Financial Aid FAQs

Can I receive financial aid for the Suffolk University Winter Session?

For financial aid purposes, enrollment in Suffolk University’s winter session will be combined with the spring term of the academic year. Hours completed during the winter session will count towards a student’s enrollment status for the spring term and costs for the winter session will be included in the spring cost of attendance.

Contact your financial aid counselor for additional information.

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When should I file my FAFSA?

Anytime after January 1.  If you file your FAFSA by mail, you should allow four to six weeks for processing. If you file electronically, allow one to two weeks. In order to meet priority deadlines, undergraduates should file by February 15.

What is Suffolk University’s financial aid deadline?

It depends on your status: new, returning, or transfer student.  The Apply for Aid page lists the deadlines.

How long will it take for me to hear about my financial aid award?

You should receive your award letter about two weeks after your file becomes complete. The awarding process normally begins in early March for freshmen, and mid June for returning students.

Will I receive an award letter if I haven’t been accepted yet?

No. In order for us to send you an official award letter, you must be accepted to a degree or certificate program.

Can I receive financial aid if I am an international student?

In order to receive federal or state aid, you must be a US citizen or an eligible non-citizen. International students can be considered for institutional aid and may qualify for certain types of loans, which require a credit-worthy, US citizen to co-sign.

Is financial aid available for summer classes?

Historically, the only form of funding available for summer study is federal or alternative/private loans. Please note a student must enroll for at least 6 credits over the summer to apply for loan consideration.

Can I work on campus?

Your financial aid package may contain a Federal Work-Study award which allows you to work on campus. Students who do not qualify, can apply to work under Suffolk University’s student employment program.

Will I have to borrow loans to go to school?

More than likely. Student loans are very common among students attending college. Our advice: Student loans are the best investment you’ll ever make! The benefits gained through your college education will far exceed your student loan payments.

Who can I call if I have any questions?

Feel free to call us anytime with questions!  We look forward to assisting you. You can contact us at 617.573.8470 or email us.