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Office of Student Financial Services
Mrs. Cassandra Matthews Byrd, Director
Sharon Williams, Assistant Director
is the policy of the Alabama State Board of Education and Lawson
State Community College, a postsecondary institution under its
control, that no person shall, on the grounds of race, color, sex,
religion, national origin, age, or disability be excluded from
participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to
discrimination under any program, activity, or employment. For
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Lawson State Community College offers financial
assistance to students who are in need of help to pay the cost of
their education. Financial aid is designed to supplement the
family's ability to finance the students educational expenses.
Lawson State Community College is approved for the following:
Federal Financial Assistance
Vocational Rehabilitation Training
Alabama Student Assistance Program
Alabama Prepaid Affordable College Tuition (PACT)
Private Scholarship Programs
Scholarship for Disadvantaged Students (SDS)
Title IV Federal Financial Aid Programs that are
available include the following:
Lawson State Community College does
not participate in any Federal and State Loan
Programs. Lawson State Community College is, however, approved for
deferment of previous loans.
Applying For Financial Aid Priority
Lawson State Community College awards
financial assistance on a rolling basis for the
entire year. Upon receipt of the original SAR
(Student Aid Report) or electronic ISIR
(Institutional Student Information Record),
consideration for other financial aid can be made.
Those students who submit documents by July 15, for
the coming fall semester, who demonstrate the
greatest need for assistance will receive priority
consideration for other financial aid which is
distributed on a first-come, first-served basis.
These programs are the Federal Supplemental
Educational Opportunity Grant, Federal Work-Study
and Alabama Student Assistance Program.
Students applying for financial aid
must first adhere to the following:
Complete an Application for
Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for the current
academic year. The FAFSA is available from high
school guidance counselors, colleges,
universities and libraries. You may also file a
FAFSA through the Internet by accessing
and follow the instructions there.
admission to the College--If
currently not enrolled or accepted for
admission, you should apply immediately. An
application for Federal Financial Aid cannot be
acted upon until you have been accepted for
admission as a degree/certificate-seeking
Qualifying For Federal Financial Aid:
Students applying for Federal
Financial Assistance must:
Generally have a financial need;
the financial need is determined by the U. S.
Department of Education, which will determine
the student's Expected Family Contribution
(EFC) from the application documents submitted.
Have a high school diploma, GED
or have passed an independently administered
test approved by the U.S. Department of
Be a United
States citizen or eligible non-citizen (must
provide documentation to verify their
Submit signed copies of certain
financial documents for the student and
students spouse or students parent if
dependent if they are selected for the process
called verification. Contact the Financial Aid
office to find out which documents are
required. Approximately 1/3 of all financial
aid applications are selected by the federal
government for a process called verification.
Have a valid
social security number.
Not be in default on a federal
loan or owe a refund on a Grant received for
attendance at any postsecondary institution.
Selective Service registration status (if
official transcripts on file.
Must be enrolled as a student in
an eligible program, making satisfactory
**Technical classes require clock-hour
conversion to receive Title IV funds.
Not be convicted of drug
possession for drug sale.
Renewing Financial Aid:
Financial assistance is awarded
annually (August-May). Students who applied for
financial aid in the prior year will receive a
Renewal Application by mail from the Federal
Processor in December of each year. Awards are
not automatically renewed from year to year.
Student Rights and Responsibilities:
A student attending Lawson State
Community College on
financial aid has certain rights and
responsibilities pertaining to his/her award.
The student has the right to ask the
What financial assistance is
available, including information on all federal,
state, and institutional financial aid programs.
deadlines are for submitting applications for
each of the financial aid programs available.
What the cost
of attending the college is, and what the refund
it uses to select financial aid recipients.
How financial need is determined.
This process includes how costs for tuition and
fees, room and board, travel, books and
supplies, personal and miscellaneous expenses,
etc., are considered in the budget.
What resources (such as family
contribution, other financial aid, assets, etc.)
are considered in the calculation of need.
How much of the
financial need, as determined by the
institution, has been met.
To explain the various programs
in the student aid package. If a student
believes he/she has been treated unfairly,
he/she may request reconsideration of the award
which was made.
What portion of
the financial aid received must be repaid, and
what portion is grant aid.
