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Award Notification and Acceptance

Students newly admitted to HWCOM receive emails that include the estimated cost of attendance and estimated award package for the upcoming academic year. New and continuing students receive emails when Financial Assistance awards are posted online in MyFIU; students may then view, accept, reduce, or decline any aid offered. To ensure timely disbursement of funds, Financial Aid awards must be accepted in MyFIU at least 2 weeks prior to the first day of Orientation or the first day of classes.

How to Accept Awards Online in MyFIU

To view and accept your awards, you will need to access your Panther ID number.

To access your Panther ID number:

  1. Go to the MyFIU student portal.
  2. Click on "Lookup Panther ID."
  3. Fill in the required information.
  4. Write down your Panther ID number, as you will need this every time you access services on campus and every time you sign into the student portal.
  5. Go back to MyFIU.
  6. Log in with your Panther ID number and password (First time users: Your password is your birthdate in the DDMonYYYY format; the first letter of the month must be capitalized.) Your password is case sensitive.

To view, accept, or decline awards:

  1. Go to the MyFIU student portal.
  2. Log in with your Panther ID number and password. 
  3. Click the "Financial Aid" square/tile 
  4. Ensure that you are on the correct academic year (upper left corner) 
  5. Click on "Accept/Decline Awards" 
  6. Accept your desired award for the amount that you would like, and click "Submit" 
  7. Click on Yes 
  8. Click on OK. Only after you have clicked "Ok", is it safe to log out/close your browser. 
  9. After you accept your awards, you will be prompted to complete the  Direct Loan Master Promissory Note (MPN) and Direct Loan Entrance Counseling through the Department of Education's website.

If you do not see an award posted:

  1. Go to the MyFIU student portal.
  2. Log in with your Panther ID number and password.
  3. Click the "Tasks" tile on the left side of your Student page. 
  4. Resolve any pending verification items listed (e.g., Income Certification Worksheet, Proof of Citizenship, Proof of Food Stamp Benefits). Verification documents require 7 to 10 business days for processing. Please allow this time for your documentation to be reviewed and processed, and for your awards to be posted. 
    If you do not have any items pending on your "To Do" list under your Tasks and have not been awarded, please contact the HWCOM Office of Financial Assistance. 

Student Accounts 

HWCOM student accounts are maintained by the FIU Controller's Office. All charges for the current academic year/term are posted to the student's account, which can be viewed through MyFIU. Students are responsible for payment of any remaining balances after the application of financial aid. All balances must be paid or deferred by an accepted financial aid award by the first day of Orientation or classes. 

Disbursement and Refunds 

All financial aid funding is disbursed and applied to any existing charges on a student's account. Once all existing charges are paid, any remaining funds for the semester are sent to the student as a refund to cover the cost of living expenses. Financial Aid refunds are sent by direct deposit to the bank account designated by the student in MyFIU. For exact disbursement dates, review the Important Dates. Refunds last for the entire payment term, so students are encouraged to budget wisely. 

How to Set Up Direct Deposit: 

  1. Log onto MyFIU. See Access MyFIU for help. 
  2. Click on 'Financial Account' tile.
  3. Click on the ‘Direct Deposit’ link
  4. Enter the bank account details and click the 'Next' button
  5. Review and agree to the Direct Deposit Agreement 
  6. Click the 'Submit' button 
Note: Only U.S bank accounts can be used for direct deposit.
Once you have completed this, FIU is authorized to refund any money remaining after tuition and fees are paid.