payment options are offered through Nelnet Business Solutions, a third-party tuition payment service provider for Minnesota State University, Mankato students.

Automatic payments can be authorized from designated checking, savings, or credit card accounts. Credit card options include: VISA, MasterCard, Discover, American Express and internationally-issued credit cards. Enrollment in a Nelnet/FACTS monthly payment plan is done on semester-by-semester basis, at a cost of $25 per semester.  

Students with active Nelnet/FACTS payment plans protect their accounts from Registration Cancellation for Nonpayment, past due registration holds and semester late fees.

More information.

Financial Aid for Summer Term (3.12.2012)

Summer Financial Aid Applications will be available online March 14 when the registration period begins. 2011-12 FAFSA and Summer Applications submitted by April 27 will meet the priority processing timeline for the first disbursements on June 1. More information.

Apply for Financial Aid for 2012-2013 (1.24.2012)

Students planning to attend Minnesota State University, Mankato during the 2012-2013 school year are encouraged to submit their Federal Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) as early as possible to determine eligibility and allow sufficient time for required award acceptance processes. The FAFSA on the Web Worksheet (PDF) provides a preview of the questions that you may be asked while completing the FAFSA online at www.fafsa.gov.

Confirm account balance on e-services, avoid fees and penalties (1.31.2012)

Student account transactions can be initiated by a number of situations throughout the academic year - health service visits, overdue library materials, and graduation fees, to name a few.  Students are encouraged to monitor their accounts routinely by logging in to e-services with Tech ID/Password, selecting Bills and Payment and Balance Due by Term. If there is an amount due, the details can be viewed by selecting Full Account Detail.

Accounts will be reviewed on February 13, 2012, for past due balances. Those with unpaid Spring Semester charges, excluding those with a current Nelnet/FACTS payment plan in place, will automatically be charged a $30 installment fee and given until March 12, 2012, to pay in full and prevent delinquent account past due penalties.

Accounts with unpaid Spring Semester balances as of March 12, 2012, excluding those with a current Nelnet/FACTS payment plan in place, will be subject to the Unpaid Balance registration hold and $50 late fee.

Additionally, accounts with unpaid Spring Semester Residence Hall balances not covered by a Nelnet/FACTS payment plan will be subject to suspension of meal plan/dining privileges. Privileges will be reinstated when the account is made current; the student retains financial responsibility for all meals missed as a result of failure to pay by established deadlines, as outlined in the 2011-2012 Residence Hall Contract. Refer to pages 33 and 37 in the Residence Hall Student Guide posted online (PDF).

2012-2013 FAFSA, Help Sessions (01.05.2012)

Students planning to attend Minnesota State University, Mankato during the 2012-2013 school year are encouraged to submit their Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by March 15, 2012, as certain limited-fund programs are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis to qualified applicants.

Student Financial Services will be hosting help sessions to assist students in completing the 2012-2013 FAFSA.

  • No preregistration is required.
  • Please come prepared with your Federal PIN and all completed 2011 federal income tax returns and W-2 forms.
  • Even if you don’t have this information, we can help you get a PIN at the session and give you information on applying for financial aid online.
  • All sessions will be held in the Academic Computer Center in Wissink Hall, Room ACC 115

Session Dates & Times:

  • Wednesday                 February 15                4:30-6:00 pm             
  • Thursday                     February 16                5:30-7:00 pm             
  • Monday                       February 20                4:30-6:00 pm             
  • Tuesday                      February 21                5:30-7:00 pm             
  • Wednesday                 February 29                4:30-6:00 pm             
  • Thursday                     March 1                      5:30-7:00 pm             
  • Tuesday                      March 13                    4:30-6:00 pm             
  • Wednesday                 March 14                    5:30-7:00 pm             

If you are unable to attend the sessions, please feel free to contact us at other times for individualized assistance.

Spring Financial Aid Disbursement (01.05.2012)

Student grant, scholarship and loan funds for spring semester are processed after the final registration and tuition obligation date of Friday, January 13, resulting in transactions that apply financial aid payments to University charges. Funds in excess of tuition, fees, room and board, textbooks and other eligible University charges are payable to students.

The first scheduled direct deposit date for spring semester is Friday, January 20, 2012. Students are reminded to confirm deposit transactions with their financial institutions.

Subsequent student financial aid funds received by the University for spring semester are processed twice weekly throughout the semester.

Paperless student tax documents available (11.08.2011)

Students can now provide consent to receive student-related annual tax documents electronically for quicker access. If consent is not provided, the forms will be printed and mailed in January to student address on file as of the end of December. Students providing consent will receive an e-mail and see an update to Action Items on Student e-Services indicating the availability of tax forms for downloading.

To sign up for electronic tax forms, log in to Student e-Services and click on the Action Items links for Tax Form 1098-T Tuition Statement and Tax Form W-2 Wage and Tax Statement. Once consent is provided, the Action Items links will disappear. The consent is only needed one time for each tax form and covers current and future years of enrollment at all Minnesota State Colleges and Universities.

