Butler University’s Office of Financial Aid recently sent out the academic scholarship award letters, which has sparked many questions among admitted students. Before you begin, you might want to familiarize yourself with these common financial aid terms.
Still have questions? Let us help you:
Q: I haven’t received my scholarship letter yet, is it coming soon?
A: Most academic scholarship letters were mailed in late December and should have already arrived in your mailbox. If you haven’t received it yet and are wondering if you should have, please contact your admission counselor. He or she will be happy to assist you!
Q: If I didn’t receive a scholarship, what are my options?
A: First, we are very excited that you are considering Butler University as one of your top choices! Second, there are many options that students have when it comes to funding their college education. Here are a few to help you get started:
- Gift Programs: These can include departmental scholarships and grants. In fact, Butler University is the largest provider of financial aid to its students. To learn more visit www.butler.edu/financial-aid.
- Aid Programs: Financial aid programs include federal, state and university grants, federal student loans, and federal student work-study. For consideration of all aid programs, you must file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). To ensure maximum consideration and timely notification of any of the following awards complete the FAFSA online between January 1 and March 1 each year. For more information, visit www.butler.edu/financial-aid.
Q: Does Butler University accept outside scholarships?
A: Yes, we do accept outside scholarships! An outside scholarship is any scholarship not awarded by the government or the school, such as a scholarship provided by a private sector company, philanthropist, or foundation. We strongly encourage students to apply for as many outside scholarships as possible. Outside scholarships can quickly add up and many go unclaimed each year, so be sure to start applying for these as soon as you can. Here is a list of websites we recommend:
Please contact the Office of Financial Aid if you have specific questions and they will be more than happy to help!
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A few weeks back, we decoded admission specific language for you. Now it’s time to share the ins-and-outs of Financial Aid terminology. Before we jump into the financial aid process in the next few weeks, let’s define a few terms you might need to familiarize yourself with:
- 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.
- Expected Family Contribution (EFC): This is calculated by the federal methodology using information you provided on the FAFSA.
- Grants: Grants are a form of financial aid, based on need, which you do not have to repay.
- Merit & Talent Awards (also known as scholarships): Awards based on academic achievement or performance ability (scholarships). Those you do not have to pay back.
- 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.
- Verification: Verification is a process used to verify certain information on the FAFSA to ensure its accuracy. Some students are selected for verification by the U.S. Department of Education and others are selected by the school. Not sure what to do if you’ve been selected for verification? Visit the eCampusTours website for more information. The Office of Financial Aid will also send you more information if you are selected for this 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) between January 1 and March 1.
- The Office of Financial Aid will use your EFC to determine how much aid you’ll receive.
- The Financial Aid Notification (FAN) will be mailed to you after March 15. This 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.
- Your offer of financial aid will be available to you online at my.butler.edu (Self-Service – Student Center – Finances – Review/Accept/Decline Financial Aid) after you’ve received your award letter. 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.
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We realize that it’s only been a few weeks since you received your letter of acceptance to Butler University. We also know you’re already starting to think about who you’ll be living with next year. With only 231 days left until move-in day, it’s perfectly fine to start thinking about whom you’ll be bunking with this August.
As a reminder, your housing forms will be sent once you’ve submitted your deposit. Since you’ve never lived on a college campus before, we wanted to familiarize you with Butler University’s Residence Life. Live-in staff play a huge part in the development and management of our residential communities. In addition, our staff members promote student development through a variety of programs for groups as well as individual interactions. A Resident Assistant (RA) lives on each unit in the residence halls to help students’ transition to college and maximize their experience. A full-time Residence Life Coordinator (RLC) manages each residence hall. One or more faculty members live in each residence hall to facilitate a living learning community.
