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USFAS Spring 2014 Newsletter

BAPP eligibility begins December 9th

Check the "My Requirements, Bookstore Authorizations, and Deferments" section in OASIS on December 9th to see if you are receiving a Bookstore Advance Purchase Program (BAPP).

DECEMBER 19th: Check your SAP Status

Check your Satisfactory Academic Progress status on December 19th to be sure you qualify for financial aid for spring 2014.

  • Log into OASIS
    1. Select "Financial Aid"
    2. Select "My Award and Loan Information"
  • If your status is ineligible, you will not qualify for a tuition deferment and you must pay your spring tuition by January 10th, 2014 or you may be dropped from your classes.

Federal Pell Grant Update - Lifetime Eligibility Used

Did you know there's a maximum amount of Federal Pell Grant funds you can receive as an undergraduate student over your lifetime?

  • Students may receive the equivalent of 12 full time semesters during their lifetime.
  • Students may receive the equivalent of two full time semesters each year (fall/spring/summer).

Enrollment Requirements

All financial aid, including student loans, require that you be enrolled as a degree seeking student. In addition, you must be enrolled at least half-time to receive most types of financial aid.

Undergraduate Students

Full-time status is a minimum of 12 undergraduate USF credit hours.
Half-time status is a minimum of 6 undergraduate USF credit hours.

Graduate Students

Full-time status is a minimum of 9 graduate USF credit hours.
Half-time status is a minimum of 5 graduate USF credit hours.

Apply for USF Scholarships Beginning December 2nd

USFAS has made it easy for you to apply for scholarships for the 2014-2015 school year. Use the USF Scholarship Application System and enter information about yourself to see what's available. It's quick and easy!

COMPLETE YOUR 2014-2015 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

Don't be late! Many financial aid programs, including grants and work study, are limited to on time applicants. After January 1st, complete your 2014-2015 FAFSA or Renewal FAFSA on-line to be considered for all funds.

We recommend that you download your federal tax return data directly from the IRS into the FAFSA, saving time and improving accuracy! Electronically filed tax return information is available from the IRS 1-2 weeks after filing.

Is Your Mailing Address Current?

Always ensure that your current local mailing address is updated in OASIS.

  1. Login to OASIS.
  2. Select "Personal Information".
  3. Select "Update Addresses and Phones".
  4. Make sure your current "Local Mailing" address is listed.

Will you have earned enough USF credit hours and the required USF GPA at the end of the spring semester to renew USF Scholarships?

Please review the Terms and Conditions of any scholarships you are receiving in OASIS to ensure that you will have earned enough USF credit hours and achieved the required grade point average at the end of spring 2014 to renew your USF scholarship(s).

Review your scholarship Terms & Conditions in OASIS.

Bright Futures Update

To ensure you meet your renewal requirements for next year, review your Renewal Requirements for Bright Futures Scholarships while you plan your spring 2014 enrollment and/or consult your academic advisor. You can also click on the Bright Futures Renewal Predictor to get an estimate of the minimum credit hours to renew your Bright Futures.

If you will be enrolled less than half time in spring 2014 and you will graduate in May 2014, you may be paid Bright Futures by completing the Bright Futures Scholarship: Less than Half-time Graduating Seniors form.

If you are graduating in fall 2013 with a bachelor's degree in seven or fewer semesters, you may receive funding for ONE semester (up to 15 credit hours) of graduate enrollment in spring 2014 if you are enrolled at least half time. We will automatically review your eligibility after the end of add/drop in the spring.

Report Funds From Outside Sources To Avoid Surprises

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.

  • Choose 'My Award and Loan Information';
  • Choose 'Award for Aid Year';
  • Select the appropriate aid year;
  • Click on the 'Resources/Additional Information' tab
  • Enter the award information and click submit

Additional aid sources may include scholarships, tuition waivers, fellowships, etc.

Your awards may be revised to reflect any changes.

Subscribe to E-Deposit in OASIS

eDeposit allows USF to electronically deposit funds directly to your personal bank account.

Paper checks are bad because they may be:

  1. stolen - you are responsible for the funds.
  2. returned to the government - checks may not be reissued.
  3. delivered to a wrong address or lost - it takes 15 working days to reissue a lost check.

Sign up for eDeposit by signing into OASIS:

  • Click "Student"
  • Click "Tuition & Fees"
  • Click "Subscribe to eDeposit"

Need Help With OASIS?

Check out financial aid "How To's" that demonstrate how you navigate OASIS, how you can sign your promissory note electronically and more!


Check OASIS Regularly...

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:

  • If you receive funds such as scholarships, tuition waivers, etc., or
  • If there are changes to your FAFSA, budget (residency changes, living arrangments, etc.), and/or enrollment status.


Use our Ask A Question page for immediate answers to your questions or to e-mail your financial aid counselor.


EEO & Diversity

USF is an Equal Opportunity/Equal Access/Affirmative Action Institution.



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