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Assistance and Eligibility
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Refund Policy
Academic Standing Requirements
Note on Commercial Truck Driving
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GENERAL INFORMATION REGARDING TUITION AND FEES

Students attending Southeastern Technical College (STC) shall normally be charged tuition and related fees, unless otherwise exempted.  Tuition for courses in curriculums leading to a certificate, diploma, or associate degree shall be charged on a uniform basis.

The Technical College System of Georgia shall annually review and establish application, tuition, and other fees charged by STC.  In addition, student activity fees, non-revenue producing student-insurance fees, and miscellaneous services fees shall be adjusted annually.

Because of the availability of various state and federal financial aid programs, STC believes that no Georgia resident shall be denied access to technical education because of a financial inability to pay tuition and fees.  Payment of tuition and fees may be deferred if the Office of Financial Aid has confirmation of the student's eligibility for financial aid whether from a government entity, business/industry, or other source of financial assistance.

NON-RESIDENT STUDENTS

Students who are classified as non-resident students shall normally be charged a rate of tuition twice that charged for students who are classified as resident students.  Under no circumstances shall non-resident students be charged tuition or fees lower that that charged resident students.

INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS

International students who are not residents of the United States and are in the United States pursuant to a student visa shall pay a tuition amounting to four (4) times that paid by a resident of Georgia.  A presidential exception may be granted which waives the 4-times tuition rate.  These students may pay in-state rates, but are not eligible for a HOPE Scholarship/Grant.

This applies to nonimmigrant aliens, those on I-20 Foreign Student VISAs, and other foreign non-immigrant personnel.  Foreign immigrants who are permanent residents pay the same       tuition as citizens of Georgia.

WAIVER OF STUDENT TUITION AND FEES

Residents of Georgia who are 62 years of age or older may request a waiver of tuition.  This policy applies to regular and institutional credit courses only.  It does not apply to continuing education courses, non-credit courses, or seminars.  If tuition is waived under this policy, admission will be granted on a space-available basis.  Senior citizens must meet all other admissions requirements as specified in the College catalog.  Proof of age must be presented at registration to receive a tuition waiver.  An individual admitted through this process is still responsible for all other fees, including application, insurance, technology registration, activity and any required liability insurance fee.

TUITION AND FEES

All tuition and fees are payable at registration for each quarter/course, except as noted.  Tuition and fees may be paid by cash, check, money order, online through BannerWeb, or credit card. Checks should be made payable to Southeastern Technical College and may not be post-dated.  Continuing education and specialty course fees are assessed on a cost recovery plus formula.

Tuition and fees are subject to change at the beginning of any quarter/course.

 

TECHNOLOGY FEE...............................   $35.00

REGISTRATION FEE..............................   26.00

STUDENT ACTIVITY FEE....................... 16.00

ACCIDENT INSURANCE.......................    4.00

                              TOTAL FEES:         $ 81.00

Regular Tuition Charges

CREDIT HRS               TUITION            TUITION/FEES

           1                            $ 31.00                      $ 112.00

           2                               62.00                         143.00

           3                               93.00                         174.00

           4                             124.00                         205.00

           5                             155.00                         236.00

           6                             186.00                         267.00

           7                             217.00                         298.00

           8                             248.00                         329.00

           9                             279.00                         360.00

          10                            310.00                         391.00

          11                            341.00                         422.00

   12 or more                     372.00                         453.00

 

Fee Structure for Specific Certificate Courses

(Specific courses listed below table.)

CREDIT HRS               TUITION            TUITION/FEES

           1                            $ 46.00                      $ 127.00

           2                               92.00                         173.00

           3                             138.00                         219.00

           4                             184.00                         265.00

           5                             230.00                         311.00

           6                             276.00                         357.00

           7                             322.00                         403.00

           8                             368.00                         449.00

           9                             414.00                         495.00

          10                            460.00                         541.00

          11                            506.00                         587.00

   12 or more                     552.00                         633.00

     A+ CompTIA Certification

     Air Conditioning Repair Specialist

     Air Conditioning Technician Assistant

     Basic Electrical Technician

     Basic Electronics

     Certified Customer Service Specialist

     Computer Graphic Design Specialist

     Computer Repair Technician

     Fiber Optics/Copper Cabling Technician

     M.C.S.E.  Certification Preparation

     Pipe Welding Specialist

     Residential Wiring Technician

     Shielded Metal ARC Welding

     Small Business Entrepreneur

     Web Design Professional/Web Site Design Specialist

     Wire Welding

    Fee Structure for

Commercial Truck Driving

CREDIT HRS                  TUITION                  TUITION/FEES

       15                                 $2046.00                    $2127.00

Fee Structure for Nonstandard

Program Courses

(Specific courses listed below table.)

CREDIT HRS                   TUITION                   TUITION/FEES

        1                                   $54.00                         $135.00

        2                                    108.00                          189.00

        3                                    162.00                          243.00

        4                                    216.00                          297.00

        5                                    270.00                          351.00

        6                                    324.00                          405.00

        7                                    378.00                          459.00

        8                                    432.00                          513.00

        9                                    486.00                          567.00

       10                                   540.00                          621.00

       11                                   594.00                          675.00

       12 or more                     648.00                         729.00

     Emergency Medical Technician, Intermediate

     Health Care Assistant

     Imaging Science Services Assistant

NOTES:

1.   Other fees due at registration:  Registration Fee, $26.00; Activity Fee, $16.00; Accident Insurance, $4.00; Technology Fee, $35.00.

2.   Medical Laboratory Technology, Practical Nursing, Medical Assisting, Certified Nurse Aide, Health Care Assistant—Electrocardio-graphy Technician, Health Care Assistant—Patient Care Technician, Health Care Assistant—Phlebotomy, Radiologic Technology, Pharmacy Technology, Surgical Technology, Early Childhood Education and Cosmetology students must pay an annual fee of $12.00 for liability insurance.  Emergency Medical Technician and Paramedic Technology students must pay an annual fee of $47.00 for liability insurance.

3.   The tuition listed is for Georgia residents only.  Tuition for a non-resident student is double the amount of a resident student.  Tuition for an International student is (4) times the amount of a resident student.  See rules governing legal resident status.

OTHER FEES AND EXPENSES

Application Fee

A student’s first application for admission to any credit course must be accompanied by an application fee of $15.00.  This fee is non-refundable.

Books, Tools, Uniforms, and Equipment

Each student is required to have books, tools, uniforms, and other equipment appropriate to the program of study; in most instances, these items will be useable in the student’s employment following graduation.  All required books, and many of the student’s other needs, may be purchased in the Campus Shop.

Transcript Fee

A student who has discharged all financial obligations to the College is entitled to receive one transcript without charge upon written request.  A charge of $3.00 will be made for each additional transcript requested.

