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High school students and transfer students who want to enroll in day classes at the Buffalo campus.


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All about the FAFSA Processnext

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is the most important financial aid form you will need to complete. It is important to use the most accurate information as possible when completing your FAFSA since the information you report is used by the Department of Education and Medaille College to determine your Expected Family Contribution and eligibility for federal and institutional need-based awards.

How to File a FAFSA

You can complete FAFSA in one of the following ways:

  • Online at at the FAFSA web site.
  • Complete and mail in a paper application.
  • Over the phone with a Department of Education counselor at 1-800-433-3243 (TTY Line for Hearing impaired is 1-800-730-8913)

Medaille recommends that you file your FAFSA online in order to make the process as efficient and timely as possible. In order to complete the FAFSA online, you and your parent (if you are a dependent student) will need to first retrieve your Personal Identification Number (PIN).

The FAFSA application is specific to an academic year, so you will need to make sure you are completing the correct version of the application. New FAFSA applications become available online at the beginning of January (for example, the FAFSA for the 2014-15 academic year was made available on January 1, 2014).

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Determining your Financial Need

The term "Financial Need" refers to the amount of your educational costs Medaille has determined you need assistance with paying for. To determine this, Medaille uses the EFC calculated by the FAFSA and subtracts it from the estimated cost of attendance; the difference between these two amounts is your financial need.

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Example Financial Need Calculation

$36,000 (Example Cost of Attendance)
- $4,000 (Example EFC)
______________________________
$32,000 (Financial Need)

Medaille uses your calculated financial need to determine how much need-based financial aid you may be eligible for.

It is important to remember that your financial need is not necessarily the amount of financial aid you will receive. While Medaille is committed to offering students comprehensive financial aid packages, the College does not cover 100% of a student's financial need.

You should also note that there are many scenarios that could affect your financial need that you may not realize at first. Merit Scholarships, private scholarships, remission and payments from third-parties can all impact your calculated financial need even though they are not awards that are considered "need-based".

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Expected Family Contribution

The Department of Education uses the information you provide on your FAFSA to calculate your Expected Family Contribution (EFC). Your EFC is the amount of your educational costs the government has determined you and your family can afford to pay either out-of-pocket or through various financing options.

Your EFC is listed as a numerical value on your Student Aid Report and is transmitted to all of the schools listed on your application along with the rest of your FAFSA data. Medaille uses your EFC to determine the amount of your financial need and eligibility for need-based federal and institutional financial aid.

It is important to remember that your EFC is not necessarily the amount you will owe to Medaille or the overall amount your education will cost. An EFC is only an estimate of the amount of your family's contribution and can be different from your final bill or amount of in-direct costs, depending on how much of your financial need is covered by financial aid offered to you.

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Cost of Attendance

The cost of attendance is made up of both direct and in-direct costs. Direct costs are those that will appear on your eBill and are required to be paid by you to the College. These costs include tuition, resource or book fees (if applicable) and, room and board (if applicable). The in-direct costs are made up of expenses that the College does not bill you. These include off-campus room and board, books, supplies, transportation and personal costs. The cost of attendance is based upon your program and major, number of terms you will be enrolled and your status (full-time or part-time).

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Understanding Your Cost of Attendance

Below, we have described the composition of each category of your cost of attendance:

  • Tuition and Fees - based upon Board of Trustee approved 2014-2015 rates. These rates are re-evaulated each year.
  • Books - only required books will be included in the student's cost of attendance and will vary by program, major, and class year. These costs are identified by each individual school/program and revised each academic year.
  • Room and Board – Medaille  assesses three variations of room and board: On-campus, off-campus and commuting:
    • On-campus - Applies to students who are living in on-campus housing. As a direct cost is assessed on the cost per housing unit and the student selected meal plan. These charges will be included on the student's bill.
    • Off-campus - Applies to students who are living off-campus in dwellings that are not official Medaille housing. An analysis has been done to assess an average for rentals, utilities and food expenses in the Buffalo area.
    • Commuting - Applies to students who are living with family while commuting to and from school. There are no room costs assessed for these students based on the federal requirements regarding living with family
  • Transportation - based upon the following possible expenses: gas/tolls/mileage, public transportation and a limited number of trips home during the academic year. Should a student own a vehicle, additional expenses can be included in the cost of attendance which cover the following: maintenance and car insurance.
  • Personal - this allows for the following expenses: personal sundry items and minor entertainment costs.

* Please note: Students in online programs are not eligible to have the following components included in their cost of attendance: room and board, travel or personal.

 

Below, we have described the composition of each category of your cost of attendance:

  • Tuition and Fees - based upon Board of Trustee approved 2014-2015 rates. These rates are re-evaulated each year.
  • Books - only required books will be included in the student's cost of attendance and will vary by program, major, and class year. These costs are identified by each individual school/program and revised each academic year.
  • Supplies - only required supplies will be included in the student's cost of attendance and will vary by program, major, and class year. These costs are identified by each individual school/program and revised each academic year.
  • Room and Board - Drexel assesses three variations of room and board: On-campus, off-campus and commuting:
    • On-campus - Applies to students who are living in on-campus housing. As a direct cost is assessed on the cost per housing unit and the student selected meal plan. These charges will be included on the student's bill.
    • Off-campus - Applies to students who are living off-campus in dwellings that are not official Drexel housing. An analysis has been done to assess an average for rentals, utilities and food expenses in the Philadelphia area.
    • Commuting - Applies to students who are living with family while commuting to and from school. There are no room costs assessed for these students based on the federal requirements regarding living with family. We do assess meal costs which are based on the student selected meal plan.
  • Transportation - based upon the following possible expenses: gas/tolls/mileage, public transportation and a limited number of trips home during the academic year. Should a student own a vehicle, additional expenses can be included in the cost of attendance which cover the following: maintenance and car insurance.
  • Personal - this allows for the following expenses: personal sundry items and minor entertainment costs.

* Please note: Students in online programs are not eligible to have the following components included in their cost of attendance: room and board, travel or personal.

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Viewing Your Cost of Attendance

If you are a new student, your cost of attendance will be included in your financial aid award letter. If you are a continuing student, you can view your cost of attendance via MedailleOne:

  • log into MedailleOne
  • click on Financial Aid Services tab,
  • click on My Overall Status of Financial Aid
  • see sentence: Your estimated cost of attendance is $______________.
  • Click on “cost of attendance” hyperlink in this sentence
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