Financial Aid Process
Butler Federal School Code 001906
You Must Reapply Annually - Start Early
Processing your application can take up to 8 weeks or longer
- Fill out the FAFSA application
The first step in applying for financial assistance is to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or the Renewal Application. By completing the FAFSA or the Renewal Application, you will be applying for the following types of Federal Student Aid: grants, work-study employment, and Stafford loans. When completing the FAFSA, simply the process by using the IRS Data Retrieval Tool (DRT). This will reduce your chance of being selected for verification. Use the IRS DRT if you are eligible, this is determined by a set of questions on the FAFSA.
If you answer 'no' to all the student section FAFSA dependency questions, (section 2 on the FAFSA-on-the-Web worksheet, or Step 3 on the paper FAFSA application) a parent signature and income information is required. There are two options for processing the FAFSA as outlined below:
a) Should you wish to process your FAFSA Application or FAFSA Renewal Application ELECTRONICALLY, you (and your parents if required) will need to request a PIN(s) if you have not already done so. The PIN(s) will serve as your electronic signature(s) on the FAFSA. Without a PIN, you must print the signature page and mail the page to the federal processor, which will slow down your processing. The process will be quicker if you acquire your PIN(s) prior to filing the electronic FAFSA. Do Not Share your PIN with anyone. Request a duplicate PIN if it has been lost or forgotten or if you feel your PIN has been compromised.
b) If you prefer to process a PAPER FAFSA, mail the paper application to the federal processing center using the address that is provided with the FAFSA. Be sure to include your signature (and your parents if required) on the paper FAFSA. Do not mail any supporting documents with your application, the federal processing center will destroy any such documents.
- Be admitted to Butler
If you are a new student, you must have an 'application for admissions' on file. Students who are returning to Butler must submit an updated 're-admit form' if they have not been enrolled one or more semesters.
- Transfer Students
If transferring to Butler between terms and Butler was not listed on the original FAFSA application, you will need to utilize your PIN number to add Butler (001906) to your application before awards can be made. You must request ALL official transcripts be sent to the Butler Registrar's Office - 901 S Haverhill Road - El Dorado, KS 67042. Butler Office of Student Financial Aid will contact you with a request for additional information if required for verification.
- Review your SAR
You will receive a Student Aid Report (SAR). This SAR contains key information about your aid eligibility. If any of the information on the SAR is incorrect, contact the Financial Aid Office and we will make any necessary changes for you. If all the information is correct, keep the SAR for your records. The Financial Aid Office will receive all of your SAR information electronically from the federal processing center, if Butler (001906) is listed as one of the schools you requested to receive the data.
- Communicate with Us
Read the paper communication letter sent to you from the Butler Office of Student Financial Aid (OSFA) - the letter includes important information! In this letter, we officially inform you that the Butler OSFA will correspond with you electronically, unless you tell us otherwise. You have the option to change your electronic correspondence to the U.S. Postal Service (USPS). However, you may only choose one option. Simply call us, or e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you inform us with an e-mail, be sure to include your name and your student ID number listed above. Be sure to read how to access your Butler Pipeline account and your student responsibilities information that is included in this communication letter. Pipeline will be your Butler Information Portal.
- Submit required documents
Federal aid applicants are randomly selected for 'verification'. These students must provide additional information, such as citizenship documentation, or a federal IRS tax transcript, etc. Three different ways to request an IRS tax transcript. If Butler is requiring additional information, you will be sent a letter or an e-mail explaining what is needed. All requested documentation must be submitted in order to continue the processing of your application. All documents received by 3:00 p.m. in our office will be posted the same day. Otherwise, the posting date will be the following business day. File completion is processed in date order according to the date that the last required, accurately completed document was received. Verification can take 4-6 weeks. All required documents are due in the OSFA by July 1 for Fall; December 1 for Spring; and May 1 for Summer. Submitting documents by this date will avoid the necessity for a payment contract or payment by you - APPLY EARLY.
