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- Jun 02, 2015

The IRS announced today that criminals used taxpayer-specific data acquired from non-IRS sources to gain unauthorized access to information on approximately 100,000 tax accounts through IRS’ “Get Transcript” application. This data included Social Security information, date of birth and street address.

To view the entire article, visit irs.gov.



- May 26, 2015

Navigating the financial aid process can be tough for both students and parents, especially if you’ve never done it before. There are federal student aid forms to fill out, scholarships and grants to apply for, and loans to consider – and that’s after you decide on a school that’s financially viable for your family.

The good news? There are a lot of resources out there to help you with financial aid, whether you’re just getting started or you’re knee-deep in the application process. 

To view the full article, visit goodcall.com.




- May 26, 2015

As a part of the Obama Administration's commitment to protect student loan borrowers, the U.S. Department of Education conducted thorough reviews of the four major federal student loan servicers to ensure that the companies followed federal law when it comes to loan interest rates for active-duty servicemembers.

To view the full article, visit ed.gov/news.



- May 08, 2015

Starting May 10, 2015, the Federal Student Aid PIN will be replaced with the FSA ID. The new FSA ID consists of a user-created username and password to electronically access personal information on Federal Student Aid Web sites. Once FSA ID has been implemented, you will be directed to create your username and password.



- May 08, 2015

If you’re a student wanting to earn extra cash or gain real-world experience to bolster your resume, finding a job is an obvious priority. While your inclination may be to find a job off campus at a local business, consider working on campus instead for immeasurable benefits.

To view the full article, visit college.usatoday.com



- Feb 18, 2015

Founded in 2004, the Pat Tillman Foundation invests in military veterans and their spouses through educational scholarships – building a diverse community of leaders committed to service to others. In 2008 the foundation established the Tillman Military Scholars program to support educational opportunities for service members and military families by bridging the financial gaps left by the post-9/11 G.I. Bill.  Two Texas A&M students were named Tilman Military Scholars. For more on this story visit today.tamu.edu/2015/02/17/two-texas-am-students-named-tillman-military-scholars/



- Dec 05, 2014

Scholarships & Financial Aid has worked with EIS and ITS to create the mechanism to facilitate documenting student last date of attendance at an academically-related activity. Federal student aid regulations require the University to calculate financial aid earned by students with non-passing grades (F-Failing, U- Unsatisfactory, or I-Incomplete). Based on information obtained from course instructors, adjustments to or cancellation of financial aid awards may be necessary. This requirement applies to undergraduate, graduate, and professional students alike.

After grade submission whether through Howdy or eCampus, a link will be available within the Howdy Roster view (grade submission page) to select one of three Last Date of Attendance (LDA) options for students assigned non-passing grades (F, I, U):

  • Attended entire semester
  • Never attended/no attendance documented
  • Last date of attendance known (fill in date)

See Last Date of Attendance Entry via Howdy for step-by-step instructions




- Sep 09, 2014

Texas A&M University is required to verify that the financial aid recipients are eligible for the financial aid that has been awarded and disbursed to them by confirming beginning attendance in all courses.

To view the full policy visit, Student Aid Eligibility and Documenting Beginning Attendance.




- Jun 23, 2014

College affordability is currently a hot topic at national levels and work has been done that affects repayment options. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan spoke to a group of college students at a Town Hall on June 8. See the video below for excerpts from the conversation.

If you have questions about repayment and impact of these plans on you, you can call our office or your loan servicer.

Highlights from the College Affordability Town Hall - June 8th, 2014 Highlights from the College Affordability Town Hall - June 8th, 2014



- Jun 23, 2014

 A college education is still the best investment students can make in their future. It is also a critical investment that we can make as a nation. But right now, this important rung on the ladder to opportunity is slipping out of reach for many low- and middle-income families in America.

To view the full article, visit http://www.ed.gov/blog/2014/06/college-value-and-completion-righting-the-balance-on-the-side-of-students/.


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