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Applying for Financial Aid: Before Filing a FAFSA

Applying for Financial Aid: After Filing a FAFSA

Receiving Financial Aid

Student Employment

Loans

Scholarships

Tax Filing and Financial Aid

Contact Information

Q: Who do I contact if I have financial aid or billing questions?

A: Your first point of contact is Marquette Central in person, by phone or email. You can always contact Marquette Central through the Contact Form linked in the blue box on the right-side of every page.

Marquette Central
1250 W Wisconsin Ave
PO Box 1881, Zilber Hall, Suite 121
Milwaukee WI 53201
Phone:  (414)288-4000
Fax:  (414)288-1718
Email:  marquettecentral@marquette.edu

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Q: What is FERPA?  How does FERPA impact communication regarding my student records, financial aid, and bursar information?

A: FERPA (Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act) is a Federal law that protects the privacy of student education records.  Visit http://www2.ed.gov/policy/gen/guid/fpco/ferpa/index.html for more information about FERPA, or visit http://www.marquette.edu/mucentral/registrar/policy_ferpa.shtml for Marquette University’s policy.

To meet FERPA requirements and protect your privacy, the following is required to communicate with us about your information:

  • Student Marquette Central visits: require your Marquette I.D. card.
  • Email: We must email your Marquette email account when student specific information is being provided.  If you email a question from another email account, our response will be to your Marquette email account unless we are only providing general, not student specific information.
  • Phone calls: require your Marquette I.D. number and your MCAN.

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Q: What is the MCAN and why is it required before I can talk about my records?

A: In order to comply with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), students and their families must be able to verify their identity when contacting Marquette Central for assistance.

The Marquette Central Access Number (MCAN) is a four-digit number used in conjunction with the nine-digit Marquette ID number to help Marquette staff identify people authorized to receive information regarding a student’s account. (The MCAN is NOT associated with the online Guest Access process.)

  • Students can find the MCAN by clicking on the MCAN Quick Link on CheckMarq’s home page.
  • A student may grant authorization for others to receive financial aid, bursar or student record information (excluding grades and schedules) by providing the MCAN and the MUID.
  • The MCAN can be changed by the student in CheckMarq at any time.
  • Students should be careful when disclosing their MCAN and/or MUID numbers to help protect personal information about their finances and academic records.

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Applying for Financial Aid: Before Filing a FAFSA

Q: What is the Net Price Calculator?

A: The Net Price Calculator (NPC) is an early estimation tool for determining a student’s possible financial aid eligibility from a particular school. It is not a guaranteed offer. All schools are required by the federal government to have an online NPC. Marquette's NPC can be found at http://www.marquette.edu/student-aid-calculator/.

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Q: How do I apply for Financial Aid?

A: Obtain a Personal Identification Number (PIN) if you have never filed the FAFSA previously or no longer have your PIN at:  www.pin.ed.gov.

  • If parent information is required on the FAFSA, both student and parent must obtain a PIN to electronically sign the FAFSA.  Once you have your PIN(s), retain.
  • File the appropriate Free Application for Federal Student Assistance (FAFSA) prior to each academic year by applying online at: www.fafsa.gov

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Q: Does Marquette require any application forms in addition to the FAFSA?

A: No.  Some schools require the CSS Profile or an institutional application, but Marquette only requires the processed FAFSA to determine eligibility for financial aid. 

  • If there are questions about the information reported on the processed FAFSA, there may be a request for additional information before an award offer can be made.

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Q: Why are there deadlines for filing the FAFSA and submitting documents?

A: Certain types of grant, loan and work assistance have limited funding available.   For this reason, both filing the FAFSA by February 15th and submitting documents within 30 days of the initial request must be met to be considered for all available assistance.

  • Late filing and late submission of documentation can reduce or eliminate grant, loan, or work assistance such as: Marquette Grant, Wisconsin Tuition Grant, Supplemental Education Opportunity Grant; Federal Work Study; Rice Loan, Federal Perkins, Nursing, and Health Professions Loan.

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Q: When is the last possible day to apply for financial aid?

A: It is possible to apply for aid anytime during the academic year. However, it is best to apply as early as possible.  

  • Continuing students are required to meet the March 1st priority deadline to be considered for all financial assistance.
  • It is a federal regulation that we cannot award financial aid after a term has ended so even if you have all your forms in before the end of the term, we may not have enough time to process your information and provide an award before the last day of classes. The same is true for summer. We cannot award you financial aid after the end of the semester or session.

