The Catholic University of America

 

 

Time-of-Year Highlights

 

The purpose of this page is to give “calendar” context to financial aid activity.  The dates shown are recommended timeframes. 

Special note to recently admitted applicants to CUA: Information on this page correlates to the sequence of emails sent to applicants prior to beginning the first year of study at CUA.  Facsimiles of these email are found below.

 

January – March, 2015 (Federal Tax Return)
Complete your federal tax return.  Information on your federal tax return will be used on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).  The FAFSA is a required document only for students wishing to use federal student loan programs.

 

January – May, 2015 (FAFSA)
Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).  We recommend you first complete your federal tax return, then complete the FAFSA about two-weeks later.  This will allow you to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool to provide the financial information on our FAFSA.

For more information about the FAFSA see our FAFSA webpage.

 

January – May, 2015 (Personal Budgeting)
Planning for law school expenses is an important activity.  Since most law student borrow to meet some or all of law school related expenses, keeping your borrowing to a minimum, by keeping your expenses low, will result in significant long-term savings.

For more information about law school expenses see our Tuition and Fees webpage.

 

April and May (Review your Award Letter)
After CUA receives the results of your FAFSA, we will provide you with an online summary of your financial aid options.  You will view this using Cardinal Station, the CUA student-service portal.  Based on your review of your personal budget and law school expenses you will then make a preliminary determination of the amount of loans you will need and will “accept” an appropriate amount.  On your Cardinal Station home page you will see the option, “Accept My Financial Aid.” 

For more information about law “accepting your financial” aid see our Applying for Aid webpage and in particular the Accept Financial Aid page.

 

April and May (Monthly Payment Plan)
Some students, typically those who need to borrow a small amount, or none at all, wish to pay some or all the charges for tuition that are not covered by financial aid (loans and scholarships) on a monthly basis, rather than a lump sum at the beginning of each semester.  CUA uses the services of Tuition Management Systems (TMS).  At the TMS website (www.afford.com) you will be able to enroll in a 10-month plan or an 8-month plan.

For more information about monthly payment plans, please visit the webpages for the Office of Enrollment Services at . . .

 

May and June (Loan-Related Tasks)
In addition to “Accepting” a loan amount, borrowers must all complete appropriate Master Promissory Notes (MPN) and complete an Entrance Counseling (EC) session.  Both these tasks are completed at www.studentloans.gov.  The three steps, accepting a Loan amount, completing an MPN and completing Entrance Counseling may be done in any order.  If you later change your mind about the amount of loan you want to receive, you will work directly with the Financial Aid Office to make the necessary change in your loan records.

For more information about law MPN’s and Entrance Counseling, see our Applying for Aid webpage and in particular the Master Promissory Note and Entrance Counseling pages.

  

July (Billing and Making Payment)

Descriptive information will be added to this page in March, 2015 or as soon as updated information is available.

 

July (Living-Expense Refunds)

Descriptive information will be added to this page in March, 2015 or as soon as updated information is available.

 

July (Setting up Direct Deposit)

Descriptive information will be added to this page in March, 2015 or as soon as updated information is available.

 

July (Medical Insurance)

Descriptive information will be added to this page in March, 2015 or as soon as updated information is available.

 

July (Title IV Authorization)

Descriptive information will be added to this page in March, 2015 or as soon as updated information is available.

 

 

Informational Emails
Sent to Applicants to CUA
 
Found on these pages are facsimiles of emails sent to applicant who have been admitted to CUA. Most applicants will receive the full sequence. In the interest of expediting some financial aid tasks, applicants who apply late in the admissions cycle, may receive versions of these email that combine the information from several emails that typically are sent separately.
 
Some minor changes may occur with respect to the facsimiles shown below when compared to an actual email received due to updated information.
 
Each email “number” is followed by a brief summary statement describing the contents of the particular email. 
 
Welcome Email:        Welcome to CUA
 
Greetings [first name],
 
We are pleased to learn of your recent admission to The Columbus School of Law at The Catholic University of America.  Congratulations!
 
Over the coming months we will be working with you to complete your financial aid tasks for the 2015-2016 school year.  We continuously monitor the progress of each applicant with respect to financial aid tasks, and send notices and reminders about each step.  The notices will include specific details, as needed, about each step along the way.
 
Our first task-specific email will be sent in January 2015 and will provide you with details about making online payment for your seat deposit using Cardinal Station, our student-service portal.  Shortly thereafter you will begin to receive emails about specific financial aid related tasks.
 
Please let us know if you have any questions.
 
 
Email 1:        Instructions about using Cardinal Station, and in particular how to make online payment of tuition deposit.
 
