The Financial Aid Office would like to take this opportunity to wish you success in your endeavors while enrolled at CACC. It is our policy and mission to offer you financial counseling and assistance to help you pursue your educational goals.
Central Alabama Community College is approved to participate in the following programs:
- Federal Pell Grants
- Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants (FSEOG)
- Direct Stafford Loans
- Federal College Work Study (FCWS)
- Federal Community Service Work Study
- Alabama Student Assistance Program Grant (ASAP)
- Vocational Rehabilitation
- The Alabama Workforce Investment Act
- Trade Adjustment Act
- Academic Competitiveness Grants (ACG)
In addition to the above listed programs, Central Alabama Community College also participates in institutional scholarships, privately sponsored scholarships, and benefits for veterans and dependants of veterans. (Contact the Financial Aid Office for more information.)
Our offices would appreciate the opportunity to assist you in applying for financial aid. Even though we cannot assure you that you will qualify for assistance, we would like to encourage you to take the first step by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online at www.fafsa.gov.
If we can be of assistance to you while enrolled at CACC, please don't hesitate to contact our offices.
Director of Financial Aid
|1675 Cherokee Road
Alexander City, AL 35011
|34091 U.S. Highway 280
Childersburg, AL 35044
231 Haynes Street
Talladega, AL 35160
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FINANCIAL AID OVERVIEW
The Financial Aid Office administers student financial aid programs, which provide financial assistance for students who, without such aid, would be unable to attend Central Alabama Community College. Financial Aid is designed to assist in the financing of the student’s educational expenses. Eligibility for assistance is based primarily on financial need. Need may be defined as the difference between the total cost of education (expenses such as tuition, fees, room, board, books, supplies, etc.) and the amount which the student and the student’s family can afford to pay as determined by the Federal Methodology Calculations. Financial Aid workshops are offered at area high schools and on Central Alabama’s campus sites each year to assist students and parents in understanding their financial aid options.
Central Alabama Community College is approved to participate in the following programs: Federal Pell Grants; Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants (FSEOG); Direct Stafford Loans; Direct PLUS Loans; Federal College Work Study (FCWS); Federal Community Service College Work Study; Alabama Student Assistance Program Grant (ASAP); Vocational Rehabilitation; Workforce Investment Act; and Trade Adjustment Act.
In addition to the above listed programs, Central Alabama also participates in institutional scholarships, privately sponsored scholarships, and benefits for veterans and dependents of veterans.
A brief overview of the basic programs administered by the Financial Aid Office is as follows:
Federal Pell Grants:
I. Pell Grants are awarded to students who need money to pay for their education after high school. A Pell Grant is not a loan, so it does not have to be paid back as long as all requirements are being met. The award of a Pell Grant is calculated using the Department of Education’s Federal Methodology Calculation. The award is dependent upon the student’s and/or family of the student’s financial circumstances, the student’s cost of attendance, and whether the student is attending full-time or part-time. To be considered for a Pell Grant, a student must be an undergraduate student who does not already have a bachelor’s degree. Application is made directly to the Department of Education by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Pell Grants are not automatically renewed from one academic year to the next. Therefore, all Pell Grant recipients must reapply each year after completion of the Federal Income Tax Returns. For more information about Pell Grants, contact the Financial Aid Office.
II. Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG): FSEOG program is for undergraduates with exceptional financial need. Pell Grant recipients with the lowest expected family contributions (EFC’s) will be considered first for a FSEOG. Just like Pell Grants, the FSEOG does not have to be repaid as long as all requirements are being met. To receive a FSEOG, a student must be an undergraduate student who does not already have a bachelor’s degree. Also, the student must be enrolled in at least six credit hours each semester. Financial need is determined by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. Students need only to complete the FAFSA to receive consideration. Since funds are limited, not all eligible students will receive this grant.
III. Direct Stafford Loans: The Department of Education administers the Direct Loan program and are generally known as Stafford loans (for students) and PLUS loans (for parents). Subsidized loans are awarded on the basis of financial need. Interest is deferred prior to repayment beginning and during authorized periods of deferment. Unsubsidized loans are not awarded on the basis of need. Interest is charged from the date the loan is disbursed until the loan is paid. Parents can borrow a PLUS loan to help pay the educational expenses of their dependent undergraduate student who is enrolled at least halftime in an eligible program. Parents must have an acceptable credit history to receive a PLUS loan. Interested students must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) before receiving consideration for a Stafford Loan. Borrowers at Central Alabama Community College (Central Alabama) are required to complete an on-line entrance counseling session and a promissory note on-line at www.studentloans.gov. Funds are sent directly to Central Alabama and posted to the student’s account. Balances due to the student will be disbursed by Central Alabama’s Business Office after all institutional charges have been paid. Students must be enrolled for a minimum of six semester hours to be eligible for loans.
