Financial Aid

Did you know that approximately 90 percent of undergraduate students on the Adrian campus receive some form of financial assistance? Our admissions counselors and financial aid experts are committed to helping you find the best financial solutions for your education. Siena offers a wide range of opportunities that may be right for you, including:

  • Academic scholarships
  • Arts scholarships
  • Athletic scholarships
  • Campus Ministry scholarships
  • Grants
  • Work-study programs
  • Federal loans

Your university financial aid package may include some or all of the above, resulting in a customized plan that makes Siena Heights University affordable for your family. Click the links and tabs below for more useful financial aid information.

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The Office of Financial Aid is here to help you make the most of your investment. We’ll work with your family to identify the best grant, loan, scholarship, and student employment opportunities. Following are just a few of the services we provide:

  • Assistance in filing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and completing financial aid paperwork,
  • Exploring alternative sources of funding and payment plans,
  • Getting access to financial aid information, account balances and payment options on MySiena (the Student Information System).

At Siena Heights University, a quality education is affordable. Once you’ve been accepted to SHU, the next step is to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Information from the FAFSA is used to determine eligibility for institutional, federal and state financial aid programs including grants, scholarships, student loans and college work-study.

WHAT IS VERIFICATION?

Approximately 1/3 of students are selected for a random process called verification. This means the University is required to obtain copies of the prior year’s federal tax returns for the student and parents (unless the student is defined as independent by FASFA Guidelines). Additionally you must complete a verification worksheet which is available online through the Financial Aid Office, or through the “Missing/Received Documents” link on MySiena.

If you are chosen for verification you will be notified. Please return requested items immediately as your award will not be completed until verification is completed.

Recognizing the national trend of rising tuition costs in higher education, Siena Heights University is taking a bold step to remain affordable for its students.

The Siena Tuition Advantage price certainty plan locks in tuition rates for full-time students enrolled at both its Residential Campus as well as at its SHU Global locations and Online. This is for both undergraduate and graduate students.

 Our promise: to hold tuition rates steady for two academic years.

The Siena Tuition Advantage simplifies the financial management and promotes improved financial planning for our students by introducing price certainty. Siena Heights hopes to improve student success, class and degree planning and degree completion rates with this new model.

Ask about the Siena Tuition Advantage today!

 

Tuition & Fees for the 2021-22 Academic Year

Undergraduate—college of Arts and Sciences (Adrian Campus)

Siena Heights University educational expenses for the College of Arts and Sciences include tuition, fees, room and board. The College of Arts and Sciences at Siena Heights is a residential campus, and students must live in on-campus housing unless they meet off-campus residency requirements.

Total Direct Costs:

  • Full-Time Tuition per Year: $27,500
  • Mandatory Fees (Technology, Student Service, Compliance): $1,002
  • Total Tuition and Mandatory Fees: $28,502
  • Room (double occupancy) and Board (19 meal plan): $11,720
  • Total Estimated Direct Cost: $40,222

Total Cost of Attendance:

  • Full-Time Tuition per Year: $27,500
  • Mandatory Fees (Technology, Student Service, Compliance): $1,002
  • Total Tuition and Mandatory Fees: $28,502
  • Room (double occupancy) and Board (19 meal plan): $11,720
  • Books/Personal Expenses/Transportation: $2,900
  • Total Estimated Cost of Attendance: $43,122

Undergraduate—College for Professional Studies (Online and Off-site Locations)

Tuition Per Credit Hour: (Effective May 2021):

  • Theological Studies (all sites): $300
  • Jackson: $540
  • Battle Creek: $540
  • Lansing: $540
  • Kalamazoo: $540
  • Benton Harbor: $540
  • Monroe: $540
  • Online: $540
  • Metro Detroit (Southfield)*: $540
  • Dearborn*: $540
  • Nursing RN to BSN: $355

Audit Course:

  • Theological Studies (all sites): $300
  • Jackson: $540
  • Battle Creek: $540
  • Lansing: $540
  • Kalamazoo: $540
  • Benton Harbor: $540
  • Monroe: $540
  • Online: $540
  • Metro Detroit (Southfield)*: $540
  • Dearborn*: $540
  • Nursing RN to BSN: $355

