The Most Important Policies Every Student Must Know! What will happen to my financial aid if I drop or withdraw from a class? If you are receiving financial aid and drop or withdraw from a class after it has started, you may be required to repay federal funds. Check with the Financial Aid Office! back | home | next
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FAFSA (Federal Financial Aid) Complete your FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Financial Aid) each year. • Use 2016 tax returns for 2018-2019 FAFSA. Be sure to use the IRS Retrieval Tool. If you are selected for Federal Verification, your tax transcript will have already been provided to the college which will save time and effort. • Bergen Community College must be listed as one of your college choices. The school code is #004736. • If you need help, attend one of the 2018-2019 FAFSA Workshops at Bergen Community College, or view the “ 7 Easy Steps to the FAFSA” Video Tutorial. • Check Bergen Community College to see the Office of Financial Aid emailed you via your student email advising you were selected for Federal Verification. If selected, submit all documents required by the Office of Financial Aid via scanning process. You should receive an email confirmation within an hour advising that your documents were successfully scanned. • Check in Correspondence/My Documents in your Bergen Community College student portal to be sure you aren’t missing any documents. If your FAFSA is not listed in My Documents, the financial aid review process cannot begin. • Check Bergen Community College student email and student portal to be sure the Office of Financial Aid either sent you an award letter or an email stating you do not qualify for Financial Aid which signifies your file is complete. • Access How to be Sure Your Federal Financial Aid Review is Complete. 10
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5. Mean projections and mean student scores are calculated. Student Projection1 Student Score 1 Student Projection 2 Student Score 2 Student Projection 3 Student Score 3 Student Projection 4 Student Score 4 Student Projection 5 Your School Student Score 5 Student Projection 6 Student Score 6 Student Projection 7 Student Score 7 Student Projection 8 Student Score 8 Student Projection 9 Student Score 9 Student Projection 10 Student Score 10 Student Projection 11 Student Score 11 Student Projection 12 Student Score 12 Student Projection 13 Student Score 13 Student Projection 14 Student Score 14 Student Projection 15 Student Score 15 Student Projection 16 Student Score 16 Student Projection 17 Student Score 17 Student Projection 18 Student Score 18 Student Projection 19 Student Score 19 Student Projection 20 Student Score 20 Mean Projected Score Mean Student Score Copyright © 2003. Battelle for Kids
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FAFSA (Federal Financial Aid) Complete your FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Financial Aid) each year. •Use 2016 tax returns for 2018-2019 FAFSA. Be sure to use the IRS Retrieval Tool. If you are selected for Federal Verification, your tax transcript will have already been provided to the college which will save time and effort. •Bergen Community College must be listed as one of your college choices. The school code is #004736. •If you need help, attend one of the 2018-2019 FAFSA Workshops at Bergen Community College, or view the “ 7 Easy Steps to the FAFSA” Video Tutorial. •Periodically check your BCC student email to see if the Office of Financial Aid emailed you advising you were selected for Federal Verification. •Check your Financial Aid status in the new Self Service section of WebAdvisor to be sure you aren’t missing any documents and that your financial aid review process is complete, and if so, review and accept your Financial Aid Award Package. •Login with your BCC username and password and scan all required documents via the Office of Financial Aid scanners in Room A-128. You should receive an email confirmation within an hour advising that your documents were successfully scanned. •For detailed instructions, please access Federal Financial Aid Review Process (FAFSA): PowerPoint presentation or PDF version. To view the presentation, click “Enable Editing”, then click “Enable Content”. All links in the presentation and pdf version are clickable and videos are playable. 14
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Financial Aid Annual Process Beginning October 1 of each year: Student completes new year’s Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) www.fafsa.ed.gov TTUHSC receives FAFSA data from the Federal processor electronically. March: TTUHSC begins sending missing information emails to the student if additional documents are needed. Student returns those necessary documents to complete the financial aid file. May: TTUHSC emails award notice to the student. The award offer outlines the programs and funding the student is eligible to receive for the school year. Student completes the Federal Direct Loan Application process for the year. (only for students borrowing Federal Direct Loans). Student completes Grad Plus/Alternative loan application (only for students borrowing one of these loans) 10 days prior to the start of each semester: Student Business Services (SBS) Tuition Due date—ONLY for students not receiving Financial Aid 10 days prior to the start of each semester: • Federal Direct Loan and alternative loan processing service electronically sends loan funds to the school • Financial aid funds (loans, grants, & scholarships) are posted towards student’s tuition accounts The week before the start of each semester: • HSC SBS Office sends any refunds to student based on student’s refund preference. st
