The “FEDS” say no aid for non-essential courses.
The U.S. Department of Education has tightened rules for financial aid eligibility. For courses to count for financial aid purposes, they must be required for graduation and be part of a student’s academic program.
Students can no longer take courses just to increase the amount of their financial aid. The College’s computer system “knows” what courses are required, and will base the amount of financial aid only on those courses. A student may be enrolled in nine credit hours, but if a three credit hour course is not required for the declared program, the computer will calculate aid on six credit hours only.
Changes of major, catalog year changes and course requirement substitutions must be made by Friday of the first week of the semester to be recognized for financial aid purposes for the current semester.
It is the student’s responsibility to know what courses are required for the declared academic program. To view your declared program and required classes students can look at their degree audit on Self Service.
If you have any questions as to what classes are required for your major, it is imperative that you consult with you academic advisor, success coach in the Student Achievement Center, or your core advisor.
The Financial Aid Office serves students who need financial assistance to obtain a college education. Financial aid is an investment in your college education. Online students are eligible for the same types of financial assistance available to on campus students. Learning to budget your dollars while in school will help you on your path to graduation.
Our general eligibility requirements are that you must
- demonstrate financial need (for most programs);
- be a U.S. citizen or an eligible noncitizen;
- have a valid Social Security number (with the exception of students from the Republic of the Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, or the Republic of Palau);
- be registered with Selective Service, if you’re a male (you must register between the ages of 18 and 25).
- be enrolled or accepted for enrollment as a regular student in an eligible degree or certificate program;
- be enrolled at least half-time to be eligible for Direct Loan Program funds;
- maintain satisfactory academic progress in college or career school;
- sign the certification statement on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) stating that
- you are not in default on a federal student loan and do not owe money on a federal student grant and
- you will use federal student aid only for educational purposes; and
Show you’re qualified to obtain a college or career school education by:
- having a high school diploma or a recognized equivalent such as a General Educational Development (GED) certificate;
- completing a high school education in a homeschool setting approved under state law (or—if state law does not require a homeschooled student to obtain a completion credential—completing a high school education in a homeschool setting that qualifies as an exemption from compulsory attendance requirements under state law); or
- enrolling in an eligible career pathway program and meeting one of the “ability-to-benefit” alternatives described below.
Registering for Selective Service
Most male students must be registered with Selective Service to receive federal student aid. You also must register if you are a male and are not currently on active duty in the U.S. armed forces. If you are a citizen of the Federated States of Micronesia, the Republic of the Marshall Islands or the Republic of Palau, you are exempt from registering. You can call Selective Service toll-free at 1-888-655-1825 for general information about registering, or register online at sss.gov or via the FAFSA.