Prior Learning Credit (All Sites): $180 Per Credit Hour plus $540 per Petition
* Excludes Course Fee

Fees:

  • Compliance Fee: (all sites) $22 per session
  • Technology Fee: (all sites) $266 per session
  • Student Service Fee: (all sites) $46 per session
  • International Student Support Fee: $100 per session
  • Deferred Payment Fee: $250 per session or $125 per sub-session
  • Graduation Fee: $100 one time fee

GRADUATE COLLEGE

Tuition Per Credit Hour: (Effective May 2021)—New Enrollee Academic Year 2021

  • Leadership, Teacher Ed., Clinical Mental Health: $670
  • MBA Program: $745
  • MSN Program: $660

Audit Course:

  • Leadership, Teacher Ed., Clinical Mental Health: $670 per course
  • MBA Program: $745 per course
  • MSN Program: $660 per course
  • Prior Learning Credit: $223 per credit hour plus $670 per petition

Fees:

  • Compliance Fee: (all sites) $22 per session
  • Technology Fee: (all sites) $266 per session
  • Student Service Fee: (all sites) $46 per session
  • Parking Fee (Adrian campus only): $200 per year or $100 per session
  • International Student Support Fee: $100 per session
  • Deferred Payment Fee: $250 per session or $125 per sub-session
  • Graduation Fee: $100 one time fee

Required Deposits:

  • Graduate Enrollment Deposit: $100 (post acceptance)
  • International Student Deposit: $2,000 per year

FEE SCHEDULES FOR ALL COLLEGES AND LOCATIONS

This net price calculator is designed to help you estimate your scholarship and financial aid options for Siena Heights University.

You’ve come to the right place! We’re happy you are beginning to explore how to plan and pay for your Siena Heights University education. You need to know that we want to help you attend Siena Heights and we’ll work with you every step of the way. Our calculator is designed to give you an estimate of how much and what types of financial aid you might qualify for.

This calculator is not an official application for Financial Aid and is not a substitute for applying for aid. To officially apply for financial aid, a student must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

The results that this Net Price Calculator will provide are only an estimate and do not guarantee the actual aid you will receive. Your estimated award is only as accurate as the information you provide. This estimated award may change if your financial or other family characteristics change, and may not incorporate any special circumstances you may have.

To start estimating your college expenses, log in to your Shopping Sheet / College Raptor account to quickly estimate your net price.

To create a new account, simply continue as a guest and make a new account.

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Please NOTE:

The estimate provided using this net price calculator does not represent a final determination or actual offer of financial assistance. The cost of attendance and financial aid availability may change. This estimate shall not be binding on the Secretary of Education, ShoppingSheet.com, Siena Heights University or the State of Michigan.

In 2020-2021, 100% of Siena Heights University’s full-time beginning undergraduates received grant/scholarship aid.

For more information about applying for federal student aid, please go to studentaid.gov.

Newly admitted, full-time College of Arts & Sciences students on the Adrian Campus should follow these important Financial Aid deadlines:

  • February 1—Admission application deadline to be considered for Siena Merit Scholarships.
  • October 1—FAFSA filing becomes available.
  • May 1—National Candidate Reply Date deadline to pay Enrollment Deposit to secure institutional financial aid, housing requests and a place in Siena’s entering class.

Siena Heights University’s conflict of interest policy and code of conduct for financial aid professionals is as follows:

I. PURPOSE

The purpose of this policy is to prohibit conflicts of interest in situations involving student financial aid and to establish standards of conduct for employees with responsibility for student financial aid.

