Florida Community College offers many
types of financial assistance to students who would otherwise
be unable to further their education without such support. Depending
on the type of aid, eligibility is based on one or more of the
following criteria: financial need of the individual (in the case
of dependent students family need is used), educational costs,
academic achievement, availability of funds, disability and/or
special talent. Inquiries regarding financial aid should be directed
to the Enrollment Services Office on your home campus. Your home
campus is your point of contact for academic advising, financial
aid advising and disbursement of checks.
- apply early for financial aid assistance
- submit all required forms and documentation
- use financial aid wisely and for educational and related
- complete a FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid)
Applying for Aid
The Free Application for Federal Student Aid
(FAFSA) is used to determine eligibility for federal financial
aid, state aid and institutional scholarships. Students should
apply early, preferably before March 15 each year. The application
is available at local high schools, campus Enrollment Services/Financial
Aid Office or on the Web at www.fafsa.ed.gov.
The application is to be completed by the student and the student's
family and mailed to the address on the application or transmitted
via the Web. It is strongly recommended that students apply online
to reduce errors and expedite processing of the financial aid
application. Once the application is processed, the results of
the federal analysis are sent to the schools listed on the application.
The student will receive a Student Aid Report (SAR). Students
may also be required to submit additional documents to their home
campus Enrollment Services office.
Financial aid is not automatically renewed
each year. To continue receiving financial aid, students must
reapply each year. As financial circumstances change from year
to year, the award amount may be different each year. Financial
aid is awarded for the academic year and credited toward tuition
and fees each semester.
Types of Financial Aid
Grant and Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG)
are two of the largest federally funded grants and are based on
The state of Florida administers the
Florida Bright Futures Scholarship
program. Students are selected and
notified of eligibility by the Florida Department of Education's
Office of Student Financial Assistance.
Florida Student Assistance Grant (FSAG)
is a need-based grant awarded by the Florida Department of Education
to full-time students.
Federal Subsidized and Unsubsidized
Stafford Loans are low interest
loans provided by an approved lender. The subsidized Stafford
loan is awarded based on need. Interest is paid by the government
while the student is enrolled in school at least half-time. The
unsubsidized Stafford loan is available to students regardless
of financial need but the interest must be paid while the student
is in school or it is capitalized (added to the principal). Loans
must be repaid and include interest. Repayment usually begins
six months after a student graduates, leaves school or drops to
less than half-time attendance.
The Federal Work-Study program
is a part-time employment program that provides students with
work experience and an opportunity to earn money to help with
educational expenses. To receive a work-study award a student
must be eligible for financial aid.
pay tuition, fees and a book stipend for students who demonstrate
outstanding talent or ability in a specific area.
Scholarships and grants provide funds that do not have to be repaid.
Scholarships are awarded based on academic achievement, financial
need and/or other criteria. All scholarship/grant applicants must
submit a FAFSA each year to apply.
Contact your Enrollment Services office to
obtain more information on specific scholarships and grants that
may be available.
Qualifying for Aid
To be eligible for federal, state and institutional
aid students must meet the following criteria:
- Demonstrate financial need (not required for some loan programs).
- Have a high school dipoma or high school equivalency degree.
- Be enrolled in a college credit program or an eligible vocational
- Maintain financial aid standards of academic progress in
program of study.
- Not be in default or owe a repayment of Title IV funds.
- Have a valid social security number.
- Be a U.S. citizen or an eligible non-citizen with permanent
residency status and an alien registration identification number.
- Be registered with Selective Service if you are a male between
the ages of 18 and 25.
- Have not borrowed in excess of loan limits under the Title
- Federal regulations require that students may only receive
financial aid for up to 150% of the number of credits required
to complete their degree or certificate program.
- Must have all requested documents on file before disbursements
FCCJ Policy requires students to maintain
a 2.0 grade point average. Students falling below a 2.0 may be
placed on Academic Warning, Probation or Suspension. Students
who are suspended from college are not eligible for financial
aid. Students on probation or warning are eligible for financial
Students are only allowed to attempt
a limited number of hours under federal financial aid guide lines.
