If you are graduating or make the decision to stop attending A&M-Corpus Christi, there are several things you should do and know prior to carrying out your plans.
How your awards are distributed
If you anticipate graduating or discontinuing your attendance at A&M-Corpus Christi, you should pay close attention to the amount of aid you accept. All amounts awarded will be issued in two disbursements. So, for example, if you were awarded and accept $5,000 in aid for the Fall and Spring semesters, you will receive one $2,500 disbursement in the fall and the other $2,500 in the spring.
But I'm graduating/no longer attending in December - what do I do?
A lot of students make the mistake of accepting half the amount awarded ($2,500), thinking they will receive that amount in its entirety for the fall semester. Not true. In fact, what will actually occur is that the $2,500 will be divided into two disbursements, leaving you receiving only $1,250 in the fall, with the other disbursement still coming to you in the spring.
To avoid this situation, you should accept the full $5,000
to allow you to collect the maximum disbursement allotted for the fall. You can later contact our office to cancel the second disbursement alloted for the spring. This will allow us to release these monies to other students in need.
What do I do if I'm transferring to another school? Can I transfer my financial aid, too?
No. Financial aid does not "transfer" from one institution to another. Each institution evaluates your eligibility according to their own terms, conditions, and available funds. Before transferring, you should notify our office of your plans so that we can cancel your aid and/or future loan disbursements for the upcoming semester. It is crucial that you perform this task, as you cannot receive financial aid from two institutions at the same time. Not canceling your aid here can ultimately affect being awarded any aid at another institution.
Exit Loan Counseling
If you are graduating, withdrawing from the University, dropping below half-time enrollment status, or are not enrolling or are no longer enrolled, you will be required to complete an exit loan counseling session for any student loans you have taken out during the course of your attendance
You may complete an Exit Loan Counseling session by attending one of our in-person exit programs on campus (please contact our office for dates and times) or online via the National Student Loan Data System (NSLDS). Failure to complete an Exit Loan Counseling session will result in a hold being placed on your student record. This hold will prevent you from registering for classes, obtaining transcripts, and other official academic matters.
Typically, once you graduate or stop going to school, you will be required to begin paying back your student loans within six months. Once your loans go into repayment, should your status change again, you can request that they be deferred (see section below). To find out how much you owe in student loans and your repayment options, click here.
If you have taken out any student loans, you may be able to combine them into one loan, which could potentially give you lower monthly payments,
lock in a fixed interest rate, and
combine multiple loan balances to make just one monthly payment.
How/if you can defer paying back your loans will vary depending on what kind of loans you have.
For Stafford and Perkins loans, the principal and interest payments may be deferred while you are:
- Attending school at least half-time.
- Unemployed (up to three years).
- Studying in an approved graduate fellowship or rehabilitation program for the disabled.
- Experiencing economic hardship (up to three years).
If you do not qualify for a deferment for your Federal student loans, you can forbear your loans for up to three years instead. Forbearance is another way to temporarily postpone or reduce payments for a set period of time. You should contact your loan servicer for more information about forbearing your Stafford and/or Perkins loans.