Now that you know a bit more about how Butler operates, here’s a list of tips to helping you choose your perfect ‘roomie':
- Get a roommate that is like you. You’ve heard that opposites attract? That’s not always the case when it comes to college roommates. If you’re sloppy then make sure to get a sloppy roommate. If you’re a clean freak then make sure to get a clean freak roommate. If you’re a quiet person then get a bookworm roommate. If you love to go out every Friday night then get a roommate that likes to go with you. Be sure to get a roommate that is similar to you and nobody will complain about a messy room or loud music.
- Live with someone you don’t know. It probably sounds like a good idea to live with a friend as opposed to a complete stranger, but this isn’t always the case. Just because you’re friends with someone doesn’t mean that you’re compatible as roommates. We suggest having Residence Life pick your roommate for you (they have a very high success rate) or finding your roommate on the Class of 2017 Facebook page.
- Set expectations from the beginning. Before you even arrive for move-in day, let your roommate know as soon as you can about your little quirks and preferences. It’s not fair to expect him or her to pick up on them right away, and communicating what you need is one of the best ways to eliminate small problems before they become bigger problems.
- Be open to new people and change. Your roommate may have a different lifestyle or religion than you and it is important to be open to new ideas and experiences. You should expect to learn and grown during your time at Butler. Likewise, your roommate should expect the same. As the semester progresses, be comfortable addressing any issue you have and being flexible to your changing environment.
- Pick which residence hall you want to reside in. At Butler, we have on-campus housing for all of our first-year students. All first-year students not living at home with a parent or legal guardian are required to live in one of the University residence halls. Most freshmen live in Ross Hall (co-ed) or Schwitzer Hall (all female) and a few first-year students even live in the Residential College. You will be able to state your preference on your housing forms. We do offer triples for a reduced rate as well.
USA Today College and US News Education both provide helpful articles to help you pick your perfect roommate. Just don’t end up with a roommate like this…
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We realize that it isn’t December 15 yet and you have not received your admission decision. However, it’s never too early to start thinking about financial aid. We’ve created a helpful checklist for you to get a head start on financial aid:
- Did you know that you are eligible for academic scholarships just for applying to Butler University? Award amounts range from $6,000 to $16,000 and vary each academic year based on the quality of the applicant pool. You will receive your scholarship amount approximately two weeks following your admission decision.
- File your Federal Application for Student Aid (FAFSA) as soon as possible after January 1. (Estimate the required tax information if your tax forms are still incomplete.) You must complete the FAFSA by March 1. Keep a photocopy for your records.
- If you haven’t already, start researching outside scholarship opportunities. Search for outside scholarships on Zinch.com, Cappex.com, scholarships.com, fastweb.com and more!
- On March 15, we send out the Financial Aid Notification package. This includes the types and amounts of financial aid for which you qualify, the cost of attendance and your expected family contribution.
- If your family’s financial circumstances have changed significantly since you submitted the FAFSA, contact financial aid immediately.
- If your financial aid application is selected for verification, the school will require you to submit additional documentation, such as signed copies of your W-2 statement, tax returns and 1099 forms. The federal government selects 30% of the FAFSAs for verification.
- Finally, decide which school you want to attend and accept the offer (hopefully ours). We’ll show you how to do this when the time comes!
Be sure to check your email for updates from financial aid! If you have questions anytime throughout this process, please feel free to contact our Office of Financial Aid at (877) 940-8200 or email@example.com. You can also reach out to us on Facebook or Twitter if that is easier for you!
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At many colleges and universities, applications get submitted but are not really read thoroughly. At Butler University, this is NOT the case. The fact is, we carefully review each and every piece of your application to ensure we are making the correct admission decision. Rather than just looking at test scores and grades, we take a holistic approach to reviewing your application. So, what does the application review process look like? Here’s a brief overview for you:
- When we receive your finished application, the operations team ensures that we have every piece that is needed for it to be considered complete (i.e. test scores, transcript, essay, resume, etc.).
- The operations team then sends it into the appropriate counselor’s queue.
- The first thing the counselor reads is the actual application (either the Butler application or the Common Application).
