Once your financial need is determined, a financial aid award that is equal to your need will be offered. E-mails advising students to check their financial aid award, documents, and messages on the Financial Aid Portal are sent at the same time as admission e-mails are sent to first-year and transfer applicants.
The award is sometimes called an aid "package" because it may include both self-help (employment) and gift aid (scholarships and grants).
Students with lower financial need will be offered self-help. Students with greater need will be offered a combination of self-help and gift aid.
The initial $1,800 of a first-year student's need is met with self-help in the form of an employment opportunity. There are no initially packaged student loans. All further need is met with scholarship/grant assistance.
You do not have to accept aid offered in the form of self-help (work) in order to receive gift aid (scholarship) from the College. The College, however, will not replace the self-help component of your aid package with scholarship or grant assistance.