Due to the nature of financial aid, there are many different policies in place to help protect you in the best way possible. We also have policies regarding academics, progress, refunds, and privacy to name a few.
Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)
Academic Engagement and Attendance Policy
Verification of Academic Engagement and Attendance (for all classes) can be submitted to the Financial Aid office. If it is determined that the student is engaged academically, financial aid will be reinstated and the hold will be removed.
Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy
Students must maintain a cumulative minimum grade point average to be making satisfactory academic progress and to be eligible to receive financial aid.
See the chart before for Standards for Associate Degree and Certificate Seeking Students below.
A student must complete successfully two-thirds (66.6%) of the credits (earned credits/attempted credits) s/he attempts. All attempted credits resulting in either an academic grade or administrative transcript notation will be included in the quantitative calculation. Incomplete courses, course withdrawals, course repetitions, and noncredit remedial courses (with appropriate credit equivalency evaluation), and ESL courses will be included in this assessment. Transfer credits will be counted as attempted and earned credits in the calculation for determining satisfactory academic progress. Additionally, students who demonstrate a pattern of withdrawing from courses while maintaining SAP standards (for example, if they happen to have a large number of transfer credits) may be considered in violation of the SAP policy.
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Financial Aid Warning
Any student who fails to meet the minimum satisfactory academic progress standard will be placed on Financial Aid Warning. The Warning period will be the student’s next semester of enrollment at the college. The college will communicate the Warning status to the student and inform the student that s/he must meet the academic progress standard by the end of the subsequent enrollment period in order to maintain eligibility to participate in the financial aid program at the college. Students who demonstrate positive progress while on Warning (i.e. passing ALL classes) may have their Warning status carried forward if they do not yet meet standards for satisfactory academic progress. The student at this point will be given a status of Probation, indicating that the student is eligible, even though s/he is not at the required GPA and completion of 66.6%, but has shown good progress.
Any student who fails to pass any class or withdraws from any class while on a Warning or Probationary status and fails to meet minimum academic progress standards as a result will be considered out of compliance and his/her financial aid eligibility will be immediately terminated. The college will communicate the Termination status to the student and inform the student of the Reinstatement and Appeal Process available to him.
Maximum Credit Hours
A student will receive notification prior to the start of a period of enrollment via postal or email that will describe any changes to the status of their academic progress. Updates to academic progress standing may also be made available to students through the use of myCommnet online access.
Appeal Process and Probation
A student may request consideration for reinstatement through the following Appeal Process:
If the student feels his/her failure to meet the minimum satisfactory academic progress standard was the result of an unusual or extraordinary situation that affected successful progression, the student may appeal to the Financial Aid Office. Some personal mitigating circumstances could include illness or injury of the student or dependent of the student; a death in the family; or other undue hardship as the result of special circumstances. An appeal form is available in the Financial Aid Office.
To provide consistency in decision-making, a Financial Aid Administrator will make all appeal decisions in a timely manner after the receipt of the appeal form. The student must: 1) explain the extenuating circumstances causing the non-compliance; 2) substantiate it with third party documentation, (i.e. letter from the doctor who treated the student); and 3) give a detailed explanation of specifically what has changed that will allow satisfactory progress to be demonstrated at the next evaluation. If the appeal is approved, the student will be eligible and given a status of Financial Aid Probation. Students must continue to pass all classes to remain eligible.
Should an appeal be approved and the student is not mathematically able to return to satisfactory academic progress at the conclusion of subsequent enrollment period, a Financial Aid Administrator will devise an appropriate academic plan for the upcoming semester with the student. For example, the terms of an academic plan may be as follows:
- Register and successfully complete a minimum of six (6) credits; and
- Successfully complete these courses with a minimum GPA of 2.0.
At the end of the semester, grades will be evaluated. If the student has met the required terms of the academic plan, the student may continue to receive financial aid the following semester. If the student fails to meet the terms of the academic plan in any subsequent semester, the student will become ineligible to participate in the financial aid programs until the minimum requirements for academic progress are met. The student’s progress will continue to be monitored at the end of each semester with the same terms in place until the student is in compliance with CT Community Colleges’ satisfactory academic progress policy.
