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College Catalog 2018-2019

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Financial Aid




Types of financial aid available include state and federal grants, scholarships, Federal Work-Study programs and Federal Direct Student Loans. Grants are based upon financial need and do not have to be repaid. Scholarships do not have to be repaid and are based upon several criteria, including merit, talent and need.  


How to Apply for Financial Aid

You must complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at https://fafsa.ed.gov/ to apply for the following:

  • Federal and State grants (funds that do not need to be paid back). 
  • Any Palm Beach State College Scholarship. 
  • Federal Work-Study job, which allows students to earn money for their education through on-campus or community service jobs. 

If you are seeking a Federal Direct Loan or Parent PLUS Federal Loan, additional information is available at www.studentloans.gov.

Please consult the College website (www.palmbeachstate.edu) for important details on specific financial aid programs stemming from federal, state and institutional sources

You must complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

VERY IMPORTANT: Monitor your College email account for notices sent to you by the Office of Financial Aid. If you have red flags, you may need to provide additional documents.

***Please confirm that your contact information is up to date with the Registration Office

Note: After submitting your FAFSA, you may get selected for verification by the Department of Education. The Financial Aid Office retains the right to request any additional documentation deemed necessary to complete the review or verification of an application.  

What do I have to do if I have been selected for Verification?

See Verification information on FA TV: https://pbstate.financialaidtv.com/play/36532-verification/8454-what-do-i-have-do-if-i-have-been-selected-verification

GENERAL ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS

  • Students must have a standard high school diploma or GED.
  • The student must be enrolled at the College as a degree-seeking or certificate-seeking student, in an eligible program of study to receive a financial aid award. Only courses which apply to the student’s degree at the College may be used to determine enrollment status for federal and state aid programs.
  • Students can receive funding from only one school at a time; however, students may be considered under the consortium/ transient agreement to have award amounts adjusted if they qualify for dual enrollment. See the campus Office of Financial Aid for details.
  • Students in default on a federal loan are ineligible for federal and state financial aid.
  • Finally, as always, eligibility for financial aid depends upon meeting Standards of Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP). Please visit the Financial Aid webpage for additional information on SAP. Students must monitor SAP to be eligible for Financial Aid. What is Satisfactory Academic Progress? See SAP policy on FA TV: https://pbstate.financialaidtv.com/play/54455-satisfactory-academic-progress-sap/39632-what-satisfactory-academic-progress-sap-and-how-does-it-apply-me
  • Students who are registered for remedial courses can only receive financial aid for up to 30 credits. Seek financial aid advisement to determine how remedial courses relate to ensuring Satisfactory Academic Progress and the 150 percent of maximum timeframe.

IMPORTANT STUDENT RESPONSIBILITIES

Complete all classes for which you are registered each term and/or understand academic policies and dates relating to dropping courses or withdrawals; be responsible for any unpaid charges following the deduction of all financial aid funds, external payments or similar awards.

What happens if I withdraw from all of my classes?

When a student withdraws or his/her enrollment is otherwise terminated, the College will not only calculate the amount of tuition/fees that will be refunded to the student (if any), but also the amount of federal financial aid (aka “Title IV”) that must be returned to the Federal Student Aid Programs (if any). This process is referred to as “Return to Title IV” (R2T4). The calculation of R2T4 has no relationship to the tuition and fees that the student may be charged by the College. The R2T4 calculation is performed using forms and/or software compliant with U.S. Department of Education guidelines. Please meet with a Financial Aid advisor before completely withdrawing from all your courses. Learn how this R2T4 will impact future attendance at the College.


Financial Aid Disbursement

Disbursement of financial aid awards to students begins in September for the fall term, late January for the spring term, and June for the summer term. Awards are disbursed when the student has submitted all required information and/or documentation and meets all eligibility criteria, including the Standards of Academic Progress for Financial Aid recipients.

Disbursements will continue throughout the semester for eligible students. If the total amount of aid disbursed for the term exceeds the cost of tuition, fees and books (if any), the student may receive a financial aid refund after all tuition, fees and book charges are paid in in full and credit balance is obtained.

Direct bank deposit is highly recommended and is available to all students. The sign-up form is available on PantherWeb, www.palmbeachstate.edu/Pantherweb.


Enrollment Status

Financial aid awards are subject to change depending on the student’s enrollment status at the time of disbursement; this excludes courses that are not yet in progress. For the purpose of awarding and adjusting financial aid, the following chart is used to determine the enrollment status for financial aid recipients. Most financial aid programs permit part-time enrollment status.  

Status Credit Hours Required
Full-time 12 or more
Three-quarter time 9 to 11
Half-time 6 to 8
Less than half-time 1 to 5

* Certificate students enrolled in a clock hour program are considered full-time.  


Gainful Employment

The College is required by federal law, 34 CFR Part 668, to provide information on certificate programs that prepare students for gainful employment. For more information and the programs affected by this law, visit www.palmbeachstate.edu/BusinessCommunity/Consumer-Disclosures.aspx.


Veteran Services

The College is state approved for veterans training. Veterans and eligible dependents who plan to attend under any of the various veterans’ training laws should go to the College’s webpage, www.palmbeachstate.edu/admissions, to apply for admission.

Veterans should note that required and/or core courses for some academic programs may be available only at a specified campus. However, the pertinent General Education courses may be taken at any campus. Palm Beach State College is also in compliance with the Section 702 of the Veterans Access, Choice and Accountability Act of 2014 (“Choice Act”). All students using Post 9/11 and Montgomery GI Bill-Active Duty will be qualified for in-state tuition in accordance with Section 702. Please see the Veterans Services webpage for details on the various VA Benefits and application instructions, www.palmbeachstate.edu/VeteransServices.