Description: This is an overview of what you will find and what to do on each tab when logging in the Walden My FinAid portal of Walden University.
Welcome to the Walden finaid portal, I thought I’d take you on a tour and give you an overview of what you’ll find when you log in.
If this is your first time logging in and you don’t have a wall to new edu email account, then you’ll need to click the first time user link in the login box; If you are a continuing Walden student, then you can access your personalized.
Click on the student services tab, once you are logged in, use the drop-down to select the award year you wish to view, keep in mind there won’t be any information available in your my finaid portal until five business days. After you’ve completed, the Porter will be empty and you’ll only see your previous year’s information, please wait the five days and then you can log in and start exploring.
Let’s look around depending on whether or not your financial aid has been awarded, if your aid hasn’t been awarded, you’ll only see five tabs, if it has been awarded, you’ll see 10 tabs. No matter where you are in the process, as you enter the portal, the default start page is your welcome tab, whenever you log in, this is where you’ll start.
Here’s where you’ll find an overview of the financial aid process, so you can always come back here to check your next steps. The next tab is the documents tab, which is important because whether you’ve been awarded or not, you may have documents to complete. If you’re looking for information about your current financial aid status, you can check the messages tab, you’ll find two types of messages here, with one type, you’ll be directed to do something such as complete a form or make a phone call, the other type is informational and will tell you a status of an action, you’ve taken.
Some of these messages may not apply to your current process, the documents and messages tabs are both very important to check regularly as new details may appear there at any time. Now we come to the loan history tab, on which you’ll see the outstanding and pending amounts for your federal stafford loans according to the National Student Loan data system.
These amounts are important to know because they count towards your lifetime aggregate loan limit, there are limits to how much federal loan money you can borrow in your lifetime, so this tab will help you calculate how much money is still available to you.
To find out the full history of your federal loans, you can visit the National Student Loan data system website. The last tab is the forms tab which houses all the financial aid forms, you may or may not need to complete or submit all the forms on this page.
Now that we’ve gotten through the first five, let’s talk about the additional five tabs that are going to show up once your financial aid has been awarded, you’ll be notified about your award via your walden or personal email four to five weeks before your term starts.
So the first tab you’ll see is the awards by term tab, which will tell you the type and amount of your financial aid award and how the aid is distributed across the three terms that make up the award year.
Next is the accept awards tab, if you’re ready to make a decision about your awards, you’ll first need to agree to the awarding terms and conditions, these terms and conditions simply explain how the awarding process works and helps you set your expectations and plan accordingly.
Now you can decide whether to accept reduce or decline the award all together, you do not have to accept all of the aid but I recommend reviewing your loan history before accepting any of it. After you finish making your decision, you should return to the documents tab, and see if there are any new documents or forms to complete.
Once you’ve completed the necessary documents, you are now ready to move forward with your loans and can visit the apply online tab, go here to review and agree to some additional important policies, you will find in Walden’s official financial aid terms and conditions document.
The final two tabs you will see are the loans and disbursements tabs, the loans tab is only important if you are taking out loans, go here to check your loan status, you’ll need to review this page carefully. The disbursements tab shows the scheduled and actual disbursement dates for your financial aid.
A disbursement is when the federal government actually sends your financial aid money to Walden, over the next two weeks Walden will take your financial aid and apply it to your outstanding bill which may or may not result in an overage, after tuition and fees are paid and an overage has been created, you’ll receive a refund of any financial aid money no later than 14 days.
I hope you found this walkthrough helpful, you can find more details on each tab, if you have any trouble or need assistance with financial aid, you can call us at one eight hundred Walden you or email us at finaid at Walden you edu.
Thank you for joining me, I wish you the best as you start the financial aid process and begin another term at Walden University.