Spring Registration Guarantee, Payment Dates (11.08.2011)

Friday, December 16, 2011, is the Early Registration Guarantee Date for spring semester. Students registered through Friday, December 9, will need to meet minimum payment criteria by December 16 to guarantee their registration and prevent registration cancellation for non-payment.

Friday, January 13, 2012, is the Final Registration Guarantee Date for spring semester. All students registered through Friday, January 13, will need to meet minimum payment criteria by January 13 to guarantee their registration and prevent registration cancellation for non-payment.

Accounts meeting the minimum payment criteria will not have registrations cancelled for non-payment. Students are are obligated for tuition and fees charges regardless of attendance. Additional information is published regarding the financial impact of dropping courses and official withdrawal.

Additionally, as of Friday January 13, 2012, all registered students should ensure that spring semester account balances are paid in full, or covered by a Nelnet/FACTS payment plan, or covered by sufficient financial aid/third party funds scheduled for processing. Account reviews and additional fees and penalties for unpaid balances will begin on February 13, 2012. Refer to the Spring Semester Important Dates page for details.

Spring Semester FACTS Payment Plans (11.08.2011)

The enrollment period for spring semester FACTS payment plans begins November 10, 2011.  Convenient monthly payment options are offered through Nelnet Business Solutions, a third-party tuition payment service provider for Minnesota State University, Mankato students.

Automatic payments can be authorized from designated checking, savings, or credit card accounts. Credit card options include: VISA, MasterCard, Discover, American Express and internationally-issued credit cards. Enrollment in a Nelnet/FACTS monthly payment plan is done on semester-by-semester basis, at a cost of $25 per semester.  

Students with active Nelnet/FACTS payment plans satisfy the minimum payment requirements for the Registration Guarantee Dates of December 16, 2011, and January 13, 2012, and protect their accounts from Registration Cancellation for Nonpayment; active payment plan status also prevents automatic installment fees, past due registration holds, semester late fees and suspension of residence hall meal plan/dining privileges.

For more information, click here.

Fall Grades-Financial Aid is Earned (11.08.2011)

Most students rely on financial aid (grants, scholarships, work-study, loans) as they pursue their postsecondary degrees. While work-study employment is a clear example of the “earn while you learn” concept, other federal and state aid programs stipulate that students must earn the other types of funds, too,  through their attendance and participation in classes. Students who drop individual classes or withdraw from all classes are subject to a review of their financial aid and are notified if that decision has had an impact on their eligibility.

Beginning Fall Semester 2011, instructors are utilizing a grading system that requires them to report last date of attendance for each student who receives a failing (F or NC) grade, indicating whether the student never attended or stopped attending/participating before the end of the course completion date. If a student never attended the course, s/he has not earned any financial aid for that course; if a student stopped attending, s/he may not have earned all or part of the financial aid, depending on his/her overall academic performance for the semester.

The new grading system enhances the information made available to the University, and it is required to determine whether students with last dates of attendance prior to the end of the semester have earned their financial aid. For those who have not, they will be notified by mail of their requirement to return all or a portion of the funds and their student account will reflect the adjustment as a balance due to the University.

Winter Break Hours (11.08.2011)

Exit Loan Counseling Sessions (11.08.2011)

Student-borrowers of Federal Stafford Loans graduating or otherwise ceasing to be enrolled on at least a half-time basis at Minnesota State University, Mankato, at the end of Fall Semester are required to participate in Federal Stafford Exit Loan Counseling.

To meet this requirement, students may complete the counseling process during one of the sessions hosted on campus by Student Financial Services.

  • Tuesday, November 22           2 pm                CSU 253-4-5
  • Tuesday, November 29           11 am              MH 103      

Information needed to complete the process includes:

  • Borrower’s driver’s license number
  • Names/addresses/phone numbers of borrower’s next of kin
  • Two personal references

The counseling session takes approximately 45 minutes and will provide borrowers with an individual review of their loan repayment obligations, information regarding repayment options and suggestions, debt management strategies, potential deferment, forbearance and cancellation options, and consequences of loan default.

Student-borrowers can also meet the requirement by completing Federal Stafford Exit Loan Counseling online.

For a complete federal loan history, visit www.NSLDS.ed.gov and click on the “Financial Aid Review” link using your federal PIN code as provided to you by the U.S. Department of Education.

Direct deposit saves time, money (09.02.2011)

Payments to students for financial aid overages, student payroll earnings, and refunds are routinely posted to student-designated bank accounts through direct deposit. Students with a current direct deposit authorization benefit from safest, quickest and most convenient method of payment while assisting the University in its mission to provide excellent student service at the lowest possible cost.

Current students can either link their MavCARD to a Wells Fargo® checking account to authorize direct deposit for University payments or set up their authorization to another bank account through e-services. The Direct Deposit Setup function is found under either the Financial Aid or the Student Employment menus on e-services. This setup screen can also be viewed to confirm the accuracy of bank account information for a current direct deposit authorization.

