Financial Aid Information


Financial Aid Information

 

All information about financial aid and work-study opportunities may be requested from the Financial Aid Office in the Student Services Office, Student Center Building, room 208.

 

Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy

Federal and state laws require that students must be making satisfactory academic progress (SAP) in their course of study in order to receive federal financial assistance. These standards apply to all periods of attendance, even periods when a student did not receive financial aid. The Angelina College Financial Aid Office will assess satisfactory academic progress at the end of each payment period (Fall term, Spring term, and Summer term).

Maximum Time Frame: A student receiving financial aid will be expected to complete his/her educational course of study within a reasonable period of time. The maximum credit hour limit is 150% of the credit hours of the published degree/course requirements for the specific program in which the student is enrolled. Credit hours transferred from another college or university will be included. Developmental hours will be excluded from the 150% maximum. Once the maximum attempted hours are reached, the student is placed on Financial Aid Suspension. No warning letters are provided for maximum time frame.

To make Satisfactory Academic Progress, a student must meet the following:

  1. Minimum Grade Point Average (GPA): This is a qualitative measure that evaluates a student’s GPA on coursework at Angelina College. Students will maintain SAP if their GPA is as follows:

 

Credit Hours Attempted Minimum GPA
1 – 20 hours 1.5 GPA
21 – 30 hours 1.75 GPA
31 and above 2.00 GPA

 

  1. Completion Pace: This is a quantitative formula that measures whether a student is on pace to complete their education within the maximum time frame. A student must complete at least two thirds of the total cumulative hours attempted. Attempted hours for financial aid purposes are the hours a student was enrolled in at the Census Date. Grades of W, I or F will count as non-completed courses. Repeated courses are calculated as a part of pace. A grade of IP in a developmental course will be considered as completion of that course. Credit hours transferred from another institution are counted toward pace but not toward GPA.

 

Warning and Suspension: A student will be placed on financial aid warning status for one payment period if his/her cumulative GPA or Completion Pace is less than that required as stated above. Students will still be eligible for aid for the payment period that they are on a financial aid warning status. If the student does not reach the Minimum GPA or Completion Pace standards by the end of the warning payment period he/she will be placed on financial aid suspension, and ineligible for Title IV financial aid assistance or TPEG. Students will be notified of their warning or suspension status.

 

Reinstatement of Financial Aid: A student who has lost eligibility for financial aid assistance may regain eligibility by making Satisfactory Academic Progress if they take coursework which raises their minimum Grade Point Average (GPA) and Completion Rate to the levels outlined above. The student should contact the financial aid office once they have met these requirements.

A student who has been placed on Financial Aid Suspension may also submit a written appeal of their suspension to the Financial Aid Office if they feel their inability to make satisfactory academic progress was the result of the death of a relative, an injury or illness of the student, or other special circumstances. The appeal must include a detailed explanation of why the student failed to make satisfactory academic progress, and what has changed in the student’s situation that will allow them to demonstrate satisfactory academic progress by the end of the next payment period. The appeal must include a degree plan signed by the student’s advisor, and supporting documentation to assist the appeals committee in making a determination.

The financial aid appeals committee will consider the written appeal, and notification of the committee’s decision will be sent to the student prior to the next registration period. Financial Aid appeals will not be processed during a registration period.

 

Developmental Courses

Students may receive aid for no more than 30 credit hours of remedial coursework.

 

Repeating Courses

Students will be allowed to repeat courses for failed or incomplete grades. Students may receive aid only one time for repeating a passed course. In both cases, however, hours attempted for repeating courses will be included in the maximum credit hour limit of 150% as specified in “Maximum Time Frame” above. Refer to the “System of Grading” section of the General Bulletin for repeated course GPA calculation.

 

Minimum Academic Standards for Students Receiving VA Educational Benefits:

Satisfactory progress: A student who is receiving VA educational benefits must maintain a cumulative GPA according to the Financial Aid Satisfactory Academic Progress chart above to be considered to be making satisfactory progress.

Probation: Students receiving VA educational benefits who fail to achieve the above cumulative GPA, based on the hours attempted, shall be placed on probation for one semester or summer term. If a student achieves a semester or summer term GPA of 2.0 or better during the probationary period, but has not achieved the required cumulative GPA, the student may be continued on probation for one more semester or summer term.

Unsatisfactory Progress: If the student on probation fails to achieve a 2.0 GPA at the end of the first probationary period, the student will be reported to the VARO as making unsatisfactory progress. A student who fails to achieve a 2.0 GPA for the second probationary period will be reported to the VARO as being suspended.

