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Welcome to the Financial Aid Portal.  We are here to help you smoothly navigate the financial aid process.  Should you need our assistance, please contact us.  Our contact information is listed below.
 
 
 
 
Maureen Seaman, Financial Aid Counselor 
Laura Burns, Director of Financial Aid
 
Address:                           Telephone Numbers:     
Wells College                      Office:  (315)364-3289
Financial Aid Office              Fax:     (315)364-3445
Macmillan 207
170 Main St.                    E-Mail Address:
Aurora, NY  13026          financial-aid@wells.edu
 
College Code Numbers:
FAFSA:  002901
NYS TAP:  1050
 
               
                

Special Financial Circumstances

There are two kind of financial aid award appeals:  Federal Professional Judgment and Wells College Award Appeal.  We have described below the difference between the two special circumstances.
 
Federal Professional Judgment:  The federal government allows the Financial Aid Office to change a student's FAFSA under the following circumstances:
  • Loss of employment/pay reduction/benfits or retirement
  • Unusual medical/dental expenses (must exceed 11% of total family income) or Nursing Home costs not covered by insurance
  • Elementary/Secondary tuition costs for dependent children
  • Unusually high child care costs
In order to be considered for any of the above federal professional judgment circumstances students must complete the applicable downloadable form(s) to the right (Professional Judgment Downloadable Forms) and submit any required additional documentation as requested.  
 
Wells College Appeal:  Wells College realizes that the federal government does not allow a family's inability to pay as a condition for professional judgment. We are unable to adjust a FAFSA based on this condition.  Students who do not qualify for a professional judgment but would like to appeal their financial aid package based on their family's inability to pay can be considered for for additional resources through the Wells College Appeal.  Student and or parent(s) may mail or email a letter of appeal to financial-aid@wells.edu explaining their financial situation.  

Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant

 

Federal Teach Grants provide grants of up to $4,000 per year to students who intend to teach in a public or private elementary or secondary school that serves students from low-income families.  In exchange for receiving a TEACH Grant, you must agree to serve as a full-time teacher in a high-need field in a public or private elementary or secondary school that serves low-income students.  As a recipient of a TEACH Grant, you must teach for at least four academic years within eight calendar years of completing the program of study for which you received a TEACH Grant.  For information on this program, please visit the Federal TEACH Grant website: 

http://studentaid.ed.gov/PORTALSWebApp/students/english/TEACH.jsp


 

 

To access TEACH Grant funds, you must complete the following steps:

 

Step 1:  Complete TEACH Grant Counseling

TEACH Grant Initial and Subsequent Counseling will explain the TEACH Grant Program and the TEACH Grant service obligation you agree to meet as a condition for receiving a TEACH Grant.  You must complete TEACH Grant counseling each year that you receive a TEACH Grant before you sign an Agreement to Serve (ATS) for that year. This may be completed on-line at https://teach-ats.ed.gov/ats/studentHome.action.

 

Step 2:  Complete your Agreement-to-Serve (ATS)

Each year you receive a TEACH Grant, you must sign a TEACH Grant Agreement to Serve that is available electronically on the TEACH Grant Agreement to Serve Web site. The TEACH Grant Agreement to Serve specifies the conditions under which the grant will be awarded, the teaching service requirements, and includes an acknowledgment by you that you understand that if you do not meet the teaching service requirements you must repay the grant as a Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan, with interest accrued from the date the grant funds were disbursed.

 

Step 3:  First Time TEACH Grant Participants only - must complete personal Counseling session with the Wells College Financial Aid Office

For first time participants, students will be required to schedule a personal counseling session with the Wells College Financial Aid Office to review the terms of the program.  This session will be a brief overview of the employment obligations of the program and consequences if the employment obligations are not fulfilled.

 

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You are not authorized to use this portlet; It is only available to users in certain roles within the portal.
How you apply for financial aid has changed from last year.  You will need to complete your renewal aid application electronically at www.fafsa.gov .  
 
