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if you decline your federal loans will you get more grant money?

lets say you were offered the subsidized federal loan can you decline it and recieve more grant aid? #financial-aid #college #scholarship

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Tanya A.’s Answer

Grant money is based on financial need. Loans are offered after that to fill the gap between cost and grants that were received. Declining grants will not increase the grant amount. If you believe that you require more grant assistance you need to meet with a financial aid advisors on campus to explain the circumstances and see if there is anything that they recommend to close the gap. Good luck!

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Stephanie’s Answer

No. Federal Pell Grant money is determined by your EFC number from the FAFSA and the amount of credits you take per semester. It is possible that you are ineligible for all federal grants. The school may offer institutional grants, thus you should contact your school's financial aid office. They can explain the best ways to obtain additional funding at their school. It can differ per school so it's best to work with your school's financial aid office directly.

Stephanie recommends the following next steps:

Contact your school's financial aid office to discuss your financial aid package and the options that are available to you.

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Sharonne’s Answer

Grant money and federal loans are two different things. Grant money is awarded to you. Loans you have to apply and get approved (not to mention, you have to pay back). If you are guaranteed grant money and don't need any other resources such as federal loans, I would decline it as well.

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Judy’s Answer

As a financial aid administrator when I saw a student decline loans I thought “Oh they don’t need any money” so I’d say that is not your best strategy.

Do you feel like the present financial condition of your family is not represented by the 2 year old data used by FAFSA? If that’s the case, make a list of the differences and use that list to write a narrative explaining that.

Send that to your financial aid office and they will respond with next steps to get that new information considered. Respond promptly!