Online Awarding Process

Returning Students

Beginning in May, you will receive a notification through your student e-mail account notifying you that your 2016-17 award is available for review. From there, you will go online to EMPOWER to review/accept your aid and complete the missing documents.

New Students

Your financial aid award information packets will be mailed to you through the postal mail. This will happen after you are accepted to Finlandia and we have the needed information to process a financial aid award.

Financial aid awards online Instructions are available below. Remember, you’ll first need to login to EMPOWER with your network username and password. You can access EMPOWER from anywhere on the Finlandia University website by clicking the person icon on the top right portion of the site. 

ACCEPTING YOUR AWARD LETTER

  1. From the “Welcome” screen, hover over the “Financial Aid” tab.
  2. On the left side, under “Financial Aid Information,” you will click on “Financial Aid Award Letter”. 
  3. Open the drop-down box for the Award Year and select the correct year.
  4. You should now be viewing your Financial Aid Award Letter for the selected year.
  5. At the bottom of the screen, in the left hand corner, you will want to click on the “Accept/Decline Financial Aid” link.
  6. Check the “Accept” box for any and all aid you want to accept. check the “Decline” box for any aid you wish to decline.
  7. If you are accepting student loans, you also have the option (under “Change Amount” tab) to lower/adjust the amount you want to borrow. We encourage students to accept the aid for the entire year at this time (fall & spring aid amounts).
  8. You can make adjustments to your spring semester at a later date.
  9. When you are finished, hit the “Done” button. From here, you will be shown the aid you accepted, along with the aid you either declined or did not accept.

COMPLETING YOUR MISSING DOCUMENT REQUIREMENTS

  1. Hover over the  “Financial Aid” tab and select the “FA Missing Documents” under the “Financial Aid Information” row.
  2. On the next screen select an Award Year from the drop-down menu.
  3. You will now be given a list of items that are needed to complete your financial aid file.
  4. To pull up the forms you need, hover over the “Financial Aid” tab.
  5. Select the required forms from the “Financial Aid Forms” drop down.

If you have an updated version of Adobe (Adobe X or higher), you may be able to fill in, save, and e-mail the FERPA Privacy, Loan Acceptance, and Student Aid Acknowledgement forms back to our office. If this is not possible, you will need to print out the forms and mail them back to our office.

You will not have to print out a Signed Award Letter. By accepting your financial aid online, you are fulfilling this requirement.

Any verification related documents (Verification Worksheet, Child Support Paid Form, Statement of Ed. Purpose, etc.) are required to be printed, signed in ink, and returned to our office.

SUBMITTING MISSING DOCUMENTS

Once you have completed the required documents, you will need to return these forms to our office.

Forms completed online and e-mailed back go to: financialaid@finlandia.edu

Forms printed off, signed with blue or black ink, and submitted by mail or in-person go to:

Finlandia University, Office of Financial Aid
601 Quincy Street Hancock, MI 49930
Fax: (906) 487-7383, Attn: Fin. Aid
Phone: (906) 487-7240 or (906) 487-7261