 
FAFSA application filing deadline:
May 1, 2014
Verification materials returned to
the financial aid office:
June 1, 2014 

Please note that penalties will apply to late financial aid filers as noted in the January 2014 newsletter sent to your email address. 
 
Students who submit their application and required documents beyond July 1, 2014 will have their insitutional grant reduced by $1,000.  You must contact the financial aid office to receive an extension of these requirements.
 
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Financial Aid Handbook (.pdf, 144K)
The Financial Aid Handbook can assist you with how to apply for financial, types of programs and requirements to maintain your financial aid eligibility and lists important deadline dates.
Financial Aid Newsletter (.doc, 49K)
January 2014 Newsletter - Contains information on filing and verification deadline dates.
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Professional Judgment Forms
Loss of Employment/Pay Reduction/Benefits or Retirement (.pdf, 16K)
Unusual Medical/Dental Expenses or Nursing Home Costs (.pdf, 16K)
Unusually High Child Care Costs (.pdf, 14K)
Elementary/Secondary Tuition Costs for Dependent Children (.pdf, 10K)
Direct PLUS Loans
Direct PLUS Loan Request Form (.pdf, 48K)
Direct PLUS loans can be obtained electronically at www.StudentLoans.gov (please visit the student loan center for complete details).
If you prefer a paper process, you may download and print this Direct PLUS Request Form and return to the Financial Aid Office. 
Verification Forms
2014-2015 Dependent Verification Form (.pdf, 156K)
2014-2015 Wells College verification form for dependent students
2014-2015 Independent Verification Form (.pdf, 146K)
2014-2015 Wells College verification form for independent students
2014-2015 Dependent Student Child Support Paid (.pdf, 15K)
2014-2015 Verification of Dependent Student Child Support Paid
2014-2015 Dependent Student SNAP Benefits received (.pdf, 15K)
2014-2015 Verification of SNAP Benefits received - Dependent Students
2014-2015 High School Completion and Statement of Educational Purpose (.pdf, 15K)
2014-2015 Verification of High School Completion and Statement of Educational Purpose
2014-2015 Independent Child Support Paid (.pdf, 15K)
2014-2015 Verification of Independent Student Child Support Paid
2014-2015 Independent Student SNAP Benefits (.pdf, 15K)
2014-2015 Verification of Independent Student SNAP Benefits received
2014-2015 Identity and Statement of Educational Purpose (.pdf, 18K)
2014-2015 Identity and statement of educational purpose
IRS Form 4506-T (.pdf, 83K)
Students or parents who file an amended federal tax return cannot use the IRS Data Retrieval process on their FAFSA.  Instead, they must request a tax return transcript and tax account transcript, as the return transcript only contains the original information.  Both documents together will be needed to complete the verification process.  If you choose to order these documents by paper, you must use the IRS Form 4506-T.  If you choose to order these documents online, please visit http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/f4506t.pdf.
IRS Form 4506T-EZ (.pdf, 67K)
Students or parents who are selected for verification and have filed their federal tax return do not use the IRS Data Retrieval process on their FAFSA must request a tax return transcript.  This document will be needed to complete the verification process.  If you choose to order your tax return transcript by paper, you must use the IRS Form 4506T-EZ.  If you choose to order this document online, please visit http://www.irs.gov/individuals/article/0,,id=232168,00.html?portlet=105.
Federal TEACH Grant
TEACH Grant Fact Sheet (.pdf, 137K)
Learn if you are eligible for a Federal TEACH Grant by reviewing this fact sheet.  Please visit the U.S. Department of Education TEACH Grant webpage to complete your required TEACH Grant Agreement to Serve (ATS) and TEACH Grant entranace counseling at https://teach-ats.ed.gov/ats/index.action.
TEACH Grant Exit Counseling (.pdf, 509K)
Download a copy of the "TEACH Grant Exit Counseling" booklet.
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