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 and 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) via mail
or e-mail. 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
The Pell 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
Florida Student Assistance Grant (FSAG) is
a need-based grant awarded by the Florida Department of Education
for Florida residents
who meet certain eligibility criteria.
Federal Subsidized and Unsubsidized Stafford Loans are
low interest loans provided by an approved lender. The subsidized
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 as well as the 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 demonstrate need.
Talent Grants 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
Florida Community College 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 aid.
Students are only allowed to
attempt a limited number of hours under federal financial aid
guidelines. 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 or less certificate
or vocational programs will have grades reviewed at the end of
each term. (Successfully completed
grades: A, B, C, D, S, NG — Unsuccessful
grades: 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.
Students receiving 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, including 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
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
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 or W-2s) 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
If the student unofficially withdraws (stops attending) or student’s
academic transcript reflects unsuccessful completion of all courses,
Florida Community College will have student aid calculated on
50% 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 on campus.
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
- 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
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 meet 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 person’s 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 Web site at www.irs.ustreas.gov
or U.S. Department of Education Web site