II. APPLICABILITY

This Policy applies to all employees who work in the Office of Financial Aid and all other University employees who have responsibilities related to education loans or other forms of student financial aid.*

III. DEFINITIONS

  • A. Conflict of Interest: A conflict of interest exists when an employee’s financial interests or other opportunities for personal benefit may compromise, or reasonably appear to compromise, the independence of judgment with which the employee performs his/her responsibilities at the University.
  • B. Gift: Any gratuity, favor, discount, entertainment, hospitality, loan, or other item having a monetary value of more than a de minimus amount. The term includes a gift of services, transportation, lodging, or meals, whether provided in kind, by purchase of a ticket, payment in advance, or reimbursement after the expense has been incurred. The term “gift” does not include any of the following:
    • 1. Standard materials, activities, or programs on issues related to a loan, default aversion, default prevention, or financial literacy, such as a brochure, a workshop, or training.
    • 2. Training or informational material furnished to the University as an integral part of a training session that is designed to improve the service of a lender, guarantor, or servicer of educational loans to the University, if such training contributes to the professional development of the University’s employees.
    • 3. Favorable terms, conditions, and borrower benefits on an education loan provided to a student employed by the University or an employee who is the parent of a student if such terms, conditions, or benefits are comparable to those provided to all students of the University and are not provided because of the student’s or parent’s employment with the University.
    • 4. Entrance and exit counseling services provided to borrowers to meet the University’s responsibilities for entrance and exit counseling under federal law, so long as the University’s employees are in control of the counseling, and such counseling does not promote the products or services of any specific lender.
    • 5. Philanthropic contributions to an institution from a lender, servicer, or guarantor of education loans that are unrelated to education loans or any contribution from any lender, guarantor, or servicer that is not made in exchange for any advantage related to education loans.
    • 6. State education grants, scholarships, or financial aid funds administered by or on behalf of a State.
  • C. Opportunity pool loan: A private education loan made by a lender to a student attending the University or the family member of such a student that involves a payment, directly or indirectly, by the University of points, premiums, additional interest, or financial support to such lender for the purpose of such lender extending credit to the student or the family.
  • D. Revenue-sharing arrangement: An arrangement between the University and a lender under which (a) a lender provides or issues a loan to students attending the University or to their families; and (b) the University recommends the lender or the loan products of the lender and in exchange, the lender pays a fee or provides other materials benefits, including revenue or profit sharing, to the University or its employees.

IV. INSTITUTIONAL POLICY REGARDING EDUCATION LOANS AND STUDENT FINANCIAL AID

  • A. Revenue-Sharing Arrangements: The University will not enter into any revenue-sharing arrangement with any lender.
  • B. Interaction with Borrowers: When participating in the Federal Family Education Loan Program (FFELP), the University will not assign a first-time borrower’s federal loan, through award packaging or other methods, to a particular lender. The University will not refuse to certify, or delay certification of, any federal loan based on the borrower’s selection or a particular lender or guaranty agency. When participating in the Federal Direct Loan Program, the University may assign a first-time borrower’s federal loan to the Federal Government as the lender. Under no circumstances will the University assign a student’s private student loan to a particular lender, or refuse to certify or delay certification of any private loan, based upon the borrower’s selection of lender or guaranty agency.
  • C. Private Loans: The University will not request or accept from any lender any offer of funds to be used for private education loans**, including funds for an opportunity pool loan, to students in exchange for the University providing concessions or promises regarding providing the lender with (i) a specified number of federal loans; (ii) a specified federal loan volume; or (iii) a preferred lender arrangement for federal loans.
  • D. Co-Branding: The University will not permit a private educational lender*** to use the University’s name, emblem, mascot, logo, or any other words, pictures, or symbols associated with the University to imply endorsement of private educational loans by that lender.
  • E. Staffing Assistance: The University will not request or accept from any lender any assistance with call center staffing or financial aid office staffing. Nothing in this section, however, prevents the University from accepting assistance from a lender related to (i) professional development training for its staff; (ii) providing educational counseling materials, financial literacy materials, or debt management materials to borrowers, provided that such materials disclose to borrowers the identification of any lender that assisted in preparing or providing such materials; or (iii) staffing services on a short-term, nonrecurring basis to assist the University with financial aid-related functions during emergencies, including State-declared or federally declared natural disasters, federally declared national disasters, and other localized disasters and emergencies identified by the Secretary of Education.

