Financial Aid


Tuition and Fees Payment Plan

The Installment Payment Plan has been established to help students manage tuition and fee payments for fall and spring terms by dividing payments into multiple installments, but equal installments.

Tax Information

Current federal tax laws have made some financial aid taxable income. Financial aid received (other than loans) above the cost of tuition, fees, and books are considered taxable income. You should contact the IRS or a tax preparer for additional information.

Educational Income Tax Credits

There are educational income tax credits that can reduce you or your family's federal taxes. The Lifetime Learning Credit (LLC) is available for any level of post-secondary study, up to a current maximum of $2,000 per tax return per year. The American Opportunity Credit (AOTC) is available for up to a current maximum of $2,500 per eligible student per year for the first four years of school towards a degree. For more info about tax credits, you can visit the IRS, or you may contact a tax preparer.

Student Loan Interest Deduction

You may be able to reduce your taxable income for interest paid during the tax year on your student loans. This benefit applies to loans used to pay for higher education expenses. For more information about tax credits, you can visit the IRS or you may contact a tax preparer.

Professional Judgment (Special Circumstances and Unusual Circumstances)

If you or your family have experienced major changes in income this year since completing your FAFSA, a Financial Aid Administrator may be able to consider your special circumstance and re-evaluate your application which could result in additional aid. Some examples include: loss or change in employment, death, divorce or separation of parents and unusual medical expenses.

If you are unable to provide parental information due to a unique situation, a Financial Aid Administrator may be able to make an adjustment to a student’s dependency status. Examples of unique situations are human trafficking, refugee or asylum status, parental abandonment, and incarceration.

Please visit the Professional Judgment page for more information.

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