Confirm account balance on e-services, avoid fees and penalties (08.29.2011)

Student account transactions can be initiated by a number of situations throughout the academic year - health service visits, overdue library materials, and graduation fees, to name a few.  Students are encouraged to monitor their accounts routinely by logging in to e-services with Tech ID and Tech ID Password, selecting Bills and Payment and Balance Due by Term. If there is an amount due, the details can be viewed by selecting Full Account Detail.

Accounts will be reviewed on September 26, 2011, for past due balances. Those with unpaid Fall Semester charges, excluding those with a current Nelnet/FACTS payment plan in place, will automatically be charged a $30 installment fee and given until October 24, 2011, to pay in full and prevent delinquent account past due penalties.

Accounts with unpaid Fall Semester balances as of October 24, 2011, excluding those with a current Nelnet/FACTS payment plan in place, will be subject to the Unpaid Balance registration hold and $50 late fee.

Additionally, accounts with unpaid Fall Semester Residence Hall balances not covered by a Nelnet/FACTS payment plan will be subject to suspension of meal plan/dining privileges. Privileges will be reinstated when the account is made current; the student retains financial responsibility for all meals missed as a result of failure to pay by established deadlines, as outlined in the 2011-2012 Residence Hall Contract. Refer to pages 33 and 37 in the Residence Hall Student Guide posted online (PDF).

Learn more about financial aid (08.29.2011)

An online video service, Financial Aid TV, is available to the Minnesota State University, Mankato, community through the Campus Hub web pages.

Financial Aid TV presents short, dynamic video segments designed to answer students’ most frequently asked questions. The videos communicate complex financial aid information in an easy-to-understand style and format.

Transcripts for the videos are also provided in text format by clicking on the video text link just below the viewing screen for the selected segment. The video playlist is also provided in a low bandwidth version for those who experience trouble viewing the page or have an audio or visual impairment.

Accept Federal Loans on e-Services (07.25.2011)

A new e-Services loan acceptance process has been added to Student e-Services for 2011-2012. Students log in with Tech ID and Password, select Financial Aid from the left-side navigation menu, then click on Loans. Current loan eligibility will be displayed and the student may accept either the full amount or a reduced amount. The e-Services process also confirms whether the required Entrance Loan Counseling and Master Promissory Note (MPN) steps have been completed, directing students to the Federal site if needed.

Students are reminded to also complete the 2011-2012 Student Response Form as part of the overall financial aid acceptance process.

2011-2012 Financial Aid Award Checklist (06.17.2011)

Financial Aid award notices are currently being generated for Academic Year 2011-2012. Student Financial Services has provided a checklist (PDF) to help students work through the steps needed to finalize the financial aid awards they wish to utilize.

Fall Semester FACTS Payment Plans (07.01.2011)

The enrollment period for summer term FACTS payment plans began April 11, 2011.  Convenient monthly payment options are offered through Nelnet Business Solutions, a third-party tuition payment service provider for Minnesota State University, Mankato students.

Automatic payments can be authorized from designated checking, savings, or credit card accounts. Credit card options include: VISA, MasterCard, Discover, American Express and internationally-issued credit cards. Enrollment in a Nelnet/FACTS monthly payment plan is done on semester-by-semester basis, at a cost of $25 per semester.   

Students with active Nelnet/FACTS payment plans satisfy the minimum payment requirements for the Registration Guarantee Dates of August 1, 2011, and August 26, 2011, and protect their accounts from Registration Cancellation for Nonpayment; active payment plan status also prevents automatic installment fees, past due registration holds, semester late fees and suspension of residence hall meal plan/dining privileges.

For more information, click here.

Review Student Orientation Info (05.31.2011, 08.17.2011)

Student Financial Services presents information to orientation attendees on topics such as:

Presentations

August 2011

Summer 2011

Apply for Financial Aid for 2011-2012 (03.16.2011)

Students planning to attend Minnesota State University, Mankato during the 2011-2012 school year are encouraged to submit their Federal Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) as early as possible to determine eligibility and allow sufficient time for required award acceptance processes. The FAFSA on the Web Worksheet (PDF) provides a preview of the questions that you may be asked while completing the FAFSA online at www.fafsa.gov.

Financial Aid for Summer Term (03.01.2011)

Summer term classes are now available to view on e-services. Summer Financial Aid Applications will be available online March 16 when the registration period begins. 2010-11 FAFSA and Summer Applications submitted by April 22 will meet the priority processing timeline for the first disbursements on May 26. More information.

Offices Closed May 27-May 30

In observance of University-designated staff holidays for Presidents’ Day and Memorial Day, the following offices will be closed on Friday, May 27, and Monday, May 30:

  • Campus Hub
  • MavCARD Office
  • Cashiers Office
  • Student Financial Services
  • Office of the Registrar
  • Registration Help Center
  • Office of Academic Affairs

University classes are scheduled on Friday, May 27. A limited number of University employees in addition to classroom faculty will be on duty and may provide coverage for other administrative or academic offices. Students and others are encouraged to inquire in advance of seeking non-instructional services on this date.

University classes are not in session on Monday, May 30, and all campus offices will be closed

Updated Military Deployment Checklist (04.25.2011)

The University has developed a checklist for students called to active duty during their military service. The checklist outlines options available and steps to complete, important campus contacts, and tips for re-enrollment to Minnesota State Mankato when returning from deployment.

