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Students must meet the following requirements to be eligible for financial aid:

  • Be enrolled at least half time (six credits per semester, except Pell in some cases) in an approved program leading to a degree or certificate
  • Be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen
  • Maintain satisfactory academic progress in their selected course of study
  • Not be in default on any student loan
  • Not owe a repayment on any student grant
  • Be registered with Selective Services (if required)
  • Demonstrate financial need

A limited number of vocational programs is financial-aid eligible. They include Practical Nursing (LPN), Law Enforcment Basic Recruit and Automotive Service Technology.

Important!

Students receiving financial aid are alerted if the classes for which they register are finanical-aid-eligible. This process will help students avoid taking classes not needed for graduation, saving time and money. The following examples demonstrate how this process can affect a student’s tuition, fees and refund.      

Pell Grant Example

A full-time student registers for four classes equal to 12 financial-aid-eligible credits and is eligible for a $2,000 Pell Grant. The student’s cost for each class is $300, for a total in tuition assessment of $1,200. The student also charges $500 in books and supplies at the bookstore for a total bill of $1,700. If this student's registration is in 12 hours of required coursework, the Pell will pay the charges in full, which would leave the student with a $300 refund.

If the same student registers for four classes equaling 12 credits, but one of the classes is not required or allowed in the student's program, then the $2,000 Pell Grant will be prorated based on the eligible hours. The Pell will be three-fourths of $2,000 or $1,500. The $1,500 Pell will be applied to the $1,700 in charges, and the student will owe the remaining $200 not covered by financial aid.

Loan Example

With loans, eligibility is not prorated based on enrollment levels. As long as the student has a minimum of six credit hours of eligible coursework, the student’s loan can be disbursed. If a student is registered for six hours, three of which are eligible and three that are not, the student does not qualify for loans.

For a student who registers for 12 hours, six of which are eligible and six that are not, the loan will be disbursed and will pay for all 12 hours if the tuition due shows on the student’s account.

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Financial Aid Office   407.708.2045   fax: 407.708.2323

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