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Q: Do I need to apply for financial aid every year and if so, when?

A: Yes, students applying for financial aid must complete the FAFSA prior to each new academic year.

  • The earliest you may file the FAFSA is January 1st prior to the upcoming academic year (e.g. 2014-15 FAFSA will be available to complete as of 01/01/2014)
  • Continuing students must file the FAFSA no later than February 15th to ensure the results are received by Marquette before the March 1st priority deadline.

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Q: Should I wait until our taxes are completed before filing the FAFSA?

A: No. It is better to estimate. Do not wait until your tax returns are filed. Due to limited funding, Marquette’s aid is awarded on a first come, first served basis. It is best to file the FAFSA by February 15 prior to the upcoming academic year to ensure results are received by the March 1st priority deadline to be considered for all forms of assistance. After you and your parents have filed taxes, you are strongly encouraged to go back to your processed FAFSA at www.fafsa.gov and use the "IRS Data Retrieval Tool" to automatically transfer your tax information to your FAFSA. For eligibility and instructions, please see www.marquette.edu/mucentral/verify1415.

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Q: Who is considered an independent student for financial aid?

A: For financial aid purposes, a student is considered an “independent student” during 2014-15 if he or she can answer yes to one of the following questions on the FASFA:

  • Were you born before January 1, 1991?
  • At the beginning of the 2014-15 school year, will you be working on a master's or doctorate program?
  • As of today, are you married? (Answer "yes" if you are separated but not divorced.)
  • Do you have or will you have children who receive more than half of their support from you between July 1, 2014 and June 30, 2015?
  • Do you have dependents (other than your children or spouse) who live with you and who receive more than half of their support from you now and through June 30, 2015?
  • At any time since you turned age 13, were both your parents deceased, were you in foster care or were you a dependent or ward of the court?
  • Are you a veteran of the U.S. Armed Forces?
  • Are you currently serving on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces for purposes other than training?
  • As determined by a court in your state of legal residence, are you or were you an emancipated minor?
  • As determined by a court in your state of legal residence, are you or were you in legal guardianship?
  • At any time on or after July 1, 2013, did your high school or school district homeless liaison determine that you were an unaccompanied youth who was homeless or self-supporting and at risk of being homeless?
  • At any time on or after July 1, 2013, did the director of a runaway or homeless youth basic center or transitional living program determine that you were an unaccompanied youth who was homeless or self-supporting and at risk of being homeless?
  • At any time on or after July 1, 2013, did the director of an emergency shelter or transitional housing program funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development determine that you were an unaccompanied youth who was homeless or self-supporting and at risk of being homeless?

If you cannot answer yes to at least one of these questions, then you will be considered a “dependent student” for financial aid purposes.

If you do not qualify for independent status according to the above but you have special circumstances that you believe make you an independent student, you can submit an appeal to our office. Parents’ unwillingness to help with educational expenses or the fact that the student is not claimed on the parents’ tax return does NOT qualify a student for independent status.

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Applying for Financial Aid: After Filing a FAFSA

Q: How do I know my FAFSA was received and processed?

A: Make sure you have provided the necessary PINs for you and a parent, and actually submit the FAFSA to the processor. Once you submit the FAFSA:

  • You will immediately receive an email confirmation from the Federal Processor. This means the FAFSA has been received by the processor. This does not mean that your FAFSA has been reviewed.
  • You will receive a Student Aid Report (SAR) at the email address supplied on your FAFSA in approximately 7-10 days. Read through the entire SAR, paying close attention to any rejects and/or issues listed in the “What You Must Do Now” section.
  • If there are no rejects or issues with your FAFSA, Marquette will receive the results automatically. If there are issues with your FAFSA, you will need to correct them before it can be processed and received by Marquette. The Federal Processor’s phone number is: 1-800-4-FEDAID (1-800-433-3243) if you have any questions.

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Q: How do I make corrections to my FAFSA?

A: Go to www.fafsa.gov, click “Start Here” and follow the prompts. Make sure to include the necessary PINs (student and parent when parent information is required on the FAFSA) and any other information you are asked to provide.

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Q: I received an email stating that I need to submit additional documents before my aid can be processed. Why do I need to do this?