Exemption Exam Fees

A student desiring to take an exemption exam must pay an exemption exam test fee.  The fee is $5.00 per credit hour for each course.  This fee is non-refundable and not transferable.

Graduation Fee

A fee of $35.00 is charged to each student who applies for graduation from a diploma or degree program and who wishes to participate in the graduation ceremony.  A fee of $20.00 is charged for each student who applies for graduation from a certificate program and who wishes to participate in the ceremony. These fees defray part of the student’s graduation expenses.  Graduating degree, diploma and certificate students who do not wish to participate in the graduation or certificate ceremony are charged a fee of $10.00 per credential. A $5.00 fee is charged for each cover requested.

Hepatitis B Vaccination

Cosmetology, Early Childhood Education, and all Health Sciences programs students are responsible for the cost of the Hepatitis B vaccination.  Although it is not required, all students are encouraged to be immunized against the Hepatitis B virus.

Student ID Badges

All students must have a Student Identification Badge. Each student receives one free badge; replacement badges are $10 each.

Pre-Entrance Fees

A student that desires to enter into the Commercial Truck Driving Program is charged a $50 fee to take the NIDA-5 Drug Screen Test. Also, any student that desires to enter into one of the Allied Health Programs must pay a $25 fee to take the Forensic 7 Drug Screen Test and a $10 criminal background check.

Dositmeter Fees/Film Badge Fees

A fee of $45 per badge per quarter is charged to each student that enters the Radiologic Technology Program. Each new student must also pay a one time $10 setup fee.

CDL Test Fee

A student that finishes the Commercial Truck Driving Program is charged a $50 CDL test fee.

PSB Test

A student that takes the PSB test is charged $15 for the first time. If a student desires to retest, a fee of $25 is charged.

ACCIDENT INSURANCE

All students are required to purchase accident insurance at registration.  In case of an accident, the student is responsible for any expenses not paid by this accident insurance.  Accident insurance provides partial (supplemental) coverage for medical expenses related to accidents (accidental injury or death) as specified below:

     College-Time Coverage protects students while engaged in College activities during the entire quarter;

     Traveling to or from the student’s residence and the College to attend classes or as a member of a supervised group (not as a spectator) traveling in a College-furnished vehicle or chartered transportation going to or from a College-sponsored activity;

     On the College premises during the hours on the days the College is in session or any other time while the student is required to participate in a College-sponsored activity (not as a spectator); and

     Away from the College premises as a member of a supervised group participating in a College-sponsored activity requiring the attendance of the student (not as a spectator).

LIABILITY INSURANCE

Some Health Sciences program students are required to obtain professional and personal liability insurance coverage in the internship and clinical education and training areas that are a required part of these programs. (See Note #2 under the Tuition and Fee section for specific programs.)

CONTINUING EDUCATION COURSE FEE

Fees are charged for each continuing education course as indicated in the announcement of course offerings for each quarter.  In addition, students are required, in some instances, to purchase textbooks and supplies pertaining to their courses.

AUDITING FEES

Students who audit courses must pay the regular fees for enrollment in any course(s).

FINANCIAL OBLIGATIONS

A student who is delinquent in the payment of any financial obligation(s) may be removed from course(s) at the College and will not be allowed to register for another quarter until the delinquency is resolved.  The student will not be issued quarterly grade reports, transcripts, or other student records.

PERSONAL CHECK POLICY

Personal checks will be accepted in the amount of fees, services, and/or books.  Students paying by check must provide proper identification.  When a bank refuses to honor such a personal check, the College will charge a service fee of $20.00 to the person who presented the check. 

Students will be notified by mail of a dishonored check and given ten (10) days to satisfy the debt.  If payment to the college in the form of cash, postal money order, or cashier’s check is not made within ten (10) days, the College will place an “administrative hold” on the student’s accounts and records.  Until the Vice President of Operations and Fiscal Affairs clears the “administrative hold”, the student will not be issued quarterly grade reports, transcripts, or other student records, or allowed to register, graduate or receive college services.  If the dishonored check was for tuition, the college may also administratively drop or withdraw the student from class(es).

FINANCIAL AID INFORMATION

Southeastern Technical College believes the primary responsibility for financing education lies first with the student and his/her family (parents or spouse). When the total resources they can provide fail to meet educational expenses, Southeastern Technical College, as a third partner, will provide all assistance possible so the student will not be denied an education.

The information in this section will outline the types of financial assistance available, and specify application procedures, eligibility requirements, when and how financial aid payments are made, and other information pertinent to the overall process.

All students are encouraged to apply.  Applications and information, including assistance in completion of forms, are available Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Wednesday from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Office of Financial Aid.  The office may also be contacted at 912-538-3127, 912-538-3134, or 912-538-3107 or by email:

Financial-Aid@southeasterntech.edu

Appointments may be made after closing hours for persons who are unable to make regular office hours.

FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE

Southeastern Technical College has several types of financial assistance to help qualifying applicants pay for their education.  Financial assistance includes the Federal PELL Grant (PELL), Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG), Georgia HOPE Scholarship/Grant, HOPE for Students who complete a GED, Federal Work Study (FWS), and Georgia LEAP (Leveraging Educational Assistance Partnership) Grant Program, which may be offered as one program or through a combination of programs.  Students may also be eligible for assistance under the Workforce Investment Act, various Veteran’s programs, New Connections to Work, and vocational rehabilitation programs.  Sufficient assistance is available so that no eligible student should be denied the opportunity to enroll because of costs.

Financial Aid Deadline

Effective July 1, 2006, a student must file a HOPE Scholarship/Grant application on or before the last day of the academic term or the student’s withdrawal date, whichever occurs first, in order to receive an award for that term.

Due to the processing time for financial aid, applicants should apply four to six weeks prior to the anticipated date for starting school.

Grant and scholarship programs operate on an award year basis beginning July 1 and ending June 30.  Students must apply or re-apply each year in order to receive or continue receiving financial aid.

GENERAL ELIGIBILITY

In order for a student to receive most types of financial assistance from federal and state financial aid programs he/she must:

     Be enrolled as a regular or provisional student in an eligible certificate, diploma or degree program;

     Be a U.S. citizen/national or eligible non-citizen;

     Show that he/she has need (with the exception of HOPE Scholarship/Grant);

     Be registered with Selective Service or proof that he/she is not required to register;

     Not be in default on a Perkins/National Direct Student Loan, Stafford/Guaranteed Student Loan, PLUS, Supplemental Loan for Students, Income Contingent Loan or a Consolidated Loan Agreement that requires use of any funds received to be used only for educationally related purposes;

     Be maintaining satisfactory academic progress in accordance with STC policy;

     Be at least sixteen years of age;

     Certify that he/she will not engage in the unlawful manufacture, distribution, possession, or use of a controlled substance while receiving a Federal PELL Grant, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant, Federal Work Study, Georgia HOPE Scholarship, Georgia HOPE Grant, HOPE GED Voucher, or Georgia LEAP Grant;

     Meet other program requirements;

     Have earned a high school diploma, GED, or meet the ability to benefit requirements (ATB).

