Applying For Aid
FAFSA Income Changes
The U.S. Department of Education uses a formula to determine your Expected Family Contribution (EFC) based on data provided on your FAFSA for the prior calendar year. The EFC determines your eligibility for need based funding (Federal Grants, Federal Direct Subsidized Loans, and Federal Work Study).
Change in Circumstances
If you or your family have changes to income during the 2015, 2016 and/or 2017 calendar year that will result in your family's calendar year income being less than the amounts reported on your FAFSA, you may qualify for a special review of the changed income. Major changes may include:
- divorce or separation of parents or from spouse;
- death of a major wage earner;
- loss or reduction of personal or family income by at least 25%;
- impact by a major disaster.
If any of these circumstances apply to you, speak with a financial aid advisor, to see if a special review would help your eligibility.
Note: Mortgage payments, car payments, credit card payments and other personal debts cannot be considered when determining eligibility for financial aid.
Take advantage of the USF / HART Bus Ride Program to reduce your transportation costs.
In addition to the financial information offered above, you may want to check into other community resources.
Alpha House - Resources for pregnant and single mothers.
Metropolitan Ministries of Tampa - Services for homeless men, women, and children.
The Beulah House - A transitional shelter for women.
Homeless Helping Homeless – Shelter for college students.