A: A percentage of FAFSAs are selected by the Federal Processor for a review process called Verification.  The school is required to collect documentation in order to verify what has been reported on the FAFSA.  The Student Aid Report (SAR) you receive once your FAFSA is processed will indicate if your FAFSA has been selected for verification.  There also may be other issues pertaining to the FAFSA that require additional information or documentation before a financial aid award may be determined.

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Q: When do I need to submit requested documents to Marquette?

A: Students are notified through their eMarq account of any required documentation.  Students can also view their "To Do" list on CheckMarq's Student Center for any documents that are required.

  • Continuing students must submit requested documents within 30 days of the initial document request in order to be considered for all available financial aid.
  • Aid may be reduced or eliminated if requested documents are received beyond the 30 days. 

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Q: Where do I submit any required financial aid documents?

A: Required documents can be submitted using the fax, email or mailing address below:

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Q: My FAFSA was selected for verification. What do I need to do and what documents do I have to submit?

A: Verification is a process by which schools are required by federal law to collect documentation in order to verify what has been reported on the FAFSA. Schools complete this process by requesting a variety of documents such as federal tax return transcripts, verification worksheet, birth certificate, social security card, U.S. passport, etc. 

Students are notified through their eMarq email account of any documents they are required to submit. You can also view your CheckMarq “To Do” list for any required verification documents.

Be sure to comply with all requests for documentation by the deadlines provided. Financial aid is awarded on a first-come first-served basis. In order to be considered for all available financial aid, continuing students must submit requested documents within 30 day of the initial document request. Aid may be reduced and/or eliminated for applicants whose documents are received beyond the 30 days.

A copy of the federal tax return is not acceptable for verifying FAFSA income data. Instead, parents and students are encouraged to utilize the “Link to IRS” tool on the FAFSA, or provide a federal IRS Tax Return Transcript. For details about this process, visit Guidelines for the Verification Process.

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Q: What do I do if I have special circumstances that aren’t reflected on the FAFSA?

A: Special circumstances may include, but are not limited to: parent job loss; high medical expenses; private elementary tuition; marital separation after the FAFSA was filed, death of a parent, etc. Purchase of a second home and medical bills covered by insurance are not considered special circumstances.

You should contact Marquette Central to discuss your special circumstances.If you are a:

  • Prospective Student – Special circumstance requests will not be considered until after you have received your initial Marquette Financial Aid Notification (FAN) via you eMarq email account.
  • Continuing Student – Contact Marquette Central after you have submitted your FAFSA.

All special circumstance requests are required to go through verification prior to a special circumstance review. Both the student and parent(s) must utilize the “Link to IRS” tool on the FAFSA or provide a Federal IRS Tax Return Transcript; complete a Verification Worksheet; and complete the Request for Consideration of Special Circumstances Form. Additional paperwork may be necessary.

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Receiving Financial Aid

Q: What are the main steps for receiving financial aid?

A: Follow these important steps:

  • File the FAFSA early.
  • Prospective students must complete the admissions process and receive notice of admission.
  • Submit any requested documentation to the requesting office.
  • Receive an email notice of your financial aid award at your eMarq account.
  • Accept and/or decline aid offered to you other than grants and scholarships (already accepted for you) and optional parent/student loans (require separate application or form).
  • Use your eMarq account and CheckMarq “To Do” lists to keep on top of what needs to be done.
  • Complete any outstanding Loan Entrance Counseling and/or electronic Master Promissory Notes upon notification.
  • Make sure you are fully enrolled.   
  • Semester disbursement of financial aid will apply to your account no earlier than 10 days prior to the first day of classes for the term/session.
  • If financial aid exceeds bursar charges, a refund will be issued to you.  Contact Marquette Central or see this FAQ to learn about setting up Direct Deposit.

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Q: What are the enrollment requirements I need to meet to qualify for financial aid?

A: Students must be enrolled at least half-time to qualify for federal loans. This means Undergraduate, Law, Dental and PA/PT students must enroll for a minimum of six credits, while all other Graduate students must enroll for a minimum of four. However, enrollment requirements may vary depending on the financial aid type you receive. To review the requirements, visit:

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Q: When will I receive my financial aid award for next year?

A: Following are approximate awarding timelines.

