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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. Under the "Finances" section, click on "Accept/Decline Awards."
  4. Click on "2017."
  5. Your awards should be listed for you to view, accept, or decline. If you do not wish to accept the entire award amount, you may choose to reduce it during the acceptance process by typing in the lesser amount you wish to receive in the amount box before submitting your transaction. Please be advised that the reduced amount is split evenly between the fall and spring semesters.
  6. 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. Check the "TO DO" section on the right side of the Student Center.
  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 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. Go to the MyFIU student portal
  2. Log in with your Panther ID number and password
  3. Select "Direct Deposit" under the "Finances" section
  4. Click on "Add Account"
  5. Complete the required bank information.
  6. Select "Save"

Once you have completed this, FIU is authorized to refund any money remaining after tuition and fees are paid.