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS FOR FINANCIAL AID

Students who enroll in a certificate, diploma, or degree program should complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online at www.fafsa.ed.gov.  Instructions on how to complete the application can be found on STC's Financial Aid web site or student's may pick up a pre-application worksheet from the Office of Financial Aid.

STC’s Title IV Institution Code is 030665.

Once processed, the application will be sent from the Department of Education to STC's Office of Financial Aid for electronic processing.  Students must also complete, on an annual basis, the STC Certification, Authorization, and Agreement form and return to the Office of Financial Aid.

When requested, other forms must be completed and returned to the Office of Financial Aid before review of a student's application process can be completed.  Students who complete the FAFSA will also be applying for the Georgia HOPE Scholarship/Grant. 

Students will receive notification from the Office of Financial Aid approximately two weeks after the FAFSA has been submitted and all required documentation has been turned in, along with all previous college transcripts.  In addition, the student will receive a one-page summary from the federal processing center approximately two weeks following the online submission.  The student should review this summary to verify the accuracy of the submitted information.

Students receiving the Federal Pell Grant and the HOPE Scholarship/Grant will have the designated amount applied to their tuition and fees after registration for each term eligible.  A copy of the student's schedule/bill can be viewed online using the college's BANNERWEB information portal system after financial aid has been awarded, and, if applicable, all other fees have been paid.  If the student’s schedule changes after registration, his/her financial aid award is subject to change.

Applying for STATE Aid Only

Students who do not wish to complete the FAFSA, must submit a completed GSFAPPS Application online to apply for the HOPE Scholarship/Grant for the 0607 Aid Year and beyond.  This is a lifetime application for the HOPE Scholarship/Grant and only has to be completed once.  Please complete this application four to six weeks before your anticipated start date to allow the Office of Financial Aid time to determine your eligibility.

Students will also need the complete the STC Certification, Authorization, and Agreement form.  Students will receive notification from the Office of Financial Aid approximately two weeks after a completed GSFAPPS has been received from GSFC regarding aid eligibility, along with all previous college transcripts.

SAR/ISIR VERIFICATION

Students who complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid may be selected by the Department of Education for verification.  If selected, the student must provide documentation that certain elements of the SAR/ISIR are accurate.  Documentation may include, but is not limited to:

     Verification Worksheet;

     Signed copy of student’s Federal Income Tax Return;

     W-2’s of student, spouse, or parent;

     Student’s Social Security Card;

     TANF (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families) benefit report;

     Child Support Printout;

     Copy of divorce or separation document;

     Statement from the Social Security Administration on total benefits received for the year;

     Other documents that provide proof of income or asset value;

     Birth Certificate;

     Alien Registration Card; or

     Passport

FUND DISBURSEMENT

Students may authorize STC to deduct their tuition and fees from their quarterly award.  The balance of the award will be paid directly to the student during the latter part of the quarter.  Notices will be posted around campus stating the date, time, and place students may pick up their check(s).  Each student must present his/her Student ID to pick up his/her check.

FEDERAL STUDENT AID PROGRAMS AVAILABLE

Federal Pell Grant

The Federal PELL Grant (PELL) is a federally funded Title IV Grant Program available to students who meet certain income guidelines of postsecondary education.  The PELL Grant does not require repayment.  It is not available to anyone who has received a bachelor’s degree, owes a refund to any Title IV Aid Program, or is in default on a student loan.

The amount of the Pell Grant award will depend on the family contribution amount shown on the Student Aid Report, whether the student is full- or part-time, the number of federal credit hours enrolled, the cost of attendance, and the size of federal appropriations.  Students must reapply each fiscal year (July 1st - June 30th) by completing the FAFSA or the renewal application for the New Year.  Pell is not available to students who are in 095 and 096 learning support classes or institutionally accepted.

Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG)

The Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG) is based on financial need.  Students must be undergraduates enrolled in an eligible program leading to a degree, diploma, or certificate at an eligible College.  At STC, students must have been enrolled at least one quarter to receive FSEOG.  Students must meet citizenship requirements as required for all Title IV Programs, as well as all other eligibility listed in the Federal Student Financial Aid Handbook.  Priority for supplemental grants will be given to students with the lowest EFC (Estimated Family Contribution), the greatest need, the highest cumulative grade point average and have not withdrawn from any classes during the quarter.  These students must also receive Pell and HOPE in the same quarter.

The Office of Financial Aid will use the SAR/ISIR to consider all eligible students for FSEOG.  The maximum FSEOG a student may receive per academic year at the College will depend on the availability of funds, but will not exceed $200 per quarter or $800 per year.

Federal Work Study (FWS)

The Federal Work-Study program gives employment to students who need income to help meet the costs of postsecondary education.  Work-study awards are made on a quarterly basis.

To be eligible for a FWS job, a student must have a “financial/unmet need”.  His/her cost of attendance must be greater than the expected family contribution (EFC).  FWS may not be awarded to a student if that award, when combined with other resources, would exceed the student’s financial unmet need for that award year.

The resources available in the Federal Work-Study program, when combined with the College’s 25% matching funds, may not be sufficient to hire all eligible and interested students.  Those students determined to be eligible by the Office of Financial Aid will go through an interview process for available positions before being hired.

Students will be paid $6.00 per hour, monthly, for duties performed at their assigned job location.  Time sheets are to be signed by both the student and their supervisor after hours have been totaled.  Questions in relation to hours and days worked should be discussed at this time.  If the student feels there is a problem with their time, they should discuss this with their supervisor.  The student has the right to appeal any decision or problem.  In an appeal, the first step is to contact the Director of Career Services.  If the problem is not resolved, the student should then contact the Vice President of Student Affairs.  The decision of the Vice President is the final decision at the College.

Time sheets are to be submitted to the departmental secretary by 10 a.m. on the pre-assigned days.  Checks are disbursed on the last day of a pay period unless on a weekend or holiday.  If this occurs, they will be disbursed on the preceding Friday.

In assigning a FWS job, the College will consider the student’s financial need, the number of hours per week the student can work, the period of employment, the anticipated wage rate, and the amount of other assistance available to the student.  While there is no minimum or maximum award, the amount for each student should be determined based on these factors.  Of course, a FWS award, when combined with other sources of financial aid, may not exceed the student’s need.  To the maximum extent practical, the College will provide FWS jobs that will complement and reinforce each recipient’s educational program or career goals.

The fact that a student may receive academic credit for the work performed does not disqualify the job under FWS.  However, there are certain restrictions.  If a student must complete an internship or practicum as part of his/her diploma or degree requirement and would not normally be paid for doing so, the internship or practicum does not qualify under FWS.  If a position is considered as a regular FWS position, a student may be paid during his/her internship or practicum.  A student may not be paid for receiving instruction in a classroom, laboratory, or other academic setting.

