Financial Aid
Receiving Financial Aid

Financial Aid Award Letter

  • When a student's financial aid award has been prepared, the Student Financial Services Office sends a notification to his or her SU email address saying that the award is ready for viewing by logging on to SUOnline.  The award letter is available by going to the Financial Aid section of the Student Menu and clicking on "Financial Aid Award Letter."

    When viewing the award letter, pay particular attention to each of its sections:

    1. Address

    This is the student's current mailing address. If this is not the best place for the student to be reached, the mailing address should be updated at SUOnline.

    2. Award Year

    This is the academic year for which the student is being offered financial aid.

    3. Seattle University Student ID Number

    Please be prepared to provide this number when contacting our office, whether in writing, on the phone or in person.

    4. Enrollment Status

    For undergraduate students:

        Code    

        Status    

        Definition per Quarter    

    FT

    Full Time

    12+ Credit Hours

    3QT 

    3/4 Time

    9-11 Credit Hours

    HT 

    1/2 Time

     6-8 Credit Hours

    LTHT 

    <1/2 Time

    1-5 Credit Hours    

        Not Enrolled    

     

        Not Enrolled    

    For graduate students:

            Code        

        Status    

        Definition per Quarter    

    FT

    Full Time

    6+ Credit Hours

    3QT 

    3/4 Time

    4-5 Credit Hours

    HT 

    1/2 Time

    3 Credit Hours

    LTHT 

    <1/2 Time

    1-2 Credit Hours

    Not Enrolled

     

    Not Enrolled

    Students must be enrolled at least half-time to be eligible for most forms of financial aid. However, some types of aid are available to eligible students who are enrolled less than full-time.

    Further, aid for students who are registered in any given term for fewer credits than the enrollment status shown on their award letter will not be disbursed until they have notified the Student Financial Services Office of the change in their enrollment status so their aid can be reviewed and revised, if necessary.

    And, students who register for more credits than their enrollment status indicates – enrolling full-time rather than half-time, for instance – may be eligible to receive additional aid and should notify Student Financial Services as soon as possible so their aid can be reviewed and revised if necessary.

    The review and revision process takes approximately two weeks. All revisions must be completed prior to the last class day of the award year.  Notification received from a student after aid has been disbursed may reduce the student's eligibility.

    PLEASE NOTE:  Satisfactory academic progress requirements and enrollment standards for financial aid purposes may be different than those for academic purposes. Academically, a student may consider any or all of the following:

    • Enrolling for less than 15 credits as an undergraduate; or
    • Enrolling less than full time; or
    • Rearranging a schedule to postpone a class to be taken in a subsequent year; or
    • Taking an incomplete in or withdrawing from a class; or
    • Taking additional credits to receive a minor or second major

    These types of changes to a student's class schedule for the quarter—and any others that decrease the number of credits for which a student is enrolled and/or increase the number of quarters it takes for a student to receive a degree—may have an effect on the student's eligibility for financial aid.

    Student Financial Services staff are not academic advisors but they can tell students what effect these kinds of changes will have on their financial aid eligibility. Therefore, students are strongly encouraged to understand the satisfactory academic progress and enrollment requirements as they apply to financial aid and then check with Student Financial Services if an academic opportunity to deviate from these standards presents itself.

    5. Financial Aid Programs

    This is a list of the different sources of financial aid being offered to the student for the academic year indicated. Refer to the "Types of Financial Aid" in the FAQs on this site for information about the type(s) of aid offered.

    NOTE: If any of the items on the award letter appear to be incorrect, please notify Student Financial Services as soon as possible. The information will be reviewed by Student Financial Services and updated, if needed.  If revisions are made, a revised award letter will be issued to the student.