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Applying for Financial Aid: Before Filing a FAFSA

Applying for Financial Aid: After Filing a FAFSA

Verification

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 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 and how does it 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 the U.S. Department of Education FERPA web page for more information about FERPA, or visit Marquette University’s FERPA web page.

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.
  • 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 prospective 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 here.

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Q: How do I apply for Financial Aid?

A: File the appropriate Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) prior to each academic year by applying online at fafsa.gov.

  • Create a username and password if you have never filed the FAFSA or don't have an FSA ID using the Federal Student Aid ID website. (Users with an FSA PIN will need to create an FSA ID.)
  • If parent information is required on the FAFSA, both student and parent must obtain a PIN/FSA ID to electronically sign the FAFSA. Once you have your PIN/FSA ID(s), retain them in a secure place.
  • In May 2015, Federal Student Aid implemented a new login process for student and borrower-
    based websites, including FAFSA on the Web, NSLDS Student Access, StudentLoans.gov and StudentAid.gov. More information can be found here.

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Q: What is an FSA ID?

A: The new FSA ID, comprised of a username and password, has replaced the Federal Student Aid PIN as the log-in for student and borrower-based websites, including the FAFSA.

  • The security of your FSA ID is important. The FSA ID can be used to electronically sign FSA documents, access personal records, and make binding legal obligations.
  • If you are a parent and need to electronically sign your child's FAFSA, you need your own FSA ID. If you have more than one child attending college, you can use the same FSA ID to sign their applications.
  • More information may be found here.

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

A: No. Some schools require the CSS Profile or an institutional application, but Marquette University 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 Grant, Supplemental Education Opportunity Grant; Federal Work Study; Rice Loan, Federal Perkins, Nursing, Health Professions Loan and other institutional loans.

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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. 2015-2016 FAFSA will be available to complete as of 01/01/2015)
  • 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 fafsa.gov and use the "IRS Data Retrieval Tool" to automatically transfer your tax information to your FAFSA. For eligibility and instructions, please visit the Guidelines for the Verification Process web page.

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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 2015-16 if he or she can answer yes to one of the following questions on the FASFA:

  • Were you born before January 1, 1992?
  • At the beginning of the 2015-16 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, 2015 and June 30, 2016?
  • 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, 2016?
  • 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, 2014, 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, 2014, 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, 2014, 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 Marquette University received and processed my FAFSA?

A: Make sure you have provided the necessary PIN/FSA ID(s) 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 received and processed by Marquette University.
  • 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 fafsa.gov, click “Login” and follow the prompts. Make sure to include the necessary PIN/FSA ID(s) (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: When do I need to submit requested documents to Marquette?

A: Students are notified through their eMarq account of any required documentation and deadlines.  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:

Marquette University
Office of Student Financial Aid
PO Box 1881
Milwaukee WI 53201
Fax (414)288-1718
Email:  marquettecentral@marquette.edu

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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:

  • New/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 feature 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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Verification

Q: What is verification and why was I selected for verification?

A: Verification is the federal process of verifying or confirming the information provided on the FAFSA is accurate. The Student Aid Report (SAR) you receive after your FAFSA is processed will indicate if your FAFSA has been selected for verification. Roughly 30% of all FAFSAs filed are selected for verification. Marquette University is required to collect documentation in order to verify what has been reported on the FAFSA. The Office of Student Financial Aid will notify you of what documentation to submit to us

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Q: What do I need to submit for verification?

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 IRS 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: How long will it take to complete the verification process?

A: Once the Office of Financial Aid receives all of the required documents, it typically takes 2-3 weeks to complete verification.

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Q: Am I eligible to use the IRS Data Retrieval tool?

A: It is important to note that to successfully use the IRS DRT, you must have both:

  • A valid Social Security Number and legal name match and
  • Filed a 2014 Federal Tax Return

There are reasons why you may not be able to use the Data Retrieval tool--please refer to the chart below:

If Any of These Apply to you:

  • Applied for a 2014 Federal Tax Filing Extension
  • Filed or will file an Amended 2014 Tax Return
  • Filed a Puerto Rican or foreign tax return
  • Filed return using a Tax ID Number (TIN)
  • Tax Return Transcript not obtainable due to Victim of IRS Identity Theft
  • Filed Married Filing Separately
  • Filed Married Filing Head of Household
  • Marital status from 1/1/2015 through 5/14/2016 has changed

Then…
You are NOT eligible to use the IRS DRT. Follow the instructions here.

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Q: When will the IRS Data Retrieval be available for me to use? 

A: Refer to the IRS Data Retrieval Tool Availability Chart

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Q: How do I do complete the IRS Data Retrieval process?

A: To complete the IRS Data Retrieval process:

  • Visit fafsa.gov. Login to the site then choose "Make FAFSA Corrections"
  • Enter your FSA ID
  • Navigate to Parent Financial Information, enter Parent FSA ID
  • Choose "Link to IRS". After reviewing your information, choose "Transfer Now"
  • Navigate to Student Financial Information. Follow steps for student tax data

For more information on the IRS Data Retrieval process click here

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Q: How do I request a tax return transcript?

A: Tax filers can request a transcript of their 2014 tax return, free of charge, from the IRS in one of three ways:

If you have trouble entering your street address into an online form, try these address matching suggestions.

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Q: What do I do if I or my parents filed a tax extension?