Summer Term Payment Dates (04.18.2011)

Students registered for summer term through April 22, 2011, are reminded to meet minimum payment criteria by Friday, May 6, 2011, to guarantee their registration and prevent registration cancellation for non-payment.

All students registered for summer term through May 20, 2011, will need to meet minimum payment criteria to guarantee their registration as well.

Accounts meeting the minimum payment criteria as of May 20 will not have registrations cancelled for non-payment; students are obligated for tuition and fees charges, regardless of attendance, according to timelines published for summer term’s official withdrawal and dropping courses procedures.

All summer term account balances should be paid in full, be covered by a Nelnet/FACTS payment plan, or be covered by sufficient financial aid/third party funds scheduled for processing, by May 20, 2011.

Click here for more information on billing and payments, including available Automatic Payment Plan options.

Summer Term FACTS Payment Plans (03.16.2011)

The enrollment period for summer term FACTS payment plans begins March 16, 2011.  Convenient monthly payment options are offered through Nelnet Business Solutions, a third-party tuition payment service provider for Minnesota State University, Mankato students.

Automatic payments can be authorized from designated checking, savings, or credit card accounts. Credit card options include: VISA, MasterCard, Discover, American Express and internationally-issued credit cards. Enrollment in a Nelnet/FACTS monthly payment plan is done on semester-by-semester basis, at a cost of $25 per semester.   

Students with active Nelnet/FACTS payment plans protect their accounts from Registration Cancellation for Nonpayment, past due registration holds and semester late fees.

For more information, click here.

Exit Loan Counseling Sessions (04.07.2011)

Student-borrowers of Federal Stafford Loans graduating or otherwise ceasing to be enrolled on at least a half-time basis at Minnesota State University, Mankato, at the end of Spring Semester are required to participate in Federal Stafford Exit Loan Counseling.

To meet this requirement, students may complete the counseling process during one of the sessions hosted on campus by Student Financial Services.

  • Thursday,  April 21     10 a.m.            CSU 253/4/5
  • Thursday,  April 21      2 p.m.             CSU 201

Information needed to complete the process includes:

  • Borrower’s driver’s license number
  • Names/addresses/phone numbers of borrower’s next of kin
  • Two personal references

The counseling session takes approximately 45 minutes and will provide borrowers with an individual review of their loan repayment obligations, information regarding repayment options and suggestions, debt management strategies, potential deferment, forbearance and cancellation options, and consequences of loan default.

Student-borrowers can also meet the requirement by completing Federal Stafford Exit Loan Counseling online.

For a complete federal loan history, visit www.NSLDS.ed.gov and click on the “Financial Aid Review” link using your federal PIN code as provided to you by the U.S. Department of Education.

Gold Parking Permits for 2011-12 (04.06.2011)

Online applications for the Annual Spring Gold Permit Drawing are available beginning Friday, April 1, until 12 midnight on Friday, April 15, 2011. There are 924 campus parking stalls set aside as premium close-in spaces for Gold Permit holders. Cost is $236 for a 12-month permit. More information about the annual process is available at mnsu.edu/parking.

Insurance-eligible faculty and staff are also reminded of the option to enroll in the Transit Expense Account (PDF) at this time if they wish to set aside pre-tax money for parking permit expenses.

Submit FAFSA by March 15 priority date (02.17.2011)

Students planning to attend Minnesota State University, Mankato during the 2011-2012 school year are encouraged to submit their Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by March 15, 2011, as certain limited-fund programs are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis to qualified applicants. The FAFSA on the Web Worksheet (PDF) provides a preview of the questions that you may be asked while completing the FAFSA online at www.fafsa.gov.

Student Tax Information (1.25.2011)

Student Payroll Earnings Statements

Calendar Year 2010 Student Payroll Earnings Statements (Form W-2 and wage Form 1042-S) are in the process of being printed and mailed from the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities Tax Services Unit, and will be post marked by February 1, 2011. Individual campuses are required to allow the U.S. Postal Service to deliver the original tax form(s) before submitting requests for reprinted forms. Reprints can be obtained by contacting the Campus Hub, beginning February 2011.

Student Tuition Statements

Calendar Year 2010 Student Tuition Statements (Form 1098-T) are in the process of being printed and mailed from the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities Tax Services Unit, and will be post-marked by February 1, 2011. Individual campuses are required to allow the U.S. Postal Service to deliver the original tax form(s) before submitting requests for reprinted forms. Reprints for tax years 2004-2010 can be obtained by contacting the Campus Hub, beginning February 2011. Reprints of 1098-T Tuition Statements for tax year 2003 or earlier can be obtained by contacting tax@so.mnscu.edu.

More Educational Tax Info.

FAFSA Help Sessions (1.25.2011)

Student Financial Services will be hosting help sessions to assist you in completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for the upcoming school year.

  • No preregistration is required.
  • Please come prepared with your Federal PIN and all completed 2010 federal income tax returns and W-2 forms.
  • Even if you don’t have this information, we can help you get a PIN at the session and give you information on applying for financial aid online. 