  • Prospective Undergraduates, Law Students:  awards generally are available late-March and continue on a rolling basis contingent on the FAFSA receipt date.
  • Continuing Undergraduate, Graduate Students: mid-April and awarding continues on a rolling basis contingent on the FAFSA receipt date.
    • If documentation is required, documents must be submitted to our office within 30 days of the initial request. Documents must be submitted and processed before you will receive a financial aid award.
    • When we begin processing the information you have provided, we may have additional questions and will contact you by phone, through your eMarq account, or postal mail.
  • Dental, Graduate Dental:  late-April and continues on a rolling basis contingent on the FAFSA receipt date.
    • If documentation is required, documents must be submitted to our office within 30 days of the initial request.  Documents must be received before you will receive a financial aid award.
    • When we begin processing the information you have provided, we may have additional questions and will contact you by phone, through your eMarq account, or postal mail.

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Q: What financial aid is available for undergraduate students?

A: All students who complete the FAFSA will be considered for the following assistance. More information can be found in the 2013-14 Award Information Guide PDF Format:

  • Gift Assistance:  (assistance that does not have to be repaid)
    • Scholarships- are determined by your MU Admissions Application, are based upon merit and are awarded by Marquette’s Office of Admissions.
    • Grants- are awarded based upon the FAFSA by Marquette’s Student Financial Aid Office and are awarded according to need.
  • Self-Help:  (assistance that has to be earned or repaid)
    • Employment- must be earned. Includes need-based (Federal Work Study) and non need-based employment (Marquette Student Employment).
    • Loan assistance- must be repaid. Includes need-based and non need-based loans.

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Q: I plan to transfer to Marquette University.  How do I receive financial aid?

A: Aid from your other school will not transfer to Marquette University. 

  • You must apply for financial aid through Marquette University.  Go to www.fafsa.gov, click "Start Here" and follow the prompts. Add Marquette University using school code 003863
  • Once you are admitted and we have received your processed FAFSA, you will either receive an email notice that your financial aid award is available or a request for additional information via your eMarq account.

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Q: If I decline all or part of my financial aid award and my circumstances change, can I ask to have my aid reinstated?

A: Enrollment, timing, eligibility, and funding availability must all be considered when looking into whether declined aid can be reinstated or not.  Reinstatement of aid such as Marquette Grant, Supplemental Education Opportunity Grant, Rice Loan, Federal Perkins Loan, Nursing Student Loan, and Federal Work Study depends on the funding availability at the time of the request.   Enrollment and timing are important considerations as to whether Stafford Loans can be reinstated.

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Q: I plan to take summer classes.  How do I receive financial aid?

  • Summer is considered part of the current academic year for financial aid purposes. We must have your current academic year processed FAFSA to consider you for summer aid.
  • The Office of Student Financial Aid will award Title IV aid to all eligible students enrolled in summer courses.
  • The Summer Financial Aid Planning Form is available to download as of March 1 every year at: http://www.marquette.edu/mucentral/.
  • The Summer Financial Aid Planning Form, although not required, is helpful to clarify your summer enrollment plan.
  • You must register for summer classes before submitting the Summer Financial Aid Planning Form to the Office of Student Financial Aid.
  • Once you are registered and your FAFSA for summer has been reviewed, you will receive an email notification at your eMarq account of the results of our review.

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Q: Am I allowed to receive financial aid from more than one institution at the same time?

A: No.  If you are enrolled at more than one college or university at the same time, you may only receive financial aid from one of the institutions, not both.  If you have questions about your situation, contact Marquette Central for guidance.

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Q: I plan to study abroad.  How do I receive financial aid for my study abroad program?

A: It is best to begin looking into your Study Abroad options at least a year prior to studying abroad. 

  • Begin by going to http://www.marquette.edu/abroad/ to research the programs offered.
  • It can be very helpful to attend one of the various study abroad Info Sessions and/or the autumn Study Abroad Fair offered by the Office of International Education.
  • Contact the Office of International Education (OIE) and speak with a coordinator about your options:
    • Holthusen Hall, Fourth Floor
      P.O. Box 1881
      Milwaukee, WI 53201-1881
      studyabroad@marquette.edu
      For appointments, please call:
      (414) 288-7289
  • In some cases, your aid may not apply to the program you have chosen. Once you have narrowed down your choices, contact Marquette Central to speak with an Adviser. The adviser will be able to inform you whether your financial aid will apply to the program(s) you are considering.
  • Financial aid adjustments for study abroad are made once the Office of Student Financial Aid is notified of students attending programs prior to each semester.  You will receive a revised award notice if your aid is affected by the program you are attending.