IV. Federal College Work Study (FCWS): A FCWS job allows students to earn part of their school expenses. Students usually work 10 to 19 hours per week. Financial need is determined by means of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and application is made directly to the Financial Aid Office on a College Work Study Application.
V. Federal Community Service College Work Study Program: This program is designed to give students an opportunity to earn money and work with a non- profit organization while allowing them the opportunity to have a firsthand experience with the needs of the community. Students usually work 10 to 19 hours per week. Eligibility is based on financial need as determined by the student’s financial aid application. Application is made directly to the Financial Aid Office on a College Work Study Application.
VI. Alabama Student Assistance Program (ASAP): The Alabama Student Assistance Program (ASAP) is a state aid program that provides financial assistance to Alabama residents for postsecondary education at participating colleges within the State of Alabama. Students make application by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). To be eligible, students must have demonstrated financial need. The student must be enrolled in at least six credit hours each semester to receive consideration for this grant. Since funds are limited, not all eligible students will receive this grant.
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Federal and/or State Aid
Applying for Financial Aid:
Students applying for financial aid must complete the following steps:
I. Students must apply for Admissions to Central Alabama and complete all admission requirements prior to receiving financial aid awards. This includes submission of official high school transcripts, GED scores and certificates, and official transcripts from all previously attended colleges to the Admissions Office.
II. Students must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at www.fafsa.gov and list Central Alabama’s federal school code (001007) on their application. This should be completed as soon as the student and/or the parents of a dependent student completes their Federal Income Tax Returns each year. Students are responsible for checking their CACC e-mail account and their MyCACC account frequently to determine any additional documentation required to complete the processing of their financial aid application.
III. Approximately one-third of all financial aid applications are selected by the Department of Education for a process called verification. Documentation requirements are listed on the student’s MyCACC account. Students are responsible for checking their CACC e-mail account and their MyCACC account frequently.
IV. Once all required paperwork has been received and verified, financial aid awards will be posted to the student’s MyCACC account. Financial Aid Payment is prorated based on student enrollment status and program of study. The LPN program is paid based on clock hour conversions. Questions regarding the conversion process should be addressed to the Financial Aid Office. To be considered for a Federal Direct Stafford Loan, the student must be enrolled for at least six semester hours.
IMPORTANT NOTICE: Students are expected to attend all classes for which they are registered. Students ARE NOT eligible to receive financial aid for classes never attended or for audit courses.
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Disbursement of Financial Aid Funds
On the first official day of class, tuition, fees, books, and supplies may be charged up to the total amount of the student’s financial aid award. Funds remaining after the student’s charges have been deducted will be mailed to the student by Central Alabama’s Business Office. A student completely withdrawing from school prior to disbursement of funds will have his/her financial aid adjusted to cover direct costs only. If a student receiving federal financial aid stops attending school prior to completing 60% of the length of the term, federal financial aid monies will be due back to the College or the Department of Education in accordance with the Title IV Refund calculation. These monies will be charged back to the student’s account and the student will be responsible for the repayment of these funds.
IMPORTANT NOTICE: Students are expected to attend all classes for which they are registered. Students ARE NOT eligible to receive financial aid for classes never attended or for audit courses.
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Standards of Satisfactory Progress for Financial Aid Recipients
Central Alabama students receiving financial aid from a Pell grant, the Federal College Work Study Programs, a Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant, or any other Title IV Program must comply with the following standards of satisfactory progress:
I. Program of Study: Students receiving financial aid must be enrolled in a program of study leading to a degree or eligible certificate at the College. In order to receive federal financial assistance, all coursework must be required for the student’s declared major at Central Alabama. Students are responsible for meeting with advisors for guidance in course selection. Identification of courses not required for the student’s declared major at Central Alabama will result in cancellation or reduction of the student’s financial aid award.