All students receiving Title IV financial aid funds must meet
Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) in order to receive Title
IV funds. Academic history is reviewed for all students applying
for financial aid, regardless of whether financial aid has been
previously received. Students are given a grace period for the
first 12 credits attempted. Once the student attempts more than
12 credits, the 67% policy will apply. All students receiving
aid must successfully complete a minimum of 67% of cumulative
credit hours attempted in order to continue receiving Title IV
financial aid funds. SAP will be evaluated yearly, after the spring
semester. Students enrolled in one-year certificate or vocational
programs will have grades reviewed at the midpoint of their program.
(Successfully completed grades:
A, B, C, D, S, NG - Unsuccessful grades: NP, U, W, F, FN, I.)
Failure to meet these standards may impact the student's eligibility
for financial aid and ability to register. Please contact the
financial aid advisor on your campus for further information.
financial aid will have their aid terminated upon reaching 150%
of the number of credits needed to complete their degree or certificate
program. This regulation is effective for all students, even those,
that have not previously received financial aid. For example,
a student working toward an A.A. degree needs 60 hours to graduate.
Once the student attempts 90 hours he/she is no longer eligible
for financial aid. (60 hrs x 150% = 90 hrs) Under extenuating
circumstances the 150% rule may be appealed. The 150% rule applies
to all classes attempted by the student, including vocational
and transfer hours. Students must make other arrangements to pay
their tuition and fees if their financial aid is terminated and
they do not appeal or their appeal is denied.
The first 30 credits earned in remedial
course work (non-degree credits) will not count toward the maximum
credit limit. Remedial ESL credits are not counted toward the
maximum credit limit. Transfer credits will be included in the
maximum number of credits allowed.
Students whose aid is cancelled may appeal
this decision ONLY if there are EXTENUATING circumstances (medical
or personal problems). To appeal, the student must complete and
return the Appeal Form to the home campus Enrollment Services/
Financial Aid office. ALL SUPPORTING DOCUMENTATION MUST BE ATTACHED
OR THE APPEAL FORM WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED. After reviewing the written
appeal and all documentation, the Campus Dean will notify the
student in writing with his/her decision. All aid remains cancelled
until the student receives written notification that the appeal
was approved for the next period of enrollment. The Dean reserves
the right to limit the student's enrollment to less than full-time.
Financial Aid will not pay for more than 30
remedial credits attempted.
Each year a certain percentage of financial
aid applicants are randomly selected for verification as required
by the Department of Education. If selected for verification,
the student must provide additional information (e.g.: federal
income tax return) before financial aid can be awarded.
Title IV recipients who officially withdraw
from all classes during the first 60% of the academic term will
be subject to repayment terms as outlined by the Department of
Education. If disbursement has already been made to the student,
it is the student's responsibility to repay all funds due. Federal
regulations require a formula be used based on number of calendar
days in the term and the number of days attended by the student
before withdrawal to determine how much financial aid was "earned"
by the student. The difference between aid disbursed and aid earned
will be used to calculate how much the student must repay. Information
on the Return of Title IV Funds policy is available at each campus
Enrollment Services/Financial Aid office.
If the student unofficially withdraws (stops
attending) from FCCJ, the college will calculate how much the
student owes based on the midpoint of the term. Documentation
of an academic-related activity may be used to calculate the last
date of attendance.
Students with Disabilities
Students with documented disabilities for whom
part time enrollment is a necessary accommodation are eligible
for State Financial Assistance, including The Florida Student
Assistance Grant. This affects students with documented disabilities
who are currently enrolled or who desire to enroll in future terms.
Additional information is available in the Disabilities Office
This section provides general financial aid
information only. It is accurate as of the date this catalog was
printed, but is not meant to be a complete list of all financial
aid regulations. If financial aid standards of academic progress
are changed, the new requirements will supersede those listed
in this catalog. Florida Community College reserves the right
to cancel or amend financial aid awards based on a change in funding
or other reasons specified by federal and state regulations.
Veterans benefits are a form of student aid
awarded to eligible individuals based on their military service.
There are currently five programs provided under Title 38 of the
United States Code which authorizes payment of educational benefits
to eligible individuals.
- Chapter 30 - New GI Bill - members of the armed forces who
entered active duty for the first time after June 30, 1985.