 

Student Consumer Information

In order to keep future and currently enrolled students informed regarding available financial aid at Angelina College, the following information is submitted for the student’s benefit. Any student wishing to review the documents concerning Angelina College’s accreditation, approvals, and licensing of educational and professional agencies should contact the Dean of Instruction in the Administration Building. The director of financial aid or his/her designee is available to provide students with information concerning financial aid resources at Angelina College. This office is located in room 208 of the Student Center building.

The average direct educational expense for a student at Angelina College is approximately $2,117 per semester for tuition, fees, books and supplies based on 14 credit hours. Indirect expenses to consider are transportation, room and board, and miscellaneous items. The budget total for these indirect expenses, as authorized by the Texas Coordinating Board, ranges from $4,385 for a student who lives with parents/relatives to $5,712 for an off-campus student per semester. The average cost for a resident student living in the college dormitory is $4,300. This figure includes tuition, fees, books, room, board, and miscellaneous expenses for one semester for a student enrolled in 14 credit hours. A comparison of Angelina College’s costs to that of other Texas colleges can be found online at collegeforalltexans.com/apps/CollegeMoney. A chart showing actual costs of tuition and fees may be found in the Finances section of this bulletin.

To be eligible to receive Title IV financial aid, a student must be either a United States citizen or an eligible non-citizen, must have a high school diploma or its recognized equivalent, and be making satisfactory progress toward a certificate or degree. In addition, the student must file with the Office of Financial Aid a Student Aid Report (SAR), a statement of selective service registration status, proof of previous year’s family income, official transcripts from colleges and all other documents needed to verify application information as requested.

All applications and required forms are available in the office of financial aid located in room 208 of the college Student Center. The Free Application for Federal Student Aid for the upcoming year is available online at www.fafsa.ed.gov beginning in January.

All Title IV Federal Government programs are awarded according to financial need. Pell Grant awards are based upon the Estimated Family Contribution (EFC) number, as reported on the Student Aid Report from the Department of Education, and the academic load for the semester. All other awards are based on need, eligibility, other financial aid awarded to the student, and the total amount of government allocations to the college.

The Federal Work-Study program eligibility is based upon the same criteria as other Title IV financial aid. A student must be enrolled during the employment period. The student works at scheduled times and performs the various duties outlined in the job description. Job descriptions are available in the Human Resources Office. All jobs reflect actual work experiences and students can be terminated if the student cannot perform the job duties as described in the job description or for due cause. Students are paid monthly.

All eligible students whose financial aid is complete are arranged in descending order according to need and awards of the Title IV monies and other grant funds, other than PELL, are made at that time. State allocated funds are disbursed to eligible students on a first-come, first served basis. The amounts will vary depending on the amount of funds allocated by the government to the college. Once the awards are made, the office of financial aid notifies the recipients. A second award process is conducted following registration to award any unclaimed funds.

Award payments for tuition, fees, books, and on-campus room and board are disbursed at registration. When the student is processed at registration, the cost for the above items is deducted from the award and the student receives the remainder of the award, if any, within two weeks of the college’s cutoff of further charges to the award. Any awards made after balance disbursement checks have been issued will be made by check within two fourteen days of file completion. All checks will be mailed to the address on file in the Office of the Registrar.

 

Financial Aid Refund Policy

Financial aid will be awarded to student accounts by the Financial Aid Office, and the Business Office will apply payments for tuition and fees, room and board for dormitory students, and any charges authorized by the student, to the aid in their student account through the end of the add/drop period (Census Date or 12th Class Day; see the schedule published in the Angelina College General Bulletin for this date each term). At the end of the add/drop period, the Financial Aid Office and Business Office will review each student’s account and eligibility for aid, make any adjustments for changes in enrollment status, and then calculate student account balances. Once a determination has been made, if a credit balance refund is due the student, the refund is made to the student within 14 days. The refund will be issued in the form of a check made payable to the student, and mailed to the student’s address on file with the Office of the Registrar. If aid is awarded or the student withdraws from their classes after the end of the add/drop period, any credit balance refunds due to the student will be issued within 14 days of the award date or withdrawal date on a rolling basis during each semester.