II. Program Completion: The maximum time frame allowed to complete a program of study without financial aid penalty cannot exceed 1.5 times the published length of a specific program. For example, a student in General Studies, which is 64 semester hours in length, may attempt a maximum of 96 hours. The lifetime limit for Pell Grant funding is 12 full-time semesters.
III. Required Credit Hours: Students must successfully complete at least 67% of all classes attempted. For example, if a student attempts 24 credit hours, he/she must successfully complete at least 16 semester hours. NOTICE: All hours attempted (including those from which the student withdrew, received incompletes, transferred in credit, and/or were funded by sources other than federal aid) will be included in this calculation. Failure to meet this requirement will result in the denial of federal financial assistance.
IV. Required Grade Point Average: Students enrolled in long-term certificate programs or degree programs (AS, AOT, or AAS) must achieve the following: After Attempting: Minimum Cumulative GPA Completion Rate 0-21 semester credit hours 1.5 58% 22-32 semester credit hours 1.75 62% 33 or more semester credit hours 2.0 67%
Students enrolled in short-certificate programs (24 – 29 credit hours) must achieve the following:
After Attempting: Minimum Cumulative GPA Completion Rate 0-12 semester credit hours 1.5 58% 12 or more semester credit hours 2.0 67%
V. Financial Aid Warning: If a student fails to achieve the required cumulative GPA or does not successfully complete the required percentage of hours, he/she will be placed on financial aid warning. Students on warning will be allowed to receive aid and will be notified of their warning status by e-mail. Warning will be lifted in the subsequent term if the student attains the required cumulative GPA and/or successfully completes the required percentage of hours.
VI. Financial Aid Suspension: If a student does not have the required GPA and completion rate after his/her warning semester, he/she will be suspended from federal financial aid. If placed on academic suspension, a student is NOT eligible to receive financial aid for the duration of suspension, even if he/she is readmitted to Central Alabama upon academic appeal. The student may regain eligibility for financial aid when the overall satisfactory academic progress requirements are obtained. A transfer student who has been suspended from another institution is not eligible for student financial aid until the student has completed at least 12 cumulative semester hours at Central Alabama or another regionally accredited institution. Student’s grade point average for those 12 semester hours must be a 2.0 grade point average or higher.
VII. Monitoring Progress: Academic progress will be monitored each term.
VIII. Transitional/Developmental/Remedial Courses: A student may receive financial aid for up to 30 attempted transitional/developmental (remedial)credit hours. Students may not enroll in the same transitional/developmental (remedial) course more than three times and continue to receive financial assistance for those courses.
IX. Repeated Courses: Courses assigned a grade of A, B, C, or D may be repeated with financial aid eligibility one additional time, assuming all other eligibility provisions are being met. Course assigned a grade of S or U may be repeated up to three times. Courses assigned a grade of F may be repeated an unlimited number of times. However, all hours will be included in the satisfactory academic progress calculations.
X. Incompletes: For financial aid purposes, a grade of I (Incomplete) is calculated the same as a grade of F (Failure) in determining grade point averages and in determining the minimum number of hours earned for completion of the program. A student will not be paid financial aid again for a course in which an Incomplete (I) grade was assigned. When the course is completed, a student may request that the Financial Aid Office review and update his/her financial aid status.
XI. Audit Courses: Audit courses are not considered credits attempted or earned. A student WILL NOT be paid financial aid for audit courses.
XII. Transient Students: A transient student is a student who attends another college and seeks credit for transfer back to that parent institution. Transient students are not eligible to receive financial aid at Central Alabama.
XIII. Transfer Credit: Grades accrued at other regionally accredited postsecondary institutions are not included in grade point average calculations, but courses passed ARE counted in completion of the program requirements. (See the Transfer Student section under Academic Policies and Regulations for additional information applicable to all students enrolled at Central Alabama.)
XIV. Failure to Complete Courses/Total Withdrawal: Students who fail to successfully complete at least one course during the semester/term or withdraw from all classes will lose eligibility for additional financial assistance and may be required to repay all or part of any financial aid awarded for that term as determined by the Title IV refund calculation. Students who feel the total withdrawal was due to an extenuating circumstance should refer to Section XV below.
