I have received my official financial aid award notice. Now what?

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Financial advisor Brad Barnett discusses what to do after you receive an official financial aid award notice.

    Brad Barnett

    Brad received his Bachelor of Science degree from Southern Arkansas University, with a major in Psychology and a minor in Business.  He furthered his education by graduating from the Medical College of Virginia at Virginia Commonwealth University with a Master of Science degree in Rehabilitation Counseling, specializing in Mental Health.  He has been involved in the financial aid and/or rehabilitation professions for the past 15 years. Brad, a Past President of the Virginia Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (VASFAA), currently serves as the Senior Associate Director of Financial Aid & Scholarships for James Madison University.  Immediately prior to JMU, he served as an Assistant Director of the Financial Aid Office at Virginia Commonwealth University.  Brad has presented numerous sessions at state, regional, and national conferences, and has served on a variety of association committees.  In addition to speaking at professional conferences, Brad has conducted an abundance of workshops and presentations in non-conference environments, including teaching a credit based financial literacy course at JMU entitled “Dollars and Sense.”  Many of the topics Brad’s speaks on include communication, leadership, values, financial aid policies and procedures, financial literacy, and saving for college.  He has also facilitated strategic planning and value development retreats.

    Host: I have received my official Financial Aid Award Notice, now what?

    Brad Barnett: Well, once you receive your Financial Aid Award Notice, you need to read it, that s the first thing. We often times get calls from people asking questions and the answer is right there on the notice, and you never even looked at it. So, I would say first thing is to review it, because the award notice is going to provide you with instructions on the next step, you need to take. If you are getting notices from different schools because you are in the college search process then pay close attention to all the Financial Aid Award Notices because they will be very different and they will all contain very different instructions.