Do I need to apply for admission before filing the FAFSA?
No. File the FAFSA as soon as you think about attending Salem College (but not before October 1).
My parents need help coming up with funds to pay my bill after all my financial aid has been applied. What do I do?
Federal Direct Parent PLUS loans and tuition payments are available. You can obtain PLUS loan information from the Financial Aid Office. Tuition payment plan information is available from the Business Office.
What is your financial aid policy in cases of divorce or separation?
The custodial parent is responsible for completing the FAFSA. If there is a joint custody arrangement, the parent with whom the student resides is to complete the application. If a custodial parent is remarried, the stepparent’s income and assets must be included on the FAFSA, even if the stepparent does not accept a financial obligation for the student.
What happens if I decline all or part of my award and then decide I really do want it?
Notify the Financial Aid Office in writing in order to reinstate your award. We will review the file to make sure you still qualify for the funds and notify you of the reinstatement if funds are still available.
Is the deadline on the award letter really a deadline?
The date is a suggested date of return. We assume you want everything on your award letter unless you notify us otherwise. However, we cannot process a loan or assign you to a work-study job unless you return all of the necessary paperwork.
How are outside scholarships handled?
We will evaluate the award to determine if we need to make any adjustments. We will mail a new award letter to notify you of any changes.
Is work-study applied to my bill?
No. Work-study is an opportunity to earn money while attending Salem College. You are paid as you earn money, just as in any job. Because the Business Office has no guarantee that you will earn this money or that earnings will be turned over to pay charges, the work-study authorization is not subtracted from your bill. You and your parents will need to be prepared to pay this difference. If you work regularly, you can expect to earn money on a monthly basis.
Is my financial aid package renewable?
Merit scholarships are renewable based on the terms outlined in the scholarship letter sent by the Admissions Office. Renewal of need-based financial aid each year depends on you filing a Renewal FAFSA. Aid packages are subject to change each year depending upon the Expected Family Contribution (EFC) calculated on the FAFSA. Renewal FAFSAs can be completed online. October 1 is the earliest a FAFSA can be completed, but renewal FAFSAs completed by the beginning of March will be considered first priority. Loan limits also change from year to year, depending on federal limits. Work-study awards are always the same amount and will only change if the minimum wage rates increase. Estimated awards are not made for returning students who have outstanding documents; awards will be made when the entire file is complete.
Do you have any tips for special situations such as ward of the courts, foster care, single parents, etc.?
Here are tips for students with unique or unusual situations.