XV. Extenuating Circumstances/Withdrawals/Failure to Complete Courses: Students who totally withdraw from all classes will lose eligibility for additional financial assistance and may be required to repay all or part of any financial aid awarded for that term as determined by the Title IV refund calculation. If the student feels that his/her withdrawal was due to extenuating circumstances, the student may write a letter of appeal to the Director of Financial Aid explaining the circumstances that necessitated the withdrawal. This appeal should include the student’s name, address, phone number, student ID, and should explain in detail the reason for the withdrawal. In addition, this written request should outline the student’s plan for the prevention of future withdrawals. Circumstances that warrant consideration include, but are not limited to, an excessive number of years since last attending college (generally two or three years), death of a family member, loss of transportation, loss of child care, etc. The Director of Financial Aid will carefully review the student’s appeal, transcript, and the student’s academic progress in reaching a decision regarding the appeal. Appeals are generally only granted once for extenuating circumstances and do not override whether a student must repay all or part of the financial aid awarded for that term as determined by the Title IV refund calculation.
XVI. Financial Aid Probation Period: In evaluating the eligibility of a student for federal financial aid assistance, students must be making satisfactory academic progress, which is determined by reviewing the student’s cumulative GPA and successful completion of at least 67% of all hours attributable toward the student’s declared major at the College. Failure to meet one or both of these requirements may constitute the granting of a financial aid probation period for one semester/term if it can be determined that the student will be meeting satisfactory academic progress requirements at the end of that semester/term. If placed on financial aid probation, a Financial Aid Probation Letter will be issued to the student outlining the guidelines for the period of probation. Failure to abide by the financial aid probation guidelines will result in the loss of future financial assistance. The granting of a financial aid probation period will not override whether a student must repay all or part of the financial aid awarded as a result of a Title IV refund calculation.
XVII. Academic Progress Plan (APP): Students who fail to meet Satisfactory Academic Progress requirements and do not qualify for a financial aid probation period are not eligible to receive federal Title IV aid unless the student meets with an advisor at the suggestion of the Financial Aid Office and is placed on an Academic Plan devised by a CACC advisor. If the student fails to adhere to any of the terms stated in the Academic Progress Plan (APP), or fails to adhere to the guidelines as published by the Financial Aid Office and the Department of Education, the student will not be eligible to continue in the current plan.
IMPORTANT NOTE: Effective October 1, 2012, Academic Progress Plans will no longer be offered by Central Alabama to students not currently on an APP. Students who enrolled Fall Semester 2012 and are currently on an APP will be allowed to continue provided they meet the eligibility requirements of the Plan.
XVIII. Title IV Refunds: Title IV aid is earned based on the period of time a student remains enrolled. Unearned Title IV aid must be returned to the College or to the Department of Education. Unearned aid is defined as the amount of Title IV aid disbursed that exceeds the amount of Title IV aid earned.
If a student receiving federal financial aid completely withdraws or stops attending school prior to completing 60% of the length of the term, financial aid monies will be due back to the College or the Department of Education based on the formula calculated by the Financial Aid Office in accordance with the Title IV Refund calculation. These monies will be charged back to the student’s account and the student will be responsible for the repayment of these funds. A student who fails to earn a passing grade during the semester will be assumed to have unofficially withdrawn. For Title IV purposes, the student’s withdrawal date will be considered to be the midpoint of the semester or the last date of attendance as recorded by the instructor and the Title IV refund calculation will be performed accordingly.
XIX. Appeal Process: Students who believe that they have received unfair suspension of financial aid may appeal to the Scholarship and Financial Aid Committee. The request for an appeal should be made in writing and submitted to the Financial Aid Office.
NOTE: Specific information about eligibility and current procedures for applying for financial aid can be obtained from the Financial Aid Offices located on either campus.
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Central Alabama Community College offers competitive scholarships to qualified students. Scholarship applications are available in the Financial Aid Office or from high school counselors. Application must be on Central Alabama Scholarship Application forms and be accompanied by all required documents as listed on the application. Properly completed applications should be submitted to the appropriate address listed on the scholarship application by the announced deadline. The deadline for applying for institutional scholarships at the College is March 1 of each year and awards are announced by May 1.
Institutional scholarships include the following:
Academic Scholarships recognize outstanding high school seniors who have excelled in academics. Students must have a minimum of a 3.0 GPA in addition to involvement in extracurricular activities.
Ambassador Scholarships are awarded to high school seniors who have excelled in leadership. Students must have a minimum of a 2.5 GPA.