- Receive award letter
You will be sent an award letter when your financial aid file is complete. Award letters are sent beginning in April or May for the following academic year. Make sure you apply early and that you submit all requested documentation or forms in a timely manner. You must also complete any additional paperwork that is necessary. Award amounts printed on award letters are based on full-time enrollment (12 credit hours). Pell awards are pro-rated at disbursement time if you are enrolled in less than full-time.
Once Pell funds are paid, additional Pell funds will not be disbursed for increased enrollment. You can only receive Pell funds at one college during each term you are enrolled.
Direct Loan awards are based on your enrollment status:: full-time status 12 or more hours, or three-quarter time status (9-11 hours), or half-time status (6-8 hours). You must be enrolled in at least six credit hours and making satisfactory academic progress to receive disbursements.
All awards are contingent upon receipt
of all official final transcripts for all of your academic work. This includes both high school and college transcripts. Official transcripts are not hand delivered, nor faxed, nor e-mailed copies. Although these may be used for advising purposes, this type of transcript will not meet the official requirement for any type of financial aid or for graduation purposes. Official means the transcript must be sent directly from your school to the Registrar Office - 901 S Haverhill Road - El Dorado, KS 67042 (or from your State Department of Education for GEDs).
- Accept Federal Work-Study
Awarded Federal Work-Study (FWS) funds are limited). FWS positions are not guaranteed. Financial Aid will make every effort to aid a student in locating a position but the final decision is up to the individual supervisors. Talk to your instructors, some are looking for student workers and they like to hire students that are in their classes. You may utilize the Student Career and Employment Services (CES) for free assistance in preparing a resume, preparing for an interview, and much more. Student Career and Employment Services are located at the El Dorado campus in the Hubbard Center, room 619 or at the Andover campus in the 5,000 building. To contact the El Dorado CES, call 316.322.3294, or call 316.218.6126 to contact the Andover CES.
- If you wish to accept a Federal Direct Loan:
- your file must be completed by the Financial Aid Office
- all Butler loan applicants must complete federal direct loan online entrance loan counseling and a Master Promissory Note (MPN).
- you must be making satisfactory academic progress: 13-14 policy
- you must be enrolled in at least 6 credit hours at Butler
You will need to read and follow the instructions carefully within your Pipeline account for accepting an Offered Federal Direct Loan, and to begin the loan counseling/MPN process.
- Professional Judgment
Financial aid administrators have the authority to take into consideration unique family circumstances not reflected on the application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Adjustments can be made to the expected family contribution (EFC) or to the cost of education on an individual student basis through Professional Judgment. If your EFC is 0, there is no need to request Professional Judgment.
Current financial estimates will be substituted for base year income and will not be considered prior to June 1st. No professional judgments will be processed once classes have ceased for that academic year, or student has ceased attendance.
following is a list of circumstances that may be used by a financial aid administrator in the use of Professional Judgment.
- Unemployment or reduced employment of the student, spouse, or parent
- Loss or reduction of an untaxed income or benefit
- Disability of a student, a spouse, or a parent
- Lump sum settlement received in base year
- Excessive medical/dental expenses paid in current year
- Divorce or separation of a dependent student’s parent or death of independent student's spouse
- Natural disaster - such as a tornado or flood
- Parent enrolled in post-secondary institution at least half-time (6 credit hours)
- Parental post secondary educational debt for parent and student
Should you and your family have a unique circumstance, contact our Professional Judgment Counselor after June 1st prior to the beginning of the academic school year you plan to attend. The counselor will work with your case once your Professional Judgment 13-14 form and all supporting documentation has been received. If the professional judgment is not in your favor, the judgment will not be processed.
- Dependent Student with Parent and/or Step-Parent in College
If you had to include parental information on your FAFSA application and you have a parent(s) or step-parent that is enrolled in at least six credit hours of college coursework, click the 13-14 form to download a professional judgment enrollment certification form. You may only submit a parent enrollment certification form for the parent/step-parent that is included on your FAFSA application. Once the completed certification form is submitted to the Butler Office of Student Financial Aid, an adjustment will be made to include your parent or step parent as a member in college if it is beneficial to you.