V. CODE OF CONDUCT

  • A. Conflicts of Interest:
    • 1. No employee shall have a conflict of interest with respect to any education loan or other student financial aid for which the employee has responsibility.2. No employee may process any transaction related to his/her own personal financial aid eligibility or that of a relative.****
    • 2. No employee may process any transaction related to his/her own personal financial aid eligibility or that of a relative.****
  • B. Gifts:
    • 1. No employee may accept any gift from a lender, guarantor, or servicer of education loans. A gift to a family member of an employee or to any other individual based on that individual’s relationship with the employee shall be considered a gift to the employee if the gift is given with the knowledge and acquiescence of the employee and the employee has reason to believe the gift was given because of the employee’s position at the University. Token awards from professional associations (state, regional, or national) that recognize professional milestones or extraordinary service to parents and students, or scholarships for conference attendance or other professional development opportunities, may be accepted.
  • C. Prohibited Contracting Arrangements
    • 1. No employee shall accept from any lender or affiliate of any lender any fee, payment, or other financial benefit (including the opportunity to purchase stock) as compensation for any type of consulting arrangement or other contract to provide services to a lender or on behalf of a lender relating to education loans.
  • D. Advisory Board Compensation
    • 1. No employee who serves on an advisory board, commission, or group established by a lender, guarantor, or group of lenders or guarantors may receive anything of value from the lender, guarantor, or group of lenders or guarantors in return for that service.
  • E. Reimbursement of Expenses
    • 1. Expenses incurred while attending professional association meetings, conferences, or in connection with service on an advisory board, commission, or group described in Section V.D. of this Policy must be paid by the University.*****
  • F. Meals
    • 1. Employees may occasionally need to share meals with employees of lenders, guaranty agencies, the State of Michigan, or other colleges or universities in the course of business. Meals offered as a part of meetings, conferences, or other events may be accepted if all participants in the meeting or event are offered the meals or if the meals are included as a part of a registration fee.

VI. Policy Violations

Violations of this Policy may result in disciplinary action, up to and including dismissal.

VII. HISTORY

This Policy was issued by the Office of the President on February 1, 2009.

* Agents of the University with responsibility for education loans or other student financial aid are also expected to abide by the terms of this Policy.

** As defined in the federal Truth in Lending Act, 15 UCSA §1631 et seq.

*** As defined in the federal Truth in Lending Act, 15 UCSA §1631 et seq.

**** For the purposes of this Policy, a “relative” is defined as an individual with whom an employee has a relationship by blood, marriage, adoption, domestic partnership, or other personal relationship in which objectivity might be impaired.

***** Entertainment expenses such as concert or sports tickets or greens fees may not be accepted. Employees are expected to personally pay for such expenses or request reimbursement from the University in accordance with University policy.

BILLING AND PAYMENT INFORMATION

Statements of accounts are mailed to the student’s permanent address prior to the start of the semester or cycle. Payments must be received by the due date listed on the statement to avoid deferred payment charges. Failure to receive an official statement of account does not relieve any student of the responsibility for payment by the due dates. Students may also view their statements online.

Students can pay their tuition bills by check payable to Siena Heights University and send to the address listed below or by utilizing the ePayment system.

Remittance address for payments:

Siena Heights University
Office of Student Accounts
1247 E. Siena Heights Dr.
Adrian, MI  49221

Siena Heights University does not drop students for nonpayment. Students are responsible for dropping courses prior to the first day of class to avoid being charged.

THIRD PARTY BILLING (SPONSORS)

Third Party Billing is when a private or governmental agency is paying for any portion of your tuition, fees, or books AND they are requesting a bill from the University.

FORMS

There is no standard contract. Some companies will write a letter stating what they are willing to pay. Others have a special form. Regardless of the format, all contracts and letters MUST include the following information in order to be processed:

    • Student’s name,
    • Student’s ID Number,
    • Specific charges the company is willing to pay,
    • Specific semester covered by the contract,
    • Name and signature of officer authorizing the contract.

Students must provide third party authorizations to the Office of Student Accounts before the payment due date and pay any remaining balance that the authorization may not cover. Otherwise, a deferred payment fee may be assessed. Students are ultimately responsible for any default in payment by the sponsoring agency.