Athletic scholarships are awarded on the basis of performance in athletic tryouts and the student’s record of athletic achievement. Scholarships are awarded in men’s baseball, golf, women’s softball, women’s tennis, and managers. Interested students should contact the appropriate coach in each sport for scholarship consideration.
Performing Arts Scholarships
Jazz Band and Show Choir scholarships are available to students who portray talent in these areas. Students must have a minimum of a 2.5 GPA.
Technical scholarships are awarded to high school students enrolling in technical programs of study. Students must have a minimum of a 2.5 GPA in addition to involvement in extracurricular activities.
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OTHER FORMS OF FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE
Alabama Automotive Manufacturing Association (AAMA) Scholarship Information
AAMA Manufacturing Scholarships are intended to encourage Alabama students to pursue careers in manufacturing sectors. Consideration will be given to students that have demonstrated an interest in a career in automotive manufacturing or automotive manufacturing maintenance. Preference will be given to recent high school graduates or GED recipients who are planning to enroll in an automotive manufacturing program at a two-year college in Alabama. Additional information and scholarship applications can be printed from AAMA’s website at http://resadmin.uah.edu/aama/scholarship.
Alabama Scholarships for Dependents of Blind Parents
Students who are Alabama residents and from families in which the head of the family is blind and whose family income is insufficient to provide educational benefits for attendance at an Alabama postsecondary institution are eligible to apply for this scholarship program. Students must apply within two years of high school graduation. Applications are available from the Alabama Department of Rehabilitation Services, 2129 East South Boulevard, Montgomery, AL 36116-2455.
Employee/Dependent Tuition Waiver
This tuition waiver program is designed for all full-time and Salary Schedule H-35 employees of The Alabama Community College System and the Alabama Department of Postsecondary Education and their dependents. An application form for the tuition assistance program and the guidelines associated with this program are available from the Financial Aid Office and should be completed and returned to the Financial Aid Office prior to registration for classes.
GED Scholarship Program
GED recipients may qualify for one free class at Central Alabama following receipt of official scores verifying successful completion of the GED after July 2002. Upon registering for college courses at the College, GED recipients should contact the Financial Aid Office regarding this scholarship.
Operation Family Shield Scholarship Program
The Operation Family Shield Scholarship Program was established in 2003 for spouses and dependents of the Alabama National Guard or reservists called to active duty. The scholarship has been expanded in support of Operation Noble Eagle, Operation Iraqi Freedom, and the Global War on Terrorism. The scholarship provides tuition during the term of the activation. Tuition scholarships shall be available only after all other forms of federal financial assistance have been exhausted. Documentation required includes official copies of military orders, marriage licenses, birth certificates, and IRS tax returns. Certification from the appropriate military office should be obtained each semester to verify continued activation. For additional information, contact the Financial Aid Office.
Police Officer’s and Firefighter’s Survivor’s Educational Assistance Program
Students who are dependents or spouses of police officers or firefighters killed in the line of duty in Alabama are eligible to apply for this scholarship program. Student must be enrolled in an undergraduate program at a public postsecondary educational institution in Alabama. Other special eligibility criteria apply. Application forms may be obtained from the Alabama Commission on Higher Education, P.O. Box 302000, Montgomery, AL 36130-2000, phone 334/242-2273.
Senior Adult Scholarship Program
Any student meeting institutional admission requirements who is 60 years of age or older is eligible for the Senior Adult Scholarship Program, which covers tuition only. The scholarships do not cover other expenses such as fees, books, and supplies. This scholarship can only be used for transitional and credit courses. Scholarships are limited based on availability of space. Persons living on a fixed income should complete the Free Application for Federal Student Assistance (FAFSA) to apply for additional financial assistance to help defray the cost of transportation and books.
Student Activity Scholarships
Student Activity scholarships are available on an annual basis for Presidents of the following organizations:
I. Circle K
II. Cultural Unity Organization
III. Phi Theta Kappa
IV. Student Government Association
V. Alabama Association of Nursing Students
Trade Adjustment Act
The Trade Act of 1974, as amended, created a program to assist individuals who became unemployed as a result of increased imports to return to suitable employment. Information is available from the Employment Securities Office in your county. Eligibility for this program is determined through the Employment Securities Office.
Currently enrolled sophomore students who are completing their course work at the College in preparation for transfer to a university may qualify for transfer scholarships. The Financial Aid Office will provide information and deadline dates as the scholarships become available from the transfer institution.