Session Dates & Times:

  • Tuesday           February 15     4:30-6:00 pm               Wissink Hall, Room ACC 119
  • Wednesday     February 16     5:30-7:00 pm               Wissink Hall, Room ACC 125
  • Monday           February 21     4:30-6:00 pm               Wissink Hall, Room ACC 125
  • Tuesday           February 22     5:30-7:00 pm               Wissink Hall, Room ACC 119
  • Wednesday     March 2           4:30-6:00 pm               Wissink Hall, Room ACC 116
  • Thursday         March 3           5:30-7:00 pm               Wissink Hall, Room ACC 119
  • Monday           March 14         5:30-7:00 pm               Wissink Hall, Room ACC 125
  • Tuesday           March 15         4:30-6:00 pm               Wissink Hall, Room ACC 119

If you are unable to attend the sessions, please feel free to contact us at other times for individualized assistance.

Confirm your account balance on e-services, avoid late fees (1.25.2011)

Student account transactions can be initiated by a number of situations throughout the academic year - health service visits, overdue library materials, and graduation fees, to name a few.  Students are encouraged to monitor their accounts routinely by logging in to e-services with Tech ID and PIN, selecting Bills and Payment and Balance Due by Term. If there is an amount due, the details can be viewed by selecting Full Account Detail.

Accounts will be reviewed on February 14, 2011, for past due balances. Those with unpaid Spring Semester charges, excluding those with a current Nelnet/FACTS payment plan in place, will be subject to the Unpaid Balance registration hold and $50 late fee.

Spring Financial Aid Disbursement (11.10.2010)

Student grant, scholarship and loan funds for spring semester are processed after the final registration and tuition obligation date of Friday, January 14, resulting in transactions that apply financial aid payments to University charges. Funds in excess of tuition, fees, room and board, textbooks and other eligible University charges are payable to students. The first scheduled direct deposit date for spring semester is Friday, January 21, 2011. Students are reminded to confirm deposit transactions with their financial institutions.

Subsequent student financial aid funds received by the University for spring semester are processed twice weekly throughout the semester.

Winter Break Hours (11.10.2010)

Spring Semester Payment Due Dates (11.10.2010)

Students who register in spring semester courses through December 10, 2010, are required to meet financial commitment/payment requirements by Thursday, December 30, 2010. Confirmed financial aid funds may be deducted from amount due to determine personal payment due, if any. Click here for more information on billing and payments, including available Automatic Payment Plan options.

September 2010

Confirm your account balance on e-services, avoid late fees (09.20.2010)

Student account transactions can be initiated by a number of situations throughout the academic year - health service visits, overdue library materials, and graduation fees, to name a few.  Students are encouraged to monitor their accounts routinely by logging in to e-services with Tech ID and PIN, selecting Bills and Payment and Balance Due by Term. If there is an amount due, the details can be viewed by selecting Full Account Detail.

Accounts will be reviewed on October 11, 2010, for past due balances. Those with unpaid Fall Semester charges, excluding those with a current Nelnet/FACTS payment plan in place, will be subject to the Unpaid Balance registration hold and $50 late fee.

Accounts will again be reviewed on October 25, 2010; students with unpaid Fall Semester residence hall charges, excluding those with a current Nelnet/FACTS payment plan in place, will be subject to a suspension of campus dining privileges. Privileges will be reinstated when the account is made current; the student retains financial responsibility for all meals missed as a result of failure to pay by established deadlines, as outlined in the 2010-2011 Residence Hall Contract.

Federal Direct Loans for 2010-2011 (09.20.2010)

As a result of a recently enacted federal law (Health Care and Reconciliation Act of 2010 – HR 4872), private lenders will no longer be able to originate new federal student loans under the Federal Family Education Loan Program (FFELP).  This includes Stafford Subsidized, Stafford Unsubsidized, Parent Loans for Undergraduate Students (PLUS) and Graduate PLUS Loans.

All of these federal loans will originate through the U.S. Department of Education’s William D. Ford Direct Loan Program beginning July 1, 2010.

What this means to you:

  • This change only affects the origination of the loan funds as they go from private origination to federal origination for the beginning of school year 2010-2011. This change in regulation will not affect the availability of federal student loan funds.
  • The subsidized and unsubsidized student loans will be referred as Federal Direct Loans versus Federal Stafford Loans in your 2010-2011 award notice.
  • Once your loan eligibility is determined, you will need to complete a Master Promissory Note with the U.S. Department of Education.  Further instructions will be given for Master Promissory Note completion in your award notice, as well as Entrance Loan Counseling for first-time student-borrowers.

How will my current FFELP loans be affected by this change?

If you currently have loans under the FFELP program, this change in regulations does not affect who currently services or owns those loans. Some lenders have sold or may elect to sell loans first disbursed after July 1, 2008 to the U.S. Department of Education as part of the Ensuring Continued Access to Student Loans Act of 2008 (ECASLA).  If this is the case, your current lender or servicing agency will inform you of the sale.  To find out who currently holds/services your Federal Student Loans please visit www.nslds.ed.gov.

