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/Financial Aid Office
on your home campus. Your home campus is your point of contact
for academic advising, financial aid advising and disbursement
- apply early for financial aid assistance
- complete a FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student
Aid) each year
- submit all required forms and documentation
- use financial aid for educational and related expenses
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. Financial
aid enrollment/disbursements are based on classes required
for your program of study. If you choose to take classes outside
your program of study, you may be required to cover the cost
from your own resources.
Types of Financial Aid
A federal grant awarded when you do not
have a B.S./B.A. degree or equivalent. Amounts range from $400
to $4050 per academic year. The amount you receive depends
on your Expected Family Contribution (EFC), the cost of attendance
at Florida Community College and your enrollment.
grant that is awarded when you demonstrate exceptional need
and do not have a B.S./B.A. degree or equivalent. Funding is
A low interest
loan provided by an approved lender. The subsidized Stafford
loan is awarded based on need. Interest is paid by the government
while you are enrolled at least half-time.
A low interest loan provided
by an approved lender. The unsubsidized Stafford loan is available
to you regardless of need. However, you are responsible for interest
payments while in school.
A loan available to parents of dependent students
to help pay for their educational expenses. Parents are required
to demonstrate credit worthiness. Parents will begin repaying
both the principal and the interest while the student is enrolled
A need-based program
for full-time undergraduate students. Recipients must meet Florida
Residency requirements for state student aid, and be enrolled
in an A.A., A.S., or A.A.S. program. Funding is limited.
meet the full-time FSAG eligibility requirements may be eligible
if they enroll for 6–11 credits. Funding is limited and
awards may be for one term only.
A Florida Community College institutional
grant for students enrolled in an eligible program for at least
six credits per term who meet certain eligibility requirements.
Funding is limited.
A Florida Community
College institutional grant for students enrolled in an eligible
PSAV program. Recipients must be enrolled for at least six
vocational credits and must meet certain eligibility requirements.
Funding is limited.
are funded by institutional funds and private donors. For more
information see the Florida Community College booklet “Helping
You Pay for College,” visit
the following Web sites: Florida Community
www.fastweb.com, or check with your campus Enrollment Services/Financial
Aid Office. Note: Scholarship applicants MUST complete a FAFSA,
submit additional documentation if required, and not have earned
an A.A./A.S. degree or higher.
Pay tuition, fees, and book stipend for students
who demonstrate outstanding talent or ability in a specific
area. Note: Talent Grant applicants MUST complete a FAFSA,
additional documentation if required, and not have earned
an A.A./A.S. degree or higher.
Contact your Enrollment Services/Financial Aid Office to obtain
more information on specific scholarships and grants that may
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 standard high school diploma, equivalency degree or ATB on
- Be enrolled in a college credit program or an eligible
- 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
- 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 IV program.
- 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, for the following
academic year. 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 applies to 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 at least 30 percent 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 documentation (e.g.: federal
income tax return or W-2s) before financial aid can be awarded.
Title IV financial aid 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 recalculate aid based on 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
- Chapter 31 —Disabled Veterans —members
having a service-connected disability which entitles them to
- 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
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
- 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 selected program of
study and can only be certified for courses which are required
- 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.
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 VA certifying
- 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.
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.