Policies Affecting Aid
Withdrawal Policy - Students who need to withdraw from one or more courses for a semester in which they received financial aid should contact the Financial Aid Office. The Financial Aid office can advise students about how withdrawing may affect their aid for the current semester as well as future semesters.
Refund Policy for Title IV Recipients - The Community College of Beaver County follows established federal guidelines for the treatment of students who withdraw from the college. A student who completely withdraws may no longer be eligible for the full amount of Title IV funds that the student was originally scheduled to receive.
If a student withdraws prior to completing 60% of the payment period the student is only eligible for the amount of Title IV aid that he/she has earned based on the time spent in academic attendance. Financial Aid must be prorated based on the percentage of the semester attended. If the amount disbursed to the student is greater than the amount the student earned, unearned funds must be returned by the student.
The institution must return the amount of Title IV funds no later than 30 days after the date of the withdrawal. Funds will be returned in the following order:
Direct Unsubsidized Loans
Direct Subsidized Loans
Direct Plus Loans
Federal Pell Grants
Federal Supplemental Opportunity Grants
Example of a Title IV Withdraw
A student registers for the fall semester that begins on August 23 and ends on December 17 and receives $2775.00 in pell grant funds. The student subsequently withdraws from all of their courses on October 1, 2010. The student has only completed 40 out of the 117 days or 34% of the semester. The student is therefore only eligible for $943.50($2775.00 x 34%) in pell grant since they have only completed 34% of the semester. The college’s refund policy only allows for a refund of tuition and fees during the first three weeks of the semester therefore the student owes 100% of the total tuition and fees but is only eligible to keep 34% of their aid and most likely will owe the college the balance of the tuition and fees.
Progress Policy - CCBC is required by federal regulations to establish and maintain a standard for academic progress for a student who received Title IV funds. The federal financial aid programs include Pell Grants, SEOG Grants, Stafford Loans, Federal Work-Study, and ACG Grants. In addition CCBC will not certify an alternative loan for students who are failing to make academic progress. This policy differs from the College's academic policy and the PHEAA State Grant policy.
What is Financial Aid Progress?
In order to continue to receive federal financial aid, you must be "progressing" towards a degree. The Department of Education requires the financial aid office to establish both qualitative and quantitative standards that you must meet in order to be eligible for aid. Our office checks academic progress at the end of each semester of enrollment .
Required Credits Earned - Quantitative Standards
To make progress, you must successfully complete a minimum of 75% of the credits you attempted and received aid for. Withdrawal(W), Incomplete (I), Failure(F), and No Grade(NG) will be considered attempted credits for financial aid purposes.
Minimum Cumulative QPR Requirement - Qualitative Standard
- To demonstrate progression, you must maintain a minimum QPA.
- End of first semester or 9 credits=1.5 QPA minimum
- End of second semester or 18 credits=1.7 QPA minimum
- End of third semester or 27 credits=1.9 QPA minimum
- End of forth semester or 36 credits=2.0 QPA minimum
Your federal financial aid eligibility is limited to 150% of the published length of your program. Completion time is measured in credit hours ( i.e. a 66 credit hour Associate Degree has a maximum completion time frame of 99 credits).
Once you reach the credit limit you are "Out of Financial Aid (OFA)". Student who have completed one associate degree and are pursuing a second degree will have their maximum time frame increased to 132 credits.
Loss of Financial Aid for Failure to Make Academic Progress
Students who fail to make academic progress will be placed on financial aid warning for the next enrollment period and are eligible to receive financial aid while on warning. Students who fail to make progress after a semester of warning will be placed on non academic progress and will not be eligible for aid for future enrollment.
Any deficiencies in your progress must be made up at your expense by successfully completing courses at Community College of Beaver County. Once the deficiency is remedied, you must inform the Financial Aid Office that you would like your financial aid reinstated for subsequent periods of enrollment.
Right to Appeal
Students who are denied aid due to non-academic progress have the opportunity to appeal, in writing, within 45 days of denial of aid. The letter, addressed to the Director of Student Financial Services, should describe in detail the reason(s) for failure to make satisfactory progress.
Academic Progress for State Grant
A full-time student may receive a maximum of four semesters of PHEAA state grants at CCBC. PHEAA grants require successful completion of 12 credits per term if full-time and 6 credits per term if part-time.