Should additional scholarships become available, notices will be posted on the Financial Aid Office bulletin boards and flyers will be posted throughout the campuses. Scholarship notices will also be posted on the College’s website at www.cacc.edu and will be sent to all currently enrolled students via their CACC e-mail account.
The State of Alabama provides certain benefits for students through the Department of Rehabilitation Services. Information is available from the Department of Rehabilitation Services in your local area.
Workforce Investment Act
The purpose of the Workforce Investment Act (WIA) is to establish programs to prepare youth and unskilled adults for entry into the work force. WIA offers 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. Information is available from the local Career Link Office in your county. Eligibility for this program is determined through the Career Link Office.
NOTE: The Financial Aid Office customarily receives scholarship information from various organizations throughout the year. As information is received, announcements will be posted on the College website (www.cacc.edu), Financial Aid Bulletin Boards and sent to all currently enrolled students via their CACC e-mail account.
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Veteran students and/or their dependents may qualify for VA educational benefits. The Financial Aid Office is the certifying authority for veterans, service members and their dependents. The Financial Aid Office serves as a link between the Regional Veterans’ Affairs Office and the VA benefit recipient. Veterans or their dependents seeking assistance under the various Federal and State programs should, if possible, make initial application for such programs at least four weeks prior to enrollment. The Financial Aid Office has application forms for most veteran programs and will offer assistance to the student in completing these forms and forwarding them to the proper V.A. Office. Since most federal V.A. programs make monthly payments directly to veterans after enrollment, the veteran must be prepared to pay tuition and fees and meet all other payment deadlines before receiving the initial monthly allowance. Central Alabama does not participate in the Advance Payment Plan with the Department of Veteran Affairs.
Alabama GI Dependents’ Scholarship Program:
The Alabama GI Dependents’ Scholarship Program is administered by the Alabama Department of Veteran Affairs. Maximum education benefits include tuition, instructional fees, and required textbooks. Remedial course work is not funded under the Alabama GI Dependents’ Scholarship Program.
For more information and application procedures, contact the nearest Veterans Affairs Office located in each Alabama county courthouse or write to Alabama GI Dependents’ Scholarship Program, P. O. Box 1509, Montgomery, AL 36102-1509.
Alabama National Guard Education Assistance Program (ANGEAP)
ANGEAP is designed to provide financial assistance to Alabama National Guard members. Limited funding is provided by the Alabama Legislature and priority is given to those who apply early. ANGEAP applications and additional information regarding this program are available from the National Guard benefits administrator at the National Guard Unit.
The Post 9/11 GI Bill
The Post 9/11 GI Bill is for individuals with at least 90 days of aggregate service on or after September 11, 2001, or individuals discharged with a service-connected disability after 30 days. This benefit provides up to 36 months of education benefits. Generally benefits are payable for 15 days following release from active duty. This program is also commonly referred to as Chapter 33. Application is made by completing VA Form 22-1990, Application for VA Education Benefits.
Montgomery GI Bill -- Active Duty (MGIB)
The MGIB program provides up to 36 months of educational benefits. This benefit may be used for degree and certificate programs, flight training, apprenticeship/on-the-job training, and correspondence courses. Remedial, deficiency, and refresher courses may be approved under certain circumstances. Generally, benefits are payable for 10 years following your release from active duty. This program is also commonly known as Chapter 30. Application is made by completing VA Form 22-1990, Application for VA Education Benefits.
Montgomery GI Bill -- Selected Reserve (MGIB-SR)
The MGIB-SR program may be available to you if you are a member of the Selected Reserve. The Selected Reserve includes the Army Reserve, Navy Reserve, Air Force Reserve, Marine Corps Reserve, Coast Guard Reserve, and the Army National Guard and the Air National Guard. This benefit may be used for degree and certificate programs, flight training, apprenticeship/on-the-job training, and correspondence courses. Remedial, deficiency, and refresher courses may be approved under certain circumstances. This program is also commonly referred to as Chapter 1606. Application is made by completing VA Form 22-1990, Application for VA Education Benefits.
Reserve Educational Assistance Program (REAP)
REAP was established as a part of the Ronald W. Reagan National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2005. It is a new Department of Defense education benefit program designed to provide educational assistance to members of the Reserve components called or ordered to active duty in response to a war or national emergency (contingency operation) as declared by the President or Congress. This new program makes certain reservists who were activated for at least 90 days after September 11, 2001, either eligible for education benefits or eligible for increased benefits. This program is commonly referred to as Chapter 1607. Application is made by completing VA Form 22-1990, Application for VA Education Benefits.
