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FAQs

How do I apply for scholarships?
New students are automatically reviewed for scholarship eligibility by their admission counselor. If a student qualifies for a scholarship, the student will be notified in the mail about one week after receiving the letter of admission.

How do I apply for financial aid?
Students need to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by Feb. 15. Students and their parents will need to provide information, such as family income, assets, household size and number in college. The FAFSA cannot be submitted until after Jan. 1. The FAFSA must be completed and submitted online at www.fafsa.ed.gov. Hood's school code is 002076.

Maryland residents who may be eligible for state funds must complete the FAFSA no later than March 1.

Do I have to wait until I am accepted to Hood before I apply for aid?
No, you may apply before you are accepted, but you will not receive a financial aid award letter until you have been accepted. We encourage you to apply for aid even if you have not yet been accepted so we can process your aid application as soon as possible upon your acceptance.

What is Hood College's deadline for applying for financial aid?
Hood College has a preferred filing deadline of Feb. 15 for incoming first-year students. By filing early, you increase the chance of knowing your eligibility by early March.

What if our taxes will not be completed by your Feb. 15 financial aid deadline?
Although we encourage students and their families to complete their tax returns before completing the application process, we understand that sometimes this is not possible. Therefore, it is possible use estimated amounts on the FAFSA form and correct the information once the taxes are complete.

Does Hood College offer merit scholarships? How do I apply for them?
Yes, each year Hood College awards more than $6 million in merit-based scholarships. Students are automatically considered for scholarships once you have been accepted for admission to Hood. No additional applications are required, except when applying for the prestigious Hodson-Gilliam Diversity and Honors Program scholarships.

What is Hood College's federal school code for the FAFSA?
Hood College code is 002076.

How is financial need determined?
Financial need is determined by subtracting your EFC (Expected Family Contribution as determined by the FAFSA) from the total cost of education for the year. Since costs vary among colleges and universities, your need will also vary from one institution to another. Your EFC, however, may stay the same at all colleges and universities. Therefore, it is likely that a student will receive more assistance at a higher cost private institution compared to a less expensive public college because the student's financial need will be higher at a private institution.

What is a financial aid package?
A student's financial aid package is a listing of all financial aid for which a student is eligible. It may consist of any combination of the following: grants, scholarships, loans and work-study.

Is there an income cut-off for financial aid?
No, there is no income cut-off for financial aid. While income is a factor when determining eligibility for need-based aid, other factors, such as household size, number of family members in college and the age of the oldest parent, are also taken into account. We encourage all students to apply for financial aid.

When and how will I find out how much aid I can receive?
In early March, the Financial Aid Office will begin mailing award letters to students who have been accepted for admission and who have completed the FAFSA. We will notify you of your eligibility for all assistance, including scholarships, in your financial aid award letter. You will also receive the Conditions of Awards explaining the aid programs, requirements for renewal of your financial aid and cost. We will continue to mail award letters on an ongoing basis.

What if my family's financial situation changes after we have completed the application?
Contact the Financial Aid Office, and we will advise you what you need to do to be re-evaluated based on the change in circumstances. Most likely, you will have to complete some additional forms.

If my parents are divorced or separated, whose information is reported on the financial aid application?
The custodial parent is the parent that must complete the FAFSA. If the custodial parent has remarried, then the stepparent's financial information must also be provided.

Will I receive the same amount of financial aid each year?
Hood College scholarships will be renewed for each year that statends are a full-time undergraduates, as long as that student continue to meet the scholarship requirements. Scholarships are available for use in the first eight semesters of enrollment. Eligibility for federal and state aid, as well as Hood grants, will be re-evaluated each year. Students will be required to complete a Renewal FAFSA each year so that eligibility for federal aid, state aid and Hood grants can be determined. Eligibility may change as information on the FAFSA changes from one year to the next.

What happens if I receive outside scholarships?
Students must notify the Financial Aid Office of any outside scholarships you have been awarded. We will need to know the source and amount of the scholarship(s). Outside scholarships may reduce the amount of a student's loan or work commitment. They may also reduce a portion of the College's grant aid.

What if I have additional questions?
Please contact the Office of Financial Aid at (800) 922-1599 or e-mail finaid@hood.edu.