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    Delgado Community College
   
 
  Sep 26, 2017
 
 
    
2017 - 2018 Catalog

Financial Assistance


STUDENT FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE

Delgado Community College believes that no student who wishes to pursue a college education should be denied that opportunity for financial reasons. In determining the need for financial assistance, the Office of Student Financial Assistance is guided by its estimate of each student’s actual expenses and the data supplied by the student in the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

At Delgado Community College, we want to provide students with the best financial assistance possible.  In order to be considered for assistance for scholarships and state and federal funding sources, students must complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and submit any financial documents/forms requested.

In order to apply, students must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online at www.fafsa.ed.gov (Delgado’s school code is 004626).

Delgado Community College participates in most major federal and state financial aid programs; additional detailed information on student employment, loans, grants, and scholarships may be secured by contacting the Student Financial Assistance office. There is financial assistance at each college location to assist students in removing the financial barriers that may discourage students from attending college.

The Office of Financial Assistance will communicate with students via email and LoLA, and it is the responsibility of the student to monitor Delgado’s email and his/her LoLA account regularly, as well as any email address provided when completing FAFSA. If students would prefer not to receive Financial Aid communications and award notifications via email, they must submit their requests in writing to the Office of Student Financial Assistance.

The Application Process

At Delgado Community College, students are encouraged to carefully explore all financial aid options at their campus. To start the process, students must:

1. Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

  • Students must create an FSA ID. This ID will be used to electronically sign all of the student’s financial aid forms.  Online website is https://fsaid.ed.gov.   
  • Once completed, visit https://fafsa.ed.gov/ to complete the FAFSA.  Delgado Community College school code is 004626. 
  • In addition, all new, transfer, and first-time borrowers must receive loan counseling before loan funds can be disbursed. Students must complete a Master Promissory Note and Entrance Loan Counseling at https://studentloans.gov.

2. Check the status of FAFSA application through LoLA and submit ALL required documents.

  • If tax transcripts are required, request them directly from the IRS online at www.irs.gov (under Tools, choose Order a Tax Return Transcript), or by calling 1-800-908-9946.
  • Verify acceptance of the Terms and Conditions.
  • Submit proof of high school graduation or college transcript to the Answer Center or Admissions Office before financial aid can be processed.
  • Submit completed forms to the Answer Center, or online on student portal if selected for verification.  The Delgado Community College student portal allows the College to process the student’s financial aid in a faster, more efficient manner.  If a student is selected for Verification, the student receives an email from www.finaid@dcc.edu with instructions to begin the process:

-  Click on the Personalized URL link within that email to access the student portal and create a login and password. For dependent students, parents/legal guardians will be required to create a login and password.
-  Follow the instructions in the portal to submit the required documents.
-  Complete all documentation continuing in the financial aid process.

  • If tax transcripts are required, return to the web and log into https://fafsa.ed.gov/  and choose 2017-2018 FAFSA corrections to download the tax transcript using the data retrieval tool. Additionally, a student may request a tax transcript with the following options directly from the IRS website at https://www.irs.gov/ (Under Tools, choose Get Transcript):
    • A student has the option of receiving tax transcript online - choose “get transcript online”  to be able to view and print tax transcript immediately, or
    • by mail (this can take a few weeks to receive by mail), or
    • by calling 1-800-908-9946 or
    • by visiting IRS office at 1555 Poydras Street, New Orleans.
  • Please allow 15 business days from the day the last document was submitted for processing.
  • Accept the Terms and Conditions of funding via LoLA, complete the Master Promissory Note (MPN) and Entrance Counseling if the student has accepted to receive a federal student loan at https://studentloans.gov.  before the award letter can be viewed.

Verification

The Department of Education does a random selection of FAFSA applications, and several students are selected for a review called verification.  If a student’s file is selected for verification, he or she cannot be awarded financial aid until the FAFSA application has been completely verified for accuracy.

Student documents are gathered online at dcc.studentaidprocess.com.  If a student is selected for verification, he or she should receive an email from finaid@dcc.edu with instructions to begin the process. 