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Q: How do I pay for my housing and food if I move from campus housing to an apartment?

A: Most freshmen and sophomores are required to live on campus unless living with parents, a guardian, or other family member.

  • If you are transitioning from campus housing to an apartment, bursar charges will reflect tuition and fees only. 
  • Semester aid exceeding these charges will be refunded to you or deposited into your bank account if you have direct deposit.  This refund can be used for housing, food, and personal expenses.

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Q: When will my financial aid disburse?

A: There are a few things to keep in mind regarding financial aid disbursal:

  • Aid disburses no earlier than 10 days before the start of each term.
  • Most financial aid will be divided in half and disbursed directly to your bursar account at the start of the fall and spring terms.
  • All required documents must be received and processed before aid disburses to your account.  These may include but are not limited to federal IRS Tax Return Transcripts, verification worksheets, entrance counseling and signed Master Promissory Notes.
  • Please review the "Top 11 Reasons Why Your Financial Aid is not Appearing on you Bill" PDF to be sure that there are not any outstanding reasons that would prevent your aid from disbursing. 

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Q: Why isn't my financial aid appearing on my bill or paying into my bursar account?

A: In order to determine why financial aid may not be on your Bursar bill or is not disbursing on to your bursar account, please review the "Top 11 Reasons Why Your Financial Aid is not Appearing on you Bill" PDF.

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Q: What steps do I need to take with my financial aid if I plan to transfer from Marquette University?

A: Notify Marquette Central that you plan to transfer from Marquette and request to have your financial aid canceled for the upcoming semester.  You will be sent information on Exit Counseling for all Federal Loans you borrowed either while attending Marquette or any prior colleges or universities.  For more information, see "Leaving Marquette?".

Your financial aid does not automatically transfer to your new school.  Make sure the school you are transferring to is included on your FAFSA.  Contact the new school’s Financial Aid Office to find out if they require any additional information.

The following link has further information about Withdrawal from Marquette.  

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Student Employment

Q: What is the difference between Federal Work Study and Marquette Student Employment?

A: Federal Work Study (FWS) is a Title IV federal financial aid employment program. It is awarded to students based on their demonstrated financial need using information from the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Marquette Student Employment (MSE) is employment that is not federally funded. Both programs, FWS & MSE, allow employment opportunities on campus.

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Q: Work study isn’t appearing on my billing statement.  Why not?

A: Work Study awards are earned by working for eligible employers and collecting a biweekly pay check based on rate of pay and hours worked up to the amount of the award.  These monies do not go directly toward paying a Bursar balance.

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Q: I have Federal Work Study and don't plan to work in fall but would like to work in spring. What should I do?

A: Request to have your Federal Work Study accepted for spring only in one of the following ways no later than the second week of fall semester classes:

  • Go to your CheckMarq Self-Service Account: select “Request Counselor Action”, include your work study request, and submit.
  • Email request from your eMarq email address, including MUID, to Marquette Central at: marquettecentral@marquette.edu   
  • Fax a written request, including your MUID, to: 414-288-1718
  • Call Marquette Central at: 414-288-4000 (be prepared to provide your MUID and MCAN)

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Q: My Federal Work Study was canceled. Can I get it back?

A: Due to limited federal funding, we are unable to reinstate Federal Work Study once it has been canceled.

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Q: Can my student employment payroll check be direct deposited?

A: Yes.  In fact, Marquette University strongly recommends that all students sign up for Direct Deposit.  To ensure payroll is not delayed set up Direct Deposit by August 1.  Log on to CheckMarq.  For instructions on how to sign up for Direct Deposit go to: http://www.marquette.edu/mucentral/financialaid/ses_index.shtml and choose Direct deposit online under Payroll information.

Note:  Student employees that have not set up Direct Deposit will be required to pick up their biweekly paychecks at the Payroll Office;  Straz Tower, 915 W. Wisconsin Avenue, Room 175.

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Loans

Q: My financial aid award includes an "Optional Loan (Parent-Student)" award or a "PLUS-Grad/Prof-Optional" award.  How do I accept it?

