Calculating Your Need
Don't assume you are ineligible for financial aid! Because rules, regulations, and eligibility requirements change from year to year, you should at least apply. You may find it is well worth your time.
Most financial assistance administered by the Office of Financial Aid is based in part on your financial need — the difference between the cost of attending Bryant and the calculated family contribution.
To be considered for need-based financial aid at Bryant you must:
- file the FAFSA;
- be a citizen or permanent resident of the United States;
- be enrolled full-time or be accepted for full-time enrollment in a course of study; or be enrolled part-time and officially accepted as a candidate in a degree program;
- be making satisfactory academic progress toward the completion of your course of study;
- not be in default on a federal student loan;
- not owe a refund on a federal grant.
Inside a financial aid package
Aid packages might include:
- Federal Pell Grants;
- Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants;
- state grants;
- institutional grants and/or scholarships;
- Federal Work-Study;
- Federal Direct Stafford Loans.
Law requires students who receive outside sources of aid (i.e., private scholarships from third-party agencies or firms) to notify the Office of Financial Aid. In some cases, the amount of this outside aid could affect the award offered by Bryant. Generally, you may not receive aid in excess of your determined need for assistance.
In many cases, it is impossible for Bryant to meet your full need. Consequently, your family may need to seek additional assistance in the form of privately-funded education loans or alternative sources.
File a FAFSA
Financial aid awards are based, in large part, upon the information contained on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). A verification worksheet, tax transcripts, and/or other documents may also be required. The Office of Financial Aid will maintain complete confidentiality of all information. Since anyone's financial situation is subject to change, a financial aid officer may review and revise awards based on changes in family circumstances.
Although we do not review your application for financial aid until you are admitted to Bryant, do not wait until being admitted to apply for financial aid. Late financial aid applications are placed on a waiting list and will be reviewed only if funds remain after all on-time requests have been evaluated. Check the financial aid calendar below for deadlines.
Financial Aid Calendar*
|Oct. 1, 2019||First date the 2020-21 FAFSA may be submitted to the Department of Education. See www.fafsa.gov.|
|Nov. 1, 2019||Deadline to file 2019-2020 FAFSA for students seeking January 2019 entrance|
|Feb. 15, 2020||Deadline to file FAFSA for students seeking September 2020 entrance|
|March 2020||Notification to incoming freshmen and transfer students begins for September 2020 entrance|
|March 1, 2020||Deadline for returning students to file FAFSA to be considered for aid in 2020-2021|
|April 1, 2020||Deadline for transfer students to file FAFSA to be considered for 2020-2021|
|May 1, 2020||Deadline for submitting signed copies of parent and student Federal Income Tax Return Transcripts (all pages) if requested by Bryant for September 2020 entrance.|
|June 2020||First mailing of financial aid notifications to continuing students for the 2020-2021 academic year.|
*Dates are subject to change. Contact the Office of Financial Aid for further information.
According to federal regulations, students must generally meet one of the following to be considered self-supporting and independent for the academic year. Students may also be asked to submit supporting documentation to verify their status. Students must be:
- 24 years old as of December 31 of the award year;
- an orphan or ward of the court;
- a veteran of the armed forces of the United States;
- a graduate student or professional student;
- married; or
- have legal dependents other than a spouse.
Although there are additional criteria, if you do not meet one of the above requirements you are generally considered dependent and must file all financial aid forms accordingly.
We encourage you to send us documentation describing your situation in greater detail. This will ensure that proper consideration is given when we review your application for aid.