The authorization may be faxed to (517) 264-7728, emailed to Student Accounts, submitted in person to Room 206 in Sacred Heart Hall, or mailed to:

Siena Heights University
Office of Student Accounts
1247 E. Siena Heights Dr.
Adrian, MI  49221

BILLING

Sponsors are billed each semester after the add/drop period and within the terms of the authorization.  

PAYMENT

Student accounts are credited once payment is received from the sponsor. Student refunds may be impacted by the amount and timing of funds received. Please note that third party payments are considered to be a form of financial assistance and your financial aid award may be adjusted.

REFUNDS

Refunds are not issued until a credit balance is reflected on a student account. Please note, that third party payments are considered to be a form of financial assistance and your financial aid award may be reviewed and adjusted according to federal guidelines.

DELINQUENT ACCOUNTS

An individual will be in default if the amount due, as listed on the statement, is not paid in full by the specified due date. In addition to the assessment of a deferred payment fee, a student in default will not be allowed to register for future semesters, receive an academic transcript, have academic credits certified, or receive a diploma at graduation. A student in default may also be subject to withdrawal from school and their account being referred to a collection agency.

STUDENT FINANCIAL HOLDS

Financial holds do not restrict currently enrolled students from accessing the Siena network or student activities.  Financial holds could however restrict access to academic records, future registration and/or issuance of your diploma.  If you notice a hold on your student records you may click on the plus sign icon for a detailed description.

REFUND OF CREDIT BALANCES

Overpayments, billing adjustments, loan disbursements, and financial aid payments may result in a credit balance on an account. 

The refunds for credit balances are typically directed to the student, but when requested, the refund can be directed to a scholarship/grant agency, parent or third party payer whose payment created the credit balance.

  • Refunds of credit balances are processed within 14 days after the credit balance appears on your tuition bill.

  • Credit balances resulting from student payment plans will be refunded at the end of the payment period. 

Refunds will be disbursed to students via their selected refund preference with BankMobile. For more information about BankMobile, visit this page.

RETURNED CHECKS

If a check is returned by the bank because of insufficient funds or a closed account, the returned check, along with a $25 returned check fee, will be charged to the account of the student in which the payment was originally applied. Balance is due within 15 days.

Siena Heights University has partnered with Transact, a leading payment processing company in higher education, to enable students to make on-line payments.  Students, parents and other authorized users can pay charges and fees online, confidentially and secure, via credit cards or ACH. 

ONLINE PAYMENTS

Never wait in line to make a payment again. With online payments, you and for family members have a faster way to pay your tuition charges and fees! It’s not only fast, it’s easy! You simply choose the payment method that best fits your needs.

  • ACH—electronic funds transfer from a checking or savings account with no convenience fee,
  • Credit Card with 2.75% convenience fee,
  • Reoccurring or One Time Only.

MONTHLY PAYMENT PLANS

We’ve all been there; sometimes you just can’t pay the entire bill all at once.  Payment plans are easy, convenient and can fit any financial situation. 

Benefits include:

  • Early enrollment allows you to make up to 5 payments per semester.
  • Save time by not having to wait in line.
  • Autopay feature.
  • Save money by not having to pay a deferred payment fee or purchase stamps.
  • Easy online account access 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. 
  • Faster posting to your account.
  • Added confidentiality and security of your information.

Transact FAQS

WHAT IS Transact?

Transact allows students to make secure online payments to their accounts by electronic check, MasterCard, Discover, or American Express. A Convenience fee of 2.75% will be added to payments made by a credit/debit card. 

Students can avoid the convenience fee by using an electronic check to have the payment deducted from their checking account.

WHY IS A CONVENIENCE FEE CHARGED FOR CREDIT CARD PAYMENTS?

While credit card payments offer a convenient manner for students and parents to pay tuition and fees, the cost to the University for providing this convenience grew to an unaffordable level. The University decided to require those who want the convenience of paying with a credit card to cover a portion of the University’s cost of providing the service.

CAN I STILL USE A CREDIT CARD AT THE OFFICE OF STUDENT ACCOUNTS OR OVER THE PHONE?