- We review your transcript to see what types of classes you are taking, how rigorous your schedule is (ex: AP, IB, honors, etc.), if you’ve completed the necessary coursework for the program you are applying to, and any grade trends that we should be aware of.
- From there, we evaluate your test scores. We do not have a preference between the SAT or ACT, but we do require at least one writing score.
- Next, we read your essay or personal statement. This is your chance to shine! It is an open space for you to share who you are and showcase your use of the English language. Despite what you might hear, we actually read every single word in your essay or personal statement. Please know that we aren’t just asking for an essay just for the sake of asking.
- After reading your essay, we review your resume of activities. We are looking to see what clubs and organizations you are a part of, if you’ve been a leader in any of those areas, whether or not you volunteer or work part-time, and more. Remember, we don’t need your entire history. It is sufficient to only include what you’ve done during your high school years.
- Reviewing your Secondary School Report (SSR) is the next step in this timely process. A SSR is prepared by your school and gives a profile of you, the school, the student body, etc.
- If you have a letter or letters of recommendation, we review those next. Again, we DO read every single one of these. Letters of recommendation are a great way for us to get to know you better, so included them whenever possible.
- Finally, we make the admission decision. For a complete list and description of decision types, view our latest blog.
There is so much that goes into every step of the application review process and this is just a short overview. We realize that every single student is different and every circumstance is different. That is why we are so careful throughout this process. If you have more specific questions, contact your admission counselor or comment below.
Admission Counselor, Clint, reviewing applications
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With admission decisions coming in just a few weeks, we know that you are on the edge of your seat. You may even be checking your mailbox for that slight chance we’ve already sent it. We will send your admission decision letters out on December 15. Until then, here are a few admission terms you might want to become acquainted with:
Decision – Determination of an applicant’s admission status.
Decision Types –
- Admit – Offered a space (for a particular term) to become a student at Butler University. Student must continue to meet eligibility requirements as presented by the Office of Admission (ex: maintain gpa, etc.).
- Defer – Deferred is neither accepted nor rejected. Rather, it means that we are missing a test score or course that is needed for admission. Once we receive the item or items needed, we can reevaluate your admission decision. Getting deferred does not hurt your chances of admission.
- Deny – Not eligible for admission to Butler given the current applicant pool. Students are encouraged to attend another accredited institution and re-apply for admission as a transfer student. Contact your Admissions Counselor for more information, or visit the transfer website.
- Red Light/Green Light (RLGL) – RLGL is for students that are not admitted to the pharmacy or physician assistant programs at Butler, but are admitted to any other program at the University. RLGL students can choose to come to Butler University and study any of our other 60+ majors in the remaining five colleges (College of Business, College of Communication, College of Education, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, Jordan College of the Arts).
- Wait List – As Butler’s pharmacy and physician assistant programs become more and more competitive, every attempt is made to place as many students as possible in the fall class. While an applicant’s academic record shows promise, the highly competitive nature of the freshman applicant pool necessitates that we place a certain percentage of applicants on a waiting list. These students are still strong candidates for admission. Students who are placed on the waiting list will receive written notification when they have been admitted or denied admission into the program.
While you’re waiting for your decision, here are a few more terms you might want to know:
FAFSA – Free Application for Federal Student Aid at www.fafsa.ed.gov. Butler’s priority consideration FAFSA Deadline is March 1.
Financial Aid – The Office of Financial Aid wants to partner with you and your family to invest in a Butler education. Our experienced staff will help you explore the options that are available. Financial aid counselors may be reached between 9:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. You can also visit their website at www.butler.edu/financial-aid.
Have questions? Be sure to contact your admission counselor. Good luck!
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So you’ve applied and are now waiting for your admission decision to be sent. While some might say filling out applications is the most grueling step in the process, I’d have to disagree. Waiting has to be, by far, the hardest part.