  • Click on the Personalized URL link within that email to access the student portal and create a login and password. 
  • Follow the instructions in the portal to submit the required documents. 
  • The student must complete all documentation before continuing in the financial aid process. 
  • The student portal will allow the College to process the financial aid in a quicker manner.
  • Corrections will be made, if required, and the application will be reprocessed and submitted back to the Department of Education for review.
  • Inaccurate or incomplete verification documents will create a need for further documentation of the student’s resources and will delay the completion of the student’s financial aid file. 

Students eligible for financial aid will receive an alert on his or her LoLA page advising that aid has been offered.  Students will need to accept or decline their loan funding.  Please remember to borrow only the amount of funding needed as this is a loan, and the student will need to pay the money borrowed back to the federal government.

3. Accept awards online

  • Once federal student aid is processed, the student will receive an email notification to the student’s preferred email address.
  • Students must accept or decline each federal subsidized and unsubsidized loan, or no funding will be disbursed. (Additionally, students can use the Delgado Community College mobile student app to accept or decline loan funding by simply downloading the free app to a cell phone.)
  • Once federal student aid has been accepted, federal funds will be authorized to secure the student’s classes.

4. Disbursement

  • Students can check their account balance by logging in to LoLA.
  • Once federal student aid has been accepted, the student’s federal funds will be authorized to secure classes.
  • If a student is eligible to receive a Pell Grant or student loan and have authorized aid, or has a credit balance on the student account (negative balance) after tuition and fees have been paid, books may be purchased using a bookstore voucher for students who are eligible if financial aid has been processed and authorized for at least 48 hours. 
  • After the first official financial aid disbursement date, authorized aid will be disbursed to the student’s account, which will pay the cost of tuition and fees and any applicable charges.
  • After tuition and fees are paid, if there is a remaining credit balance, the student will be due a refund.

5. Receive Refund

  • Delgado Community College will refund any credit balance remaining on a student’s account after current semester charges have been applied against available funds.  Students may (accept) authorize the Business & Finance Office to apply any credit balance that may result on a student’s account from application of Federal aid to be applied to future charges, by submitting a credit balance authorization form.  Students will not be given a refund for this amount, and the credit will be applied toward future charges including those, which may arise from next semester’s tuition and fees. Students may make a written request that this authorization be revoked at any time.
  • Refunds are funds paid to a student that has a credit balance remaining after tuition, fees, and other applicable charges have been paid. A credit balance (negative balance) indicates payments exceed charges, and the student is due a refund. Refunds can take up to 14 days to process after aid is disbursed to the student’s account.
  • Refunds are delivered to students through BankMobile based on the student’s Refund Selection Preference. Delgado will NOT issue refund checks, so students MUST select a refund preference online through BankMobile. For more information on refunds and BankMobile, see Refund Questions on the Delgado website and/or https://dolphinonecard.vibeaccount.com/.

Deadlines

While students may apply for federal financial aid throughout the year, Delgado Community College has established financial aid processing priority dates for each enrollment period. If all financial aid documents are submitted by the processing priority date, financial aid will be packaged prior to the start of class.

  1. Priority Processing - Applications of students who have submitted all requested documentation by the established deadline dates listed below will be given priority. Students will be notified before the start of the semester/session if they qualify for Federal Title IV aid.
    Fall Semester            May 22
    Spring Semester       October 16
    Summer Session       March 18
  2. Documents received after priority processing date - If students do not submit all the requested documents by the deadline date, financial aid may not be processed by the start of the semester. However, the Financial Aid Office will attempt to process students within 30 days of receipt of the last document submitted.
  3. Late Applications - Students who apply for financial aid after the deadline date or fail to submit all documents on or before the deadline will be responsible for securing their class schedules, either by paying in full at the Bursar’s Office or by making payment arrangements online. If students register during early registration, they must make payment arrangements no later than the Thursday preceding the first day of regular registration. If students register during regular or late registration, they must pay in full or make payment arrangements before the close of business on the day they register.

