Students play intramural flag football Friday, Sept. 9, 2016 on Quinnipiac's Mount Carmel campus. (Autumn Driscoll / Quinnipiac University)

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Verification

Verification is a process where we match up the information provided on your FAFSA with that of which you filed on your federal income tax returns. Approximately one-quarter of all financial aid applications undergo verification which can require you to complete an IRS data match, provide a copy of your federal tax transcript, complete a federal verification worksheet, provide signed copies of your current federal tax returns with all attachments and other documentation as requested. If you get a letter requesting this information, we ask that you provide it to us as quickly as possible so we may proceed with the processing of your file. A delay in the receipt of this information almost always translates to delays in the confirmation, processing and disbursing of your financial aid. As a result, late fees and holds may be placed on your account so it's important that you pay close attention to the correspondence you receive from our office to avoid any unnecessary snags.

As a part of our verification process, our office will regularly select new students who are receiving grant aid. We feel this is an important part of the financial aid process in order for us to establish an accurate "base" to build upon in subsequent years. Incoming students will begin to receive notifications of verification after they have left their matriculation deposit acknowledging their acceptance to the university.

And finally, if you are having difficulty in providing this information, please do not hesitate to contact our office for assistance.

Quinnipiac University Office of Financial Aid
275 Mount Carmel Ave.
Hamden, CT 06518
203-582-8750 / 800-462-1944 / Fax: 203-582-4060
Email: finaid@qu.edu

Satisfactory Academic Progress

All financial aid recipients are required to maintain a minimum level of academic progress toward their degree in order to continue receiving aid. Students are required to meet both qualitative (GPA) standards as well as quantitative (credits completed) standards in order to maintain eligibility. Grades are measured at the end of each spring semester for these purposes.

Students who fall below these standards may appeal the loss of financial aid or take summer classes to regain eligibility. Regardless of a student's academic standing, financial aid cannot be extended beyond 1 1/2 times the length of their academic program.

Students who failed to meet minimum academic progress standards who were readmitted to the University MUST file a separate financial aid appeal in order to receive aid. Readmission to the University does not constitute a waiver of these standards.

Financial Aid Appeals
The Office of Financial Aid will mail a letter to any student who fails to meet the minimum academic progress standards of the University which will outline the process for regaining eligibility for financial aid. All appeals must be filed in writing and explain the circumstances that caused the loss of aid eligibility as well as a plan to rectify the deficiencies.

A separate, independent review committee will consider the student's individual circumstances and make a decision to uphold the loss of aid or to reinstate the student's eligibility on a probationary basis. Most reinstatements of aid are conditional and include specific requirements for continuation including, but not limited to, completing a specified number of credits, a minimum semester GPA and recommendations to meet with the learning center and/or academic advisor.

If the appeals committee's decision is to reinstate a student's financial aid eligibility, all aid will be awarded normally. If the appeals committee's decision is to uphold the loss of aid eligibility, the student will need to make payment arrangements with the bursar's office.

All financial aid including student loans, parent loans, private loans, grants, scholarships and work-study are subject to meeting the minimum satisfactory academic progress standards of the University.

Scholarship recipients
Students receiving academic scholarships are normally held to a higher standard than that of a regular aid recipient, usually requiring a 3.0 cumulative GPA or better. Because scholarships are awarded to incoming students with strong demonstrated academic talent, it is expected that these high standards be maintained through the four years of undergraduate study. Scholarship awards are NOT awarded or increased upon a student maintaining a higher standard than a 3.0. Scholarship recipients who fail to meet these standards will receive a notice over the summer informing them of the forfeiture of their scholarship along with detailed information on appealing.

Contact Your Elected Officials

As you know, both state and federal student financial aid programs have undergone cuts, been the subjects of deficit reduction, and some have even been slated for elimination such as the Perkins loan program. As a student or parent, it is your right to have your voice heard by your elected officials that, "Balancing the state and federal budgets on the backs of students and parents is wrong."

Oftentimes, elected officials do not hear one way or the other from their constituents and they will vote "yea" or "nay" on a financial aid issue not knowing the financial hardship it may unduly pose to you and your family. Believe it or not, as few as 10 letters from constituents on a particular issue can have a huge impact on how they cast their vote. So, it is more important than ever to have your voice heard and your viewpoints represented.

Listed below are links to your federal and Connecticut state representatives. Contacting them is as easy as linking to their web site and sending them an email. This will take no more than 10 minutes of your time. Writing your representatives is very important and we encourage you to exercise your rights as citizens to have your voice heard.

State of Connecticut (Governor's Scholarship and Grant Programs)
All Representatives

Federal Government (Pell Grant, SEOG, Work-study, Perkins loan Stafford loan, PLUS loan)
House of Representatives
Senators

As an institution we meet with and write our representatives on a regular basis, but hearing from students and parents has a far greater impact. We encourage you to take some time and contact your elected officials and ask them to "Stop cutting your financial aid programs."

Code of Conduct

The Offices of Financial Aid at Quinnipiac University are pleased to provide you with a comprehensive set of standards that guide our offices and financial aid practices.

Memberships and Affiliations 
Quinnipiac University has been a longtime member of the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (NASFAA) and subscribes to that organization's Statement of Ethical Principals and Code of Conduct for Financial Aid Professionals. Our seasoned staff are longtime members of the Eastern Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (EASFAA) and our institution belongs to the Connecticut Association of Professional Financial Aid Administrators (CAPFAA). The University has also adopted the Connecticut Code of Conduct and our office adheres to all of the standards and practices that are outlined in this document.

Connecticut Code of Conduct 
On Aug. 27, 2007, the Connecticut Attorney General announced that all Connecticut institutions of higher education had volunteered to adopt the Connecticut Code of Conduct which was designed to provide all Connecticut colleges and universities with a clear roadmap that relates to the ethical administration of financial aid. As a matter of fact, Quinnipiac University, one of 17 private colleges and universities in Connecticut, had worked closely with the Connecticut Conference of Independent Colleges (CCIC) in helping to draft this code with the Connecticut Attorney General's Office.

Student Loans and Suggested Lenders
Effective July 1, 2010, all colleges and universities are required to process all Federal Stafford and PLUS loans through the government’s Federal Direct Loan Program. Private lenders no longer participate in the federal loan programs.

Quinnipiac University does not provide suggested or recommend lender lists for students or parents inquiring about private educational loans, nor do we recommend one loan program over another. Students are strongly encouraged to exhaust all of their grant, scholarship and federal loan options before considering private loan opportunities.

Private educational loans can often come with higher interest rates and fees along with less favorable terms and conditions than those offered through the federal loan programs. Private educational loans require credit checks and often require credit-worthy cosigners, making them more difficult to secure than federal loans. We strongly urge students, parents and cosigners to research all private loan options carefully as interest rates, fees, terms and conditions can vary widely.

While we do not make private educational loan recommendations, we do guide families toward a website provided by ELM Select, a non-profit organization that provides a lender-neutral comparison tool for students and parents, offering unbiased information on private educational loans, lenders, rates and fees. We also suggest that borrowers pay special attention to your state’s loan programs which can often provide better terms, conditions fees and interest rates.

Our Commitment to Transparency
In an effort to assure that colleges and universities continue to make loan decisions that are beneficial to their students, both federal and state regulators are creating laws and codes that all colleges and universities are adopting which guarantee sound financial aid practices. Listed below are some of the codes to which we subscribe:

As always, please feel free to contact our office if we can provide you with any assistance.