No. Credit cards will no longer be accepted at our office or over the phone. Credit card payments can only be made in Transact. You can still use your credit card at the Bookstore.

WHAT IS AN ELECTRONIC CHECK (ALSO KNOWN AS ACH)?

An electronic check is similar to writing a check. In Transact ePayments in MySiena, choose the e-Check Payment option, choose the payments you want to make, and then follow the Checkout instructions. You will need your bank account number and routing transit number (located at the bottom of your check), and this information can be saved for future use if you choose. If you do not save your account and routing number, you must re-enter it each time you make an e-Check payment. This option is entirely free to students and authorized users.

WHO CAN I AUTHORIZE TO MAKE PAYMENTS ON MY ACCOUNT?

Anyone you choose. In Transact, just set up a User ID and password for them and provide that information to them. This is set up in the e-Check option, but can be used to make e-Check or credit card payment. Once that person has logged into Transact, he/she can change the password. This authorization gives access only to payment information; it does not allow access to any other students’ information. The authorization will remain in force until de-activated by the student.

WHERE DO AUTHORIZED USERS LOGIN TO Transact?

Authorized users can login to Transact here

Can I still pay at the Office of Student Financial Services?

Yes. The cashier will still accept payments by cash or check only.

WHAT IF I HAVE TROUBLE WITH MY Transact TRANSACTION?

Please contact the Office of Student Accounts at (517) 264-7110 or StudentAccounts@sienaheights.edu.

HOW DO I KNOW MY INFORMATION IN Transact IS SECURE?

Transact complies with all applicable federal, state, and banking regulations and is secured through VeriSign. It is compliant with both FERPA and Gramm-Leach-Bliley requirements. However, students should still use caution and follow these guidelines when using MySiena and Transact:

  • Set up a separate user ID and password for parents or other authorized users;
  • Authorized users should login only with their own user ID and password and should not use the student’s ID and password;
  • Do not share your user ID or password with anyone else;
  • Do not leave your user ID or password where others can see it;
  • Do not leave your computer logged into Transact or MySiena when you are not using it;
  • Do not allow anyone to watch you log into or use MySiena or Transact.

BANKMOBILE

Our school delivers your refund with BankMobile Disbursements, a technology solution, powered by BMTX, Inc. Visit this link for more information

Our contract can be viewed here

Financial aid and tuition refunds (*where applicable*) will be disbursed to Siena Heights University students via their selected refund preference with BankMobile. 

We are very excited about this opportunity to provide students a choice on how they wish to receive their refunds. Even if you do not receive Financial Aid, you may be eligible to receive a refund from Siena Heights University. For example, if you drop a class during the drop/add period, you are eligible for a refund.

For more information or additional instructions, click here.

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. If you are not certain if we have your correct information, check your address in MySiena.

  2. If the information is incorrect OR if you are unable to view your account online, please contact the Registrar’s Office at (517) 264-7120 to verify and update your information as needed.

    NOTE: If we do not have your current address, you will NOT receive information from BankMobile. Information will be mailed to the student’s legal address on file with the university. Therefore, if your address is incorrect you will not receive your refund when you expect it. We encourage ALL students to verify that we have accurate mailing addresses.

  3. For more information click here or contact SHU Student Accounts at (517) 264-7110 or StudentAccounts@sienaheights.edu.

SCHOLARSHIPS & GRANTS

Siena Heights University scholarships are available for full-time Adrian campus students and are awarded at acceptance to the University.

Another fantastic resource is the U.S. Department of Education’s studentaid.gov. This site provides free sources of information and tools to help prepare for and fund higher education.

STUDENT LOAN INFORMATION

Federal Direct STAFFORD

Federal Direct Stafford loans are low-interest loans backed by the federal government. These loans are available to eligible students to help pay for their undergraduate and/or graduate education.

GENERAL REQUIREMENTS

Once you are awarded a Federal Direct Student Loan, you must fulfill certain conditions before loan funds can be credited to your account. All first time Stafford Loan borrowers with Siena Heights University must complete three loan steps prior to their loan being certified and disbursed.

