Bearcat Web Useful Tips and Suggestions

Things you can do to make your application process flow smoothly.

  • Submit a Final High School Transcript. While estimated financial aid may be awarded based on a transcript after your junior year of high school, official payments cannot be made until a final transcript documenting actual grades and graduation date is received.
  • Submit your FAFSA early! Apply for financial aid as early as possible each year. Make every effort to complete your FAFSA using FAFSA on the Web as soon as possible after January 1.
  • Understand your rights and responsibilities. Be sure to understand your rights and responsibilities as a student receiving financial aid, as well as implications of all forms that you sign. To ensure yourself the most aid possible, be organized and take an active role in your financial aid processing.
  • Read materials carefully that are provided by the Office of Financial Aid. All paperwork is sent for a purpose and generally requires some action be taken on the part of the student. If you don't understand the information or what is required of you, please call or drop by. When referencing your paperwork, have it nearby or bring the information with you when you visit our office. It helps us to help you more quickly and accurately.
  • Respond to electronic and postal correspondence. Please respond promptly to all requests for additional information from our office. Please do not ignore requests for additional information. Your financial aid processing will be stopped until the requested paperwork is provided. Also, be sure to include your full name and Lander ID (L#) on all correspondence submitted to our office. If you phone our office for information about your financial aid, please have your L# ready so that we can help you specifically. When helping via the telephone, we cannot access a student's information without the student's L#.
  • Check your official Lander student e-mail! The Office of Financial Aid has changed the way we make information about the status of your financial aid available to you. Beginning March 14, 2005, students who have a financial aid record are able to access Bearcat Web to review the status of their aid, view and print any documents we need to continue processing aid, or see their financial aid awards. We send notifications of requirements and/or awards posted to Bearcat Web to the Lander e-mail address whenever we post an award or requirement. For prospective students who don't yet have a Lander e-mail address, notification is sent through postal mail until an official Lander University e-mail address is established.
  • Keep your address(es) current. Make sure your address(es) are current with the University. Both your home and local address should be kept current. If they are not correct, you run the risk of not receiving communication from us. This can slow down or stop the processing of your financial aid. To change your address(es), visit the Registrar's Office.
  • Keep Copies! Try to keep copies of documents submitted to the Financial Aid Office and note the dates you submitted them. While it rarely happens, documents sometimes get lost in the mail and never make it to our office. By keeping copies of submitted documents, it allows you to reference and re-submit them if necessary.
  • Cooperation is important. The financial aid process is a cooperative effort between the Office of Financial Aid and the students. We want students to succeed at Lander University and in getting their financial aid. Please remember - We're here to help!