Charging books and supplies to Financial Aid
Electronic book vouchers are available 2 weeks before classes begin. Your Financial Aid award (excluding work-study) must exceed all Butler charges to receive a book voucher. Take your current schedule and photo ID to the El Dorado or Andover bookstore to charge books and supplies to Financial Aid. You do not need a book voucher for an Activity Award Scholarship (see #17). Activity Scholarship books are available at the bookstore one week before classes begin.
Funds credited to your account
All federal financial aid funds will be credited to your Butler Accounts Receivable billing account approximately 30 days after classes begin, assuming all of the above steps have been completed.
If the total amount of financial aid funds credited exceeds your account balance due, a refund check for the remainder will be mailed to your local address on file. Be sure the Registrar's Office has your current local address and permanent address.
Financial Aid Suspension
Students who are suspended from Federal Financial Aid may be reinstated in the following manners:
- Submit a Satisfactory Academic Progress Appeal Form - the appeal form and any other appropriate documentation must be submitted with the initial appeal. The decision of the Financial Aid Review Committee is final. A student may not appeal multiple semesters citing the same reasons and be considered for reinstatement. If the appeal is granted, the student will continue to receive aid as a probationary student. If the appeal is denied the student may discuss their denial with the Director of Financial Aid; this may or may not affect the final decision of the committee.
- Self-Reinstatement - If an appeal is not submitted or granted, a student must:
- Meet the minimum criteria for Good Standing-overall 2.0 GPA and a 67% CR, and
- Cannot owe a repayment or overpayment of Federal Financial Aid, and
- Student account balances must be paid in full before Federal Financial Aid can be reinstated
Once you have met these requirements, you should contact the Office of Student Financial Aid to inform us.
For the first semester of receiving financial aid at Butler, you will enter on a suspension status with the right to appeal if your transfer credits or previous Butler credits is below the required overall 2.0 GPA and/or your completion rate is below 67%.
- Withdrawing from Classes
- Apply for Foundation and Academic Scholarships
If you wish to apply for a scholarship, click 1314 or 1415 or contact the Butler Financial Aid Office to request an application. You may also request an application for scholarship via e-mail, be sure to include your mailing address. Students receiving Athletic Scholarships may not be eligible for Academic or Foundation Scholarships. The scholarship application priority date is March 1 for the following academic year but applications will still be accepted after this date.
To be eligible for an Academic Scholarship a student must:
* be a first-time, full-time, regularly admitted college student who has never attended another college
*have graduated from an accredited high school with at least a 3.0 GPA or 22 ACT or 1010 SAT or was the recognized Valedictorian or Salutatorian of your class
*have completed your GED with at least a 3100
*have graduated from a non-accredited high school or home school with at least a 22 ACT, or 1010 SAT, or 3100 GED
Apply for Activity/Athletic Scholarships
If you wish to apply for an Activity/Athletic Scholarship such as an athletic, band, drama, journalism, music, etc., you should contact the department supervising that activity. Award letters will indicate estimated amounts only. An activity scholarship covers the exact cost of tuition and books, the student is responsible for any fees. Scholarship Books are available at the bookstore one week before classes begin.
Apply for Other Scholarships
Contact your local organizations and apply early for scholarships. Examples: your local church, your local businesses, your parent's employer, your employer, etc.
If you are eligible to receive veteran benefits, you should contact the Butler Veteran's Benefits Representative.
In order to receive Federal student aid, you must be registered with Selective Service if you are a male. If you believe that you are not required to register, call the Selective Service office at 1-847-688-6888 for information regarding exemptions.
FAFSA online applications are available January 1 for the upcoming academic year. Applications should be completed well in advance of each semester's registration. This allows aid to be awarded prior to the start of the term. Aid is awarded for the full academic year, excluding summer, and based on full-time enrollment (12 credit hours). Applications should be completed by April 1 for the following fall semester.
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