Financial Aid Students now have a new option to buy their textbooks!
Beginning in late August 2012, SOWELA is implementing a more efficient process which will allow financial aid recipients to purchase textbooks prior to the receipt of Pell funds. This new process makes it more convenient for students to obtain the books they need for class.
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Applying for Federal and/or State Financial Aid
Although it is not necessary to apply for admission to SOWELA prior to applying for financial aid, the process will flow more smoothly if you have already been admitted.
1. For Pell grant, Federal Work Study, Academic Competitive Grant, GO Grant, and TOPS, a FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) must be completed either online at www.fafsa.ed.gov or by completing a paper application and mailing it in the envelope provided. Be sure to enter SOWELA’s school code, which is 005467.
2. When completing and submitting the application online, be sure to sign with your PIN (Personal Identification Number) and your parent’s PIN, if applicable. If you and/or your parent’s do not have a PIN, one can be obtained at www.pin.ed.gov . You may also print, sign, and mail the signature page instead of obtaining a PIN.
3. Once confirmation has been received that the FAFSA has been processed and sent to SOWELA, contact the financial aid office at 337-491-2689.
Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) Policy
The SOWELA Financial Aid Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) Policy (effective summer2013). All previous SAP policies you may possess or have read are no longer valid.
Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) Calculator
To determine how many hours you need to earn in future semesters to comply with the Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) policy, you can enter estimated information in the SAP Calculator below. Using your academic transcript, review the Transcript Totals for Attempted Hours and Earned Hours and enter these totals in the calculator below. You may view your academic transcript using LOLA.
Click Here to Use the SAP Calculator
Using the GPA Improvement Planning Calculator
This calculator is intended to help you see what it would take to raise your GPA to your desired level. To get your Current GPA and Attempted Hours, you can look at your Academic Transcript through LOLA . Remember when looking at your transcript a grade of “F” does count as attempted hours.
Click Here to Use the GPA Calculator