Applying for your US Loan
Federal Student Aid
The University for the Creative Arts are registered to administer US Federal Student Aid for eligible American students studying on our Bachelor’s and Masters’ courses, and this is managed by the International Admissions and Finance teams.
The steps for applying are as follows:
1. Submit your FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid)
Apply online at https://fafsa.ed.gov
You will need the University for the Creative Arts school code for your application – it is G23389. If you are continuing at UCA you should complete a new FAFSA each year.
2. Check your Student Aid Report
Once the US Department of Education has processed your FAFSA, you will receive a copy of your Student Aid Report (SAR) by email. Please review it to check it is accurate, and ensure that it includes an EFC (estimated family contribution) and the details of any previous loans. If there are issues highlighted in the ‘Comments about your information’ section at the end of the SAR, you must solve these. When your SAR is finalised, please email us at email@example.com to confirm and we will download and check your SAR. The US Department of Education will tell you that your school has been notified of your FAFSA but this does not actually happen for institutions outside the US.
3. Selective Service
If you are male you need to have signed up to Selective Service before you were 26. If you have not yet done this, you can do so at https://www.sss.gov/Home/Registration. If you are over 26 you will need to provide us with details of your citizenship status or proof of exemption.
4. Complete your Cost of Attendance
We will send you a calculated cost of attendance spread sheet. Please review and amend this to show how much you wish to borrow, and then email it back to us. The yellow boxes are the only parts you need to amend, and please note that you MUST complete this in Microsoft Excel.
5. Complete a Master Promissory Note (MPN)
You must complete a new Direct Loan Master Promissory Note and this is required every year. Please email this to us at firstname.lastname@example.org. You will need to complete an MPN for the Stafford loan and, if applicable, a separate MPN for your Plus Loan. This can be done at www.studentloans.gov
6. Complete Entrance Counselling
Complete the Entrance Counselling at www.studentloans.gov and email us evidence it has been completed – such as a screen print or the certificate as an attachment.
When we have all the required documents from you, we will originate your Federal Student Aid disbursements using the US Department of Education’s online system. When this has been approved by the Department of Education, we will send you a letter with the loan amount to be available when you have enrolled, and the disbursement dates. You will be able to use this letter as part of your visa application.
We will contact you in advance of your first disbursement to check whether you wish to change or refuse it, and to find out how much of it you wish to put to tuition fees and how much you want to be transferred to your bank account. Once you have enrolled on your course, you must inform us if you have any plans to withdraw or interrupt your studies. We will be able to advise you on how this will affect your Federal Aid payments, and what you need to do.
Sallie Mae loans
If you intend to apply for a private Sallie Mae loan, we will also administer this for you. You can find more information at www.salliemae.com. Please contact us at email@example.com to let us know when you have submitted your application so that we can check and certify it for you.
Other US loans and grants
Please note that Current Federal legislation prohibits US citizens enrolled at a foreign university (outside of the US) from receiving Pell Grants, SEOG, Perkins Loans and Federal Work Study Funds.
If you have any questions about this, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will be happy to help.