SDAS, Registrar, or Financial Aid?
What is the difference between Student and Departmental
Account Services, the Registrar, and Financial Aid? These three departments may
seem similar, but they manage different things. Learn how to tell them apart
and what issues each can help you with.
Office of Student Financial Aid
The Office of Student
Financial Aid is the place to go to find out how to apply for and manage
your need- and merit-based financial aid, including:
- scholarships and grants
- Federal Work Study (FWS) and Student Wage positions
You will generally start with filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid
(FAFSA) but some scholarships
have separate application processes. The Financial Aid office can assist you in
filling out the required paperwork and answer any related questions you have.
Student and Departmental Account Services
We, the Student and Departmental Account Services (SDAS),
will help you with most issues involving payments and fees. You may know our
department by our former name, the Bursar.
More specifically, SDAS helps with:
- billing and payment for tuition and fees
- setting up tuition payment plans
- emergency loans
- tuition refunds
- setting up direct deposit
- collections and delinquent accounts
- 1098-T tax credit information
- third party or sponsored billing
Office of the Registrar
The Office of the
Registrar handles course enrollment and academic records, including grades.
If you’re a student, the registrar can help you:
You can do many of these things quickly and easily online
with LOUIE or in person at the Office of the Registrar.
The Family Educational
Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) is a law that protects the privacy of
academic records—you can learn more about it with the help of the Registrar.