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Student Financial Services
August 2016 Newsletter

Transition from HigherOne to BankMobile

HigherOne (OneAccount) held by WEX Bank will no longer be offered as of September 1, 2016. Account holders will be prompted to make a decision either to authorize the transfer of their deposits to a BankMobile Vibe account, or to close their HigherOne.

For account holders who choose Vibe, there will be no change in account number, no
re-carding, and they will not be required to repeat the customer identification process (CIP). The CIP process is an ID verification process. If you choose to close your HigherOne your HigherOne will be closed within 2 business days and a check mailed if you have a balance.

Learn more about BankMobile

Prior-Prior Year FAFSA

Beginning in October 2016 (for aid applications for the 2017-18 award year), the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) will be filed using prior-prior year (PPY) tax data. Until the change is implemented, aid applications will continue to use prior-year (PY) tax data.​

Prior-Prior Year (PPY) refers to a policy enabling students and families to file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) using tax information from two years ago. For example, a high school senior planning to enroll in college in Fall 2017 will file FAFSA using taxes from 2015.

  • If a student enters college in 2016, they will use 2015 income tax information
  • If a student enters college in 2017, they will use 2015 income tax information
  • If a student enters college in 2018, they will use 2016 income tax information

This Change is Good!

PPY format will help students better understand their opportunities to enroll in college earlier in the process, and should lead to students and their families ultimately making the best college decision from a more informed standpoint.

Video: The Importance of Prior-Prior Year

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Active vs. Passive Acceptance

For the 2016-2017 academic year, UIU has switched to a passive accept model of awarding. To decline loans/awards, you must log into NetPartner. If you have not declined your loans/awards, we will auto accept your award on your behalf after we verify attendance. As a student, you should no longer lose loan eligibility for not accepting loans in a timely manner. 

Financial Literacy Cash Course

Define your finances. Define your future.

Upper Iowa University has partnered with CashCourse, which is a website provided by NEFE. This is an innovative site which provides students with budgeting and planning tools. CashCourse will help you learn about many financial skills needed in order to succeed. The information found here will help you make informed financial decisions throughout college and into their professional lives.

CashCourse is a free interactive financial literacy resource that is available 24/7 to all UIU Students. This resource provide dynamic content that cultivated optimal money management skills for college students.

Go to  www.cashcourse.org and create your free account and get started today!

Student Financial Responsibility Agreement:

As a student, you will now be asked to agree to a Student Financial Responsibility Agreement upon logging into myUIU. This will be an agreement that you will need to agree on annually. Below is a screenshot of the agreement that you will see when logging in to myUIU. Clicking on the ‘terms and conditions of this agreement” when logging in, will generate the agreement in a PDF format.

'I agree' Image


Students who meet the following criteria are eligible to charge books:

  • Are registered for courses for the upcoming enrollment period
  • Have a completed financial aid file.

Students choosing to use the book charge option should purchase textbooks for the term. Students may charge to their student account up to $375.00 per term. Students must purchase textbooks through the UIU Book Store to utilize this option. Students who choose to use the book charge option will have the textbook charges added to the balance due for the enrollment period. Charges will be deducted from any funds that are applied to their student account before any overpayment of funds are released.


Effective Fall Term 1, Center/Online students will receive Financial Aid disbursements per term rather than per Semester. Your eligibility for Financial Aid funds has not changed, only the disbursement schedules have changed.

Fayette Campus students will continue to receive their disbursements on a Semester basis, which is not a change from our current process.

Disbursement dates are (as published on NetPartner):

Fayette Campus:

  • Fall 2016 Semester: Between September 9 - 16, 2016
  • Spring 2017 Semester: Between January 27 - February 3, 2017
  • Summer 2017 Semester: Between June 2 - 9, 2017

Center/Online Students:

  • Fall 2016 Term 1: Between September 16 - 23, 2016
  • Fall 2016 Term 2: Between November 11-18 2016
  • Spring 2017 Term 1: Between   February 3 - 10, 2017
  • Spring 2017 Term 2: Between  April 7 -14, 2017
  • Summer 2017 Term 1: Between June 9 - 16, 2017
  • Summer 2017 Term 2: Between July 28 - August 4, 2017 

SFS Staff

  • Michelle Buddenberg– Executive Director of Student Financial Services
  • Andrew Hale– Assistant Director of Financial Aid
  • Kylean Steger– Assistant Director of Student Accounts
  • Andrew Ransom– Student Financial Services Coordinator
  • Megan Eimers– Customer Service Specialist
  • Bradley Kuboushek– Student Financial Services Analyst
  • Lisa Wright– Student Financial Services Coordinator
  • Bridget Rottinghaus– Student Financial Services Coordinator
  • Wendy Sandmire– Student Financial Services Coordinator
  • Rachel Schultz– Financial Aid Specialist
  • Rachel Lueder– Financial Aid Specialist
  • Kelli Bell– Financial Aid Specialist
  • Brian Emery– Financial Aid Specialist
  • Alex Peterson– Financial Aid Specialist

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