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NJ STARS Award • Students who are awarded enough federal and/or state-based financial aid to pay the tuition portion of their bill are considered “unfunded” NJ STARS students. Unfunded NJ STARS students are not awarded NJ STARS scholarships, however the federal and state financial aid process must be completed each academic year by posted deadlines to qualify for NJ STARS II scholarships. • NJ TAG (New Jersey Tuition Aid Grant) is a state-based financial aid award, and NJ STARS (New Jersey Student Tuition Assistance Reward Scholarship) is a merit based award. Some students may receive both but they are two totally different awards. • Students who are awarded NJ TAG must complete their FAFSA and the New Jersey Additional Application Questions by April 15th each year or they may temporarily or permanently become ineligible for NJ STARS scholarships. New and continuing students who did not receive NJ TAG have more time to complete the process but should still do so early in case any issues arise. • As long as the financial aid review process is complete for both federal and state financial aid, and students are in good standing, students who are not awarded financial aid, and students who are awarded only partial federal and/or state financial aid will see an Estimated NJ STARS award in the financial aid section of their BCC student portal. • Estimated awards will not be shown until all NJ STARS students are certified on HESAA Roster which is usually sometime in late November during Fall semesters, and sometime in late April during Spring semesters. • Once an estimated award appears in the BCC student portal, you should also see the award in the HESAA student portal. It will first show as unpaid but when a green dollar sign appears, the NJ STARS payment has been made to Bergen Community College. • Students who receive NJ STARS scholarships will first see an “Estimated” NJ STARS award in their student portal. Please do not accept estimated awards. Once applied to your bill, the award will no longer show as estimated. 25
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NJ STARS Award • Students who are awarded enough federal and/or state-based financial aid to pay the tuition portion of their bill are considered “unfunded” NJ STARS students. Unfunded NJ STARS students are not awarded NJ STARS scholarships, however the federal and state financial aid process must be completed each academic year by published deadlines to qualify for NJ STARS II scholarships. • NJ TAG (New Jersey Tuition Aid Grant) is a state-based financial aid award, and NJ STARS (New Jersey Student Tuition Assistance Reward Scholarship) is a merit based award. Some students may receive both but they are two totally different awards. • Students who are awarded NJ TAG must complete their FAFSA and the New Jersey Additional Application Questions by April 15th each year or they may temporarily or permanently become ineligible for NJ STARS scholarships. New and continuing students who did not receive NJ TAG have more time to complete the process but should still do so early in case any issues arise. • As long as the financial aid review process is complete for both federal and state financial aid, and students are in good standing, students who are not awarded financial aid, and students who are awarded only partial federal and/or state financial aid will see an Estimated NJ STARS award in the financial aid section of their BCC student portal. • Estimated awards will not be shown until all NJ STARS students are certified on HESAA Roster which is usually sometime in late November during Fall semesters, and sometime in late April during Spring semesters. • Once an estimated award appears in the BCC student portal, you should also see the award in the HESAA student portal. It will first show as unpaid but when a green dollar sign appears, the NJ STARS payment has been made to Bergen Community College. • Students who receive NJ STARS scholarships will first see an “Estimated” NJ STARS award in their student portal. Please do not accept estimated awards. Once applied to your bill, the award will no longer show as estimated. 22
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NJ STARS Award • Students who are awarded enough federal and/or state-based financial aid to pay the tuition portion of their bill are considered “unfunded” NJ STARS students. Unfunded NJ STARS students are not awarded NJ STARS scholarships, however the federal and state financial aid process must be completed each academic year by posted deadlines to qualify for NJ STARS II scholarships. • NJ TAG (New Jersey Tuition Aid Grant) is a state-based financial aid award, and NJ STARS (New Jersey Student Tuition Assistance Reward Scholarship) is a merit based award. Some students may receive both but they are two totally different awards. • Students who are awarded NJ TAG must complete their FAFSA and the New Jersey Additional Application Questions by April 15th each year or they may temporarily or permanently become ineligible for NJ STARS scholarships. New and continuing students who did not receive NJ TAG have more time to complete the process but should still do so early in case any issues arise. • As long as the financial aid review process is complete for both federal and state financial aid, and students are in good standing, students who