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Archive: November 2011

Get a Head Start on Financial Aid

A few weeks back, we blogged about starting the financial aid while waiting for your admission decision to arrive. Although it can be intimidating and confusing, it is important to start the process as early as possible. Before we jump into the process, let’s define a few financial aid terms:

1. Aid: Need-based aid refers to federal, state and university grants, federal student loans and federal student work-study. For consideration of need-based aid, you must file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). We recommend each year that you complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid online.

2. Merit & Talent Awards (also known as scholarships): Awards based on academic achievement or performance ability (scholarships). Those you do not have to pay back.

3. Loans: Students and parents who wish to borrow from any of the loan programs (ex: Federal Direct PLUS Loan or Private Loans) must determine their borrowing needs for the entire academic year before beginning the application process.

Now let’s cover some important dates:

  • Gather the previous calendar year’s W2s and federal tax returns, and identification documents (social security cards, drivers licenses) for both the student and the parents.
  • File the FAFSA (school code 001788) beginning January 1 of senior year, but no later than March 1.
  • Financial aid administrators at the colleges where you’ve applied will use your EFC to determine how much aid you’ll get. Next you’ll receive the The Financial Aid Notification (FAN) is a complete overview of the financial aid offered to students eligible to receive financial aid based on merit or need. The FAN also includes an average cost of attendance, which is used to determine financial aid eligibility. You’ll receive a financial aid award letter that tells you the amount of aid you’ll receive for the school year and in what form: loan, grant or campus-based program.
  • Once we have completed the review of your financial aid application, we will make an offer of financial aid available to you online at my.butler.edu (Self-Service – Student Center – Finances – Review/Accept/Decline Financial Aid). You can accept or decline each award, select a lender (if necessary) and report any outside scholarships.
  • To help you consider your options, you can also fill out the Family Responsibility Worksheet (PDF) will guide you in evaluating the different financing options available and developing a plan for your investment in a Butler education.

We know that this is a quick overview of the process so for more in-depth information, please visit www.butler.edu/financial-aid.

Sleep in Style at Butler

Are you tired of going on a campus visit and seeing the same old staged room? Are all of the dorms you’ve seen starting to blend together? Want to see what life at Butler is really like? If so, check out our new Butler Housing page.

Our students are showing off their unique decorations, chicest designs and boldest beautifications. See what each of the residence hall actually look like from someone who lives in them. Get the insiders view of residence life before you make your final college decision.

Want more specifics on each of the 4 residence halls? We thought you might…

Schwitzer Hall
Occupants: All female, freshmen and sophomores
Capacity: 450
Room Style: Standard
Amenities: Schwitzer Hall has a kitchenette on every floor, two full kitchens, two laundry rooms, wireless internet, a 24-hour computer lab, a T.V. and game room, and a quiet study lounge.

Ross Hall
Occupants: Co-ed, freshmen and sophomores
Capacity: 500
Room Style: Standard
Amenities: Ross Hall has a study lounge, wireless internet, a T.V. and game room, laundry facilities, a 24-hour computer lab and a kitchen.

Residential College (ResCo)
Occupants: Co-ed, predominantly sophomores
Capacity: 470
Room Style: Suites (Two double rooms are connected by a bathroom.)
Amenities: ResCo has kitchenettes and lounges, a laundry facility, a game room, wireless internet, a T.V. room and a 24-hour computer lab.

Apartment Village
Occupants: Co-ed, juniors and seniors
Capacity: 500
Room Style: Each apartment has four single bedrooms, two full bathrooms, a living area and a kitchen.
Amenities: The Apartment Village features a community center called The Dawg House. It has a laundry facility, wireless internet, convenience store, computer lab, quiet study room and a game room.

You’ve Applied. Now What?

You’ve submitted all of your applications, written numerous essays on a variety of topics and collected dozens of recommendations. Now all that’s left to do is wait for an answer. Some might say completing all the paperwork and taking the tests is the hardest portion of the process. However, those of you waiting for your decision letter to arrive know that is actually the most difficult part of the entire process. So, now that all the applications are in and you are just waiting to hear something back, what comes next?

You will receive an acknowledgement email that your application has been received along with a short video, which takes a quick look at the admission decision process. Your probably wondering how we make our admission decisions. We start by taking a holistic look at you as a student and as an individual. We take into consideration your GPA, course work, test scores, resume of activities, essay and any other information you or your school counselor provide us with. From there, several admission counselors review the file and then meet with a committee to decide if you are admissible. Once we have reached your decision, it gets entered into our system. Finally, we send out all admission decision on December 15.

You’re probably wondering “Well, what I am supposed to do while I wait for my decision?” Good question.
1. Our advice is to continue working hard and keep your grades up.
2. Don’t forget about money. This is the perfect time to start looking into financial aid and scholarships.
3. Write thank-you letters to anyone who gave you a recommendation.
4. Alert your admission counselor if there are any changes to your file (ex: new grades or test scores)
5. Have fun and hang out with friends.

We know it can be difficult waiting for the admission decision. When the “did I’s” or “didn’t I’s” become overwhelming, try to stay focused on your last few months of high school.

 

Get a Real Look at Butler Dorms

The Butler Cribs Contest is back and better than ever! This year, we have 8 student residence rooms that we are excited to share with you.

Have you been on so many campus tours that they are starting to blend together? Are the dorms you’ve seen just a bunch of staged rooms that aren’t even lived in? If so, check out the Butler Cribs Video Contest where you can see what our residence halls are really like. Our students are showcasing their rooms just for you.

Watch the videos and vote for your favorite!