How the school determines whether
a student is making satisfactory academic
progress, and what happens if he/she is not
making satisfactory academic progress.
The student has the responsibility
Review and consider all information about a
school's program before enrolling.
Pay special attention to the
application for student financial aid. Complete
it accurately and submit it on time to the
appropriate place. Errors can result in delays
in a students receipt of financial aid.
Intentional reporting of false information on
application forms for federal financial aid is a
violation of law and is considered a criminal
offense, subject to penalties under the
Criminal Code of the United States. The
Inspector Generals office will be notified in
Return all additional
documentation, corrections, and/or new
information requested by either the Office of
Student Financial Services or the agency to
which the application is submitted.
understand, and keep copies of all forms that
he/she is asked to sign.
responsibility for all agreements he/she signs.
lender of changes in he/her name, address, or
school status for each loan.
work that is agreed upon in a satisfactory
manner when accepting a Federal Work-Study
Know and comply
with the deadlines for application and
reapplication for aid.
Know and comply
with the school's refund procedure.
Registrar's Office, in writing, whenever there
is a change of name, address, or telephone
documents verifying the information submitted on
the Free Application for Federal Student Aid if
Financial Aid Course Load Requirements:
To receive the amount of Federal Pell
Grant as indicated on a Financial Aid Award
notification, students must enroll for a full-time
course load (a minimum of 12 credit hours).
Students who enroll (each semester)
in fewer than 12 credit hours will have their Pell
Grant Award adjusted according to their registration
status. Students enrolling in 9 to 11 credit hours
are considered three-quarter (3/4) time, 6 to
8 credit hours are half (1/2) time, and 1-5
credit hours are less than half time.
Questions regarding the enrollment status of
adjusted credit hours should be directed to the
Financial Aid Office.
Disbursement of Financial Aid Funds:
The Business Affairs Office has the
responsibility for disbursement of grants,
scholarship checks, and FWS paychecks. When
students receive a Financial Aid Award Notification,
it is his or her indication that the financial aid
award has been established. The award notification
contains data on students' budgets, expected family
contribution, award categories and students' rights
and responsibilities. The Financial Aid Awards are
usually made on an annual basis. The annual award
is divided into two equal installments, which are
posted to the student's account (WORK-STUDY IS
EXCLUDED). If the financial aid award and/or cash
payments exceed college expenses/charges, the
student is eligible to receive a refund. Refunds
are processed by the Business Affairs Office and
will be disbursed fourteen (14) days after the first
day of class in the Business Affairs Office.
Students who drop classes will have their Financial
Aid adjusted accordingly.
Return of Title IV Funds When A
Federal Financial Grant Recipient
Students who receive one or more of the
following: Federal Pell Grant, Federal Supplemental
Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG). Federal
Work-Study money received by the student is
-- The withdrawal date is the date the
student submits a completed schedule change form
(dropping all classes) to the Office of Student
Development Services or the appropriate
instructional site. In those cases where a student
unofficially withdraws (stops attendance without
completing withdrawal process), the withdrawal date
is the mid-point (50%) of the term.
This is money that the student must return to the
U.S. Department of Education. The amount of
repayment will be based upon a formula, prescribed
by law, that considers the date of withdrawal and
the amount of federal aid (excluding work-study)
received. Students who fail to repay the U.S.
Department of Education will not be eligible to
receive federal aid at Lawson State Community
College or any other institutions. Return of Title
IV Funds is a new financial assistance policy, which
affects students receiving federal assistance.
Students completely withdrawing from
college will have their financial aid adjusted;
however, there are consequences for withdrawing from
the college effective fall semester 2000. The U.S.
Department of Education requires an institution to
return all unearned Title IV funds to the
appropriate Title IV program. When a student of
Title IV aid withdraws on or before completing 60%
of the period of enrollment, the College must
calculate the amount of Title IV Aid the student did
not earn and return it to the Title IV Programs.
This action may require a student to repay funds
issued directly to them. The non-payment of Title
IV aid will also be reported to the U. S. Department
of Education for collections and the overpayment of
grants will be reported to the Student Loan Data
System as required by federal law.
In addition, withdrawal from College
affects the Satisfactory Academic Standard of
progress and may affect the future receipt of
Federal Financial Aid.