 

Changes in enrollment status, including dropping courses, withdrawing from the college, or stopping attendance, could result in a reduction of the students’ financial aid award, and therefore may reduce or eliminate a potential credit balance. Credit balance refunds, where tuition and fee payments are made by any federal, state, or local financial aid program will be credited back to the proper program if a student:

 

1. Withdraws or fails to complete a period of enrollment.

2. Reduces their credit to below their original Pell award status.

3. Does not register for the period of attendance for which aid was intended.

 

Angelina College follows the state-mandated refund policy for students who withdraw from all classes OR reduce their credit hour load, as follows:

 

Regular Terms

Date of Withdrawal               % Refund

Prior to 1st class day . . . . . . . . . . 100%

During the first 15 class days . . . . 70%

During 16th thru 20th class days . .25%

After the 20th class day . . . . . . . . . 0%

 


Summer Terms

Date of Withdrawal             % Refund

Prior to 1st class day . . . . . . . . . . 100%

During the first 5 class days . . . . . 70%

During the 6th class day . . . . . . . . 25%

After the 6th class day . . . . . . . . . . 0%

 

Students planning to drop a course or withdraw from the college should see the Financial Aid Office to determine how their aid will be affected. A student may drop a course or courses by completing the necessary form in the Office of the Registrar. A student withdrawing from the college must see their assigned advisor to complete an exit interview, and submit their request in writing in person or via fax or mail. All necessary forms can be obtained in the Office of the Registrar. Please see the Angelina College General Bulletin for complete requirements for officially withdrawing from the college.

 

According to federal regulations refunds must be credited back to the federal programs in this order*:

1. Federal Pell Grant Program

2. Federal SEOG Program

3. Other Title IV Programs

4. Other Federal, State, private, or institutional assistance

5. The student

* Angelina College does not participate in any student loan programs, including the Federal Stafford Loan, the Perkins Loan, or the Federal Plus programs.

Financial Aid Return to Title IV Policy

Students receiving financial aid who withdraw or stop attending may be required to return a portion of financial aid received. Federal regulations [HEA Section 484B, 485(a)(1)(F), 34 CFR 668.22] require Angelina College to calculate a refund and repayment of federal aid (Pell Grant and FSEOG at Angelina College) received by students who withdraw prior to the 60% point of a term for which he/she has received federal financial aid.

 

Withdrawal Date

According to these regulations, Angelina College and the student are allowed to retain only the amount of Title IV (federal) financial aid that is earned. If a student withdraws or stops participating in classes, a portion of the aid received is considered to be unearned and must be returned to the Title IV programs from which it was received. For Title IV purposes, the last date of academic attendance is one of the following: the date the formal withdrawal process begins, the date the student otherwise gives official notice of intent to withdraw (e.g., letter, withdrawal form, in-person), the mid-point of the term, or the last documented date of attendance in an academically-related activity (e.g., documented attendance in a class or lab or submission of an assignment in an on-line course).

Process for Calculation of Amount of Title IV Aid Earned by the Student

For any financial aid recipient who terminates enrollment prior to the 60% point of the semester, the Financial Aid office will calculate Return of Title IV refunds every 30 days up through the 60% point of the semester. The percentage of aid the student has earned is equal to the percentage of the semester the student has completed (date the student withdrew from all classes). This percentage is computed by dividing the total number of calendar days completed as of the last date of attendance by the total number of calendar days in the term. The percentage of Title IV assistance to which the student is entitled (has “earned”) is equal to this completed percentage, up to 60%. If the withdrawal occurs after the 60% point, the percentage is equal to 100%. The amount of Title IV aid which must be returned is based on the percentage of unearned aid. That percentage is computed by subtracting earned aid from 100%.

A student who fails all of their classes in a term may be subject to a Return to Title IV (R2T4) calculation. If a student “earned” at least one of their F’s (i.e. they participated in class until the end of the semester and received an F for poor performance), then no calculation is required. However, if the student failed all classes because they stopped attending at some point in the semester, then a R2T4 calculation is required based on the last documented date of attendance. If a last date of attendance cannot be determined, the 50% point of the term will be used as the withdrawal date, and the unearned aid will be 50%.

Post-Withdrawal Disbursement

If the student received less federal financial aid than the amount earned, Angelina College will disburse the amount of earned grant funds that are not credited to the student’s account. This post-withdrawal disbursement is paid directly to the student in the form of a check sent to the student’s address on file in the Office of the Registrar. This check will be sent within 45 days after Angelina College has determined that the student withdrew.

Title IV Aid to be Returned by Angelina College

Angelina College is required to return the lesser of the unearned aid percentage applied to institutional charges, or the unearned aid percentage applied to the total Title IV aid received, within 45 days of the date of determination of the withdrawal. Unearned aid will be returned to the aid programs in the following order: Federal Pell Grant, FSEOG.

Title IV Aid to be Returned by the Student

The student is required to pay the difference between the amount of unearned aid and the amount returned by the College. Federal regulations allow colleges and universities to charge a student for any amount paid on the student’s behalf. Angelina College considers a student responsible for reimbursement of any expenditures made on his or her behalf beyond tuition and fees, books, and room and board for dormitory students, and will bill the student for any account balance created when the college is required to return the financial aid.

