Aid Eligibility

Satisfactory Academic Progress

Federal regulations require that students must maintain satisfactory academic performance standards and must be eligible to re-enroll in the next academic term. Satisfactory progress is determined by annual or individual review or both by the UND School of Medicine & Health Sciences Medical Student Academic Performance Committee (MSAPC). The students must complete a full academic load as approved by the MSAPC with satisfactory grades each semester or complete successfully full-time coursework at another institution as prescribed by the MSAPC.

Statement of Registration Compliance

All applicants must answer a statement on the FAFSA before Federal Stafford Loan/Federal Perkins papers are processed or financial aid awards are granted.

Suspension of Eligibility for Drug Convictions

Federal law suspends federal student aid eligibility for students convicted under federal or state law of possession or sale of drugs.

Repayment Due and/or Defaults

Federal regulations stipulate that any student who is in default for the repayment of a grant or loan (whether it be through the institution, an outside lending agency or a state agency) is not eligible to receive funds that are obtained from the federal government.

Eligibility for Resident Student Status

Eligibility for resident student status (and the resulting avoidance of an obligation to pay nonresident tuition) is a technical matter that is controlled by a special North Dakota law and State Board of Higher Education guidelines. Students whose eligibility may be open to questions, especially former long-term North Dakotans or those who have moved to North Dakota from another state, should be sure to familiarize themselves with these guidelines and their requirements regarding place of residency, voting, drivers licenses, auto licenses, state income tax filing, etc. Copies of guidelines are available in the UND Business Office.

Minnesota Reciprocity

If you are a Minnesota resident and a new freshman medical student, you will need to complete a reciprocity form. Minnesota students will be charged nonresident tuition until they receive approval for Minnesota reciprocity.

Financial Aid Counseling

Counseling is available by appointment daily from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday to answer any questions or concerns that you have. Drop-ins are welcome to address short questions. Students are specifically encouraged to make an appointment to review financial needs prior to matriculation (per January–June of your acceptance). Entrance counseling is required for first-time borrowers for the Federal Direct, Federal Perkins, Primary Care Loan, and Federal Grad Plus programs. Students are also recommended to see the SMHS Student Financial Aid Office after their second year to review loan repayment information. Exit counseling is also required at graduation. Students should be aware that some loans are now dependent on either their creditworthiness or obtaining a cosigner.

Priority Timelines

Students must submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) each year. In the awarding process, the School of Medicine & Health Sciences Student Financial Aid Office awards aid to the most needy students first, whose applications and family financial statements are complete by April 15, and according to available money, thereafter.

Reconsideration

Those students who desire a reconsideration of their financial aid award should make an appointment with the counselor in the UND School of Medicine & Health Sciences Financial Aid Office in order to document the information that will be used in the reassessment. In the majority of circumstances, adjustments for increased budgets will be limited to Unsubsidized Federal Direct loans/Grad Plus/Private Alternative loans.

Short-Term Loans

Loan funds have been established to assist students by providing money on a short-term basis. You may apply for a Short Term Loan at the School of Medicine & Health Sciences Student Financial Aid Office. Generally, they are to be paid back within 30 days. A $5 processing fee is assessed to all Short Term Loans. Students cannot have more than one short-term loan out at a time. These loans are repayable at UND Student Account Services Office.

Verification

Either the U.S. Department of Education or UND may randomly select your application for an audit process called Verification. Verification is the process that we use to check the accuracy of the information that a student has given when applying for federal financial aid. The selection of an application for verification review does not mean that we believe your information is incorrect.

Students may be asked to verify information such as income; federal income tax paid; household size; number of family members enrolled at least ½ time in postsecondary education; and any untaxed income or benefits received.

During the time a student is completing the verification process, no funds may be disbursed. If you received federal financial aid because you reported incorrect information, you will have to repay any portion of the aid you should not have received. Also, any person who intentionally makes false statements or misrepresentations on a federal aid application is violating the law and is subject to fine or imprisonment or both.

This verification is required by federal regulations. We are required to adhere to these procedures. An outline of the UND policies and procedures that govern verification will be provided by the Student Financial Aid Office upon request.

Access to Records

Files containing information regarding individual students are not open to the general public under the provisions of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974. The release of such information shall only be made in conformance with the University’s policy as contained in Section 6-3A (1) of the Code of Student Life and the Release and Records Policy, which may be obtained from the Student Financial Aid Office.

Disbursement Procedures

Most financial aid will be directly credited against amounts owed to the University for tuition, fees, etc. Any aid in excess of amounts owed will be disbursed to the student, via the UND Refund Choice Card. UND has partnered with Higher One Bank, a financial services company, to distribute refunds more efficiently to our students.

Eligibility for Resident Student Status

Eligibility for resident student status (and the resulting avoidance of an obligation to pay nonresident tuition) is a technical matter that is controlled by a special North Dakota law and State Board of Higher Education guidelines. Students whose eligibility may be open to questions, especially former long-term North Dakotans or those who have moved to North Dakota from another state, should be sure to familiarize themselves with these guidelines and their requirements regarding place of residency, voting, drivers licenses, auto licenses, state income tax filing, etc. Copies of guidelines are available in the UND Student Account Services Office. (If you are a Minnesota resident and a new Freshman medical student, you will need to complete a reciprocity form.) Minnesota students will be charged nonresident tuition until they receive approval for Minnesota reciprocity.