Private Educational Loans, new rules (09.20.2010)

Private (alternative) education loans requested for 2010-2011, limited to the award amounts provided on student financial aid notices as “Other Loan Options,” are subject to new regulations.

The Higher Education Opportunity Act (HEOA) reauthorized the Higher Education Act (HEA) and amended the Truth-In-Lending Act (TILA).  It established new institution based disclosure requirements and Private Education loan disclosures.  It requires institutions to inform borrowers of their possible eligibility for Title IV loans and that the terms/conditions of the Title IV loans may be more favorable than Private education loans.  This is to ensure an informed student loan borrower, borrower choice of lender, and transparency and high ethical standards in the student lending process.

Therefore, a student must file a 2010-2011 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), receive a notice of eligibility for Federal Title IV loans, and accept or decline those loans before private (alternative) education loans can be certified by the school.

Lenders offering private educational loans are now required to obtain a self-certification form from the student-borrower that indicates his/her cost of attendance, estimated financial assistance, and the difference between these two amounts. Most private lenders will provide a self-certification form for completion; information to assist students with this process is available here.

The Federal Reserve Board’s Regulation Z, 12CFR 226, further requires private lenders to provide additional disclosures to students at specific points during the loan process: on or with an application, after loan approval, and at consummation. Student-borrowers are also given a 3-day right to cancel period before the private loan funds can be disbursed.

More information about private educational loans.

Direct deposit saves time, money (09.20.2010)

Payments to students for financial aid overages, student payroll earnings, and refunds are routinely posted to student-designated bank accounts through direct deposit. Students with a current direct deposit authorization benefit from safest, quickest and most convenient method of payment while assisting the University in its mission to provide excellent student service at the lowest possible cost.

Current students can either link their MavCARD to a Wells Fargo® checking account to authorize direct deposit for University payments or complete a Student Direct Deposit Program Authorization form to designate another bank account and/or update their current authorization.

Learn more about financial aid (09.20.2010)

An online video service, Financial Aid TV, is available to the Minnesota State University, Mankato, community through the Campus Hub web pages.

Financial Aid TV presents short, dynamic video segments designed to answer students’ most frequently asked questions. The videos communicate complex financial aid information in an easy-to-understand style and format.

Transcripts for the videos are also provided in text format by clicking on the video text link just below the viewing screen for the selected segment. The video playlist is also provided in a low bandwidth version for those who experience trouble viewing the page or have an audio or visual impairment.

2010-2011 Financial Aid Award Checklist (06.10.2010)

Financial Aid award notices are currently being generated for Academic Year 2010-2011. Student Financial Services has provided a checklist (PDF) to help students work through the steps needed to finalize the financial aid awards they wish to utilize.

June 2010

2010-2011 Financial Aid Award Checklist (06.10.2010)

Financial Aid award notices are currently being generated for Academic Year 2010-2011. Student Financial Services has provided a checklist (PDF) to help students work through the steps needed to finalize the financial aid awards they wish to utilize.

Review Student Orientation Info (06.04.2010)

Student Financial Services presents information to orientation attendees on topics such as:

  • New/Transfer Session Presentation
    • QuickTime (click on slide for transitions) 9MB
    • iPod version (18MB)
    • PDF version (2.2MB)
  • Financing College - Student Financial Services Presentation
    • PDF (1.6MB)
    • QuickTime (click on slide for transitions, or select slide number) (1MB)
    • iPod version (600Kb)


May 2010

Summer Term Payment Due Dates (05.13.2010)

The payment due date is Friday, May 21, 2010, for students who register in summer term courses April 24, 2010 through May 21, 2010. Confirmed financial aid funds may be deducted from amount due to determine personal payment obligation, if any. Click here for more information on billing and payments, including available Automatic Payment Plan options.


April 2010

Summer Term Payment Due Dates (04.27.2010)

Students registered for summer term through April 23, 2010, are reminded that the payment due date is Friday, May 7, 2010. Confirmed financial aid funds may be deducted from amount due to determine personal payment obligation, if any. Click here for more information on billing and payments, including available Automatic Payment Plan options.

FFELP to Direct Loans as of July 1, 2010 (04.27.2010)

After June 30, 2010, as a result of a recently enacted federal law (Health Care and Reconciliation Act of 2010 – HR 4872), private lenders will no longer be able to originate new federal student loans under the Federal Family Education Loan Program (FFELP).  This includes Stafford Subsidized, Stafford Unsubsidized, Parent Loans for Undergraduate Students (PLUS) and Graduate PLUS Loans. 

All of these federal loans will originate through the U.S. Department of Education’s William D. Ford Direct Loan Program beginning July 1, 2010. 

What this means to you:

  • This change only affects the origination of the loan funds as they go from private origination to federal origination for the beginning of school year 2010-2011. This change in regulation will not affect the availability of federal student loan funds.
  • The subsidized and unsubsidized student loans will be referred as Federal Direct Loans versus Federal Stafford Loans in your 2010-2011 award notice.
  • Once your loan eligibility is determined, you will need to complete a Master Promissory Note with the U.S. Department of Education.  Further instructions will be given for Master Promissory Note completion in your award notice, as well as Entrance Loan Counseling for first-time student-borrowers.