A: You or your parents will want to submit the following to Marquette Central:

  • A copy of the 2014 IRS Form 4868 (Application for Automatic Extension of Time to File U.S. Individual Income Tax Return) filed with the IRS
  • A copy of IRS Form W-2 for each source of employment income and/or a signed statement of from self-employed individual certifying the amount of the AGI and the U.S. Income Tax Paid for tax year 2014. 

Our office will need 2014 tax data after final 2014 Federal Taxes have been filed.  For more details visit Filed a 2014 Federal IRS Tax Extension

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Q: What do I do if I or my parents amended my/their tax return?

A: You will need to submit the following to Marquette Central:

  • A signed copy of the original 2014 Federal IRS Income Tax Return filed
  • A signed copy of the 2014 IRS Form 1040X, Amended U.S. Individual Income Tax Return to Marquette Central.

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Q: What do I do if I or my parents are a victim of IRS Identity Theft?

A: Tax filers who believe they are victims of identity theft may call Identity Protection Specialized Unit’s (IPSU) toll free number, 800-908-4490, or go to the ID theft website on irs.gov.  After the IPSU authenticates the tax filer’s identity, the tax filer can request that the IRS mail to the tax filer an alternate paper tax transcript, known as the TRDBV (Transcript Data Base View).

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Q: I submitted everything requested for verification and now I’m being asked for more information.  Why is this needed?

A: In reviewing the documentation received sometimes the Office of Student Financial Aid needs either clarification of the information submitted, additional information, or there is conflicting information between what was reported on the FAFSA and the verification documents that needs to be resolved.  If one or more of these occurs the Office of Student Financial Aid asks for this information through a Supplemental Information Request Form.

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Q: I have an Evans, Urban, or Burke Scholarship, why do I need to complete Verification to receive the award?

A: Normally, scholarships can post to a student account if the verification process is not completed. If a student is a recipient of the Evans, Urban, or Burke Scholarships and their FAFSA was selected for verification, we must complete the verification process before the scholarships can be awarded on the account. These scholarships have the verification requirement because we have to determine the student’s financial need before we can accurately award the scholarship.

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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 by February 15.
  • New/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 List" to keep on top of what needs to be done.
  • Complete any outstanding Loan Entrance Counseling and/or electronic Master Promissory Notes (eMPN) 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 2015-16 Award Information Guide PDF Format:

  • Gift Assistance:  (assistance that does not have to be repaid)
    • Marquette Scholarships - are determined by your MU Admissions Application, are based upon merit and are awarded by Marquette’s Office of Admissions.
    • Federal and State 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 fafsa.gov, click "Login" 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, Federal Nursing 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.
  • 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.
  • The Summer Marquette Scholarship Request Form is available to download as of March 1 every year on the Marquette Central website.

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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 Marquette's Study Abroad web page 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 electronic 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 cancelled 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.

More information can be found on the Withdrawal from Marquette web page.  

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Student Employment

Q: How do I find a job on campus?

A: Students can search for jobs online via JobConnection which lists on and off-campus jobs for Marquette students. Visit Getting a Job for more information.

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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 earning biweekly wages 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 cancelled. Can I get it back?

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

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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.  Instructions on how to sign up for Direct Deposit can be found on the Student Employment Services web page, choose Direct deposit online under Payroll information.

Students signed up for Direct Deposit can view their paychecks online at MyJob.

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?

Video Click here to watch Marquette Central staff explain the Optional Loan

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 the Federal Parent PLUS Loan web page 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 the Grad/Professional PLUS Loan web page 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 the Alternative loan options web page 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 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 StudentLoans.gov. To complete the eMPN for the Federal Perkins Loan, visit SignMyLoan.com. Make sure to have your PIN/FSA ID 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 cancelled 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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Q: I received an email that my loan was cancelled due to a change in loan fees. What does this mean?

A: The Department of Education sets origination fees (i.e. processing fees) for each loan every year. If the fees for your loan are scheduled to change and you have not completed all the steps to receive your loan, Marquette is required to cancel any loan that has not paid. Loans can be reinstated, but will be subject to the new origination fees. Therefore, it is important to complete all the loan steps as quickly as possible. To review the terms of a particular loan, visit the Loans web page.

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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), high school guidance counselor, public library, and internet scholarship search engines.  Check into whether your parent’s or guardian’s employer provides scholarships to their employee’s children for college.

  • Visit the Scholarships website to learn about various scholarship opportunities.
  • Private scholarship checks are sent to: 

    Marquette University
    Office of Student Financial Aid
    Attn:  Scholarship Assistant
    PO Box 1881
    Milwaukee WI 53201-1881

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Q: Will outside scholarships affect my financial aid?

A: You are required to notify us of additional financial assistance that is not listed on your award notification.  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: How is my private scholarship check applied to my Bursar account?

A: Marquette must honor the donor’s specifications when indicated.

  • If the scholarship donor has specified how the award is to be applied, Marquette must award it accordingly.
  • If the donor has not specified how the award is to be applied, it is automatically split evenly between the fall and spring semesters.

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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 scholarship?

A: This scholarship is 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 of their 8 semesters of eligibility. Students will not be allowed to have their prorated scholarship reversed nor will they be eligible to use the unused portion of their scholarship 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.

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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:

  • IRS Website
  • IRS Telephone Assistance Hotline:  (800) 829-1040

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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 on the IRS website.

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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