Minimum Standards of Satisfactory
Federal and state regulations require
that all students at Lawson State Community College
meet minimum standards of satisfactory academic
progress to receive financial aid. Each student
must adhere to the following:
QUALITATIVE MEASURES -- Each
student on Title IV Federal Financial Aid must
earn, each academic year, two-third (2/3) of the
minimum number of hours required to complete a
program and are expected to meet or exceed the
following Grade Point Average (GPA) at the
indicated points in their program of study.
Students enrolled in a full certificate,
diploma, or Associate degree program requiring
more than 26 hours must achieve a cumulative
grade point average of:
o 12--21 Hours 1.50 GPA
o 22--32 Hours 1.75 GPA
o 33 Hours and
Students enrolled in a short
certificate program equal to 26 hours must achieve a
cumulative grade point average of:
o 12 17 Hours
- 1.50 GPA
o 18 or more Hours - 2.00 GPA
Although a student is maintaining a high GPA
by withdrawing from every course they are
attempting after the first year would meet
qualitative standard, the student is not
progressing towards graduation. Each student
must pass at least one-half (50%) of the hours
attempted during the academic year. The student
must complete their degree or certificate within
150% of the length of the program. For
instance, if the length of the undergraduate
program is 64 credit hours, the maximum time
frame allowed to earn a degree/certificate will
not exceed 96 attempted hours.
Quantitative Standards Completed
Hours Earned Percentage
The number of hours attempted will be
counted as the day of record of each semester. All
periods of enrollment at Lawson State Community
College, including transfer hours accepted, will be
counted in the completion percentage. A student who
does not earn a degree/certificate within the
specified time will not be eligible for federal aid.
A Title IV Federal financial aid
recipient enrolled in a developmental (remedial)
course MAY NOT repeat the course more than three
(3) times and continue to receive financial
assistance. A Title IV financial aid recipient
may not be paid for more than 30 credit hours of
The appeals process is provided
in accordance with Federal regulations (Contact
the Financial Aid Office). Students cannot
drop courses for which they are registered
simply by not attending class. An official
withdrawal form MUST be submitted to the
Office of Admissions and Records. If the
student is receiving financial aid, a
notification of the amount of aid TO BE REPAID
or REFUNDED TO THE ACCOUNT will be sent to the
Federal Financial Aid Programs
Federal Pell Grant:
Federal Pell Grant is a part of a
federal program that requires interested students to
apply directly to the government for funds. A
Federal Pell Grant, unlike a loan, does not have to
be repaid. Pell Grants are only awarded to
undergraduate students who have not earned a
bachelors or professional degree. Any full,
three-quarter, or half time student, who is a U.S.
Citizen and has not received a bachelors degree, is
eligible to apply. The amount of each Federal Pell
Grant depends on the students need, the cost of his
or her education and enrollment status (full-time,
12 semester hours or more; three-fourth time, 9-11
semester hours; half-time, 6-8 semester hours; and
less than half-time, 1-5 semester hours).
Federal Supplemental Educational
Federal Supplemental Educational
Opportunity Grant is designed to assist students who
demonstrate an exceptional financial need - students
with the lowest Expected Family Contributions (EFCs).
Priority is given to Federal Pell Grant recipients
who apply early (prior to June 1 for the coming fall
Federal Work-Study provides on-campus
work opportunities for students needing financial
assistance to attend college. Students working
under this program earn at least minimum wages and
are paid monthly for work performed. To be
eligible, a student must be enrolled, demonstrate
a need, and be capable of maintaining
satisfactory progress while employed part-time on
Alabama Student Assistance Program
The Alabama Student Assistance
Program (ASAP) is designed to assist exceptionally
needy students. The program consists of the Federal
State Student Incentive Grant funds and funds
appropriated by the Alabama Legislature. ASAP funds
are gifts that do not have to be repaid.
The state of Alabama provides certain
benefits for students through the Department of
Rehabilitation Services (DRS). Please contact DRS
for more information.
Benefits for Veterans and Dependents
Before a veteran can make application
for educational benefits, he or she must complete
the following procedure:
admission to Lawson State and complete his or
her admissions file.
Provide a certified copy of
DD-214 or Certificate of Eligibility (Doc# 2384,
Chapter 106) to the Office of Veterans Affairs.