The College may oppose any garnishment order they receive for repayment of debt.  Paying FWS funds in such cases could mean that funds would not be used “solely for educational purposes”, which is a requirement for awarding Title IV aid funds.

No FWS position will involve construction, operating, or maintaining any part of a building used for religious worship or sectarian instruction.

The Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938, as amended, prohibits employers (including Colleges) from accepting voluntary services from any paid employee.  Any student employed under FWS must be paid for all hours worked.

Determining Maximum FWS Eligibility

In determining the maximum FWS award a student is eligible to receive, the Director of Financial Aid must take into account the following resources:

     Those resources the Director of Financial Aid can reasonably anticipate at the time aid is awarded to the student, such as Federal Pell Grant awards, HOPE Grant awards, Veterans educational benefits, scholarships, WIA benefits, Department of Labor benefits, and FSEOG awards;

     Those the College makes available to its students; or

     Those the Director of Financial Aid knows about.

The sum of a student’s FWS award plus other resources may not exceed his/her financial need.

Non-need-based earnings, such as earnings from a job a student locates on his/her own with a private employer, are not considered a resource for the current award year.  The earnings will be reported on the application for federal student aid for the subsequent award year and will be used to determine the Expected Family Contribution for the subsequent award year.  Only net income from need-based employment may be considered as a resource.

Students must be enrolled in a Title IV program to be eligible and enrolled at least half time.  Jobs are located on campus and work schedules are planned around the student’s class schedule.

The procedures for applying for Federal Work-Study are as follows:

1.       Once registered for class, interested students should stop by the Job Placement Office and complete a FWS application to let the Director of Career Services know that they are interested in Work-Study;

2.       Once a position is available, the Director of Career Services meets with the Director of Financial Aid to determine if a student is eligible.  The Director of Financial Aid calculates the applicant’s need according to Federal regulations to determine their eligibility for Federal Work-Study;

3.       The Director of Career Services forwards eligible student’s applications to specific departments on campus who have vacant Work-Study positions;

4.       Work-Study candidates will be contacted to interview for jobs;

5.       The Director of Career Services will contact the Office of Financial Aid once a student is employed;

6.       The newly hired student will complete all required payroll paperwork and return it to the departmental payroll person;

7.       On the twelfth day of the month, student employees will complete a monthly time sheet, which must be signed by their supervisor and forwarded to the departmental payroll person;

8.       The Office of Financial Aid will verify monthly hours and salary information on student employees.

STATE STUDENT AID

PROGRAMS AVAILABLE

Georgia HOPE Scholarship

(Helping Outstanding Pupils Educationally)

The HOPE Scholarship is a state funded award which will pay tuition and fees required of all students (there is one exception – HOPE will not pay activity and insurance fees for students who are taking all on-line courses).  HOPE will also provide a book allowance of either $50 (for 5 or less credit hours per quarter) or $100 (for 6 or more credit hours per quarter). Students who do not use all of their book allowance to buy books will receive the remaining amount in the form of a check after midterm.  A student must be a Georgia resident and not in default on a Federal student loan or owe a refund on a Federal grant and have graduated from high school in 1993 or thereafter with a 3.0 GPA or have a 3.0 GPA after attempting 45 college credit hours. At Southeastern Tech, degree students are eligible to receive this grant. Students who have already completed a bachelor’s degree are not eligible for the Georgia HOPE Scholarship.

Georgia HOPE Grant

The HOPE Grant is a state funded award which will pay tuition and fees required of all students (there is one exception – HOPE will not pay activity and insurance fees for students who are taking all on-line courses).  HOPE will also provide a book allowance of either $50 (for 5 or less credit hours per quarter) or $100 (for 6 or more credit hours per quarter).  Students who do not use all of their book allowance to buy books will receive the remaining amount in the form of a check after midterm.  A student must be a Georgia resident and not be in default on a Federal student loan or owe a refund on a Federal grant in order to receive this grant.  At Southeastern Tech, a diploma, as well as a certificate-seeking student is eligible to receive this grant.

HOPE for Students Who Complete a GED

Students who earn a GED on or after July 1, 1993 that are Georgia residents are eligible for a state grant of $500.  After passing the GED test, students will receive a voucher by mail.  Students must sign and turn their voucher into the Office of Financial Aid during the quarter of enrollment in which they wish to redeem their voucher.  Students must enroll and attend classes for a certificate or diploma program in order to use their voucher.    Vouchers must be redeemed the first quarter of attendance, and within 24 months of passing the GED.  Students will be issued a check for the voucher amount after satisfactorily completing classes through midterm.  NOTE:  Students who enroll in an associate's degree program are not eligible for this award.

Leveraging Educational Assistance Partnership (LEAP) Program

Georgia’s LEAP Grant Program was created by Governor Roy E. Barnes to provide educational grant assistance to residents of Georgia who demonstrate substantial financial need to attend eligible post-secondary institutions in Georgia.  LEAP is funded by state appropriations.  Students must be undergraduates enrolled at least half time in an eligible program leading to a degree, diploma, or certificate at an eligible College.  Students must apply for and be eligible for the Pell Grant, as well as meet all HOPE regulations.  Students must be enrolled at least one quarter to receive LEAP.  Financial need must be equal to or greater than $2,000 based on a student’s cost of attendance, minus the Pell Grant, minus any other scholarships and grants.  Award amounts range from a minimum of $300 to a maximum of $2,000 per fiscal year.  Priority will be given to students with the lowest EFC, the greatest need, the highest cumulative grade point average, and have not withdrawn during the quarter.  Awards may be available during Fall, Winter, and Spring Quarters.

The Office of Financial Aid at the College will use the SAR/ISIR to consider all eligible students for LEAP.  Checks will be cut and disbursed by the Business Office during the ninth week of the quarter. Fund availability will determine the number of students eligible for LEAP.

HERO Program

To be considered for the HERO Program, you must be a member of the Georgia National Guard or a U.S. Military Reservist who is a Georgia resident that was deployed outside of the United States for active duty service on or after May 3, 2005 to a location designated as a combat zone and served n such combat zone for at least 181 consecutive days. Children of qualifying Georgia National guard or U.S. Reservist may qualify for this grant also. For more information, or to apply, please contact the Office of Financial Aid or www.gacollege411.org.

Recipients may receive up to $2,000 per year for each qualifying term of service of 181 consecutive days, for a maximum of $8.000. Awards are prorated for enrollment that is less than fulltime (12 hours).

GENERAL AID

Various local, civic, social, and professional organizations provide scholarships for qualified students.  In most cases, financial aid is awarded based on need, educational costs and availability of funds.  See the Director of Financial Aid for details.