The student must return the unearned aid that the school is not responsible for returning. If the student’s portion of the unearned aid includes federal grants, they are only required to return the grant amount that exceeds 50% of the original federal grant aid received for that semester. If the amount the student owes is less than $50, then no payment is required.

Financial Aid Overpayments and Loss of Eligibility for Aid

If a Return of Title IV calculation determines that a student owes money to the Department of Education, that student is considered to have received an overpayment. Within 30 days of this determination, the student will be sent a letter notifying them of the balance that they owe. They will be given 45 days to repay the debt to Angelina College from the date the notification is sent. Any unpaid accounts will be reported to the National Student Loan Data System (NSLDS) and turned over to the Debt Resolution Services for collection. Any student considered to have received an overpayment is not eligible for federal financial aid at any institution until the overpayment is resolved. The overpayment may be resolved by being paid in full to Angelina College. It can also be resolved by contacting the Debt Resolution Services if the account has been referred for collection. The student must pay the overpayment amount in full or make payment arrangements with Debt Resolution Services.

 

Financial Aid Deadlines

In order for students to have their financial aid funds available for use at registration, all financial aid papers must be complete and in the Financial Aid Office before the following dates:

 

Summer Semester…April 28th

Fall Semester…July 20th

Spring Semester…November 15th

 

Students who do NOT have their financial aid papers complete at the deadlines indicated will have to seek alternative ways to pay for their tuition, fees, books, etc. These students will receive their financial aid monies at the date of the usual second disbursement.

Types of Student Financial Aid Available

PELL grants. The Federal PELL grant program is a federal aid program designed to provide financial assistance to those students who demonstrate financial need. Eligibility for this program is limited to students who have never received a bachelor’s degree, are enrolled, and who meet the need-based criteria set up by the federal government. Applications for this program are available online at www.fafsa.ed.gov. The application is processed, need is determined, and a Student Aid Report is mailed directly to the student, with a copy sent to all schools listed by the Student on the FAFSA. The college will review the SAR information, request additional documentation as neded, and review the Student’s eligibility for aid, so that an actual award can be determined.

Other Grant Programs. The Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG), Texas Public Education Grant (TPEG), Texas Grant, and Texas Educational Opportunity Grant (TEOG) are all needs-based programs. A student must file a FAFSA in order to be considered for any of these programs.

Federal Student Loans. Angelina College does not participate in any student loan program.

Federal Work-study. Through cooperative funding between the Federal Govern-ment, the State of Texas, and Angelina College, the college is able to provide employment for students on campus while they attend school. During the school year, part-time employment, not to exceed an average of fifteen (15) hours per week, is offered to students who show evidence of financial need. When classes are not in session, qualified students may work up to thirty-five (35) hours per week.

To qualify for such employment, students must be enrolled or must be accepted for enrollment in the following semester, must evidence good academic standing and must show evidence of financial need. Students accepted for employment in this program may be assigned some activity under the college jurisdiction. Types of jobs offered include office clerk, library assistant, grounds keeper and laboratory assistant.

Student Employment Referral Service (SERS). The Student Employment Referral Service maintains a file of employment opportunities available to students in the Lufkin area. The office of the Student Employment Referral Service (located in Room 209 of the Student Center) has information concerning these opportunities. This office also posts the job openings on the bulletin board on the first floor of the Student Center.

Scholarship/Tuition Waivers. Angelina College offers a number of scholarships, some based upon academic performance and others for specific criteria. See page 52 of this bulletin for a complete listing of institutional scholarships. There are a number of tuition waivers mandated by the Texas State Legislature.

 

Financial Assistance for Veterans and Their Dependents

Angelina College is committed to assisting veterans in making the transition to college life, and to helping veterans secure the federal VA and state education benefits available to help them pay for college coursework for themselves and their eligible dependents. The VA Certifying Official is located in Room 208 of the Student Center.

 

 

Federal Veterans Benefits

Students seeking financial assistance through one of the federal VA programs (see list below) must meet with the VA Certifying Official prior to the start of their first semester to AC to make sure their file is complete. The following documents are required before the VA Certifying Official will certify the student for VA benefits:

1. Certificate of Eligibility (apply at www.gibill.va.gov)

2. 28-1905 from Houston case manager (for Vocational Rehabilitation recipients)

3. DD Form 214 (member 4 copy if Veteran)

4. Transcripts (military transcript AND an official transcript from all college attended)

5. Kicker Documentation (if applicable)

6. 22-1995 or 22-5494 (submit online at www.gibill.va.gov if a transfer student or changing degree plans)

7. Class Schedule

8. NOBE (if using 1606)

 

All chapters must pay for tuition by the published deadline unless using Vocational Rehabilitation or Post 9/11 Benefits. Angelina College is not a Yellow Ribbon institution, so out of state post 9/11 students must pay their out of state fees.

