Hi, I’m Lari Whitten, with the student finance department at the Auguste Escoffier School of Culinary Arts. Today, we’re going to talk about the financial aid process, how to apply, and the importance of completing the financial aid application. Our most important message to you: money is available for your education, and we are here to help you through this process. All students applying for financial aid must complete the FAFSA, better known as the free application for federal student aid. This application will allow us to determine your eligibility for all aid programs, including grants, students loans, and the federal work study programs. Now, work study programs can include both on-campus and off-campus employment.
Now, to start this financial aid process, you can access the FAFSA link here on our website or at www.fafsa.ed.gov. On our sites, you will be able to find basic instructions on how to apply, how the process works, recommended deadlines, and all other types of aid programs, including the Parent Plus Loan. Remember, filing your FAFSA is a free process, no one should charge you for this application or to help you complete it. In order to complete your FAFSA, you will need a federal student aid PIN, which will serve as your electronic signature. Go to www.pin.ed.gov in order to obtain your PIN. In some instances, your parents will have to include their information on the FAFSA. Therefore, your parents will also need a PIN. So, make sure they go to www.pin.edu.gov as well. Now, be sure to include the school code for the campus location of your choice. The Austin campus is 037276 and the Boulder campus is 037763. It will ensure that we receive your information. We recommend that you file your FAFSA as early as possible. This not only ensures that you qualify for all the funding that you’re eligible to receive, but also secures your spot in the program start date. Information from your federal tax returns and your parents’ tax returns, if you are a dependent student, will be required to complete the FAFSA. If your tax returns are not yet complete, you can still meet our deadlines by using the estimated taxes and the ‘will file’ option on the FAFSA. Now just remember to update your FAFSA once the tax returns are complete by accessing www.fafsa.ed.gov. You can file your FAFSA before gaining admission into Escoffier but you will not receive an award letter with the details of you financing plan until you’re admitted. So, be sure to file your FAFSA on time.
Soon, after filing your FAFSA, federal student aid will send you a student aid report, commonly known as a SAR, to the email address that you have provided when completing the FAFSA. Be sure to carefully review your aid report for any corrections or changes necessary. Once your financial aid has been processed, an award letter will be sent to you so you can review your awards. Remember, your aid will only be processed upon being admitted and your file being complete. This means the requested documents have been received by the Auguste Escoffier student finance department. There will be times that additional information is needed to complete your process. For this additional information, we will contact you either by phone or at the email address you have provided. Be sure that you submit any additional information that is needed as quickly as possible to complete your financial aid award. As always, if you or your parents have any questions, we are here and available to assist you at any time.
Once you have submitted all this information, we will send you an award letter. The award letter will list the aid that you are eligible to receive. This will include your federal financial aid offered, as well as any awards, such as scholarships and the Escoffier grants known at that time. You will then have the opportunity to accept, reduce, or decline any financial aid offered. Now, student loans will require an additional application to complete the process. To do this, apply for your student loans at www.studentloans.gov. Our Passion award also requires additional information and application. The passion award is both merit- and need-based and requires that you file the FAFSA. The Passion application can be found also at our website, at www.escoffier.edu/StudentFinance/PassionAward. Just select your campus location to access the appropriate Passion award. In 2011, 70% of all Escoffier students received some type of financial aid, so don’t assume you won’t qualify. We just encourage all of our students to apply for financial aid. Remember, we’re here to help you through this process and make your decision to become an Escoffier graduate.
So, if you have any questions regarding the financial aid process or about the Auguste Escoffier School of Culinary Arts in general, please contact the campus location of your choice at the telephone number or the website information listed for that campus. Welcome to the Auguste Escoffier School of Culinary Arts, and we truly look forward to seeing each and every one of you on our campus.
Money is available for your culinary education, and we are here to help you through this process. In fact, applying for financial aid is as easy as 1, 2, 3! We highly recommend that you to begin the financial aid process as soon as possible after you enroll to make sure you meet the deadline to receive funding in time for your program’s start date.
To apply for all types of federal financial aid, including grants, loans and work-study jobs, follow these 3 steps: