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Student Financial Assistance begins disbursing funds to student's billing accounts beginning the middle of the second week of each semester (after the 100 percent refund period) for students with complete and processed financial aid. Financial aid (including student loans) is disbursed one semester at a time based on the hours students are attending at the time of each disbursement.

All financial aid funds are sent directly to USI. Once aid is disbursed, the Bursar will begin sending refunds as early as the third week of the term for students whose financial assistance exceeds the billed costs.

For students who late register or who do not complete their financial aid requirements in a timely manner, financial aid disbursements are made to the Bursar's Office on a weekly basis throughout the semester.

Direct Loans require that first-time borrowers sign a master promissory note before funds are released to the students billing account. First-time borrowers must complete loan entrance counseling before loan funds are sent to the University on the students' behalf.

Work Study Employment

Paychecks resulting from Work Study employment can be picked up at the Cashiers' Office in the lower level of the Orr Center on a bi-weekly basis. Students need to bring a photo ID with them to claim these checks. Student workers are strongly encouraged to enroll in direct deposit for payroll checks and avoid long lines.