Greetings [first name],
 
This is an electronic version of a letter you will receive shortly. We sent it to the following address:
 
[address printed here]
 
If you would like a copy sent to another address, or if you do not receive the letter, please let us know.
 
This email is an introduction to Cardinal Station, our student service portal. We are providing this information at this time because many applicants prefer to make enrollment (seat) deposits online. Cardinal Station provides the means to do this.
 
For security reasons, this email does not contain your User ID and Password for Cardinal Station.
 
If you have need of your User ID and Password before receiving the letter, you may use the “Help Desk” number 1-202-319-HELP.
 
Here is a brief introduction to Cardinal Station using the on-line payment process as an example for using this portal.   You may want to post this email in a convenient location for future reference. This information also is included in the paper letter that is on its way to you.
 

To make a payment:

Ø  Go to https://cardinalstation.cua.edu/

Ø  Sign On using your User ID and Password

Ø  Choose Self Service from the left-hand menu

Ø  Choose Campus Finances

Ø  Choose CardinalPAY

Ø  Click on the large yellow CardinalPAY button -- make sure your pop-up blocker is turned off

Ø  Choose Make a Payment (from menu on left side of page)

Ø  Move to Graduate and Law Enrollment Deposit

Ø  (The Due Date and Amount Due will say “Not Available”)

Ø  Click on Pay

Ø  Select Fall 2015

Ø  Enter the amount (450)

Ø  Select Payment Type (Note CUA does not accept payment by VISA credit cards)

Ø  Select Continue and enter your account information on the following screen.

Ø  Select Continue to review your information

Ø  Select Confirm to make the payment

 
To make a payment:
Ø Go to https://cardinalstation.cua.edu/
Ø Sign On using your User ID and Password
Ø Choose Self Service from the left-hand menu
Ø Choose Campus Finances from the left-hand menu
Ø Choose CardinalPAY in the Finances section of the Student Center
Ø Click on the large yellow CardinalPAY button at the bottom of the page -- Make sure your pop-up blocker is turned off
Ø Choose Make a Payment (from menu on left side of page)
Ø Move to Graduate and Law Enrollment Deposit
Ø Select Pay (to the right of the Graduate and Law Enrollment Deposit option)
Ø (The Due Cate and Amount Due will say "Not Available")
Ø Select Fall 2015
Ø Enter the amount (450)
Ø Select Payment Type (Note CUA does not accept payment by VISA credit cards)
Ø Select Continue and enter your account information on the following screen.
Ø Select Continue to review your information
Ø Select Confirm to make the payment
 
Contact the CUA Help Desk at 202-319-HELP if you have any problems logging into Cardinal Station.
 
 
 
Email 2:        Description of format for subsequent emails
 
Greetings [first name],
 
This is the third in a series of email messages you will receive from the Financial Aid Office at The Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law.
 
Each of these email messages is tied closely with information you will find on our website (www.law.edu/financialaid )
 
Each email will follow a similar format.
 
The first paragraph will highlight a particular aspect of the financial aid application process and will link you to a corresponding CUA Financial Aid web page that will provide you with the necessary details to complete that step.
 
The second “paragraph” will be a status update, through which we will report to you what financial aid related steps/tasks you have completed. The information in this “paragraph” will be cumulative.
 
We will have a webpage that will contain all emails sent in this series should you wish to reference an earlier email but did not retain a copy.
 
The next email you will receive will highlight the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). While the FAFSA may be completed at any time, we recommend you wait until after you have completed your federal tax return.
 
 
 
 
 
Email 3:        Highlights the FAFSA and includes the first “status update” (see email #3)
 
Greetings [first name],
 
This is the fourth in a series of email messages you will receive from the Financial Aid Office at The Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law. Eligibility for federal student aid requires a student to complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Completing this form will take approximately 20 minutes. For details about the FAFSA including where to complete the form, please visit [link to URL]
 
Status Update: this section is included with most emails from our office and provides you with updated information about which financial aid related steps/tasks you have completed.
 
[Updated status information is included here.]
 
If you have decided that you do not intend to use federal student loans at this time, you may reply to this email and we will exclude your name from future loan-related email. Your eligibility for federal student loans requires completing a FAFSA. This may be done at any point during the coming academic year.
 
If you are interested in using a monthly payment plan instead of student loans or as a supplement to student loans please visit [link to URL].
 
Copies of previous email may be viewed at [link to URL)
 
The next email (#5) you will receive will highlight the financial aid award letter.
 