  1. Entrance Counseling,
  2. MPN,
  3. Accept your student loan eligibility via MySiena.

The first two steps should be completed at studentloans.gov. Student borrowers will log in using their FSA ID and password. If you do not already have a FSA ID and password or if you are unable to remember your FSA ID or password, you can request a new one or more information at fsaid.ed.gov.

LOAN REPAYMENT

The Direct Loan Program offers loan repayment plans designed to meet the needs of almost every borrower. Direct Loans are funded by the U.S. Department of Education through Siena Heights University and are managed by the Direct Loan Servicing Center, under the supervision of the Department. The Direct Loan Program allows you to choose your repayment plan and to switch your plan if your needs change. 

Stafford loan repayment begins 6 months after you graduate, fall below half time (6 credit hours for both Undergraduate and Graduate Student), or leave school. If you return to school or if your enrollment increases to at least half time, there are deferment options that you could qualify for which will delay your repayment. It is important that you contact your loan servicer if your enrollment changes or if you are having problems making your payments. 

If you would like to obtain information on any past or current loans and grants, you can do so by accessing information from the National Student Loan Data System at www.nslds.ed.gov/nslds_SA/.

FEDERAL DIRECT PLUS

The Federal Direct PLUS Loan Program is available to parents of undergraduate students, if they are credit-worthy applicants. A parent of an undergraduate student may borrow up to the total Estimated Cost of Attendance less financial aid resources received by the student. The U.S. Department of Education is the lender for the Direct PLUS Loan Program. 

LIMITS

The maximum Parent PLUS Loan a parent may borrow per academic year is equal to your cost of attendance minus other financial aid (including Federal Direct Subsidized and/or Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loans for which you are eligible). There is no aggregate maximum loan limit for the Parent PLUS Loan. 

FEES

The Federal Direct PLUS Loan Program requires a 4.248 percent origination fee. This makes the net disbursement 95.752 percent of the gross loan amount. 

REPAYMENT

The first payment is due within 60 days after each loan is fully disbursed.

Parents have the option of deferring repayment based on your enrollment status. Specifically, parent PLUS borrowers may defer repayment: 

  • While the student is enrolled on at least a half-time basis, and,
  • During the 6-month period after the student cease to be enrolled on at least a half-time basis.
  • Interest will be capitalized until repayment begins. If a deferment is chosen, the parent borrower will be sent a quarterly interest statement and will have the option of paying the interest as it accrues during the deferment period. The parent borrower may be allowed up to 30 years for repayment. 

Parent borrowers must call the Direct Loan Servicing Center (DLSC) at (800) 848-0979 to request a deferment. Please note that if the parent borrower does not choose to defer payment, repayment begins 60 days after full disbursement of the loan. Therefore, the first payment of a fall/winter loan will usually be due in February. Interest begins to accumulate when the first disbursement is made.

WHEN TO APPLY

You should begin the application process prior to the beginning of the academic year in order to ensure timely processing. Depending on the time of year, it can take up to 4 weeks from the time Siena Heights University receives the PLUS Application until the servicer sends notice of acceptance or rejection.

HOW TO APPLY FOR PLUS

  1. At studentloans.gov, apply for a Direct PLUS Loan, and (once approved),
  2. Complete a PLUS Master Promissory Note (MPN) for Parents.
  3. ​Complete PLUS Credit Counseling.

The parent borrower will need to log in using their FSA ID and password. A FSA ID is required for an online PLUS MPN. This would be the same information that you used to sign the FAFSA. If you do not have an FSA ID or if you are unable to remember your current FSA ID and password, you can create or request that information at fsaid.ed.gov.

After we receive the Application, Siena Heights University confirms student’s eligibility for a PLUS Loan and transmits the application to the PLUS loan servicer. Funds are sent directly to Siena Heights University and applied against student’s bill.