How will my current FFELP loans be affected by this change?

If you currently have loans under the FFELP program, this change in regulations does not affect who currently services or owns those loans. Some lenders have sold or may elect to sell loans first disbursed after July 1, 2008 to the U.S. Department of Education as part of the Ensuring Continued Access to Student Loans Act of 2008 (ECASLA).  If this is the case, your current lender or servicing agency will inform you of the sale.  To find out who currently holds/services your Federal Student Loans please visit www.nslds.ed.gov.

Exit Loan Counseling Sessions (04.15.2010)

Student-borrowers of Federal Stafford Loans graduating or otherwise ceasing to be enrolled on at least a half-time basis at Minnesota State University, Mankato, at the end of Spring Semester are required to participate in Federal Stafford Exit Loan Counseling.

To meet this requirement, students may complete the counseling process during one of the sessions hosted on campus by Student Financial Services.

  • Monday,  April 26      11 a.m.            CSU 253/4/5
  • Monday,  April 26      1 p.m.              CSU 253/4/5
  • Tuesday,  April 27      11 a.m.            CSU 150 Ostrander Auditorium
  • Tuesday,  April 27      1 p.m.              CSU 150 Ostrander Auditorium

Information needed to complete the process includes:

  • Borrower’s driver’s license number
  • Names/addresses/phone numbers of borrower’s next of kin
  • Two personal references

The counseling session takes approximately 45 minutes and will provide borrowers with an individual review of their loan repayment obligations, information regarding repayment options and suggestions, debt management strategies, potential deferment, forbearance and cancellation options, and consequences of loan default.

Student-borrowers can also meet the requirement by completing Federal Stafford Exit Loan Counseling online.

Gold Parking Permits for 2010-11 (04.01.2010)

Online applications for the Annual Spring Gold Permit Drawing are available beginning Thursday, April 1, until 12 midnight on Thursday, April 15, 2010. Of the 5,400 campus parking stalls, 924 are set aside as premium close-in spaces for Gold Permit holders. Cost is $236 for a 12-month permit. More information about the annual process is available at mnsu.edu/parking.

Insurance-eligible faculty and staff are also reminded of the option to enroll in the Transit Expense Account (PDF) at this time if they wish to set aside pre-tax money for parking permit expenses.


March 2010

Summer Term FACTS Payment Plans (3.5.2010)

The enrollment period for summer term FACTS payment plans begins March 15, 2010.  Convenient monthly payment options are offered through Nelnet Business Solutions, a third-party tuition payment service provider for Minnesota State University, Mankato students.

Automatic payments can be authorized from designated checking, savings, or credit card accounts. Credit card options include: VISA, MasterCard, Discover, American Express and internationally-issued credit cards. Enrollment in a Nelnet/FACTS monthly payment plan is done on semester-by-semester basis, at a cost of $25 per semester.    

Students with active Nelnet/FACTS payment plans protect their accounts from Registration Cancellation for Nonpayment, past due registration holds and semester late fees.

For more information, click here.

Introducing Financial Aid TV (3.3.2010)

A new online video service, Financial Aid TV, is now available to the Minnesota State University, Mankato, community through the Campus Hub web pages.

Financial Aid TV presents short, dynamic video segments designed to answer students’ most frequently asked questions. The videos communicate complex financial aid information in an easy-to-understand style and format.

Transcripts for the videos are also provided in text format by clicking on the video text link just below the viewing screen for the selected segment. The video playlist is also provided in a low bandwidth version for those who experience trouble viewing the page or have an audio or visual impairment.


February 2010

Financial Aid for Summer Term (2.11.2010)

Students may qualify for financial aid as a resource for summer term costs.

Application requirements include:

  • 2009-2010 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
  • Minnesota State University, Mankato Summer 2010 Financial Aid Application

Students who have received financial aid awards for Fall and/or Spring Semesters 2009-2010 have met the FAFSA requirement. The Summer Financial Aid Application will be made available online on March 17, 2010, when the first registration windows open for summer term.

  • Priority application date is April 23, 2010.
  • First disbursement of summer financial aid funds is May 28, 2010.

Summer Term Information

FAFSA Help Sessions (2.3.2010)

Student Financial Services will be hosting help sessions to assist you in completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for the upcoming school year. .

  • No preregistration is required.
  • Please come prepared with your Federal PIN and all completed 2009 federal income tax returns and W-2 forms. 
  • Even if you don’t have this information, we can help you get a PIN at the session and give you information on applying for financial aid online. 

Session Dates & Times:

  • Tuesday           February 16             4:30-6:00 pm
  • Thursday         February 18              5:30-7:00 pm
  • Wednesday     February 24              4:30-6:00 pm
  • Thursday         February 25              5:30-7:00 pm
  • Wednesday     March 3                     4:30-6:00 pm
  • Thursday         March 4                     5:30-7:00 pm
  • Wednesday     March 10                   4:30-6:00 pm
  • Thursday         March 11                   5:30-7:00 pm
  • Tuesday         March 23                     4:30-6:00 pm
  • Thursday         March 25                    5:30-7:00 pm

All sessions will be held in Wissink Hall, Room ACC 125

If you are unable to attend the sessions, please feel free to contact us at other times for individualized assistance.


