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Financial Aid Terminology

This page is designed to explain some of the award letter terminology you might across as your explore your financial aid needs.

Grants

(Money that does not have to be repaid.)

  • Federal Pell Grant
  • Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG)
  • ACG
  • National SMART Grant
  • Institutional grants
  • State-sponsored grants

Work-Study

(Money earned by working.)

  • On-campus (work for the school)
  • Off-campus (private nonprofit organization or a public agency)

Scholarships

(Money that does not have to be repaid.)

Any scholarships you informed the school about, as well as those the school has to offer, will be included on your award letter.

Loans

(Money borrowed that must be repaid.)

  • Federal Stafford Loan (subsidized)
  • Federal Stafford Loan (unsubsidized)
  •  Federal Parent PLUS Loan
  • Federal Graduate PLUS Loan
  • Federal Perkins Loan
  • State loan programs
  • Private loan programs
  • Other loan programs

 

Some advice

It’s usually in your best interest to accept subsidized Stafford and Perkins loans that are part of the aid package; the repayment terms are good and the government pays the interest while you’re in school. Unsubsidized loans—such as unsubsidized Stafford, PLUS loans, and private loans from a bank—should be studied more carefully to make sure the terms are acceptable. 

District Announcements

National Hispanic Heritage Month

Union Public Schools joins the nation in observing National Hispanic Heritage Month.

Each year, Americans observe National Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15 to October 15, by celebrating the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America. Learn more here.

National Hispanic Heritage Month

Red Ribbon Week

Red Ribbon Week, which is celebrated annually October 23-31, is the nation’s oldest and largest drug prevention awareness program. Union Public Schools will host a myriad of activities during this time to raise awareness as well.

Red Ribbon Week was started after the death of Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Special Agent Enrique “Kiki” Camarena, who in 1985 was brutally tortured and murdered by drug traffickers he was investigating in Mexico.  As a tribute to SA Camarena, high school friend, Henry Lozano and Congressman Duncan Hunter, created “Camarena Clubs” and the wearing of a red ribbon to show their oppositions to drugs.

Union school sites will host activities ranging from special assemblies, special dress-up days to classroom activities that address the concerns related to illicit drugs.

Red Ribbon Week, which is celebrated annually October 23-31, is the nation’s oldest and largest drug prevention awareness program. Union Public Schools will host a myriad of activities during this time to raise awareness as well.

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8506 E. 61st Street
Tulsa, Oklahoma 74133
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