A: The Optional Loan is there to inform you of the maximum loan amount that either a parent and/or student can request in addition to your other financial aid. You cannot accept the Optional Loan on CheckMarq because a separate loan application is required for the parent and student loan.

  • The optional parent loan is the Federal Parent PLUS Loan, a federal loan borrowed by the parent for their dependent student’s education.  To apply for the Parent PLUS Loan, the parent must complete and submit the Parent Loan Request Form.  Visit http://www.marquette.edu/mucentral/financialaid/ugrad_loans_plus.shtml  for more details about this loan.
  • The optional graduate/professional PLUS loan is a Federal Grad/Professional PLUS Loan, a federal loan available to independent students. To apply for the Grad PLUS loan, the student must complete and submit the Grad PLUS Loan Credit Authorization Form. Visit http://www.marquette.edu/mucentral/financialaid/grad_loans_plus.shtml for more details about this loan.
  • The optional student loan is a private alternative loan, a non-federal loan borrowed by the student through a private lending institution.  In most cases the student is required to have a credit-worthy co-signer.  Visit http://www.marquette.edu/mucentral/financialaid/ugrad_loans_index.shtml  to look into the various alternative loan options and apply for a private loan online directly through the lender of your choice.

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Q: What is entrance counseling?

A: Entrance counseling helps students understand their rights and responsibilities as a federal student loan borrower. Federal regulations require students to complete an entrance loan counseling session prior to obtaining a Federal Direct Student Loan and Perkins Loan. More information on Federal Direct Loan Entrance Counseling can be found here. Perkins entrance counseling is included in the process of electronically signing the Perkins Loan Promissory Note. Beginning in June prior to the new academic year, students who have accepted the Perkins Loan will receive an email notification on their eMarq account with a request to complete the Perkins Master Promissory Note at www.signmyloan.com.

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Q: How do I complete my promissory notes?

A: You will need to sign separate electronic Master Promissory Notes (eMPNs) for Stafford, PLUS and Perkins Loans. To sign the eMPN for undergraduate and graduate Stafford Loans, Parent PLUS Loans, and Graduate PLUS Loans visit https://studentloans.gov/myDirectLoan/index.action. To complete the eMPN for the Federal Perkins Loan, visit https://www.signmyloan.com/. Make sure to have your PIN when you sign.

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Q: How do I decrease or cancel my student loan?

A: A student loan can be decreased or canceled in one of the following ways:

  • Go to your CheckMarq Self-Service Account: select “Request Counselor Action”, provide your loan decrease or cancellation request, and submit.
  • Email request from your eMarq email address, including MUID, to Marquette Central at: marquettecentral@marquette.edu   
  • Fax a written request, including student’s name and MUID, to: 414-288-1718
  • Call Marquette Central at: 414-288-4000 (be prepared to provide student’s MUID and MCAN)
  • Mail a written request, including student’s name and MUID, to:
    • Marquette Central
      PO Box 1881,  Zilber Hall, Suite 121
      Milwaukee, WI 53201-1881

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Q: How do my parents decrease or cancel the Parent PLUS Loan?

A: The request to decrease or cancel a Parent PLUS Loan must be received from the parent borrower in one of the following ways:

  • Email your request, including student’s name and MUID, to Marquette Central at: marquettecentral@marquette.edu   
  • Fax a written request, including student’s name and MUID, to: 414-288-1718
  • Call Marquette Central at: 414-288-4000 (be prepared to provide student’s MUID and MCAN)
  • Mail a written request, including student’s name and MUID, to:
    • Marquette Central
      PO Box 1881,  Zilber Hall, Suite 121
      Milwaukee, WI 53201-1881

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Q: Can I increase my student loans?

A: Maybe. Every student's situation is different. Contact Marquette Central for guidance.

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Scholarships

Q: How do I apply for outside scholarships and if I receive one, where do I send the check?

A: Begin by searching for scholarships through organizations in your local area (e.g. religious groups, Elks, Rotary Club, Jaycees).  Check into whether your parent’s or guardian’s employer provides scholarships to their employee’s children for college.

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Q: Will outside scholarships affect my financial aid?

A: You are obligated to notify us if at any time during the year you receive any type of financial assistance that you did not originally report to us, or of any outside aid you are receiving that is not listed on your award notice.  Do not assume that your scholarship/fellowship/assistantship/VA benefit sponsor automatically informs our office of your outside aid.

