Do you need help making and sticking to a budget? Are you keeping track of how much you’re borrowing in students loans? Let our Financial Education Program staff help you get a head start on securing your financial future!
We’re located in SVC 2054 on the USF Tampa campus. We offer a variety of services for Tampa campus undergraduate students including:
If you prefer to learn from your classmates, Our Bull2Bull peer educators are available to help. We are also planning plenty of fun (but informative!) events on campus all year long. Stay tuned!
Don’t miss our Open House, Monday, August 26th from 11am-2pm. Meet the staff and take home a gift!
If you are borrowing a Federal Direct Subsidized Loan for the first time on or after July 1, 2013, you will no longer be eligible once you have received Federal Direct Subsidized Loans for a period of 150% of your educational program. For example, if you are enrolling in a bachelor's degree program (4 year degree), you can only receive a Federal Direct Subsidized Loan for six years. If you continue borrowing as an undergraduate after the six year threshold, your Federal Direct Subsidized Loans will convert to Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loans and interest will begin to accrue.
Check OASIS prior to the start of classes to see if you have a tuition deferment. A deferment allows you to delay tuition and fee payment without being dropped from your classes.
Deferments are available for students who:
In addition, students must be meeting the Satisfactory Academic Progress standard. To check your Satisfactory Academic Progress in OASIS:
You can repeat a course you've passed ONE TIME and have it count in your hours enrolled for financial aid purposes. If you repeat a course you've passed more than one time, the hours will not be considered in your enrollment and could affect your eligibility for federal student aid (including loans) and USF grants. Keep in mind, however, that USF's academic policy counts repeated courses differently. Please review the section Grade Forgiveness Policy in the Undergraduate Course Catalog at http://www.ugs.usf.edu/catalogs/1213/pdf/GradeForgiveness.pdf (Adobe PDF)
All financial aid, including student loans, require that you be enrolled as a degree seeking student.
Due to the high volume of office inquiries starting the week before fall semester begins, service will be provided to you based on when you filed your FAFSA and completed the application process.
You can meet with an advisor on a walk in basis:
In order to get the best possible service, make sure you have filed your FAFSA and provided us with all required documents no later than August 15th!
Federal regulations prohibit you from receiving more financial aid than your cost of attendance. If you have not previously reported funds from other sources, let us know immediately using the Additional Resources tab in OASIS. Your awards may be revised to reflect any changes.
Additional aid sources may include Scholarships, Tuition Waivers, Fellowships, etc.
NEW!! In order for your funds to be paid, you must make sure USF is listed as your postsecondary institution on the Bright Futures Website.
We recommend that before beginning enrollment this fall, you familiarize yourself with the Bright Futures renewal requirements.
For additional information regarding the Florida Bright Futures Program, as well as current Bright Futures Scholarship amounts, please visit the OSFA web site.
All first-year Tampa campus students must complete Financial Literacy 101, the USF Survival Guide and AlcoholEdu online courses by August 21st. Don't delay! You are required to complete the Financial Literacy 101 course with a score of at least 80%.
To get started, log on to my.usf.edu. Click on the Teaching Tools tab at the top. In the Courses module, click on Life Skills for Student Success and you are ready to begin!
The Florida Prepaid Tuition Plan at USF is administered by the Cash Accounting Office.
Bookstore Advance (BAPP)
Students eligible for BAPP will be notified by email to their USF email account.
Students who are eligible for a BAPP may purchase books and supplies from the USF Bookstore until 4 p.m., August 29, 2013.
Make sure you view your emails regularly so that you don't miss important information concerning financial aid.
eDeposit allows USF to electronically deposit funds directly to your personal bank account and expedites the receipt of your refund.
Need Help With OASIS?
Check OASIS now for unsatisfied requirements, revisions to your award offer, and deferments.
Check OASIS again just before classes start.
Your award may be revised:
We do not request personal information via phone calls to students.
There are organizations that impersonate college, government, and private institutions. Some will ask you for personal information that can be used in identity theft.
USFAS primarily communicates with students via e-mail through a USF account and we request personal information be submitted in written form for our records.
EEO & Diversity
USF is an Equal Opportunity/Equal Access/Affirmative Action Institution.