are not awarded financial aid, and students who are awarded only partial federal and/or state financial aid will see an Estimated NJ STARS award in the financial aid section of their BCC student portal. • Estimated awards will not be shown until all NJ STARS students are certified on HESAA Roster which is usually sometime in late November during Fall semesters, and sometime in late April during Spring semesters. • Once an estimated award appears in the BCC student portal, you should also see the award in the HESAA student portal. It will first show as unpaid but when a green dollar sign appears, the NJ STARS payment has been made to Bergen Community College. • Students who receive NJ STARS scholarships will first see an “Estimated” NJ STARS award in their student portal. Please do not accept estimated awards. Once applied to your bill, the award will no longer show as estimated. 13
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Financial Information Financial Aid Things to Know Did you know… That you can lose your federal financial aid if you do not meet Standards of Progress-ie. You must pass 66.6% of all college courses ever taken, and you cannot be academically suspended. That you can appeal your loss of financial aid provided you have documentation of extenuating circumstances such as severe illness or change of program. However, you should make the Appeal immediately upon receipt of your letter so you can be sure to get an answer in a timely manner. Write your appeal using the form provided by the Financial Aid Office, have a Counselor review it (required) and submit it to the IVCC Director of Financial Aid. That you must re-apply for financial aid Every Year - apply in the Spring for the upcoming Fall through Summer terms. Be sure to visit with the IVCC Financial Aid Counselors for more help and information. back | home | next
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Module 6: Holds Topic 1: Hold Definitions Grades (continued) The chart below provides information on the reason each hold is applied and how it is resolved. Type of Hold Reason for Hold How to Resolve Course Grade– Withdraw Received a grade of W Course Grade Graduate Received a grade below a B in graduate classes Soldier will be required to repay the Army for TA-funded portion of class tuition. The hold will be lifted automatically after TA recoupment has been initiated. Course Grade Undergraduate Received a grade below a C in undergraduate classes Soldier will be required to repay the Army for TA-funded portion of class tuition. The hold will be lifted automatically after TA recoupment has been initiated. No Grade Student has no grade 45 days after the end date of the class When your grade has been posted, your hold is automatically removed Withdrew from class after drop deadline Work with the instructor and Army Education Counselor to explore options before processing a withdrawal; repay Army for the TA-funded portion of the class 132
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If you decide to buy a computer, delay the purchase until the end of the summer or the beginning of the school year since computer performance/price ratios tend to increase as time goes on. Also, know that many computers don’t come equipped with Microsoft Office, though it’s essential. If you buy a Mac, you can get Office 2008 for Mac—Student and Teacher Edition for $149.95 from the Apple Store for Education web site. If you buy a PC, you can get Office 2007—Student and Teacher Academic RW—for about $140 from the Williams Premier Dell page. These are significant discounts off the normal price of $500. If you feel comfortable searching for discounts, you may also be able to find legitimate copies of Office for as low as $60. Some stores will sell Microsoft Office at an extremely discounted price during their “Back to School” event at the end of the summer. Don’t worry about buying Anti-Virus software: Williams provides Sophos Anti-Virus Software for student PCs and Norton Anti-Virus software for student Macs. If you plan on using your computer before September and you have already received your Williams account information in the mail, you should uninstall any existing anti-virus software that came with the computer (usually a trial version) and install Sophos from sophos.williams.edu. In addition, a bunch of other academic software can be downloaded free of charge from the Williams servers after connecting to the network. At Jesup Hall (Office of Information Technology), you can get access to many computer programs that are not typically available on personal computers. If you have other questions, feel free to check out the Office for Information Technology at the following website, which also includes contact information for any burning questions you may have now or in the future: http://oit.williams.edu/ d Connecte g in p e e K 3. Staying in touch with friends and family back home is an important consideration for most students. The more convenient a phone is, and the cheaper it is to call home, the more likely you’ll stay connected. Cell phones allow you to be contacted (or bothered) virtually any time, are handy when you’re trying to meet someone, and, if an emergency arises, can even save your life. That being said, cell phones can be a serious rip-off. Cell phone companies charge you ridiculous amounts of money to get on a plan and even more if you try to get off the plan. Plus, the price they advertise is always less than the actual price (taxes and fees are never included).
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