Documents pertaining to the Alabama
Veterans program may be obtained by contacting:
State Department of Veterans Affairs 809 Green
Springs Highway, Suite 100, Birmingham, Alabama
Documentation of Veterans
Documents required by the Veterans
Administration and Lawson State are as follows:
Certified copy of DD-214
(separation papers) or Certificate of
Eligibility (Doc# 2384). Dependents must
have a copy of their Certificate of Eligibility
from all institutions previously attended.
copies of divorced papers from any previous
marriage by either the veteran or spouse.
of the marriage certificate for current marriage
copies of birth certificates of all children.
document of dependency, Form 21-509, if parents
are claimed as dependents.
Certification of Veterans
The following criteria will be used
for certifying veterans or eligible persons:
Certification will be granted for
only those courses that are applicable to the
declared program of study (major). The
appropriate instructional officer must approve
any deviation in writing.
Certification may be granted for
basic institutional credit courses and
developmental courses if such courses are
necessary for the student to reach his or her
objective. Developmental courses will be
certified on a semester to semester basis.
Certification will not be granted
for audit courses.
The veteran must be re-certified
for educational benefits when he or she
re-enters Lawson State after an interruption of
his or her educational program.
The veteran who has received
college credit at other institutions will be
certified for only those courses necessary to
complete the declared program of study at Lawson
State Community College.
Payments for benefits will be
based upon the following schedule:
o Full-time payment (12
credit hours or more)
o Three-fourths payment (9-11
o One-half payment (6-8
o Reimbursement for tuition
and fees (5 or fewer credit hours)
Should a veteran register for a
course not in his or her program of study and
not approved by the appropriate instructional
officer, his or her benefits may be reduced at
any time during the semester. This action
may occur without notification to the student.
Veterans may be certified for
only one semester if he or she has prior credit
that has not been received and evaluated.
Re-certification is contingent upon the
receiving of transfer credit information.
Benefits may not be paid for
courses previously passed unless a better grade
is required in the degree objective, or for
courses in which an I (Incomplete) was
All veterans should contact the
Office of Veterans Affairs during registration in
order to complete proper certification with the
Class Attendance of Veterans:
students attending Lawson State Community College
are required to attend classes. For veterans,
failure to attend classes may result in a reduction
or elimination of benefits. Should the veteran
accumulate excessive unexcused absences, the
reduction of benefits to the veteran will be made
effective the first day of attendance in class.
Withdrawal from Class or Classes by
Veterans may adjust their schedule,
without penalty, only during the late registration
period. A veteran who withdraws after this period,
must demonstrate extenuating circumstances, or he or
she will suffer loss of payments under the VA
educational assistance program.
Jefferson County WIA Individual
The Workforce Investment Act (WIA)
Individual Referral Program is designed to train
individuals eighteen years of age or older in a
selected academic and career field. The student may
be placed in any selected program where there is
available space. However, the applicant must first
be certified WIA eligible by the Employment Service
Intake Unit. Upon determination that the individual
is eligible and that training is appropriate, the
individual will be referred to the institution.
It is the purpose of the WIA to
establish programs to prepare youths and unskilled
adults for entry into the labor force. WIA affords
job training to those economically disadvantaged
individuals and other individuals facing serious
barriers to employment who are in special need of
such training to obtain productive employment. The
ultimate goals of WIA training programs are to:
Increase employment and earnings
educational and occupational skills.
Reduce welfare dependency.
State will determine the participants expenses of
attending school and whether he or she is eligible
for a Pell Grant. All income sources such as the
Pell Grant will be deducted from the participants
budget to determine remaining need. WIA will pay
the following expenses to the extent needed to
supplant the shortfall as described below:
The published tuition rate for
the training to be provided as shown in the
edition of the College catalog (in effect)
during the semester being billed.
Required books and training
supplies purchased on account through Lawson
States bookstore up to various amounts as per
Repeat courses will be the
responsibility of the participant. WIA funds
shall not be used, under any circumstance, to
pay for a repeat course (i.e. a failing grade, a
dropped course for which the SDA was billed for
any portion of training, etc).
A maximum of three (3) remedial
courses may be reimbursed using WIA funds if
deemed appropriate by Lawson State Community