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There are currently 18 names in this directory beginning with the letter D.
The Department of Defense Form DD214 is the form, received at separation, that certifies a veteran’s service. A DD214 may be requested by the financial aid office to verify a student as a veteran.
A regularly issued list of students who have achieved high academic excellence. Qualification for the Dean’s List varies from school to school.
Dear Colleague Letter
An ad hoc publication by the U.S. Department of Education addressing significant policy, system, and training issues and intended for college financial aid administrators and other customers.
Events held by high schools throughout the state to recognize seniors for their plans to attend college or enter the military. The events also provide assistance to students who are still considering college or need help finalizing their plans.
Refers to a certain section of a university. Departments are usually aligned with degrees or areas of study within a college, such as the engineering department, English department, etc.
Action a financial aid administrator may take to change a student’s status for federal student aid from dependent to independent (the reverse is not permitted). There must be unusual circumstances to warrant an override, and the FAA must document those circumstances in the student’s file. Sometimes called an independent override.
Any student who does not meet the federal criteria to be considered an independent student A FAFSA for a dependent student must include parent information. See Independent Student
Direct Parent PLUS Loan
The Federal Parent Loan for Undergraduate Students allows parents, regardless of income, to borrow up to the total cost of education minus the amount of any other financial aid awarded by the institution or the government. This loan is in the parent’s name and cannot be transferred to the student at any time. Sometimes called a PLUS Loan or PP Loan.
Direct Subsidized Loan
A Direct Subsidized Loan is a federal student loan for which a borrower isn’t generally responsible for paying the interest while in they are in school or in a grace or deferment period. Sometimes called a Federal Direct Subsidized Loan, Federal Subsidized Loan, Subsidized Loan, or Sub Loan.
Direct Unsubsidized Loan
A Direct Unsubsidized Loan offers students a low, fixed interest rate and flexible repayment terms. It is not based on financial need. Interest on unsubsidized loans accrues from the date of disbursement and continues throughout the life of the loan. The borrower is responsible for paying all the accumulated interest, until the loan balance is paid off. Sometimes called a Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan, Federal Unsubsidized Loan, Unsubsidized Loan, or Unsub Loan.
When a student leaves a course during the add/drop grace period, it’s referred to as dropping. There is no penalty for dropping a course during the grace period. Students may decide to drop because they are overwhelmed by their course load or want to take a different class. This is different than withdrawing, which comes after the add/drop period is over. See Add/Drop Period
A program that allows high school students to enroll in college courses for credit at eligible high schools, colleges, and universities prior to high school graduation. College credits earned through dual enrollment can be applied toward high school and college graduation and can be transferred to colleges or universities.