OTHER AID AVAILABLE ON CAMPUS

Georgia Fatherhood Program

Participants are referred through Child Support Enforcement.  The Georgia Fatherhood Program Coordinator administers this program.

New Connections to Work

Participants must be TANF recipients and be referred by the Department of Family and Children Services to be eligible for this program.  Some financial aid may be available to qualified students who have entered school or will be entering school.  This program is administered by the New Connections to Work Coordinator.

Rehabilitation Services

This program provides assistance to qualified students with physical, mental, and/or emotional disabilities.

Social Security Benefits

For more information concerning Social Security payments while attending Southeastern Technical College, students should contact the local Social Security Office.

STC Foundation

The mission of the STC Foundation is to promote the cause of technical and adult education by acquiring and administering monetary gifts, grants, and other funds and properties principally from area industries, businesses, individuals, other organizations, as well as faculty, staff, and other friends of Southeastern Technical College.  Many of the donations received are used for scholarships in special cases for students.

Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)

Students receiving TANF should contact their case manager at the area Department of Family and Children Services to see if they qualify for any child care/transportation assistance.

Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA)

and North American Free Trade Agreement

Transitional Adjustment Assistance/NAFTA-TAA is available to workers who lose their jobs or whose hours of work and wages are reduced as a result of increased imports.

Veteran Programs (VA)

Southeastern Technical College is approved for veteran’s training under various programs.

Workforce Investment Act (WIA)

WIA is a federally funded program operated by the Georgia Department of Labor designed to provide assistance to those in need of occupational skills training.

PROGRAM REGULATIONS

HOPE Scholarship Eligibility

FRESHMAN (1st Tier) ELIGIBILITY

1.       To be eligible for the HOPE Scholarship as an entering freshman (1st tier), a student must be a 1993 or later high school graduate. He or she must have graduated from an eligible high school as a HOPE Scholar.

2.       For the Class of 1993 through the Class of 1999, HOPE Scholars must have graduated from an eligible high school with a minimum of a 3.0 cumulative grade point average on a 4.0 scale or an 80 numeric average meeting the college preparatory curriculum, or a 3.2 average on a 4.0 scale or an 85 numeric average in the general or career/technical curriculum tracks. All course work taken in high school (9th through 12th grades) is used to calculate the grade average.

3.       For the Class of 2000, HOPE Scholars must have graduated from an eligible high school with a minimum of a 3.0 cumulative grade point average on a 4.0 scale or an 80 numeric average in the college preparatory core-curriculum subjects, or a 3.2 average on a 4.0 scale or an 85 numeric average in the career/technical core-curriculum subjects. The subjects counted and the number of units to be used in the grade average calculations for the college preparatory curriculum is as follows:  English Language Arts – 4 units, Mathematics – 3 units, Social Studies – 3 units, Science – 3 units and Foreign Language – 2 units. The subjects counted and the number of units to be used in the grade average calculation for the career/technical curriculum is as follows:  English Language Arts – 4 units, Mathematics – 3 units, Social Studies – 3 units, Science – 3 units.

4.       Beginning with the Class of 2001, HOPE Scholars must have graduated from an eligible high school with a minimum of a 3.0 cumulative grade point average on a 4.0 scale or an 80 numeric average in the college preparatory core-curriculum subjects, or a 3.2 average on a 4.0 scale or an 85 numeric average in the career/technical core-curriculum subjects. The subjects counted and the number of units to be used in the grade average calculations for the college preparatory curriculum is as follows:  English Language Arts – 4 units, Mathematics – 4 units, Social Studies – 3 units, Science – 3 units and Foreign Language – 2 units. The subjects counted and the number of units to be used in the grade average calculation for the career/technical curriculum is as follows:  English Language Arts – 4 units, Mathematics – 3 units, Social Studies – 3 units, Science – 3 units.  Grades may be weighted, or unweighted, depending upon the high school’s or school system’s policy.  Grades must not be rounded up.

5.       Home Study Students who completed their home study requirements in 1997 or later and students who graduated from an ineligible high school in 1997 or later may receive HOPE retroactively for the 1st tier if they earn a 3.0 cumulative grade point average after attempting 30 semester or 45 quarter college credit hours and meet all other HOPE eligibility requirements. Students who graduate from an eligible high school are not eligible for a retroactive HOPE award, as provided for by this provision.

6.       Beginning with the Class of 2007, HOPE Scholars in the college preparatory curriculum track must graduate from an eligible high school with a minimum of a 3.0 cumulative grade point average on a 4.0 scale. Each grade for a student in attempted coursework in English, Mathematics, Science, Social Science, and Foreign Language that would have satisfied a core curriculum graduation requirement for the college preparatory diploma if the student had successfully completed it must be equated to a grade on a 4.0 scale, such that a grade of “A” equals 4.0, “B” equals 3.0, “C” equals 2.0, “D” equals 1.0, and “F” equals 0. Beginning with the Class of 2007, HOPE Scholars in the career/technology curriculum track must graduate from an eligible high school with a minimum of a 3.2 cumulative grade point average on a 4.0 scale. Each grade for a student in attempted coursework in English, Mathematics, Science, and Social Science that would have satisfied a core curriculum graduation requirement for the career/technology diploma if the student had successfully completed it must be equated to a grade on a 4.0 scale, such that a grade of “A” equals 4.0, “B” equals 3.0, “C” equals 2.0, “D” equals 1.0, and “F” equals 0.  Regardless of the curriculum track, grades in coursework that is classified as “Advanced Placement” or “International Baccalaureate” will be weighted by the Commission when calculating the grade point average for HOPE Scholarship eligibility. Grades for Honors courses or other special courses will not be weighted. In addition to the Class of 2007 and beyond, the above requirements will also apply to all HOPE Scholars, regardless of their year of high school graduation, who first begin receiving the HOPE Scholarship as an entering Freshman after May 1, 2007.

7.       Students who are recipients as freshman (1st tier) and were enrolled for 12 or more hours during at least one school term must have a cumulative grade point average of at least a 3.0 at the end of Spring term, in order to continue their eligibility beyond Spring term. Students who are recipients as freshmen (1st tier) and were enrolled for less than 12 hours for three school terms in a row must have a cumulative grade point average of at least a 3.0 at the end of the third term, in order to continue their eligibility beyond the third term. Otherwise, students are eligible to continue receiving the HOPE Scholarship at the freshman (1st tier) level until 30 semester/45 quarter hours are attempted. At that point, they must have a cumulative grade point average of at least a 3.0 to renew for the sophomore (2nd tier) level.

SOPHOMORE (2nd Tier) ELIGIBILITY

1.       The student must have attempted 30 semester/45 quarter hours but not more than 60 semester/90 quarter hours. The student must also have a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0 at the end of the school term in which the 30 semester/45 quarter hours were attempted to be eligible for a HOPE Scholarship.

