Frequently Asked Questions

Financial Aid Questions

1.  What is the George Fox University School Code?  Our Title IV code (for FAFSA) is 003194.
2.  Does the FAFSA have to be filled out every year?
3.  Does the student receive a different financial aid package each year?
4. When will I receive my financial aid package?
5.  What’s the difference between Subsidized and Unsubsidized Stafford Loans?
6.  What should a student do if they are getting married?
7.  My parents (or I, if filing independently) haven’t filed their/my taxes, should I still fill out the FAFSA or wait?
8.  How do I get a FAFSA pin?
9.  What financial aid is available for only being a part time student?
10. What is verification, and why do I have to do it?
11. My parents are not helping me pay for school. How can I file without using their income information?
12. Is financial aid available for May Term or Summer Term traditional undergraduate students?
13. What GPA does a student need to maintain a merit scholarship?
14. What can a student do to obtain other scholarships from George Fox or outside sources?

Student Account Questions

1.  How do I know how much my bill is going to be?
2.  How can a payment be made on a student’s account? What methods are accepted?
We accept payments online, in person, and by mailNo payments are accepted over the phone. 
3.  Can student employment earnings be used to pay off my account balance?
4.  What payment plan options are available?
5.  When are payments due?
6.  Can anyone make a payment on a student’s account?
7.  Who can a student’s account be discussed with?

Financial Aid Questions

1.  What is the George Fox University School Code?

The FAFSA cannot be completed or sent in before Jan. 1. George Fox University encourages students to complete the FAFSA as soon as possible after that date. Our Title IV code is 003194.

2.  Does the FAFSA have to be filled out every year?

Yes, a new FAFSA is necessary in order to be eligible for federal financial aid each academic year. January 1 of each year, a new FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) is available.

3.  Does the student receive a different financial aid package each year?

Yes, each year students receive a new financial aid package based on the new FAFSA information. However, if a student received a renewable merit scholarship upon admittance, this scholarship will automatically be awarded in each subsequent year’s award package as long as retention criteria for the scholarship have been met.

4.  When will I receive my financial aid package?

Incoming students are generally awarded anytime after March 1st.

Returning students generally start receiving awards during the month of April.

5.  What’s the difference between Subsidized and Unsubsidized Stafford Loans?

Both Subsidized and Unsubsidized Stafford Loans are federal loans and granted through FAFSA.

Subsidized Stafford Loans

The government pays the interest on the loan while the student is enrolled at least half time.

Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Interest on unsubsidized loans accrues while the student is in school. Students have the option to make quarterly interest payments to their Direct Loans Servicer or let the interest be added to their principal.

6.  What should a student do if they are getting married?

Contact their financial aid counselor. There are many variables.

7.  My parents (or I, if filing independently) haven’t filed their/my taxes, should I still fill out the FAFSA or wait?

You can fill out the FAFSA using estimated tax information. Any changes or corrections need to be updated on the FAFSA after your taxes are complete.

8.  How do I get a FAFSA pin?

To get a FAFSA pin, go to www.pin.ed.gov

9.  What financial aid is available for only being a part time student?

Most financial aid is available for full time students. Part time students may qualify for a Pell grant and Stafford loans. Check with your financial aid counselor.

10.  What is verification, and why do I have to do it?

Each year the U.S. Department of Education randomly selects approximately 30 percent of those who complete the FAFSA for a process called Verification. Verification is designed to make sure information submitted on the FAFSA matches actual tax records.

If you are selected, you will need to complete a Verification Worksheet and submit Tax Transcripts for both the parent and student. The Financial Aid Counselor will compare the figures on the tax documents with what you reported on the FAFSA and make updates to your record if necessary. If you have already received an award before verification is complete, a revised award may be sent.

11.  My parents are not helping me pay for school. How can I file without using their income information?

You must continue to use your parents’ income information as long as you are considered a dependent according to FAFSA requirements.

12.  Is financial aid available for May Term or Summer Term traditional undergraduate students?

You should contact your financial aid counselor.

13.  What GPA does a student need to maintain a merit scholarship?

Students must maintain a 2.0 cumulative GPA to retain merit scholarships.

14.  What can a student do to obtain other scholarships from George Fox or outside sources?

Incoming students are awarded academic scholarships through Admissions.

Students can visit our website to find a listing of outside scholarships available. The website will direct you to our office for further information or to an outside source, depending on the scholarship.

Each academic year in early January on MyGFU, a scholarship application is posted for departmental scholarships offered through George Fox University. This application is for returning students ONLY.

Students should check with their financial aid counselor for additional information concerning scholarships outside of George Fox University.

Student Account Questions

1.  How do I know how much my bill is going to be?
  • Prior to actual charges and financial aid going on your account (mid-July for Fall semester, first week of January for Spring semester, as available for Summer), there are a couple tools you can use to estimate your costs and expenses.
  • Undergraduate Students:  Go to the Payment Estimator
  • Graduate and ADP Students:  Select the Tuition and Fees page for your respective program
  • Find the cost per credit hour and multiply it by the number of credits you will be taking
  • Add in Student Body, Health/Counseling, Graduation, and other applicable fees
  • Subtract anticipated financial aid

Once charges have been posted, all students can sign into their MyGFU account at mygfu.georgefox.edu to see actual and updated financial information.

2.  How can a payment be made on a student’s account? What methods are accepted?

We accept payments online, in person, and by mail.

Online Payments

E-check or credit/debit card payments are accepted. There is no fee for paying by e-check. Payments by credit or debit card are assessed a 2.75% web servicing fee at the time of payment. We accept VISA, MasterCard, Discover and American Express.

  • Students sign into their MyGFU accounts at mygfu.georgefox.edu
  • Students can authorize a parent or other person to make payments on their accounts (Make a Payment)
  • Authorized Users can pay here.

In Person Payments

Cash, checks and money orders are accepted at the Newberg and Portland campuses.

Payments by Mail

Mail payments to George Fox University, Attn: Student Financial Services, 414 N Meridian St #6129, Newberg, OR 97132.

No payments are accepted over the phone.

3.  Can student employment earnings be used to pay off my account balance?

Yes, students have the option to set up payroll deduction, where their full paycheck or a percentage of their check is applied to their account. To set up payroll deduction, please complete the section on the Undergraduate Monthly Payment Plan Request Form. Contact your student account specialist if you have questions. 

4.  What payment plan options are available?

Students have the option to pay in full at the beginning of each semester or set up a monthly payment plan.

Traditional Undergraduate Students

If a monthly payment plan is desired, complete the Payment Estimator and submit a signed copy to Student Financial Services.

Graduate and ADP Students

If a monthly payment plan is desired, complete the Payment Selection Form you received after you paid your Enrollment Deposit. Submit the form to Student Financial Services.

5.  When are payments due?

Semester payments are due in full one week prior to the start of the term.

Monthly installments, set up on an approved monthly payment plan, are due by the 15th of each month.

6.  Can anyone make a payment on a student’s account?

Yes, as long as the student’s name or student ID number (preferred) is provided along with the payment (i.e. on a check's memo line). If an Authorized User would like to pay towards a student's account online, they may do so by clicking here.

7. Who can a student’s account be discussed with?

If a student would like our office to disclose account information to someone other than themselves, the student must fill out a FERPA (Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act) form found online or in our office. The FERPA Release grants Student Financial Services permission to discuss account details with person(s) authorized by the student. The student is able to remove permissions at any time.

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