STUDENT FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE PROGRAMS (Need
and Non-Need Based)
Huntingdon College has a variety of financial assistance programs available to students who qualify and may consist of a combination of Huntingdon College scholarships and Grant Programs, Federal PELL Grant, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG), the Federal TEACH Grant, Federal Perkins Loan, Federal Direct Loan, Federal Direct PLUS Loan, or the Federal Work-Study Program. Specific information about these may be found at the links below.
HOW TO APPLY FOR FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE [More information]
Students needing financial aid in order to attend Huntingdon College must annually file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). This form may be accessed on-line at: www.fafsa.ed.gov. Awards will be made on a first-come, first-serve basis. New students, who must have financial aid in order to attend Huntingdon College, should complete the following three steps:
METHODS OF AID DISTRIBUTION
Traditional Day Program
Aid is normally awarded on an annual basis, with one-half of the annual amount of the award being credited to the student's account during the first semester and the other half during the second semester. Each semester, aid eligibility is finalized after the institution's official second week enrollment report is released. Huntingdon College scholarships and grants are available to full-time degree-seeking Traditional Day program students only. It is important to know that Huntingdon College scholarship and grant recipients may be eligible to also receive other forms of institutional, federal, and state aid. However, a FAFSA form must be completed so that the Office of Student Financial Services can determine eligibility. All Federally funded aid requires the completion of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Expected Family Contribution (EFC) is determined from the FAFSA. Cost of attendance is calculated by totaling estimated fees, tuition, books and supplies, and living expenses based on whether a student lives on campus, with parents, or off campus. Unmet need is calculated by subtracting the EFC and aid awarded from the Cost of Attendance. (Cost of Attendance-EFC-Aid=Unmet need).
Please note that:
RIGHTS AND RESPONSIBILITIES OF STUDENTS RECEIVING FINANCIAL AID
You have the right to know:
COST OF ATTENDANCE
Huntingdon College offers a Fixed Tuition Plan to aid in
family financial planning. Through the Fixed Tuition Plan, the annual cost of tuition is
established when the student first enrolls and remains the same over a consecutive four-year period.
The goal of Fixed Tuition is to allow students and families to budget for four years of study
without the worry of future tuition increases.
Students should be aware that although annual tuition costs remain constant for the four-year period, if the family's financial situation changes, the financial aid package may change as well. The cost of tuition does not include room, board, books, or basic fees. The Fixed Tuition amount listed here is applicable to new full-time freshmen and transfer students at Huntingdon College during the 2014-2015 academic year.
For the 2015-2016 Academic Year
Additional information regarding special fees and courses is available in the College catalog under the Financing a Huntingdon Education section.
INFORMATION ON BOOKS AND SUPPLIES
Specific book information per course (including ISBN), whether required or recommended, is available via the College's bookstore ( http://www.bkstr.com/huntingdonstore/shop/textbooks-and-course-materials). Book information is displayed by term, course and section as indicated in the College's schedule of classes, which is published online at https://selfserve.huntingdon.edu/SelfService/Search/SearchHome.aspx
Policy for Disbursement of Books and Supplies is available per program at:
STATEMENTS OF REFUND POLICY and the REQUIREMENTS FOR RETURN OF GRANT OR LOAN ASSISTANCE
For Students Enrolled in the Traditional Day Program
If a student voluntarily withdraws from Huntingdon College during a semester, the College will follow federal guidelines to determine the amount of federal aid the student has earned based on the percentage of the semester completed. Federal guidelines state that once a student has completed more than 60% of the semester they have earned all federal aid for that period of enrollment. For a student who has completed 60 % or less, Huntingdon College is required to prorate the amount of aid based on the percentage of the semester completed (calculated using the last date of attendance). An example of a return to Title IV calculation is available upon request.
Institutional scholarships and aid will be prorated based on the percentage of the semester completed (calculated using the last date of attendance). For example, if a student has $5,000 in institutional scholarships for the semester and has completed 25% of the semester based on the last date of attendance, he or she will have earned $1,250 of the original scholarship; the account will be adjusted accordingly.
Tuition and fees will be prorated based on the percentage of the semester completed (calculated using the last date of attendance). For example, if a student has completed 75% of the semester, Huntingdon College will retain 75% of the original tuition and fee charges for that semester. The account would be credited back 25%. Room and board charges will be prorated from the date the student's room becomes vacant (includes all student belongings). Special fees and charges associated with a particular course (music fees, private lessons, course fees, etc.) will NOT be refunded if a student withdraws from the course.
