Dates and Deadlines

WHEN

WHAT

HOW TO

SEPTEMBER Apply for a FSA ID or request a duplicate. Apply at https://fsaid.ed.gov . Dependent students will also need to make sure at least one parent has a FSA ID. (Allow 5 -10 business days to receive your FSA ID by mail, or 3 – 5 days by e-mail.)

OCTOBER 1

Earliest Date to Complete New Year FAFSA beginning with the 2017-2018 year.

You can complete your FAFSA as soon after October 1st as possible for the coming award year.  

We recommend using FAFSA on the Web at www.fafsa.gov

NOVEMBER 1

Priority Deadline for Need-Based Aid

November 1st is our priority date to receive the results of the FAFSA and any required documents in order to award aid each year. Remember that November 1 is not an absolute deadline, it is a priority deadline.  This simply means you will be considered for several of the financial aid programs that have limited funds and be included in the first round of aid packages. Some funds are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis until funds have been expended. Therefore, the earlier you are able to submit your FAFSA to the federal processor, the better your chances are to receive these limited funds. FAFSAs submitted after the priority deadline will be processed upon receipt but availability of funds will be limited.

NOVEMBER 15
Institutional Academic Scholarships

Incoming Freshmen:

Lander Academic scholarships are awarded to high school seniors who have been accepted for admission and demonstrate academic merit. Students are encouraged to complete their application for admission by November 1 as awards are made on a first-come, first-served basis beginning with students who are admitted to Lander by November 15.  Funding is limited so please apply early.  More information about scholarships may be obtained on our Scholarships Page.

 Continuing and New Students:

Departmental Scholarship application procedures and deadlines vary by academic area. You can find additional information about Departmental Scholarships on the Scholarships Page or by contacting the respective department.

DECEMBER Aid Packages Created for New Freshmen

Award notices are provided to students who have been awarded any merit or need-based financial aid. All requirements needed to complete the aid package must be submitted as posted on the Bearcat Web.

FEBRUARY
Review Financial Aid Status and Missing Documents on Bearcat Web. Review Bearcat Web Account for Financial Aid Requirements and Status. Click here to log on to the Bearcat Web. You will need your Lander ID and a password. For new students, these will be mailed to you under separate cover.
MARCH 1 Summer Aid Applications Available
Summer Aid Applications are available in the Financial Aid Office by by March 1 or on the Forms section of our website. Students must enroll in at least six hours total to qualify for most types of summer aid. For example, 3 hours Summer Session I and 3 hours Summer Session II.
MAY 15
Deadline to accept aid
Students must accept institutional financial aid or the aid will be canceled.
JUNE 1 SC Teachers Loan Application This application must be received at S.C. Student Loan as soon as possible beginning in early February. The priority deadline for applications is April 15. Funds are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis and cannot be guaranteed. There are sections on this application to be completed by the student, by the College of Education at Lander, and by the Financial Aid Office before it is sent to the lender. Please allow Lander at least two weeks to complete our certifications and to mail the application to S.C. Student Loan. You may find this application online via the SCSL website.
MID-MAY Satisfactory Academic Progress Reviewed For continuing students, the Financial Aid Office is required to review a student's progression toward graduation. Review is completed after spring grades are final. Time frame limits are evaluated after each term. For more information, click here.
MID-JUNE New year costs are determined by Board Tuition and Residence Hall specific aid  adjusted to match actual charges
LATE-JUNE/EARLY JULY Aid packages created for continuing and transfer students Awards are made to continuing and transfer students who are eligible and have submitted all requested information.
JULY 15 Transfer Scholarships

A limited number of scholarships may be awarded to transfer students who have a cumulative GPA of 3.30 or better, between 30 and 90 hours earned hours, and have completed 67% of all hours attempted. Recipients must enroll full-time. Students must be admitted and have all final transcripts submitted by July 15. Awards are contingent upon fund availability.

AUGUST 1

FAFSA and missing requirements deadline for processing by Billing Due Date

(Fall semester)

Students who have not completed a FAFSA and all requirements posted on the Bearcat Web that are needed to process aid must make other arrangements for payment of bills (payment plan, etc.). We will continue to process your aid application, but cannot guarantee aid will be complete by the billing due date.
AUGUST Bills for Fall term available Review your bill and aid package. If you have enough aid to cover your bill you can validate (apply your financial aid to your bill and save your classes) on-line. If you still have a balance due, the Business Office will provide you information on how to make a payment or sign up for the semester payment plan.
NOVEMBER 1 FAFSA and missing requirements deadline for processing by Billing Due Date (Spring semester) Students who have not submitted the FAFSA or completed all requirements posted on the Bearcat Web that are needed to process aid must make other arrangements for payment of spring bills (payment plan, etc.). We will continue to process your aid application, but cannot guarantee aid will be complete by the Spring billing due date.