 
Email 4:        Highlights the Financial Aid Award Letter and includes the second “status update” (see email #2)
 
Greetings [first name],
 
This is the fifth in a series of email messages you will receive from the Financial Aid Office at The Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law. Upon receipt of your FAFSA results, we will report to you your eligibility for federal student loans. This “report” is often referred to as an “Award Letter.” For more details about the “Award Letter please visit [link to URL]. Eligibility for federal student aid requires a student to complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Completing this form will take approximately 20 minutes. For details about the FAFSA including where to complete the form, please visit [link to URL]
Status Update: this section is included with most emails from our office and provides you with updated information about which financial aid related steps/tasks you have completed.
 
[Updated status information is included here.]
 
If you have decided that you do not intend to use federal student loans at this time, you may reply to this email and we will exclude your name from future loan-related email. Your eligibility for federal student loans requires completing a FAFSA. This may be done at any point during the coming academic year.
 
If you are interested in using a monthly payment plan instead of student loans or as a supplement to student loans please visit [link to URL].
 
Copies of previous email may be viewed at [link to URL].
 
The next email (#6) you will receive will highlight the first steps in requesting federal student loans.
 
 
Email 5:        Highlights the tasks related to obtaining federal student loans and includes the third “status update” (see email #2)
 
Greetings [first name],
 
This is the sixth in a series of email messages you will receive from the Financial Aid Office at The Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law. If you have completed a FAFSA, you will have received from us an “Award Letter” which was discussed in more detail in Email #5. If you have reviewed your Award Letter (online using Cardinal Station) and you have completed a FAFSA, you are now ready to take the next steps in requesting student loans, if needed.  For more details about federal student loans and how to request them, please visit [link to URL]Eligibility for federal student aid requires a student to complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Completing this form will take approximately 20 minutes. For details about the FAFSA including where to complete the form, please visit [link to URL].
 
Status Update: this section is included with most emails from our office and provides you with updated information about which financial aid related steps/tasks you have completed.
 
[Updated status information is included here.]
 
If you have decided that you do not intend to use federal student loans at this time, you may reply to this email and we will exclude your name from future loan-related email. Your eligibility for federal student loans requires completing a FAFSA. This may be done at any point during the coming academic year.
 
If you are interested in using a monthly payment plan instead of student loans or as a supplement to student loans please visit [link to URL].
 
Copies of previous email may be viewed at [link to URL].
 
The next email (#7) you will receive include status reports with respect to the steps related to obtaining a federal student loan. To review these steps, please visit [link URL}.
 
Please let us know if you have any questions.
 
 
Email 6:        Highlights the completed status of tasks related to obtaining federal student loans and includes the fourth “status update” (see email #2)
 
Greetings [first name],
 
This is the seventh in a series of email messages you will receive from the Financial Aid Office at The Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law. If you have requested student loans there are a number of steps/tasks that must be completed which are discussed in more detail at [link to URL]. 
 
Status Update: this section is included with most emails from our office and provides you with updated information about which financial aid related steps/tasks you have completed.
 
[Updated status information is included here.]
 
If you have decided that you do not intend to use federal student loans at this time, you may reply to this email and we will exclude your name from future loan-related email. Your eligibility for federal student loans requires completing a FAFSA. This may be done at any point during the coming academic year.
 
If you are interested in using a monthly payment plan instead of student loans or as a supplement to student loans please visit [link to URL].
 
Copies of previous email may be viewed at [link to URL].
 
The next email (#8) you will receive will include information about tasks/steps/topic related to student loans and recommended activity regarding these additional tasks/steps/topics.
 
 
 
Email 7:        Highlights Title IV Authorization, Direct Deposit, Medical Insurance and includes fifth “status update” (see email #2)
 
Greetings [first name],
 
This is the eighth in a series of email messages you will receive from the Financial Aid Office at The Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law. If you have requested student loans in an amount that when combined with other aid such as scholarships, exceed your charges for tuition and fees, you will be receiving a refund. If so, there are several other recommended (but not required) steps/tasks/topics for you to take into consideration. For more information about Title IV Authorization, Direct Deposit, and Medical Insurance please visit [link to URL}. 
 
Status Update: this section is included with most emails from our office and provides you with updated information about which financial aid related steps/tasks you have completed.
 
[Updated status information is included here.]
 
If you have decided that you do not intend to use federal student loans at this time, you may reply to this email and we will exclude your name from future loan-related email. Your eligibility for federal student loans requires completing a FAFSA. This may be done at any point during the coming academic year.
 
If you are interested in using a monthly payment plan instead of student loans or as a supplement to student loans please visit [link to URL].
 
Copies of previous email may be viewed at [link to URL)
 

This ends our series of scheduled emails. You may continue to receive ad hoc emails from us should note anything in your account that needs attention