While you’re waiting for December 15 (that’s the day we’ll be mailing your admission decisions), there are plenty of things you can do to stay busy and keep your mind off of that fat envelope:
- If you haven’t been to campus yet, now is a great time to visit. Visiting can also serve as a great way for you to meet current students and really begin narrowing down your choices.
- Start researching your financial aid options. You can begin filing the FAFSA on January 1, but there’s no reason you can’t start filling it out now.
- Begin looking for outside scholarships. Sites such as Zinch, Cappex and scholarships.com are great ways to find extra cash to finance your college education.
- Stay connected. You can follow us on Facebook and Twitter for important announcements and exciting updates. Feel free to leave us a comment on our fan page or tweet us using #Butler2017.
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It’s been a busy fall semester. You’ve been scrambling around desperately trying to keep up with your senior year classes and other in-and-out-of-school activities. You’ve been awake at all hours trying to complete applications and stay ahead of deadlines. And oh yeah, you’ve been thinking (and worrying) quite a bit too about college. You’re probably worn out from looking at college brochures, visiting websites, comparing college rankings, traveling around going on college visits, talking to your high school counselor and perhaps even taking one too many of those virtual tours.
Despite all of this you’ve somehow managed to successfully submit several (or perhaps more than several) college applications. Relief sets in now that you’ve managed to complete this part of the process. Time to kick back and relax! Not quite – the most difficult part is now upon you…WAITING. You thought the hardest part would be deciding where to apply and writing those dreaded college essays. Yet, you now find yourself waiting, almost paralyzed not knowing what your future holds and wondering what some phantom college admission officer will think of your application.
Does this sound familiar? I’m guessing so. Well take comfort in knowing that pretty much every college-bound high school senior is experiencing similar stresses. You are not alone! But now the question is – so what now?
Here on the college admission side of things, we are very busy collecting all the information that you just submitted to us and communicating with you – the applicant. Butler University admission counselors are diligently beginning the process of reviewing every single page of every single application. In a matter of about six weeks we will have read through about 6,000-7,000 applications. That’s a lot of reading! We take this process very seriously and believe it or not, get jazzed to read your application. It is our passion to help you achieve your dreams of going to college and we love reading your stories and hearing about your high school achievements.
You might be asking yourself, “What can I do during this time period, besides nervously waiting on a decision?” Well for starters, stay in contact with us! We always love hearing from you and knowing that you’re still out there. Often times it can be forgotten that we are here to help you and make the entire process easier and less stressful – so take advantage of connecting with us on a regular basis. We try and make this as easy as possible by being available on many different platforms: e-mail; all the numerous social media sites; and of course, our website. Let us know how we can help and take advantage of this down-time to also connect with current Butler students and professors as well as other potential future Butler students. Who knows? You might even find your future roommate while connecting with us on our Facebook page.
Finally, make sure that you’re sending us any new or updated information that we can add to your application file. The more we know about you, the better! Just because our admission deadline has passed doesn’t mean that the information exchange stops. We realize the rapid pace at which things change and that things happen between the time you applied and the time of our decision.
Bottom line: don’t be shy! Invest in the process, stay engaged and don’t be afraid to ask the tough questions. We think you’ll find that all that waiting was definitely worth it. Continue to visit our blog as we will be posting a “What Happens to Your Application” video in the next week or two.
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We are just 8 days away from the Early Action deadline and have already received many completed applications. If you have yet to complete your application or are not sure if we have received all of your required application materials you can:
-Login to your Student Portal account as explained in our previous post on October 18th
…or you can
-Check with your Butler University admission counselor to see if we are still missing anything for your application.
Your Butler admission counselor is also a great person to contact with any questions you might have about things other than your application. If you’re not sure what you should be asking, here are a few common questions that might help your search:
-What type of internship opportunities does Butler offer for my major?
-Can I study abroad regardless of major? If so, what are the programs and options offered at Butler?
-If I’m not sure what I want to study, what type of programs will Butler offer to help me find the right major?
-Do I have to live on campus? If so, what are the residential options for students?
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