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Undergraduate Frequently Asked Questions

  1. If I am not receiving financial aid, can I still be eligible for Work Study??
  2. If I don’t use all of my Work Study funds what happens??
  3. Where can I find a work study job?
  4. Can I have my student budget increased?
  5. How do I apply for a budget increase?
  6. How does the refund process work?
  7. How do I check the status of my direct loans?
  8. Will I have an opportunity to speak with the School of Nursing Financial Aid Office?

If I am not receiving financial aid, can I still be eligible for Work Study?

No, you need to demonstrate financial need in order to be eligible for Work Study.

If I don’t use all of my Work Study funds what happens?

If you do not work for your Work Study funds, you will not receive them.  If you know that you will not be using your work study eligibility, and you know you will need those funds, you can have them converted into a loan.  Student Financial Services can make this change for you.

Where can I find a work study job?

You can search through open work study positions here: http://www.sfs.upenn.edu/seo/

Can I have my student budget increased?

Yes; a student can have their budget increased to cover health insurance costs or a computer purchase for example.  Your student budget can be altered to include health insurance only after it appears on your student billing account, for the computer purchase simply bring the receipt with you to Student Financial Services (or if the computer is purchased at the on-campus Computer Connection the charge will appear on your student billing account).

How do I apply for a budget increase?

To request an increase in your student budget or check on the status of a submitted request, contact Student Financial Services.  Be sure to submit any supporting documentation available.  Student Financial Services can be reached by phone at 215.898.1988 or email them at sfsmail@sfs.upenn.edu for an update.

How does the refund process work?

If you receive aid or loans (or a combination of both) to your student billing account in excess of your tuition and fees, that excess will come to you as a refund.  This will happen in early September.  The University of Pennsylvania no longer issues paper checks, so the refund will occur electronically, so it is of utmost importance that you set up Direct Deposit through Penn In Touch, here:
https://medley06.isc-seo.upenn.edu/uatPenn/jsp/fast2.do?fastStart=directdep

How do I check the status of my direct loans?

Log into the Penn loan system:  https://medley02.isc-seo.upenn.edu/loans/jsp/fast2.do

Will I have an opportunity to speak with the School of Nursing Financial Aid Office?

Absolutely!  We will be holding a brown bag session for all of our new Class of 2017 Undergraduate Nursing students in early September.  We also have walk-in hours on Wednesdays from 11am – 1pm, but feel free to drop in any time during the first two weeks of class as you get used to your schedule.  And always be on the lookout for any emails from Nursing Financial Aid, Antoinette or John.