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2014-2015 Award Letters

Please note that aside from a small population of new students who will receive their scholarship and admission offers together, the first possible date for students to receive award letters from our office will be March 17, 2014.

What is an award letter?
An award letter is a document that we provide to students detailing their aid offers (scholarships and/or federal aid) for the year. The letter will provide you with terms and conditions of any scholarships you receive, information about the cost of attendance, and directions on how to accept or decline your offers.

Do I have to accept my offer of admission in order to receive an award letter?
No. If you are set to receive financial aid of any kind, we will send it to you via an award letter, regardless of whether or not you have accepted your admission offer. Note that we only create aid packages for admitted students, so if you have not received an admission offer, no financial aid package will be on file for you.

Where will my award letter be sent?
Please note that paper award letters will not be sent. If you are a new student, your award letter will be sent to the e-mail address that you used on your initial application to Teachers College. After you accept your offer of admission, you will be given access to your TC G-mail account. After the TC G-mail account is activated, all official correspondence from our office will be sent there and your person e-mail account will be phased out.

If you are a continuing student, your award letter will be sent to your TC G-mail account.

My award letter only shows loans. Does this mean I am not getting a scholarship?
If your award letter only shows loans, it may simply be an issue of timing. For students who have submitted their FAFSA to Teachers College very early, we may package you with federal aid and notify you of your loan, grant, and/or Federal Work-Study offers before a scholarship decision gets made for you. Seeing only federal aid on your award letter could mean that a scholarship decision has simply yet to be made for you. However, it may also mean that you will not be receiving a scholarship. In the event that you receive a scholarship after the receipt of your first award letter, we will provide you with a revised award letter. See next question for more information.

I received a revised award letter. What does that mean?

A revised award letter is sent when a change is made to your original aid package. This may happen to students who submit their FAFSA to Teachers College early in the year and get packaged with federal aid before a scholarship decision is made. We would first notify you of the federal aid offers. Then, if you are awarded a scholarship, a revised award letter containing all forms of aid will be sent to you. Similarly, if an increase is made to your existing scholarship or if you receive another scholarship in addition to your original one, a revised award will be sent.

I will be a new student in 2014-2015. When will I receive my award letter?
New admits from select programs will receive a scholarship offer alongside their admission offer. In general, though, our new students will begin receiving award letters via e-mail on March 17, 2014. Because you are able to complete your 2014-2015 FAFSA at any time during the year, and also because scholarship decisions are rolling, award letters will continue being sent throughout the spring and summer in anticipation of the upcoming year. Just because you do not receive an award letter on March 17, 2014 does not mean that you will not be receiving financial aid at TC.

I will be a continuing student in 2014-2015. When will I receive my award letter?
Continuing students will begin receiving award letters toward the end of the spring semester. Because you are able to complete your 2014-2015 FAFSA at any time during the year, and also because scholarship decisions are rolling, award letters will continue being sent throughout the spring and summer in anticipation of the upcoming year. Note that continuing students do not need to complete a new scholarship application; the requirement automatically rolls over from year to year.

I am an international student and have not received my award letter. Why?
When and if international students receive their award letters, it typically only displays scholarship funding. This is because international students are not eligible to complete the FAFSA and are therefore not eligible to receive federal aid. Not receiving an award letter means that you either will not receive a scholarship or that a scholarship decision has yet to be made for you. Scholarship decisions are rolling and can be made at any time. In the event that you do receive a scholarship, we will send an award letter to you via e-mail. Also remember that just because you do not receive an award letter on March 17, 2014 does not mean that you will not be receiving financial aid at TC.

I was admitted to Teachers College in a previous aid year, but I deferred. Will I still be eligible to receive scholarship funding?
If this situation applies to you, please contact our office.

I was admitted to Teachers College and planned to start in Fall 2014. However, I want to start in Summer 2014. Can I get financial aid for this?
Is is unlikely that you will receive scholarship funding for the Summer 2014 term. If you were awarded a scholarship for the 2014-2015 year, it will not transfer backward to the 2013-2014 year. You will need to use federal loans to cover your summer expenses. Note that a 2013-2014 FAFSA will need to be filed using the Teachers College school code (G03979) if you plan to use federal aid of any sort in the Summer 2014 term. If you are an international student in this situation, you will likely need to use your own funds, outside funding, or a private loan to cover your summer charges. Note that international students who secure private loans typically need to have a US citizen to co-sign the loan.

I haven't received an award letter. Why?
The first thing we recommend doing is checking your Spam folder. In certain instances (and depending on the security settings of your e-mail account), our e-mail correspondence may get forwarded to your Spam folder.

Otherwise, you may not have received an award letter due to us not having received your FAFSA and/or due to a lack of a scholarship decision. Note that it can take up to two weeks for Teachers College to receive your FAFSA from the time of submission on www.fafsa.ed.gov. Also remember that scholarship decisions are rolling and will continue being made throughout the spring and summer for both new and continuing students.

Do I need to have a FAFSA on file in order to receive scholarship?
Generally, no. However, some of our newer scholarships required that a FAFSA be filed. You would have been notified at the time of application that you needed to complete a FAFSA.

Am I guaranteed a scholarship at Teachers College?
Unfortunately, we cannot guarantee that every single student will receive a scholarship at Teachers College. We encourage every student to conduct their own research for external scholarships.

What is meant by the term "scholarship point?"
One scholarship point is equal to one credit hour. So, for example, if you receive a six-point scholarship, you have received a scholarship that pays for six credit hours. For 2013-2014, the cost of tuition was $1,344 per credit hour. Therefore, a six-point scholarship would have totaled $8,064. Note that in general, scholarships are to be used for tuition only. Students remain liable for any additional fees (such as the college fee and any special fees associated with your coursework). Click here to learn more about scholarships at Teachers College.

When can I accept my aid?
Scholarships and fellowships are automatically accepted for you. If you are a new Fall 2014 admit, you will not need to accept your loans until very late in the summer (at least two weeks before classes begin). If you are a Summer 2014 admit, you should accept your loans at the beginning of May 2014. Federal Work-Study funds cannot be accepted until you find a position via the TC HR page. Graduate assistantships are not usually awarded automatically, but you can browse the TC HR page to see available openings. Detailed directions on how to accept your aid can be found on this page.

I do not want loans. Do I have to accept them?
No. You are not required to accept loans if you do not want them. Please notify our office if you want to decline your loans.

I received an e-mail telling me to update the tax filing status on my FAFSA. What does this mean?
This means that when you completed your FAFSA, you said that you "will file" taxes. The e-mail you received is a reminder for you to update the information on your FAFSA to accurately reflect the information on your tax return. You will not need to do this until you file taxes, as the requirement will not stop the disbursement of other aid.

I completed my FAFSA yesterday. Why doesn't TC have it?

It can take up to two weeks for us to receive your FAFSA from the time of submission on www.fafsa.ed.gov. Please ensure that you used the Teachers College federal school code (G03979).

How can I verify that I completed a scholarship application?
If you have access to your TC Portal, you will be able to see the scholarship application requirement as satisfied on your requirements list. If you have questions, please contact us.

I am international student. What are my options?
Please click here to learn more about the aid options available to international students. You should also reach out to the Office of International Services to learn more about the international student experience at TC.

My loan disbursed, but I have decided I would like to cancel it. Can I do this?
You may cancel or reduce your federal loan disbursement(s) by submitting a written request to the Office of Financial Aid within 14 calendar days from the date of disbursement. Please be advised that         canceling your federal loan disbursement may result in a balance on your student account because you may still owe Teachers College the tuition cost for your current courses.