January 2010

Confirm your account balance on e-services, avoid late fees (01.19.2010)

Student account transactions can be initiated by a number of situations throughout the academic year - health service visits, overdue library materials, and graduation fees, to name a few.  Students are encouraged to monitor their accounts routinely by logging in to e-services with Tech ID and PIN, selecting Bills and Payment and Balance Due by Term. If there is an amount due, the details can be viewed by selecting Full Account Detail.

Accounts will be reviewed on February 15, 2010, for past due balances. Those with unpaid Spring Semester charges, excluding those with a current Nelnet/FACTS payment plan in place, will be subject to the Unpaid Balance registration hold and $50 late fee.

Spring Financial Aid Disbursement (01.15.2010)

Student grant, scholarship and loan funds for spring semester are processed after the final registration and tuition obligation date of Friday, January 15, resulting in transactions that apply financial aid payments to University charges. Funds in excess of tuition, fees, room and board, textbooks and other eligible University charges are payable to students. The first scheduled direct deposit date for spring semester is Friday, January 22, 2010. Students are reminded to confirm deposit transactions with their financial institutions.

Subsequent student financial aid funds received by the University for spring semester are processed twice weekly throughout the semester.

Student Tax Information (01.14.2010)

Student Payroll Earnings Statements

Calendar Year 2009 Student Payroll Earnings Statements (Form W-2 and wage Form 1042-S) are in the process of being printed and mailed from the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities Tax Services Unit, and will be post marked by February 1, 2010. Individual campuses are required to allow the U.S. Postal Service to deliver the original tax form(s) before submitting requests for reprinted forms. Reprints can be obtained by contacting the Campus Hub, beginning February 2010.

Student Tuition Statements

Calendar Year 2009 Student Tuition Statements (Form 1098-T) are in the process of being printed and mailed from the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities Tax Services Unit, and will be post-marked by February 1, 2010. Individual campuses are required to allow the U.S. Postal Service to deliver the original tax form(s) before submitting requests for reprinted forms. Reprints for tax years 2004-2009 can be obtained by contacting the Campus Hub, beginning February 2010. Reprints of 1098-T Tuition Statements for tax year 2003 or earlier can be obtained by contacting tax@so.mnscu.edu.

Applying for Financial Aid
Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) (01.01.2010)

  • Read all directions carefully.
  • Students are prompted to answer specific questions.
  • FAFSA questions should be answered with information that is correct at the time of the application (e.g. if, when filling out the application, the student is single, then you must enter single, regardless of whether the student plans to marry during the year).
  • Make sure the Social Security Number is correct.  Double-check the student’s Social Security Number with their SS Card.  An incorrect Social Security Number will delay the process and require a new application.

Fall 2010 - Summer 2011

  • Submit starting January 1, 2010
  • Priority application date for consideration of funds with limited availability is March 15, 2010.
  • The 2010-2011 FAFSA form is available throughout the school year, however students are encouraged to submit a FAFSA by June 30, 2010 to better ensure availability of financial aid funds needed to meet fall semester obligations.
  • Use 2009 Federal Income Tax Returns for the 2010 - 2011 school year.
  • Students are required to provide the same income information from their 2009 Federal Tax Returns. 
  • Students who fit the criteria for Dependent status are also required to provide their parent’s 2009 Federal Tax Return Information. 

  • A supplemental application is required to receive financial aid for Summer Term 2011. The Summer Application is required in addition to the 2010-2011 FAFSA and will be available mid-March 2011when Summer Term registration begins.

Fall 2009 - Summer 2010

  • Submit starting January 1, 2009
  • Priority application date for consideration of funds with limited availability is March 15, 2009.
  • The 2009-2010 FAFSA form is available throughout the school year, however students are encouraged to submit a FAFSA by June 30, 2009 to better ensure availability of financial aid funds needed to meet fall semester obligations.
  • Students are required to provide the same income information from their 2008 Federal Tax Returns. 
  • Students who fit the criteria for Dependent status are also required to provide their parent’s 2008 Federal Tax Return Information. 
  • A supplemental application is required to receive financial aid for Summer Term 2010. The Summer Application is required in addition to the 2009-2010 FAFSA and will be available mid-March 2010 when Summer Term registration begins.


December 2009

Winter Break Office Hours (12.17.2009)


November 2009

New Military Spouse Career Advancement Accounts (MyCAA) program

  • This program is the Department of Defense’s (DoD) employment assistance program for military spouses of active duty service members.
  • Qualified military spouses (spouses of active duty service members)  are now able to receive up to 6,000 of MyCAA Financial assistance.  
  • More Information


October 2009

Emergency Education Benefit Payments on VA Web-Site Starting October 2, 2009


Spring 2009

Accepting Your Financial Aid Awards