The student initiates the semester withdrawal from the College in the Office of the Registrar. The student is then instructed to get authorized signatures (on the withdrawal form) from all pertinent administration and staff persons in order to resolve any matters needing attention (prior to the official withdrawal). The Office of the Registrar reviews the completed form and submits information to the appropriate offices regarding the offi cial withdrawal date. The official withdrawal date for financial aid is determined to be the date that the student last attended classes as evidenced by the notifi cation to the Office of the Registrar. Should a student fail to complete the institutional withdrawal process, the refund calculations for both institutional charges and aid, as well as Federal Title IV aid, will be based on the mid-point of the payment period if the last day of attendance cannot be determined. The Director of Student Financial Aid reviews the data and applies the refund policy to the student. The amount of any refund due to the student and Title IV programs will be resolved within 14 days of the official notifi cation from the Offi ce of the Registrar.
Course Load Adjustments - Refunds and Charges
Adjustments will be made to accounts during the first two weeks of classes. If the total number of hours attempted is decreased after the second week of classes, there will be no financial credit to student's account. The student is responsible for any charge applicable to the load for which he or she is registered at the end of the second week of classes. Withdrawing from a course with an associated fee after the second week does not alter the financial responsibility of the student to pay the fee.
For Students Enrolled in the Evening Studies Program
Return of Title IV Funds and other Types of Financial Aid
The student initiates the change of enrollment through the drop processes described in this catalog. The Office of the Registrar reviews the completed submissions and forwards information to Student Financial Services regarding the official date of the enrollment change(s). The amount of any refund due to the student and Title IV programs, if applicable, will be resolved within 14 days of the official notification from the Office of the Registrar.
REQUIREMENTS FOR OFFICIALLY WITHDRAWING FROM HUNTINGDON COLLEGE
For Traditional Day Students
Students wishing to withdraw from Huntingdon College during a semester of attendance must obtain an Application for Student Withdrawal form, available in the Office of the Registrar, to certify exit conferences with the required offices.
Withdrawal must be completed in person and will only be recognized with the completion and return of the Application for Student Withdrawal form to the Office of the Registrar. A telephone call or written statement of any kind other than the stated form indicating the intent to withdraw does not constitute an offi cial withdrawal. Grades assigned at the time of withdrawal will be determined by the date of the withdrawal. Students withdrawing on their own initiative prior to the end of the tenth week of the semester (for specifi c dates, see College calendar, pages II and III) will be assigned a "W" in lieu of an earned grade for each course. After the tenth week, a grade of "F" is recorded unless the withdrawal is caused by circumstances beyond the control of the student, in which case a "W" is assigned with the approval of the Provost and Dean of the College. The College may require withdrawal at any time if it deems it to be in the best interest of either the student or the College. If the cause for withdrawal is sufficient and the standing of the student warrants, it will be permitted without assignment of grades (i.e. "W"); otherwise, the grade will be "F" in each course. A notation of "Withdrawal from the College" will be indicated on the student's transcript following the applicable term.
For Evening Studies Program Students
Students wishing to withdraw entirely from a term that is in progress must complete the Application for Student Withdrawal process, which is available online via the students' academic account access. The Application for Student Withdrawal must be completed and on file with the Office of the Registrar before the student's official withdrawal will be processed. A notation of "Withdrawal from the College" will be indicated on the student's transcript following the applicable term. If a student wishes to return to Huntingdon, he or she must complete the readmission process.
HOW FAILING TO MEET SATISFACTORY ACADEMIC PROGRESS MAY AFFECT FINANCIAL AID
For All Students, Regardless of Program:
In order for a student to receive awards from the Federal PELL Grant Program, the Federal SEOG Program, the Federal TEACH Grant, the Federal Work-Study Program, the Federal Perkins Loan Program, the Federal Direct Loan Program, the Federal Direct PLUS Loan Program, the Alabama Student Grant Program, and the Alabama Student Assistance Program, a student must be determined to be making satisfactory academic progress as defi ned by the Standards of Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) section of the Academic Policies and Procedures of this catalog. A student who fails to meet the Standards of Satisfactory Academic Progress is placed on Financial Aid Warning. After the second consecutive semester of not making SAP, the student is ineligible for Federal Title IV Aid and is placed on Financial Aid Suspension.
