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Financial Aid: Review Your Award

You will receive notification of your award from Armstrong’s Office of Financial Aid, and from there you will find there are a number of things you need to do as you prepare to receive your financial aid. The steps are outlined for you here:

View Outstanding Requirements

You’ve submitted your application/s and are awaiting information about your award. During this time — and actually all the time — it is important to read all emails from the Office of Financial Aid. These will alert you to outstanding items that need to be completed so that you can receive your aid.

If you are missing any documentation or information that is required to complete your Financial Aid Award, these requirements will be posted in your Port of Armstrong account. Follow these step-by-step instructions to view your outstanding requirements.

  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 Eligibility
  6. Click on Student Requirements
  7. Select an aid year
  8. Outstanding Requirements will be listed under Unsatisfied Requirements
Completing the Verification Process

The Federal Department of Education selects students at random who will need to verify information on their FAFSA. If your application is selected you will be notified by the Office of Financial Aid. You can then refer to the guide to verification on the Financial Aid website to complete the process.

How to 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.
Check for Bookstore Credit

The Bookstore Credit is available to assist students with the purchase of books. It is a privilege offered by Armstrong for students who have completed all of their Financial Aid requirements by priority deadlines. A Bookstore Credit will be authorized for students who have grant, scholarship, or loan funds that exceed their charges. The maximum Bookstore Credit available is $1000. Please note that if your balance increases after you have spent your Bookstore Credit, you will be held responsible for those funds. There are no Bookstore Credits available during mini-mesters.

Bookstore Credit Schedule
Semester Session Dates Available
Summer 2016 1, 2, & 3 05/25/2016-06/12/2016
Fall 2016 1, 2, & 3 08/01/2016-08/19/2016
Spring 2016 1, 2, & 3 12/13/2016-01/13/2017

You may view your Bookstore Credit through your SHIP account. For your convenience, please use these simple steps:

  1. Go to http://www.armstrong.edu
  2. Click on Logins on the top right corner of the page
  3. Click on Port
  4. Log in
  5. Click on SHIP
  6. Click on Student Services and Financial Aid
  7. Click Select Term and using the drop down box, select the appropriate term
  8. Click on Financial Aid Menu
  9. Click My Bookstore Credit
Accepting & Changing Your Award

In order to receive a Federal Direct loan offered on your Award Letter, you are required to accept it via your SHIP account. You may also decline, decrease or increase your loan amount. Please be aware that all Direct loans adhere to annual and aggregate limits. To determine your limits in borrowing, please review How much am I eligible for?

  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
  7. Choose an option below:
    • To increase your loan amount: Click on Resources/Additional Information. Enter the amount in the field and click Submit Information at the bottom of the page. If you have already accepted your award and would like to request additional loan funds, visit How to Add a Loan.
    • To decline or reduce your loan amount: Click on Accept Award Offer. Under the Accept Award column, select accept or decline. If you are reducing your loan amount, enter the desired loan amount in the field provided in the Accept Partial Amount column. Click on submit Decision at the bottom of the page. If you have accepted your loan and no longer wish to receive it, you may also cancel your loan by completing a Loan Cancellation Request Form from our Forms page and returning it to the Office of Financial Aid.
    • To accept all loans as they appear on your award: Click on Accept Full Amount All Awards. Click on submit Decision at the bottom of the page.
View Terms & Conditions


Your Terms and Conditions are available through Port of Armstrong and you may follow these step-by-step instructions. Please be adivsed that you are responsible for reading and accepting the Terms and Conditions of your 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 Terms and Conditions to accept or decline.
View Your Title IV Authorization

Your Title IV Authorization is available through Port of Armstrong and you may follow these step-by-step instructions.Please be advised that you are responsible for reading and  providing your Title IV Authorization regarding indirect charges on your account such as parking fees or library fines.

  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 Award by Aid Year
  7. Select an aid year in the drop down menu.
  8. Click Resources/Additional Information
  9. Click the drop down menu and Approve or Deny.
  10. Click Submit

If you are trying to complete your Title IV Authorization for the 2017-2018 Academic year please click the Additional Resources tab at the top after step 7 of the Terms and Conditions. This should take you to the 2017-2018 page that will allow you to authorize or decline the use of Title IV funds for indirect charges.

Adding Outside Scholarships

If you receive a scholarship from an outside donor such as a church, high school, or employer please submit the scholarship information and the check to the Office of Financial Aid. You may be required to endorse the check. The Office of Financial Aid will apply the scholarship funds to your award once the check is received.

Paying 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.

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