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Five things to know as your kid bolts for college
In this article from Rick Shipman, MSU’s Director of Financial Aid, he describes how parents can help prepare their students as they plan to pay for a college education.
Parent PLUS loans
Parents of dependent undergraduate students may be eligible to borrow a federal Parent PLUS loan. AFAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) must be on file for the student for the aid year in which you intend to borrow.
If your student grants you guest access to StuInfo (see below), you will be able to login and track the processing of your PLUS loan.
Students can grant permission to parents or other interested parties to view their financial aid awards online via StuInfo. The guest must have a valid email address. Due to privacy regulations, only the student can grant this permission. For more information, see our guest access page.
Security questions in StuInfo
To verify a caller’s identity when discussing private financial aid information over the phone, the Office of Financial Aid requires that the person first answer a set of security questions in StuInfo. All students who receive financial aid and wish to discuss their private information with our staff by phone must complete this process.
Parents or guests must be able to answer these security questions as well when asked by our office to discuss student-specific information over the phone.
If you would like to receive emails from our office containing important financial aid information, billing deadlines, and other related items, please consider subscribing to our newsletter. You may also browse through the newsletter archive on our website.
How to subscribe
Please note that this is not an interactive service. Only our office can post messages to the mailing list. No student-specific data will be offered here, since every message will go to every subscriber.
- Using the email address you wish to subscribe, send an email to LISTSERV@LIST.MSU.EDU.
- Leave the subject line of your message blank.
- In the body of the message, type: SUBSCRIBE MSUFINAID Firstname Lastname (replace Firstname Lastname with your name, like Fred Smith).
- Delete all signature information. The rest of the email message must be blank.
- You may now send the message. You should receive an acknowledgement of your subscription in approximately an hour.
How to unsubscribe
When your student graduates, you can sign off the listserv by sending a message to the same address with the command: SIGNOFF MSUFINAID.
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