Applying for Financial Aid

Contact Us:

Financial Aid Staff:

Mike Jordan, Financial Aid Director (864) 977-7058

Melissa Barnette, Associate Director (864) 977-7938

Ellen Cape-Jewell, Workstudy Coord./Financial Aid Counselor (864) 663-0191

Kayla Cannon, Financial Aid Counselor (864) 977-7056

Shirley Eskew, (Part-Time) Financial Aid Counselor  (864) 977-7057

Fax Number: (864) 977-7342

FEDERAL SCHOOL CODE: 003441


HOW TO APPLY FOR FINANCIAL AID:

NEW STUDENTS & TRANSFER STUDENTS:

You must be accepted by the Office of Admissions and complete a FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) online for the upcoming school year. Before filing a FAFSA, you must obtain a PIN number for both you and one parent (this will be used for your signature on the FAFSA).

    · Be sure to keep a record of your PIN number because this number will be used as your signature on any Federal loans you may apply for.

    · Once all steps above have been completed, the NGU Financial Aid Office will receive your FAFSA electronically within 5-10 days.

    · Approximately 1/3 of all FAFSA’s are selected for verification by the U.S. Department of Education. This means the University must “verify” the FAFSA was completed correctly. We will notify you by email (email address submitted to FAFSA) if you are selected.

    · Once the FAFSA has been completely processed, you will receive by mail an award statement packet listing all grants and scholarships you qualify for. For many students, Stafford loan information and instructions will be included in this financial aid packet. Please call the NGU Financial Aid Office to discuss additional loans and amounts and/or visit us on our loan page to find out more about loans.

    INSTRUCTIONS FOR APPLYING FOR FEDERAL FINANCIAL AID

    You must be accepted by the Office of Admissions before you can begin this process. 

    First, you will need to complete your FAFSA if you have not already done so. You can complete your FAFSA at www.fafsa.ed.gov.

    Second, you will also need to complete a Virtual Financial Aid Office (VFAO) interview if you qualify for Pell Grant, Federal Teach Grant, if you need to borrow a Direct Stafford/PLUS Loan, or if your FAFSA has been selected for verification by the U.S. Department of Education. Please note that the VFAO is not just for loans.

    Following are the steps for the VFAO process:

    Step   1: Go to https://ngu.vfao.com

    Step  2: Click “Register Now” to begin the registration process. When the registration process is complete, you will be automatically logged in to the North Greenville University Virtual Financial Aid Office.

    Step  3: Click “Student Interview Center” then “Start Interview.” CAREFULLY answer all questions to the best of your ability and submit.

    New First Time Direct Stafford Loan Borrowers: You can sign your Master Promissory Note (MPN) by clicking on a link “Sign your Student Loan Promissory Note” within the interview.  This will take you to www.studentloans.gov in a new window.  You will sign in with your PIN number (same PIN used to sign the FAFSA). Please select loan type “Subsidized/Unsubsidized” for the Stafford Loan. Please close the window when you are finished & return to your interview. 

    Verification: If your FAFSA is selected for verification by the U.S. Department of Education, you will receive an email after you complete your interview. Please submit all necessary verification items to their office by email, fax, or mail.

    *If changes need to be made to the VFAO interview after it is submitted, please visit the NGU Virtual Financial Aid Office website (https://ngu.vfao.com) and go to the “Contact Us” Section.

    *Once all necessary steps are complete, North Greenville will finalize your financial aid package with institutional and/or state aid and send you a notification via mail and email. 

    *Attention S.C. Residents - In order to receive the S.C. Tuition Grant, your FAFSA must be received by the U.S. Department of Education no later than June 30th each year.