What is the school code for University of Bridgeport?  
University of Bridgeport school code is 001416.

How do students communicate with the financial aid office?
Email: -it is important that you check your UB account frequently and set up your Bridgeport email account after you register for classes. Our contact information is: Student Financial Services Magnus Wahlstrom Library, Garden Level 126 Park Ave, Bridgeport, CT 06604
Email: sfs@bridgeport.edu  Phone: 203-576-4568 Fax: 203-576-4570
You can use the above address for regular, certified or campus mail. It is also important that your address is up to date with the registrar office.

How do I apply for financial aid and are there any deadlines? 
You MUST apply for financial aid every year by completing the FAFSA after January 1. Paper forms are available by contacting the Central Processing Center at 1-800-433-3243. You can complete your application electronically at www.fafsa.ed.gov*. We strongly recommend that all students complete their aid application by February 15 to meet state and by March 5 for schools deadlines.

We will not have our taxes done until April, so I cannot complete the FAFSA. What do I do?
Many families do not have their federal and state income taxes completed until April; however, this should not prevent you from applying for aid on time. The FAFSA allows you to use estimated income figures on its form. You can always update your application at a later time and the financial aid will adjust your aid eligibility, if necessary.

How much can I earn before I disqualify for aid? 
There are no income cutoffs when determining a student’s financial aid eligibility. Many factors are taken into consideration when determining a family’s ability to pay beyond parental income such as household size, number of dependent children in college, family assets, and cost of the institution; so it is impossible to determine your eligibility based strictly on income. To know if you will qualify for financial aid you must apply.

When can I expect to hear about my financial aid package? 
New applicants to the University of Bridgeport must be accepted for admission before an aid award letter will be sent to them. Once accepted an award packet will be sent for review. All students must have a processed FAFSA on file in order to receive an aid award letter. Returning students award letters will be available online on their WebAdvisor.

Can I expect to receive the same financial aid package throughout my studies?
You are REQUIRED to apply for financial aid each year. Sometimes family situation changes; another child attends college, a parent returns to the workforce, or a parent dies. For the most part if your family situation does not change from year to year your award letter will remain unchanged.

What if my family’s financial circumstances change drastically during a given year? What can be done?  There are circumstances that will enable the financial aid office to adjust a student’s aid eligibility. These circumstances could include the following: job loss due to unemployment or illness, a one-time benefit that affected your federal adjusted gross income, separation or divorce, or unusual medical expenses. If conditions such as these occur during any of your four years at University of Bridgeport, please contact the financial aid office. Do not send any letters to the federal aid-processing center. They are not able to adjust your aid eligibility.

What is verification and why did I get chosen? 
Verification is a process to confirm information you provided on the FAFSA. You may have been chosen because: 30% of our student population is randomly selected by the Department of Education, the FAFSA information submitted was incomplete or inconsistent or the FAFSA contains estimated information. If you are selected for verification, you must provide specific documentation that has been requested by the Office of Student Financial Services. Please be advised that documentation for verification is time sensitive and must be submitted in a timely manner to ensure proper payment on your account.

What additional steps are needed to obtain Federal Student loans? 
You must complete BOTH a Master Promissory Note and a Entrance Counseling at  https://studentloans.gov/myDirectLoan/index.action *

How will my financial aid be disbursed to me?
All financial aid, with the exception of work study funds (funds MUST be earned), will be credited to your billing account in two equal disbursements: fall and spring. Once your charges have been paid (tuition, fees, room and board), any additional funds will be refunded to you to help pay for off-campus living costs, books, or personal expenses. Students MUST have their Purple Knight Card activated to have their funds deposited onto their card or have them direct deposit to their checking account.

How can I receive summer aid, if needed?
You can specify on your signed returned award letter that you would need summer aid or email sfs@bridgeport.edu for further information.

I am an International student; do I qualify for Financial Aid? 
Only United States Citizens, permanent residents or Eligible non-citizens are eligible to qualify for Federal Financial Aid. As an International Student you may qualify for a private loan with a co-worthy US citizen.

What are my options to cover my bill if financial aid is not enough?

What is the first step on obtaining student employment?
You will need to go through the pre-authorization process by; logging onto your myub.bridgeport.edu, Select forms library, work authorization application, and then complete student employment form and submit.

Can my account information be released to anyone?  
No student information can be released unless we have a completed Family Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) form on file listing whom is entitled to receive that information.

Do I need to take medical insurance?
All students MUST have medical insurance that is compatible to the insurance offered by the University. If students have medical, insurance they can waive it by going online to consolidatedhealthplan.com and completing an insurance waiver form. Students MUST email or fax a copy of both sides of their current insurance card in order for the request to be completed.

How will I receive my refund check?
Refunds are disbursed onto the PurpleKnightCard. Your card must be activated at www.mypurpleknightcard.com* for refunds to be transmitted onto their card or be direct deposit.

Who do I contact regarding charges and payments?
Students can contact the Student Financial Services.

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