The following VA Benefits are available:

Montgomery G.I. Bill®(Chapter 30). The MGIB program provides up to 36 months of education benefits. This benefit may be used for degree and certificate programs. Remedial, deficiency, and refresher courses may be approved under certain circumstances. Generally, benefits are payable for 10 years following your release from active duty.

Post 9/11 G.I. Bill® (Chapter 33). The Post-9/11 G.I. Bill® provides financial support for education and housing to individuals with at least 90 days of aggregate service after September 11, 2001, or individuals discharged with a service-connected disability after 30 days. You must have received an honorable discharge to be eligible for the Post-9/11 G.I. Bill®.

Public Law 894. Under the provisions of this law, veterans who, as a result of a service-connected disability, require retraining or other vocational rehabilitation, may be entitled to educational assistance. Veterans must meet with a vocational rehabilitation counselor from the VA to receive these benefits.

Students who meet one of these conditions should contact the Veterans Representative in room 208 of the Student Center. Any students enrolling under any of the various provisions outlined herein should bring with them sufficient funds to defray initial costs of tuition, fees, books, personal expenses, etc., since there is usually a period of four to six weeks before the veteran or other eligible person receives the initial payment from the Veterans Administration.

Hazlewood Act. The Hazlewood Act is a State of Texas benefit that provides qualified Veterans, spouses, and dependent children with an education benefit of up to 150 hours of tuition exemption, including some fee charges, at public institutions of higher education in Texas. This does NOT include living expenses, books, or supply fees. Veterans and their dependents who feel they may qualify for benefits under the Hazlewood Act should review the information and applications provided on the webpage of the Texas Veterans Commission at http://www.tvc.texas.gov/Hazlewood-Act.aspx. Completed applications and all supporting documentation should be submitted to the Veterans Financial Aid Advisor in Room 208 of the Student Center.

To qualify for the Hazlewood Act, a Veteran must:

  • At the time of entry into the U.S. Armed Forces, have designated Texas as Home of Record; or entered the service in Texas; or was a Texas resident;
  • Have received an honorable discharge or separation or a general discharge under honorable conditions;
  • Have served at least 181 days of active duty service (excluding training);
  • Have no federal Veteran’s education benefits, or have no federal Veterans education benefits dedicated to the payment of tuition and fees only (such as Chapter 33 or 31; Pell and SEOG are not relevant) for term or semester enrolled that do not exceed the value of Hazlewood benefits;
  • Not be in default on a student loan made or guaranteed by the State of Texas; and
  • Enroll in classes for which the college receives tax support.
  • Veterans who are granted their first Hazlewood Act exemption beginning fall, 2011 must reside in Texas during the semester or term for which the exemption is claimed. This requirement does not apply to the Veterans who either received the exemption prior to the 2011-2012 academic year, have reenlisted into active duty, or reside with a spouse who is on active duty.

The Hazlewood Act is also extended to spouses and dependent children of eligible active duty, Texas National Guard, and Air National Guard Veterans who died in the line of duty or as a result of injury or illness directly related to military service, are missing in action, or who became totally disabled for purposes of employability as a result of a service-related injury or illness. Each child and spouse will receive a 150 credit hour exemption.

Eligible Veterans may assign unused hours of exemption eligibility to a child under certain conditions. To qualify for the Hazlewood Legacy Act, a child must:

  • Qualify for resident tuition;
  • Be the biological child, stepchild, adopted child, or claimed as a dependent in the current or previous tax year;
  • Be 25 years old or younger on the first day of the semester or term for which the exemption is claimed (unless granted an extension due to a qualifying illness or debilitating condition); and
  • Make satisfactory academic progress in a degree, certificate, or continuing education program as determined by the institution.

State Vocational Rehabilitation

The Department of Assistive & Rehabilitative Services offers assistance for tuition and non-refundable fees to students who have certain disabling conditions provided a DARS counselor has approved their vocational objectives. Examples of such conditions are orthopedic deformities, emotional disorders, diabetes, epilepsy, heart conditions, etc. Other services are also available to assist the handicapped student to become employable. Application for such service should be made to:

 

Department of Assistive & Rehabilitative Services

Lufkin District Office

3201 South Medford Drive, #6

Lufkin TX 75901

(936) 639-2361