A great education will lay the foundation for a successful future. Knowing the options to pay for your great education at Plymouth State is important.
More than 90% of our undergraduate students receive some kind of merit- or need-based aid. Our Financial Aid Team can help you with the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and assist you with additional options including scholarships, grants, and loans. Please note that in accordance with NCAA Division III rules, Plymouth State does not offer athletic scholarships.
Covering educational costs is often the first significant exposure many students have to financial responsibility. Our Student Financial Services Team can help you understand your bill, provide information about payment plans, and work with you to get any outside scholarships or agency payments credited to your account.
We know you’re here to achieve your highest potential. Our Financial Aid and Student Financial Services Teams are here to help you make that happen.
Up here, you’ll turn those big dreams into reality.
There are two different types of appeals for additional funding; Professional Judgments and Additional Resources.
- Professional Judgement appeals are for special circumstances that impacts the information that is directly reported to the FAFSA which is used to determine financial aid eligibility. These circumstances include, but are not limited to, loss of job, change in income, a change in the number in the household or college, and death of a parent that was reported on the FAFSA.If your family has experienced one of the above situations and it was not already taken into account on the FAFSA information, you may be eligible to submit documentation to have your aid eligibility reviewed.The information on the 2020-2021 FAFSA is looking at your 2018 federal tax information. If your 2020 income will be significantly different from what was reported, it may make a difference.
** The change would need to make a significant decrease to the Expected Family Contribution (EFC) that is calculated by the FAFSA information, to identify any additional federal or university financial aid.
** Part of this review process is to verify the original data reported, so if this information was inaccurately reported, there is a chance that the EFC could be increased, therefore leading to a decrease in eligibility for financial aid.
** We will not review for loss of job until a minimum of 10 weeks have passed since the last date of employment.
- Additional Resources is a request to ask for additional assistance to pay your tuition bill with PSU. These types of appeals are outside of the FAFSA information and should only be used as a last resort when all other options are exhausted. To be considered for this type of assistance, a parent must have applied for and been denied the Federal Parent PLUS loan, as well as the student and/or parent be unable to secure a private educational loan.The application to request additional resources for the 2020-2021 academic year will be available once the Federal Parent PLUS loan application is available for the 2020-2021 academic year. This typically is online around the end of April/beginning of May at studentaid.gov
Please contact Student Financial Services if you feel that you meet the requirements for either type of appeal or would like more information.
Family Access — Because of federal regulations, without your authorization we are not allowed to discuss specifics of your bill with anyone except the student (even to say how much is due). Family Access is a quick and easy way for you to grant us permission to discuss your bill with others, and allow family members to set up their own myPlymouth account to view your online bill as well as any other areas you have granted them access to.
PSU’s Priority Deadline for the FAFSA is March 1
- Orientation Presentation — The same Student Financial Services and Financial Aid presentation you saw at orientation — here for your reference.
- Do you have questions about the FAFSA application? The Department of Education’s HOMEROOM website is a great resource.
- The Federal Student Aid Ombudsman of the Department of Education helps resolve disputes and solve other problems with federal student loans. Please do not hesitate to contact them should you feel they can be of assistance.Phone: 1-877-557-2575
FSA Ombudsman Group
P.O. Box 1843
Monticello, KY 42633
PSU in accordance with Federal and State laws and regulations, does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age veteran’s status, sexual preference or handicap in admission or access to, treatment of or employment in its programs or activities. Inquiries regarding this policy should be made to the Vice President for Enrollment Management and Student Affairs, Plymouth State University, Plymouth NH 03264 or Office for Civil Rights, Washington DC 20201.