When you transfer from one university to another, your student aid does not automatically go with you. Check into the requirements for each type of financial aid program you presently have. Generally private scholarships will be available because they are usually awarded to you for use at the postsecondary school of your choice. University scholarships are generally offered only for attendance at that particular school. State funds are often restricted for use at schools within that donor state. Federal funds are available from college to college, but you have to reapply at the new school and some funds are on a first-come, first-served basis. If you transfer in the middle of a year, the Federal campus-based aid programs may already be committed for that year. Pell Grants and Federal Direct Stafford Loans are available all year. These are some points and reminders for you if you transfer:
If you completed a Free Application for Federal Student Aid, but did not list your new school on the original form, you will need to release the results of the FAFSA to the Financial Aid Office. The student Aid Report (SAR) has a PIN number which can be given to the school which allows them access to your records electronically. If you no longer have the SAR you will need to contact the Federal Processor at 1-319-337-5665 to request a duplicate SAR so that the PIN number can be given to the school. You may also add the new school's code number to the release section of Part 2 of your SAR and send it to the Federal Processor. This will electronically release your FAFSA results to the school.