- Chapter 31 - Disabled Veterans - members having a service-connected
disability which entitles them to veteran compensation.
- Chapter 32 - Veterans Educational Assistance Program (VEAP)
- members who initially entered service after Dec. 31, 1976.
- Chapter 35 - Survivor and Dependents - sons, daughters, spouses
and surviving spouses of veterans who died in service, as a
result of a service-connected disability or became permanently
and totally disabled.
- Chapter 1606 - Selected Reserve Program - members of the selected
reserve who are certified by their unit commander and the VA.
A veterans representative is located in the
enrollment services office on each campus to provide forms and
information pertaining to educational assistance for veterans.
The following action must be taken once the veteran student has
been admitted to the College.
- Complete the necessary applications at the enrollment services
office on any campus.
- Provide copies of all DD214's if applicable.
- Provide a copy of marriage licenses, birth certificates and
divorce decrees, if applicable.
- Provide a certificate of eligibility from VA, if available.
Inquiries relating to benefits should be directed
to the VA agency that is providing the benefits. Once students
have been certified, they are required to notify the campus enrollment
services office each time they make a change in enrollment.
The College's veterans affairs office will
audit all courses for enrolled students who are eligible to receive
benefits. There are restrictions as to the programs and courses
for which students will be certified.
- Students may only be certified for programs, courses and
terms approved by the state approving agency.
- The declared program of study must be the same on both the
College's record and the student's official Veteran Affairs
file. Students must follow the program of study outlined in
their graduation status sheet and can only be certified for
courses which are required for graduation.
- Students cannot be certified for an audit course, a course
for which they have previously received credit or the repeat
of an "I" grade within one year.
- Non-punitive grades will be reported to the Department of
Veterans Affairs and will affect the previously submitted certification
within a given term.
- Veteran students must achieve satisfactory academic progress
in order to continue to be certified. Unsatisfactory progress
must be addressed with an academic counselor before certification
can be resumed. Minimum standards of progress are the same as
for the general student population. See the section on "Standards
for Student Success."
Veterans in vocational programs are
allowed two days of unexcused absences per class per calendar
month. Excused absences are those occurring for the reasons cited
hereafter and officially accepted by the director of student aid.
- Personal Illness - Must be supported by a physician's signed
statement on letterhead stationery, specifying the dates the
student was incapable of attending classes.
- Death in Family - Pertains to death of a parent, spouse,
children, brothers or sisters only. Must be supported by valid
evidence that indicates date of death and relationship of deceased
person to the veteran.
- Jury Duty - Must be supported by a document from the court
showing dates of jury service.
Documentation of excused absences must
be submitted no later than the 10th calendar day of the month
following the month in which the absences occurred. All unexcused
absences are reported to the Veterans Administration. Partial
days of absence are converted to full days. Veterans reported
for failure to attend class will be contacted by the college veterans
affairs office. Without a satisfactory explanation and immediate
resumption of attendance, veterans will be reported to the VA
as having terminated attendance in that course. Individuals reported
for excessive absence will be eligible for recertification at
the beginning of the following term providing other enrollment
criteria are met.
One deferment of tuition charges per year is
available for veteran students who qualify. The VA deferment due
date is determined as follows.
- If the term is at least 60 calendar days in length, the obligation
must be cleared no later than 60 calendar days from the beginning
date of the term.
- If the term is less than 60 calendar days, the obligation
must be cleared no later than 10 calendar days from the end
of the term.
to pay may result in disenrollment.
Special Programs Offering Financial Aid
The federal government's Taxpayers Relief
Act of 1997 (TRA '97) provides new tax benefits to help families
the cost of post-secondary education. The TRA '97 contains the
Hope Scholarship Tax Credit for students in the first two years
of post-secondary (college and vocational) education and the
Lifetime Learning Tax Credit for other students. Because each
tax situation is unique, students interested in these tax credits
should consult their tax advisor to determine eligibility. More
information can also be obtained by calling the IRS at 800.829.1040
and asking for IRS publication 970 or logging on to the IRS
site at www.irs.ustreas.gov
or U.S. Department of Education Web site at