  • If you have remaining need, the scholarship will go towards your unmet need first.
  • We may be required to modify your financial aid award as a result of receiving outside aid.  If this occurs, an email will be sent to your eMarq account.

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Q: Do I need to sign my private scholarship check?

A: Whether you need to sign the private scholarship check depends on the following:

  • If the check is made payable to You and Marquette University, then you must endorse the private scholarship check.
  • When the check is made payable to You or Marquette University, your endorsement on the check is not required.

If you receive an email at your eMarq account from the Office of Student Financial Aid informing you an endorsement is required, please stop by Marquette Central to sign your scholarship check.

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Q: Can my private scholarship check be applied to a specific semester?

A: How your scholarship check is applied depends on the following:

  • If the scholarship donor has specified how the award is to be applied, Marquette must honor the donor specifications.
  • If the donor has not specified how the award is to be applied, the award is automatically split evenly between Semester I and II.
  • If the donor has not specified how the award is to be applied and you do not want it split evenly between Semester I and II, make your request through Marquette Central for consideration.

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Q: When will my private scholarship be applied to my financial aid award?

A: Private scholarship checks are processed daily.  During the very busy months of January and August, please allow more time for processing because of the volume of checks received.  Make use of your CheckMarq account to view updates to your financial aid award and your bursar account.

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Q: I received my scholarship award letter from the Office of Admissions. Is this all I'll receive in financial aid?

A: It depends. Students who apply for financial aid may receive additional financial assistance. A Financial Aid Notification (FAN) will be sent electronically to all students via their eMarq e-mail account and will detail the financial assistance available.

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Q: How can I stay in good standing for the Ignatius/Magis scholarships?

A: These scholarships are renewable for up to 8 semesters of undergraduate study provided the recipient remains in good academic standing with his/her respective college and is enrolled as a full-time student.

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Q: Can I receive the Ignatius/Magis scholarships in summer?

A: Yes, students may utilize their Ignatius/Magis Scholarship during the summer term. However, we caution students to think carefully before making this choice because the scholarship will be prorated and this will exhaust one semester of their 8 semesters of eligibility. Students will not be allowed to have the prorated funds reversed at a later date/semester so they can use that semester’s worth of eligibility for a different semester. Nor will they be eligible to use the unused portion of their semester’s worth of eligibility at a later date.

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Q: I'm withdrawing from one or several of my classes after the add/drop period. Will my scholarships/aid be affected?

A: If you are withdrawing after the close of the add/drop period, you will continue to receive your full scholarship and financial aid for the current semester. As long as you are enrolled full-time the following semester, you will continue to receive your scholarship(s) and financial aid.

However, a component of the Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy requires undergraduate students to complete 67% of the cumulative credit hours attempted to remain in good standing and remain eligible for financial aid. This applies to all students who receive institutional, state and federal Title IV and Title VII funds administered by the university. Click here to review Marquette University’s complete Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy.

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Tax Filing and Financial Aid

Q: Do I have to report any grants, scholarships, or fellowships to the IRS as income?

A: If you have questions about how to complete your taxes, you should consult your tax professional or refer to the IRS.  Marquette University cannot provide tax advice.  The IRS can be contacted below:

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Q: Are Federal Work Study and Co-op income taxable?

A: Yes.  Any money received as the result of work (i.e., Work Study, temporary employment on or off campus, some fellowships, etc) is considered taxable income.  You will be asked to file an Employee’s Withholding Allowance Certificate (W-4 Form) and you will receive a Wage and Tax Statement (W-2 Form) each calendar year. Your taxable earnings from Federal Work Study and work under a Cooperative Education Program (Co-Op) must be reported on your FAFSA.

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Q: What are the current Federal Income Tax Filing Requirements?

A: See information on Who Must File over at the IRS website (www.irs.gov):

  • The Three Charts
    • Chart A - For Most People Who Must File is for individuals who cannot be claimed as a dependent on another taxpayer's return.
    • Chart B - For Children and Other Dependents is for single and married dependents.
    • Chart C - Other Situations When You Must File should be reviewed for all individuals as a last step after using the other charts.

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OFFICE OF STUDENT FINANCIAL AID

The Office of Student Financial Aid provides undergraduate and graduate students with resources about types of financial aid and student employment.



FAFSA School Code: 003863

Questions or for more information, contact the Office of Student Financial Aid