The College must calculate the amount of Federal and State aid that was not earned for the term. Unearned aid funds must be returned to the appropriate programs. In this case, students may be required to repay a portion of their award for the term to DOE, the school, and/or other agencies. Some examples of aid which fall under Federal or State categories are: Pell Grants, SEOG, NCELS, NCCCG, NC Reach, Federal TAP, and Direct Loans.
The return of funds are credited in the following order: Unsubsidized Stafford Loans, Subsidized Stafford Loans, Federal PLUS Loans, Federal Pell Grants, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants, and other Title IV funds for which a return of funds is required.
Wilson Community College offers a variety of state and federal grants. In order for the Financial Aid Department to evaluate eligibility, students must complete a current Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The FAFSA application can be completed online at www.fafsa.ed.gov or students can obtain a paper application in the Financial Aid Department. Students must maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress as stated in the catalog to receive federal or state aid. Examples of such aid are Pell, NCCCG, ELS, FWS & Direct Loans. The grants offered through Wilson Community College include:
Federal Pell Grant awards range each school year as determined by Congress. These awards generally do not have to be repaid. However, students who withdraw from all coursework prior to the 60% point of the term (as stated in the Academic Calendar) will typically owe a pro-rated amount of Pell (Title IV) to the Department of Education (DOE). Failure to repay an overpayment will result in loss of Title IV aid eligibility.
The College must calculate the amount of Title IV (Federal) aid that was not earned for the term. Unearned Title IV aid funds must be returned to the Title IV program. In this case, students may be required to repay a portion of their Pell award for the term to DOE and/or the school.
Pell disbursements are based on current hours for classes in approved program of study. Checks will be disbursed initially for those who are eligible and in attendance. Subsequent disbursements for adjusted amounts or for those students whose eligibility is verified during the semester will be made as soon as possible after verifying documentation has been received.
Students are limited to one course repeat if it is being taken to improve the grade. In addition, enrollment in remedial/developmental coursework is limited to 30 credit hours. Courses taken outside the repeat & remedial limit will not be considered in the enrollment status for Grant disbursement. Awards will be prorated for enrollment status less than full-time if eligible according to the Federal Pell Grant Disbursement Schedule.
Pell checks are mailed once funds are posted to the account. The following is an estimated schedule for initial disbursements.
- Fall Semester – September 18
- Spring Semester – February 20
- Summer Semester – June 19
Eligible students may receive a Pell Grant twice in an academic year if they are full-time both terms. If a student registers less than full-time in a given term, the remaining Pell eligibility can be used in the summer. For Wilson Community College, the Fall Semester is the beginning of a new financial aid academic year and requires a new FAFSA application.
**We advise all students to visit with a financial aid representative before withdrawing from any course. **
NORTH CAROLINA COMMUNITY COLLEGE GRANT (NCCCG)
The 1999 North Carolina General Assembly allocated $5 million to provide need-based assistance for community college students. To be considered, students must have completed a current FAFSA application, be enrolled at least half-time and be a NC resident for tuition purposes. Although these grants are typically a free type of assistance failing to complete the term may leave students owing a balance.
NORTH CAROLINA EDUCATION LOTTERY SCHOLARSHIP (NCELS)
The North Carolina Education Lottery Scholarship is similar to the NCCCG. Eligibility is determined based on the current year FAFSA application, as well as student’s enrollment status. Withdrawing may leave students owing a balance.
FEDERAL SUPPLEMENTAL EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITY GRANTS (SEOG)
Awards are based on financial need and academic promise. These grants are available to a limited number of students and eligibility is established by the Financial Aid Department. Wilson Community College requires SEOG recipients to maintain a 2.7 or higher cumulative grade point average. SEOG grants do not generally have to be repaid. However, if students withdraw prior to the 60% point of the term they may owe a prorated amount of their award to DOE and the college.
For additional information on these or any grants, please visit the Financial Aid Department located in Building F, or by telephone at 252-246-1417.
Wilson Community College offers the Child Care Assistance program to student-parents in order to contribute to their daycare expenses while enrolled at our institution. We encourage all curriculum student-parents to complete this application. The application will be available at the beginning of each Fall semester under Campus News and Events.
The Child Care Coordinator evaluates each individual applicant based on results from the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (www.fafsa.gov).
For more information on Wilson Community College’s Child Care Assistance Program, call: 252-246-1274.
Federal regulations require all institutions of higher education to establish minimum standards of Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) that students must meet in order to receive financial assistance from Title IV programs. Institutions are further required to establish a qualitative and quantitative measure SAP.
SAP standards apply to all federal (Title IV) and state awarded funds. In order to maintain eligibility, students must meet SAP standards adopted by the College based on guidelines set by the US Department of Education.
Once final grades have been posted at the end of each semester, an evaluation will be performed to determine the student’s SAP standing. To remain in good academic standing and to be eligible to receive financial aid, a student must meet the following conditions:
- Qualitative Satisfactory Academic Progress – Qualitative satisfactory academic progress for financial aid eligibility is determined by grade point average (GPA). WCC identifies two GPA measures – an academic GPA and a financial aid GPA. The difference between the two types of GPAs is:
*The academic GPA does not include grades earned in developmental courses.
*The financial aid GPA does include grades earned in developmental courses.
NOTE: A student must maintain a cumulative 2.0 GPA each semester; otherwise, he or she will be placed on Financial Aid GPA Warning. During the semester of warning, the student will receive financial aid and must re-establish a 2.0 GPA by meeting the cumulative GPA requirement by the end of the semester of warning. If a student has not re-established the cumulative GPA requirement after one semester of warning, he or she will be placed on Financial Aid GPA Suspension and ALL forms of federal and state financial aid to the student will be suspended. Students will be notified when being placed on Financial Aid GPA Warning or Suspension
- Quantitative Satisfactory Academic Progress
There are two methods of measuring quantitative SAP:
Pace of Progression – 67% Rule – A student must pass two-thirds or 67% of their cumulative attempted hours at the College each semester; otherwise he or she will be placed on Financial Aid SAP Warning. During the semester of warning, the student will receive financial aid and must re-establish SAP by meeting the 67% cumulative passing requirement.If a student has not reestablished SAP after one semester of warning, the student will be placed on Financial Aid SAP Suspension and ALL forms of federal and state financial aid to the student will be suspended. Students will be notified when being placed on Financial Aid SAP Warning or Suspension.Maximum Time Frame (MTF) – 150% Rule – Per federal mandate, a student will be allowed to receive financial assistance until the student has (a) attempted a maximum of 150% of the hours required to complete his/her chosen degree, diploma, or certificate OR (b) until the Financial Aid Office determines it is not mathematically possible for a student to complete his or her program within the MTF.The Financial Aid Office may review a student’s record at any time if they suspect that a student will not be able to complete their program within the time limit. A warning letter will be issued to a student upon attempting 120% of the hours required for their program. However, if it is not mathematically possible for a student to complete his or her program within the MTF, he or she will be placed on Financial Aid MTF Suspension and ALL forms of federal and state financial aid to the student will be suspended. Students will be notified when being placed on Financial Aid warning or MTF suspension.
Appeals: A student who would like to appeal their SAP suspension may see the Director of Financial Aid for a SAP appeal form. Appeals can only be considered in the event of a mitigating circumstance which occurred during the term when the SAP standards were not met. A student should attach documentation to support their appeal.