2.       Eligibility as a freshman (1st tier) is not a requirement.  A non-traditional student may enter the HOPE Scholarship Program at this point if he or she meets all other requirements.

3.       All students who are recipients as sophomores (2nd tier) must have a cumulative grade point average of at least a 3.0 at the end of Spring term, in order to continue their eligibility beyond Spring term. This requirement includes students who were enrolled for less than 12 hours per term. Otherwise, students are eligible to continue to receive the HOPE Scholarship at the sophomore (2nd tier) level until 60 semester/90 quarter hours are attempted. At that point, they must have a cumulative grade point average of at least a 3.0 to renew for the junior (3rd tier) level.

JUNIOR (3rd Tier) ELIGIBILITY

1.       The student must have attempted at least 60 semester/90 quarter credit hours but not more than 90 semester/135 quarter hours. The student must also have a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0 at the end of the term he or she attempted at least 60 semester/90 quarter hours. Eligibility as a freshman (1st tier) or sophomore (2nd tier) is not a factor. A non-traditional student may enter the HOPE Scholarship Program at this point if he or she meets all other requirements.

2.       A student who was a HOPE recipient seeking a degree during his or her freshman year (1st tier), but failed to earn a 3.0 cumulative grade point average at the end of the term he or she attempted at least 30 semester/45 quarter hours, can regain HOPE eligibility if his or her cumulative grade point average is 3.0 at the end of the term he or she attempted at least 60 semester/90 quarter hours.

3.       All students who are recipients as juniors (3rd tier) must have a cumulative grade point average of at least a 3.0 at the end of Spring term, in order to continue their eligibility beyond Spring term. This requirement includes students who were enrolled for less than 12 hours per term. Otherwise, students are eligible to continue receiving the HOPE Scholarship at the junior (3rd tier) level until 90 semester/135 quarter hours are attempted. At that point, they must have a cumulative grade point average of at least a 3.0 to renew for the senior (4th tier) level.

SENIOR (4th Tier) ELIGIBILITY

1.       The student must have attempted at least 90 semester/135 quarter credit hours but not more than 127 semester/190 quarter hours. The student must also have a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0 at the end of the term he or she attempted at least 90 semester/135 quarter hours. Eligibility as a freshman (1st tier), sophomore (2nd tier) or junior (3rd tier) is not a factor. A non-traditional student may enter the HOPE Scholarship Program at this point if he or she meets all other requirements.

2.       A student who was a HOPE recipient seeking a degree during his or her freshman year (1st tier), but failed to earn a 3.0 cumulative grade average at the end of the term he or she attempted at least 30 semester/45 quarter hours, can regain HOPE eligibility if his or her cumulative grade point average is 3.0 at the end of the term he or she attempted at least 90 semester/135 quarter hours.

3.       A student who was a HOPE recipient seeking a degree during his or her sophomore year (2nd tier), but failed to earn a 3.0 cumulative grade average at the end of the term he or she attempted at least 60 semester/90 quarter hours, can regain HOPE eligibility if his or her cumulative grade point average is 3.0 at the end of the term he or she attempted at least 90 semester/135 quarter hours.

Hope Scholarship

Paid Hours Limit

A student may receive the HOPE Scholarship for a total of no more than 127 semester/190 quarter credit hours of payment from the HOPE Grant, Accel plus HOPE Scholarship programs, referred to in these Regulations as “Paid-Hours.” Effective Fall term of 2004, hours for which a student received HOPE Grant payment, beginning with Summer term of 2003, must be included in the Paid-Hours limit. As an exception, hours for which a student received HOPE Grant payment prior to high school graduation and before Fall term 2004, are not counted as Paid-Hours. The 127 semester/190 quarter Paid-Hours limit includes remedial and all regular college credit courses after high school graduation, for which HOPE Grant, HOPE Scholarship or Accel payment was made.

If a student enters the term with less than 127 semester/190 quarter hours paid and enrolls for more than 127 semester/190 quarter hours, he or she is eligible for payment for the full number of hours enrolled for that term. One exception to the 127 semester/190 quarter Paid-Hours limit is for the student enrolled in a specific undergraduate degree program that is designed to be more than 127 semester/190 quarter hours in length. If the student has a 3.0 cumulative grade average at that point, he or she is eligible for a total of 150 semester/225 quarter hours of payment, or the number of hours required for graduation, whichever is less, unless the student first reached the End-of-Spring Checkpoint and does not have a 3.0 cumulative grade average.

HOPE Scholarship
End-of-Spring & Three-Term Checkpoint

Students who are eligible to receive HOPE as entering freshmen may receive payment through the term that they have attempted (not earned) at least 30 semester or 45 quarter hours.  However, all HOPE Scholarship recipients must have a grade point average of at least a 3.0 at the end of every Spring term in order to continue their eligibility, except for freshmen enrolled for less than 12 credit hours for each of their first three school terms.  Freshmen recipients who enroll for less than 12 credit hours for each of their first three school terms must have a cumulative grade point average of at least a 3.0 at the end of their third term in order to continue their eligibility.

All attempted hours and corresponding grades as shown on official transcripts are counted toward the HOPE cumulative grade point average, including remedial study.  Additionally, withdrawals are counted as attempted hours even if there is no academic penalty.  Any college degree credit hours attempted or earned before high school graduation and hours exempted by examination do not count as hours attempted and are not included when calculating the HOPE cumulative grade point average.

Hope Scholarship
Attempted-Hours Limitation

1.       If the student is otherwise eligible to participate in the HOPE Scholarship, but is not paid because his or her tuition and fees are already covered by other aid, the credit hours attempted that term still apply to the Attempted-Hours limit. Regard-less of the amount of payment the student receives for a term or the number of credit hours for which he or she was paid, the total number of credit hours attempted for that term will be applied to his or her Attempted-Hours limit.

2.       Credit hours for duplicate courses attempted will count toward the Attempted-Hours limit.

3.       Any credit hours attempted or earned before high school graduation (i.e., hours exempted by examination, advanced placement credit hours, International Baccalaureate hours, dual enrollment hours, or joint enrollment hours) do not count as Attempted-Hours. If the institution is not readily able to identify such credits, then the institution may rely on the student to advise the institution of credit hours attempted prior to high school graduation, subject to verification. Effective Fall term 2004, the hours for which the student received HOPE Grant (beginning with Summer term 2003) or Accel payment must be included in the Paid-Hours limit. As an exception, hours for which the student received HOPE Grant payment prior to high school graduation and before Fall term of 2004 are not included in the Paid-Hour limit.

4.       Courses that are audited are not paid for by HOPE or counted as Attempted-Hours and are not considered to be college credit.