OPTIONS IF PLUS IS NOT APPROVED

These are some options the family may want to consider:

  • Parent may be reconsidered and approved for the PLUS loan with an endorser (co-signer). An endorser promises to repay the loan if the parent borrower fails to do so, or
  • The Student has the option of taking out an additional Unsubsidized Stafford Loan. The amount of the loan will vary based on grade level and financial aid that the student has already received. For freshmen and sophomores the amount is up to $4000 and for juniors and seniors the amount is up to $5000 for the year.

Once Siena Heights University receives notification from the Federal Government that a PLUS request has been denied, we will revise the student’s financial aid package showing the additional unsubsidized loan eligibility. The student will be notified and given the option to accept all or a portion of the new unsubsidized loan award or decline it all together. Additional loan eligibility cannot be awarded without a parent PLUS denial.

ALTERNATIVE

If you need additional resources to assist with paying your college expenses, Siena Heights University will certify any alternative education loan that you are eligible for. Siena Heights University recommends that you apply for federal and state financial aid by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), as well as private scholarships prior to applying for an alternative education loan.

You may apply with any alternative loan lender of your choice or choose to select one of the lenders listed below. Once you have satisfied the lender’s requirements for loan disclosure notification and acceptance governed by the Higher Education Opportunity Act (HEOA) of 2008, the lender will submit the application to Siena for school certification. The amount of the loan cannot exceed your cost of attendance minus any financial aid already received, and a co-signer may be required.

You may be required to provide additional information to your lender by completing a Private Education Loan Applicant Self Certification Form. If this is the case, please print the form (if not provided by the lender) and contact Siena’s student loan processor at (517) 264-7154 for assistance with this information. (Incorrect information provided by the borrower could delay the processing of the loan requested).

After carefully reviewing the features offered by a wide range of lenders, we have chosen the lenders on this list because they offer a superior combination of savings, customer service, and loan processing reliability.

EXIT COUNSELING

Exit Counseling is a requirement from the federal government which provides students with valuable information about their rights and responsibilities as a federal student loan borrower.

Before graduating, withdrawing, or dropping below ½ time enrollment, federal student loan borrowers are required to complete exit counseling. Exit Counseling will provide you with valuable information about your rights and responsibilities as a student borrower. The sessions should take 20-30 minutes.

Please contact the National Student Loan Data Systems (NSLDS) at https://nslds.ed.gov, or call 1-800-4-FED-AID (1-800-433-3243) for more information on your student loan.

VIEW LOAN HISTORY

Access your student loan information online through the National Student Loan Data System (NSLDS). NSLDS is the U.S. Department of Education’s central database for student aid.

Work study is a form of financial aid that students earn through employment. The funds you receive are awarded as a paycheck, or can be applied to your Siena bill. Financial need must be demonstrated to qualify for Federal Work Study. Notification of eligibility will be included in your Siena financial aid award letter.

The American Rescue Plan (ARP) requires institutions receiving aid from the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF III) to make financial aid applicants and recipients, enrolled on or after March 13, 2020, aware of the opportunity to receive a financial aid adjustment due to the most recent unemployment of a household family member or themselves, or for certain other financial circumstances. 

Students facing this situation may inquire with the Siena Heights University Office of Financial Aid about completing a 2021-2022 Professional Judgement Form.  

Professional Judgement refers to the authority of a school’s financial aid administrator to adjust the elements in the student’s Expected Family Contribution (EFC) or cost of attendance (COA) as a result of the special circumstance.  

General Processing Information

The preferred deadline for this application (including all required supporting documentation) is October 30, 2021.  

Circumstances That Cannot Be Considered:

  • Voluntary termination of employment.
  • Unusual expenses related to personal living (e.g. Wedding expenses, credit card debt, home mortgage, school loan payments, car payments, legal expenses, other miscellaneous consumer expenses) .
  • Families with reductions processed in 2020-21 whom grossly underestimated their 2020 income.
  • One year bonus incomes such as lottery or gambling winnings and distributions from IRA, 401K or retirement.
  • Reductions in overtime pay (this will be reflected on the following year’s aid applications).
  • Reductions in income resulting from bankruptcy proceedings.

Please be aware that not all professional judgements result in additional financial aid.  The decision of the financial aid administrator is final and there is not another option to appeal.  

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