Huntingdon College permits appeals of Financial Aid Suspension based upon mitigating circumstances. These mitigating circumstances include events that have occurred which the College deems beyond the student's control, including but not limited to, the impact of natural disasters, medical illnesses and emergencies, family tragedies. Documentation of these events will be required. The appeal must address why the student failed to make SAP, and what has changed in the student's situation to enable the student to regain SAP. Students must petition and submit all necessary documentation to the Director of Student Financial Services in writing within one month from the date of the letter sent to the student if he or she wishes to have reinstatement of his or her eligibility for federal Title IV funds considered. In order to approve an appeal, the College must determine that the student should be able to make SAP by the end of the next payment period or develop an academic plan, that if followed, will ensure the student is able to meet overall SAP by a specifi ed point in time, with interim progress points. If an appeal is granted, the student will be placed on Financial Aid Probation for the next payment period or by the dates specifi ed in the academic plan. The Director of Student Financial Services will respond to the appeal within a period of 15 days once the appeal and all applicable documentation are received.
During this conditional Financial Aid Probation period of time, the student may continue to receive Federal Title IV and state funds, provided the student is allowed to continue enrollment by the College's Standards of Satisfactory Academic Progress. At the end of that conditional Financial Aid Probation period, the student must meet SAP, or he or she will be ruled ineligible to receive Title IV and state funds for any future semesters of attendance. A student who is deemed ineligible for a Federal PELL Grant, a Federal SEOG, a Federal TEACH Grant, Federal Work-Study, a Federal Perkins Loan, a Federal Direct Loan, a Federal Direct PLUS Loan, an Alabama Student Grant, or an Alabama Student Assistance Grant because of failure to meet the College's Standards of Satisfactory Academic Progress, may reestablish his or her eligibility under these programs by subsequently meeting the College's Standards of Satisfactory Academic Progress, provided the student is allowed to continue enrollment. Students must attend classes at Huntingdon College to regain Satisfactory Academic Progress.
The time frame for full-time student completion of an undergraduate program cannot
exceed 150% of the published length of that program. All students who exceed the 150% maximum time
frame are considered to be ineligible for Title IV fi nancial aid. This may not be appealed.
**Note that not all Federal Aid above is available to students in all programs.
LOAN DEFERMENTS AND CONDITIONS
(Source: http://studentaid.ed.gov/PORTALSWebApp/students/english/difficulty .jsp)
If you have trouble making your education loan payments, contact immediately the organization that services your loan. You might qualify for a deferment, forbearance, or other form of payment relief. It's important to take action before you are charged late fees. For Federal Perkins Loans, contact your loan servicer or the school that made you the loan. For Direct and FFELSM Stafford Loans, contact your loan servicer. If you do not know who your servicer is, you can look it up in the U.S. Department of Education's National Student Loan Data SystemSM (NSLDSSM).
Note to PLUS Loan borrowers: Generally, the eligibility requirements and procedures for requesting a deferment or forbearance for Stafford Loan borrowers also apply to you. However, since all PLUS Loans are unsubsidized, you'll be charged interest during periods of deferment or forbearance. If you don't pay the interest as it accrues, it will be capitalized (added to the principal balance of the loan), thereby increasing the amount you'll have to repay.
In School Deferment Form
TERMS OF LOANS STUDENTS RECEIVE
Terms of loans students received is available from the Master Promissory Note of the Federal Direct Stafford/For Loan and Federal Direct Unsubsidized Stafford/Ford Loan.
Financial Aid Contact Information
New Traditional Day Students
Office of Admission
1500 East Fairview Avenue, Montgomery, AL 36106
(334) 833-4497 1-800-763-0313 fax: (334) 833-4347 firstname.lastname@example.org
New Evening Studies Students
Evening Studies Program
Wilson Center, Room 113
1500 East Fairview Avenue, Montgomery, Alabama 36106
(334) 833-4518 (888) 462-5067 Fax: (334) 833-4306 email@example.com
All Returning Students
Office of Student Financial Services
Wilson Center, Room 108
1500 East Fairview Avenue, Montgomery, AL 36106
(334) 833-4428 fax: (334) 833-4235 firstname.lastname@example.org
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