Associate and Bachelor of Applied Science Programs

Students transferring from certificate/diploma programs into Associate of Applied Science (AAS) or Bachelor of Applied Science (BAS) degree programs receive a “block” of credit hours for course work taken in the certificate/diploma program, rather than on a course-by-course basis.  In order to determine the number of Attempted-Hours for purposes of HOPE eligibility, the value of the “block” of credit hours is dependent upon the number of hours the student is required to complete in order to receive an AAS or BAS degree.  All hours paid by HOPE Grant funds must apply to the Paid-Hours limit.

Hope Grant

Paid-Hours Limit

An eligible student may receive a HOPE Grant for all course work required by the institution for a program of study leading to a certificate or diploma, including remedial studies or learning support course work. However, recipients are limited by the number of credit hours for which they can receive HOPE Grant payment.

Effective Fall term 2004, all credit hours for which students received HOPE Grant payment for the Summer term of 2003 and beyond, must be included in the total number of allowable hours of HOPE Grant payment, referred to as the “Paid-Hours” limit. As an exception, hours for which students received HOPE Grant payment prior to their high school graduation and before Fall term 2004 are not counted as Paid-Hours. In addition, Georgia Student Finance Commission will only count 12 paid-hours per quarter, even if the student enrolls for more than 12 credit hours during the student’s current term of enrollment.

The Paid-Hours limit for the HOPE Grant is 95 quarter hours or 63 semester hours of HOPE Grant payment, except for students enrolled in specific programs of study designed to require more than 95 quarter or 63 semester hours of coursework for graduation. Such students are eligible for HOPE Grant payment for a maximum of 130 quarter hours or 86 semester hours, or the number of hours for which the program of study is designed, whichever is less.

Recipients of the HOPE Grant are not limited by the number of certificate or diploma programs of study for which they can receive payment, but are limited by the allowable number of Paid-Hours.  HOPE funds cannot be applied to course work exempted by examination.

Recipients of the HOPE Grant are eligible for payment for the full number of hours enrolled during the school term he or she reaches the HOPE Grant Paid-Hours limit.

HOPE Combined Paid Hours Limit

No student can receive more than a cumulative total of 190 quarter or 127 semester hours of HOPE Grant, plus Accel, plus HOPE Scholarship payment, except for students enrolled in specific programs of study designed to require more than 190 quarter or 127 semester hours of coursework for graduation.  Such students are eligible for HOPE Scholarship payment for a maximum of 225 quarter or 150 semester hours, or the number of hours for which the program of study is designed for graduation, whichever is less.

ACCEL Program

The Accel Program is funded by the Georgia Lottery for Education and administered by the Georgia Student Finance Commission.  It is designed to pro-vide participating high school students with financial assistance toward the cost of postsecondary course-work.  In order to be eligible for Accel funds, a student must be enrolled for college degree-level courses, rather than postsecondary coursework toward technical certificate or diploma programs of study.  If they meet all other requirements, high school students who are simultaneously seeking a technical certificate or diploma from an eligible Georgia public postsecondary institution are eligible to participate in the Georgia HOPE Grant Program.

Careful consideration should be taken before a decision is made to participate in the Accel Program.  The high school student, his or her parents, the high school counselor and principal, and officials of the postsecondary institution should be confident that it is in the best interest of the student to participate in Accel.  It is critical that students understand that the credit hours for which they receive payment from the Accel Program will be included in the maximum total number of credit hours of payment they can receive from the HOPE Scholarship Program, after they graduate from high school.  The following factors should be assessed before a student enters into the Accel Program.

Participation Guidelines and Considerations:     

     It is important for the student and his or her parents to have a serious and open discussion of the student’s postsecondary educational and career goals.

     A high school student’s social and emotional maturity can often be the major determinate of success as a dual credit student.

     The quality and quantity of the academic coursework the student has completed, as early as the 8th grade, should be evaluated to determine exactly what additional coursework is required to meet high school graduation requirements and what coursework the high school can offer the student for the remainder of his or her high school studies.

     Although the Accel program does not mandate specific academic requirements for participation, it is important for the student to understand that college credit hours earned at a private college or university as a dual credit student, are not transferable to a University System of Georgia institution unless the student has achieved at least a 970 SAT score and earned a 3.0 cumulative grade point average.  These requirements can be used as a guideline when deciding upon participation in the Accel Program.

Again, as the student and his or her parents make this major decision, full advantage should be taken of the knowledge and experience of officials at the student’s high school and at the postsecondary institution the student plans to attend.

hOPE Distance Learning Students

Distance Learning students are eligible to receive HOPE payment from each institution to cover the tuition charged by the institution, HOPE approved-mandatory fees for Distance Learning students, and the HOPE book allowance. The only HOPE-approved mandatory fee for Distance Learning students attending TCSG institutions is the Registration Fee.

Eligible non-citizens

To receive financial aid, eligible non-citizens must provide proper documentation of residency.  Proper documentation can include:

 

·                Permanent Resident Card ( Form I-551)

·                Resident Alien Card (Form I-551)

·                Arrival/Departure Record (CBP Form I-94)

 

Selective Service

Virtually all men born on January 01, 1960 or after in the U.S. are required to register with Selective Service within 30 days of their 18th birthday. Men must be registered to be in compliance with federal law and stay eligible for student loans and grants, government jobs, job training, all security background clearances, and U.S. citizenship for immigrants.  Visit www.sss.gov for more information.

FINANCIAL AID REFUND POLICIES

A refund is money due a student or financial aid source when a student has withdrawn or dropped a class.  Two refund polices are in effect at South-eastern Technical College.  The refund policy used varies depending on the type of aid a student is scheduled to receive or if the student has completely withdrawn from school or has been administratively dropped.

STC Refund Policy

This refund policy applies when a student has totally withdrawn from school and paid cash or received HOPE.  This policy states that pre-registered students may receive a full refund of all tuition and fees paid if they cancel prior to the scheduled enrollment date.  Students who withdraw/drop during the first seven (7) calendar days (including holidays) of each quarter will receive 75% of tuition charges refunded, if the entire course load is dropped.  Students who withdraw/drop after seven (7) consecutive calendar days (including holidays) following the first day of class will receive no refund of tuition and fees.

Federal Refund Policy

Students receiving assistance from Title IV programs (Federal Pell Grant or FSEOG) will be awarded aid depending upon the amount of aid earned.  If the student completed more than 60% of the term, he or she will have earned 100% of the aid for that period.  If the student completed 60% or less of the term, the percentage of the period completed is equal to the percentage of aid earned.

The percentage completed will be calculated by counting the number of days completed up to the point of withdrawal divided by the total number of days in the term.  This percentage will be applied to Title IV funds for which the student established eligibility prior to the withdrawal date.

The Title IV aid earned is first used to pay the tuition, fees, and bookstore charges the student has deferred to their Title IV aid account.  If any funds remain after deducting these charges, the student will receive the balance due in the form of a refund check during the 9th week of the quarter.  If the amount of Title IV aid earned is insufficient to cover these charges, the student is liable for these charges that must be paid before being allowed to enroll in another quarter of study at Southeastern Technical College.  Examples are available in the Office of Financial Aid.