If the student’s appeal is denied and the student is already registered for the upcoming semester, the student is responsible for any monies owed to the college. If the student pays for the next semester and successfully completes all classes with a GPA of 2.0 or better, the student may appeal again after that semester.
Financial Aid Refund Policy
During the first 60 percent of the period, a student ‘earns’ Title IV funds in direct proportion to the length of time he or she remains enrolled. That is, the percentage of time during the period that the student remains enrolled is the percentage of disbursable aid for that period that the student earned. A student who remains enrolled beyond the 60 percent point earns all aid for the period.
Students who withdraw from a program are subject to a calculation that determines the amount of money that they may be required to pay back to the college or the federal government. This calculation will be in accordance with formulas and guidelines established by prevailing federal regulations, and funds will be allocated in the following order (not to exceed the original allotment from each source): Federal Direct Loan Program (unsubsidized and subsidized), Federal Pell Grant, Federal Supplemental Education Opportunity Grant and other funds.
In the case when R2T4 is performed and it results in the student owing money to the college, the Financial Aid office will mail a letter to the student with detailed information regarding the bill resulting from the R2T4 calculation.
When multiple schools report disbursements for a student, a federal system identifies a potential concurrent enrollment and sends a warning message to all schools involved. The Department of Education expects all schools involved to cooperate in resolving the concurrent enrollment issues. At times this results in a cancellation of funds by one institution where the student will be required to cover the balance out-of-pocket.
In their award of Pell funds to a student, schools are required to ensure that they do not originate awards that would result in a student receiving more than 100% of the student’s scheduled award for the year (or 150% in the case of summer Year-Round Pell).
Occasionally, due to a scheduling conflict or other exceptional circumstance, students need to take a class at another Connecticut community college. A consortium agreement allows the financial aid office at the Home school, where the student is pursuing a degree, to count these credits taken at a Host school in building the student’s financial aid package. Because financial aid cannot be disbursed at more than one institution, a consortium agreement authorized by the Home school, allows for combined enrollment between multiple schools, as long as all courses are approved as part of a student’s declared major.
Consortium Agreements for students whose Home school is MCC are available at the Financial Aid Office. If MCC will be your Host school, please visit the Financial Aid Office at your Home school for eligibility information.
Consortium Agreement Policies:
- Students must be enrolled in an eligible degree or certificate program, have been approved for financial aid, and be making Satisfactory Academic Progress at the Home School (MCC) during the semester they are participating in this agreement.
- Students are required to maintain at least one class at the Home School (MCC).
- Course(s) taken at the Host School must be required for the completion of your certificate or degree program at your Home School. The Home school will require the approval of an authorized official, often an Academic Advisor.
- Upon completion of the course, students must submit a grade transcript from the Host School to the Home School Registrar’s Office.
- Books are not covered by financial aid under the Consortium Agreement. Students are responsible for purchasing any books associated with courses covered by this agreement.
- Financial aid is awarded and disbursed by the Home School only.
- The Host School may require payment of tuition and/or fees from students at the time of registration regardless of their financial aid status. If the Consortium Agreement is completed late, the student may be required to pay the Host School.
- The Home School will make every effort to transfer the funds directly to the Host School. However, if the Host School does not bill, or bills late, the Home School will disburse the award directly to the student, and the student will be responsible for paying the Host School directly. If the eventual aid award is insufficient to cover all costs, the student will be responsible for all remaining expenses due to the Home and/or Host School.
Students must work with their Host institution to successfully admit and register for their desired courses.
For students whose Home school is MCC, the Financial Aid Office will communicate with the Host institution, informing them of the amount, if any, to be disbursed. MCC will also confirm enrollment and academic engagement in all classes after the start of the semester. Students taking courses at MCC as the Host school to fulfill requirements for four-year universities will be required to make the necessary payment out-of-pocket to reserve the seat in the class. If eligible, the university will then reimburse the student.
Allow three to five business days for the processing of submitted Consortium Agreements.
It is advised that all students consult with the Financial Aid Office before enrolling for classes at two or more institutions within the same enrollment period.