You play an extremely significant role in your student’s life. We recognize that parents
provide invaluable support to their students and have a vested interest in their educational
success. We encourage you to continue to play an active role by providing guidance
and support, but understanding college finances is a part of your student’s educational
process. We strongly encourage the student to be proactive in learning about their
finances, budget, and the financial aid process.
While the student is ultimately responsible for their balance owed to Southeast, their
parents’ information is required on the FAFSA (usually until they are 24). While the
entire family’s finances affect financial aid eligibility, providing information does
not commit the parent to contributing anything toward the student’s education. It
is simply required for the assessment of the family’s financial need and determining
financial aid eligibility.
When a student enters a postsecondary institution at any age (or becomes 18 prior
to postsecondary education), certain rights are transferred from the parent to the
student according to the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act
(FERPA). The student is the only individual who has the right to have records amended
and the right to have some control over the disclosure of personally identifiable
information. There is an exception that allows financial information to be shared
with eligible parents (parents who claimed the student as a dependent on their Federal
Income Tax Return), and we are happy to do so.Important Things To Keep In Mind:
- Make sure your student knows how to access his or her student portal
- Emails may be sent to the student with pertinent information regarding his or her
- You can be made an Authorized User, to access the student’s Account Summary and make online payments
- Students can add an “Accounts Receivable Billing Address” so the bills will go to you, instead of their local residence
Parent PLUS Loan:
If your student is considered a dependent and has completed a FAFSA, then your student
may have a Parent PLUS Loan offered on their award letter. In some instances, the
student’s federal aid does not cover all charges on the student’s Southeast account.
If this happens and you find that the outstanding balance is just too much for you
to pay out-of-pocket, then you may be able to apply for a Parent PLUS loan in your
name. This loan requires an online credit application to be completed by you, the
parent. Before applying, please take a look at our Parent PLUS Loan page to find out more about interest rates, deferment, and repayment.
Southeast recognizes that many families have changes in income or family situations
that are not reflected by the federal tax information used on the FAFSA. Therefore,
it is possible for students to request a review of their financial aid eligibility
if the family has unique financial circumstances.
Circumstances may include:
- Loss or change of employment
- Loss or change in amount of child support or other benefits that have been reported
on the FAFSA
- Divorce or separation of parents, or spouse for independent students
- Death of parent(s), or spouse for independent students
- Unusual medical expenses paid out of pocket (not covered by insurance, MRA, or HSA
Before a review can be processed, you must complete the FAFSA for the proper academic
year, and if chosen for verification, complete the verification process. Please allow
2-3 weeks processing time for the review of special circumstance, after all documentation
has been submitted.
If you believe that your situation warrants review, please contact our office to discuss
the matter and request a copy of the Review of Special Circumstances form.
Tuition Savings Plans:
If you have funding from a qualified tuition savings plan that you would like to use,
then you will need to contact the savings plan advisor to determine how to initiate
payment and how long it will take for Southeast to receive it. Make sure to give yourself
enough time to get the payment to us by the payment due date! Keep in mind that payments
from a qualified tuition savings plan can have an effect on how much scholarship funding
and federal financial aid a student will be eligible to receive.
If your student was admitted as a nonresident student, but you now live in Missouri
and they are still under 21, then your student may be eligible to receive resident tuition. You will need to provide documentation to verify residence in Missouri. Please visit
the Missouri Residency page to find more information and to access the Application for Missouri Residency
for Fee-Paying Purposes, which includes the list of required documents.