Financial Aid Eligibility

In general, a student must meet the following requirements to qualify for Title IV Financial Aid:

  1. Demonstrate financial need (except for certain loans);
  2. Be a high school graduate or have a high school equivalency diploma from a state department of education or regionally accredited institution or demonstrate eligibility for Ability to Benefit Title IV funds through (1) continued enrollment in an eligible career pathway program  and (2) successful completion of six non-remedial credit hours or a qualifying score on an approved Ability to Benefit (ATB) Test (see First-Time Freshmen Financial Aid Eligibility section); 
  3. Be either a U.S. citizen or an eligible non-citizen;
  4. Be enrolled or accepted for enrollment as a regular student working toward a degree or certificate in an eligible program;
  5. Make satisfactory academic progress in a course of study;
  6. Not be in default of any educational loans at any school attended; or if in default, must have made satisfactory repayment arrangements;
  7. Not owe a refund on grants at any school attended;
  8. Register with the Selective Service. If required, the student can give Selective Service permission to register him by checking a box on the FAFSA.  He can also register through the Internet at the Selective Service website: www.sss.gov/;
  9. Have a valid Social Security Number.

First-time Freshmen Eligibility

First-time freshmen may be eligible for federal financial assistance if they fall into one of the following categories:

High School Graduates - High school graduates of state approved or regionally accredited schools of secondary education may be eligible for federal financial assistance. High school graduates from schools not approved by the state or schools/programs that are not regionally accredited may be eligible for federal financial assistance once they have demonstrated evidence of potential for success by completing an Adult Basic Education program, enrolling in an eligible Career Pathway Program, or attaining a high school equivalency.

High School Equivalency Diploma Recipients - High school equivalency diploma recipients of state approved or regionally accredited programs may be eligible for federal financial assistance. High school equivalency diploma recipients from schools or institutions that are not approved by the state or schools/programs that are not regionally accredited may be eligible for federal financial assistance once they have evidence of potential for success by completing an Adult Basic Education program, enrolling in an eligible Career Pathway Program, or attaining a high school equivalency.

Home School Graduates -  Home school graduates of state approved, state registered, or regionally accredited programs may be eligible for federal financial aid. Home school graduates of programs that are not state approved, state registered, or regionally accredited may be eligible for federal financial assistance once they have obtained a high school equivalency diploma from a state approved or regionally accredited program or have demonstrated evidence of potential for success by ​completing an Adult Basic Education program, enrolling in an eligible Career Pathway Program, or attaining a high school equivalency.

Non-High School Graduates – Non-High School graduates may be eligible for federal financial assistance once they have demonstrated evidence of potential for success by completing an Adult Basic Education program, enrolling in an eligible Career Pathway Program, or attaining a high school equivalency.  Non-high school graduates who do not attain the required level on the Ability to Benefit (ATB) assessment as defined by the U. S. Department of Education are enrolled as non-degree/certificate seeking (non-matriculating). Applicants in this category are not eligible for federal financial assistance and are limited to 11 credit hours before meeting admission requirements. 

Non-high school graduates who are enrolling in a Technical Competency Area (TCA) program are not required to take the Ability to Benefit (ATB) assessment; they are can be enrolled as non-degree/certificate seeking (non-matriculating) and are limited to courses in the program. Applicants in this category are not eligible for federal financial assistance.

General Information

Delgado Community College has a comprehensive financial assistance program to help meet the cost of education. The College offers student financial assistance programs:

  • Federal Pell Grant

  • Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG)

  • Federal College Work-Study (FCWS) (FWS)

  • Direct Unsubsidized Loans

  • Direct Subsidized Loans

  • Direct PLUS Loans for Parents

  • Veterans Benefits

Financial Assistance is the economic assistance available to help students meet the difference between what they can afford to pay and what it will actually cost to go to school. This assistance is provided in one of the following forms:

  1. Grants - Grants are a form of non-repayable assistance.  Grants are awarded based on the student’s need and availability of funds. See Grants  .
  2. Scholarships - Academic scholarships are awards based on academic achievement. Participation in student activities or special talents are required for Leadership Scholarships. Scholarships do not have to be repaid. See Scholarships and Awards  .
  3. Loans - Loans are financial awards with a low interest rate made to students attending at least half-time, which must be repaid to the lender.  Repayments usually begin 6 months after graduation, withdrawal from school, or when a student drops to less than half-time. All first-time loan recipients must complete an online entrance counseling session at www.studentloans.gov before receiving student loan funds. In addition, Delgado’s Federal Default Management Program requires that all funds for first-time loan recipients be delayed thirty (30) days from the first day of class. See Other Forms of Financial Assistance .
  4. Employment - Employment opportunities are provided through the Federal College Work-Study Program, the Federal Community Service Program, and the Campus Work-Study Program. See Federal College Work-Study at Grants  .

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