Guest Blog: Advice from GW’s Office of Student Financial Assistance

The Office of Student Financial Assistance (OSFA) here at GW has written a guest blog for us today about how to stay on top of applying for Federal Financial Aid. Now that your application is submitted, it’s a great time to begin thinking about filling out your FAFSA, should you be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident who is interested in applying for Federal Financial Aid through the U.S. Government. Thanks to OSFA for their advice!

Financial Aid Preparedness for ESIA Students

Applying early is the key to ensuring your financial aid is in place by the first day of the semester when your bill is due. The Office of Student Financial Assistance (OSFA) has a priority deadline of May 1st for graduate students applying for federal and private loan funding for the upcoming Fall 2016 term. OSFA guarantees that students who complete their file by this date will have their loan money disbursed to their student account at GW by the first day of classes.

For most students, completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) [https://fafsa.ed.gov/] is the first step in applying for loan assistance. This is followed by submitting GW’s supplemental 2016-2017 Graduate Loan Questionnaire [http://financialaid.gwu.edu/2016-2017-forms]. Complete application instructions for both federal and private alternative loans are found on OSFA’s website under the Graduate tab at http://financialaid.gwu.edu/how-apply.

Once you have submitted all requested documentation and have been assigned a GWid number, remember to monitor your account through the GWeb portal [https://banweb.gwu.edu/PRODCartridge/twbkwbis.P_WWWLogin]. Please note, you will not be assigned a GWid number until granted admission to The Elliott School. The ‘My Eligibility’ section under the Financial Aid Menu will display the status of your financial aid requirements. Once OSFA processes your loan request, you will be able to review loan amounts and types in the ‘My Award Information’ section.

Once admitted to a program, the Office of Student Financial Assistance will communicate with you through your GW email account should the need arise. Instructions for how to set up your GW email account will be given when granted admission. Therefore, make sure to monitor this email account or forward it to one that you use so important information about your loan status is not missed.