Refund of Books and Supplies

Students will receive a full refund if:

     Books are returned with proof of purchase (receipt); and

     Books are returned in new, resalable condition (no marks, writing, or soiling; plastic pack-          aging or boxes unopened).

No refunds will be made for:

     Expendable supplies and equipment (i.e. cosmetology kits, tools, uniforms, diskettes, etc.);

     Books that have been written in.

NOTE:  Refund requests for books and supplies must be made within two (2) weeks of the quarter in which they were purchased and intended for use.  This deadline is enforced in all cases.

OVER-AWARDS

An overpayment is any amount paid directly to the student greater than a student is entitled to receive.  This may occur when:

     Awards or disbursements are made incorrectly;

     A student reports incorrect information on his/her financial aid application; or

     A student withdraws from school.

Any information, which the Director of Financial Aid discovers as incorrect, must be corrected according to procedures outlined in the federal regulations.  The student will be notified, collections of these funds will be attempted, and the collected funds will be repaid to the appropriate source of funding.  If the student refuses, the appropriate agencies will be notified.

The maximum amount of Federal Work-Study wages that a student may receive above the student’s need is $300.  If the student’s earning in excess of need is more than $300, the College may not use Federal Work-Study funds to cover the overage.  Non-need-based earnings are not counted in determining the $300 over-award limit.  If FWS is awarded in conjunction with other campus-based aid, the $300 over-award limit is in effect for total aid from all campus-based programs.

 

SATISFACTORY ACADEMIC PROGRESS REQUIREMENTS

Students who received financial aid from Southeastern Technical College must be in good academic standing and making satisfactory progress, as outlined below.

Students are responsible for maintaining an acceptable level of progress regarding quality and quantity of work.  Progress will be reviewed no less than once each quarter.  Records are reviewed after grades are posted at the end of each quarter.

 Grade Point Average Requirement

Students must maintain a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale.  If a student’s GPA falls below the minimum, his/her financial aid is endangered.  A student will be put on probation for the quarter following the term the student fails to earn a cumulative 2.0 GPA.  The student has the next quarter of attendance to earn the minimum GPA. The student may receive financial aid while on probation.  At the end of the probationary period, if the cumulative GPA is a 2.0 or higher, the student is taken off probation.  If the cumulative 2.0 is not achieved, then the student will be put on financial aid suspension during the following quarter of attendance.  The student will not receive financial aid while on suspension.  Total hours attempted consists of hours taken at STC.  Transfer credits are not included in the computation of the cumulative GPA for financial aid, but are considered when determining a student’s HOPE Scholarship eligibility.

 

Completion Rate

Students must complete 67% of course work attempted quarterly.  Failure to complete this mini-mum percentage will result in a student being put on probation during the following quarter of attendance.  If the student fails to complete 67% of the course work attempted during the probationary quarter, they will be placed on suspension during their next quarter.

Maximum Time Frame

Full-time students must complete their educational objective within the maximum time frame of one-and-a-half (150%) times the length of the program in which they are enrolled.  This means that once a student has attempted one-and-a-half times the minimum number of credit hours necessary for completing program requirements, they will be ineligible to receive financial aid.  Students who are enrolled less than half time will be prorated accordingly.

NOTE:  If a course is repeated, all hours attempted will be counted for purposes of the 67% completion rate and maximum time frame requirements, and all grades will be used in calculating the minimum GPA of 2.0.

Learning Support Coursework

Learning Support courses will be covered by Title IV assistance if the student is enrolled as a provisional or regular admit student in an eligible program at Southeastern Technical College and the learning support course is required by the school. In addition, State Aid can be used to cover 095 and 096 learning support coursework.

 

Federal and State financial aid can be awarded for a maximum of 45 hours of learning support coursework. Learning Support courses are graded on an A* through F* scale.  A grade of A*, B*, or C* will be considered satisfactory completion of a learning course. A grade of D* or F* is considered unsatisfactory. Grades received for learning support courses are counted in HOPE Scholarship GPA calculation. All learning support courses are included in the 67% hours attempted completion rate.

Grades

Grades of W (withdrew) and WP (withdrew passing) are not used in calculating a student’s GPA, but are counted as course work attempted.  WF (withdrew failing) is counted as an F.  IP’s (in-progress) are used in the completion rate calculation; however, students will be allowed to complete the in-progress work the next quarter and once a grade has been assigned, will be reevaluated.

Transfer students accepted by Southeastern Technical College (STC), but not previously enrolled at STC, will be classified as maintaining Satisfactory Academic Progress for the first quarter enrolled.  After the first quarter, the student’s grades will be measured in accordance with the College’s Satisfactory Academic Progress requirements.  Students who previously attended STC, transferred to another school, then returned to STC, will have all of their course work reviewed.  (Only a grade of C or better will transfer.)

Termination of Financial Aid

Financial aid will be terminated when a student is determined by the Office of Financial Aid to be ineligible if the office has evidence that the student has falsified information on the application materials, or, if federal or state funds are not provided to meet the award.

Reinstatement of Aid

A student who has been terminated from aid due to a lack of satisfactory academic progress must pay for credit hours attempted the term the student returns and must meet satisfactory academic progress requirements to be eligible to receive any further financial aid in future terms. 

Appeals Process

Students have the right to appeal a finding that they are not making satisfactory progress if they feel that there are extenuating circumstances, which have prevented them from meeting the specified requirements.  Students will need to complete an Appeal of Financial Aid Suspension form.  The appeals must specifically address the extenuating circumstances, include supporting documentation, and must be filed with the Office of Financial Aid.  An appeal form may be obtained from the Office of Financial Aid or the financial aid section of the STC Web site.

All satisfactory academic progress appeals will be reviewed.  The Office of Financial Aid will notify the student of the decision made regarding the appeal.  All decisions made are final.

 

COMMERCIAL TRUCK DRIVING PROGRAM

Because of the high cost of the Commercial Truck Driving program, the HOPE Grant will only pay the full cost of the program once.  If a student does not complete the program and wishes to retake it, the HOPE Grant will only cover 50% of the cost during the second term attended in the program.

SATISFACTORY ACADEMIC PROGRESS REQUIREMENTS (HOPE)

HOPE will cover all required course work as outlined in the standards for certificate, diploma and degree programs, including learning support courses.  The existing instructional requirements of Satisfactory Academic Progress for Title IV programs will be applied for the following:

     Cumulative GPA requirements;

     Satisfactory completion rate for all course work;

     45 maximum hours for learning support

Notification

The Office of Financial Aid will notify a student through the College’s official means of communication if he/she is in violation of the aforementioned standards of satisfactory academic progress and of the termination of their eligibility to receive financial aid.