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Financial Aid: Receive Your Award

These are your final steps to secure Financial Aid. Again, your attention to details is very important, as is the need to read all the emails from the Office of Financial Aid. Of course, our Financial Aid team is here to help if you have questions or concerns.

View Your Award Letter

Your Award is available through Port of Armstrong and you may follow these step-by-step instructions to view your Award. Please note that you are required to accept or decline your Direct loan award.

  1. Log into Port of Armstrong
  2. Click on SHIP.
  3. Click on Student Services and Financial Aid.
  4. Click on Financial Aid Menu.
  5. Click on My Award Information.
  6. Click on Award by Aid Year. Select an aid year in the drop down menu. Click on Submit.
  7. Click on the Award Overview.
Pay Your Bill

You may view your balance and account details through your Port account. Please note that your Cost of Attendance is not your bill. For more information about how to view and pay your bill, please review the Paying Your Bill 101 page on the Bursar website.  Please note, all payments must be made through the Bursar's office.

Verify Attendance

Federal regulations require that you MUST ATTEND the classes for which aid is awarded. Verification of attendance is the process of having your professor indicate whether or not you have been in attendance. If you are NOT verified in attendance by faculty, your aid may be reduced or cancelled. You should be aware that your registration for classes that begins in the later part of the term also may result in a delay of your financial aid disbursement, as attendance cannot be verified until the classes begin. Verification of attendance usually takes place in the first two weeks of the class period and disbursement of aid happens in the third week. To check the status of your verification of attendance in your Port account, use these step-by-step instructions:

  1. Log into Port of Armstrong
  2. Click on SHIP
  3. Click on Student Services and Financial Aid
  4. Click Select Term and using the drop down box, select the appropriate term
  5. Select Academic and Account Information
  6. Select View Attendance Verification
View Your Holds
Follow these step-by-step instructions to view your holds for Financial Aid in your Port account.
  1. Log into Port of Armstrong
  2. Click on SHIP
  3. Click on Student Services and Financial Aid
  4. Click Select Term and using the drop down box, select the appropriate term
  5. Select Academic and Account Information
  6. Select View Holds

Keep Your Financial Aid

Federal law mandates that institutions of higher education verify each semester satisfactory academic progress for a student who receives financial aid. This means that in order to remain eligible to receive financial aid you must meet the standards specified for acceptable academic performance and satisfactory progress toward the completion of your program of study. You can find and familiarize yourself with the process outlined in the Standards of Academic Progress section. The SAP calculator will help you to monitor your progress.

If you need help managing your finances, learn all about peer financial counseling and how it can help you.


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