Veterans Educational Assistance Program (VEAP)
VEAP is available if you first entered active duty between January 1, 1977, and June 30, 1985, and you elected to make contributions from your military pay to participate in this education benefit program. Your contributions are matched on a $2 for $1 basis by the Government. This benefit may be used for degree and certificate programs, flight training, apprenticeship/on-the-job training, and correspondence courses. Remedial, deficiency, and refresher courses may be approved under certain circumstances. This program is commonly referred to as Chapter 32. Application is made by completing VA Form 22-1990, Application for VA Education Benefits.
Veterans Retraining Assistance Program (VRAP)
The Retraining Assistance Program (VRAP) offers up to 12 months of training assistance to unemployed Veterans who (1) are at least 35 but no more than 60 years old; (2) are unemployed on the date of application; (3) received an honorable discharge; (4) are not eligible for any other VA education benefit program (e.g.: the Post-9/11 GI Bill, Montgomery GI Bill, Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment Assistance); (5) are not in receipt of VA compensation due to un-employability; and (6) are not enrolled in a federal or state job training program. The program is limited to 45,000 participants from July 1, 2012, through September 30, 2012, and 54,000 participants from October 1, 2012, through March 31, 2014. Participants must attend full-time in order to receive up to 12 months of assistance equal to the monthly full-time payment rate under the Montgomery GI Bill–Active Duty program ($1,564 effective October 1, 2012). DOL will offer employment assistance to every Veteran who participates upon completion of the program. Participants must be enrolled in a VA approved program of education offered by a community college or technical school. The program must lead to an Associate Degree, Non-College Degree, or a Certificate, and train the Veteran for a high demand occupation.
Survivors’ and Dependents’ Educational Assistance Program (DEA)
DEA provides education and training opportunities to eligible dependents of veterans who are permanently and totally disabled due to a service-related condition, or who died while on active duty, or as a result of a service related condition. The program offers up to 45 months of education benefits. These benefits may be used for degree and certificate programs, apprenticeship, and on-the-job training. If you are a spouse, you may take a correspondence course. Remedial, deficiency, and refresher courses may be approved under certain circumstances. This program is commonly referred to as Chapter 35 or Chapter 31. Application is made by completing VA Form 22-5490, Application for Survivors’ and Dependents’ Education Assistance.
Certification of Veteran Enrollment by Central Alabama:
The Certifying Official in the Financial Aid Office at Central Alabama is responsible for certifying the enrollment of veterans and their dependents electronically via the Department of Veteran Affairs certification program, VA-Once. Certification will be conducted at the conclusion of the College’s Drop/Add registration process. All veterans or eligible dependents should contact the Financial Aid Office during registration each semester in order to notify the College’s Certifying Official of enrollment and request certification of enrollment for that semester.
Prior to certification, veterans and/or dependents of veterans must complete all admission requirements for Central Alabama, complete the appropriate application for benefits, and present the following required documents to the Financial Aid Office:
I. DD-214, Separation Papers -- Certified or original copy of Member 4 for Chapter 30 and 32 Veterans.
II. Form 2384, Notice of Basic Eligibility (NOBE) for Chapter 1606, National Guard and Reserves.
III. File number for veteran’s dependents for Chapter 35.
The following criteria will be used for certifying veterans or eligible persons:
I. Certification will be granted for only those courses that are applicable to the declared program of study. Any deviation must be approved by the VA Certifying Official located in the College’s Financial Aid Office.
II. Certification will not be granted for audited courses or courses in which a veteran has received a grade of “D” or higher.
III. The veteran or eligible person who has received credit at other institutions will be certified only for those courses necessary to complete the declared program of study at the College.
Payments will be made to the student from the Department of Veteran Affairs based on the following payment schedule:
a. Full-time payment (12 credit hours or more)
b. Three-fourths payment (9-11 credit hours)
c. One-half payment (6-8 credit hours)
d. Reimbursement for tuition and fees (5 or fewer credit hours)
Required Verification of Enrollment by Student:
Students receiving MGIB-Active Duty (Chapter 30), REAP (Chapter 1607), or MGIB-Selected Reserve (Chapter 1606), must verify their enrollment* each month to receive payment for that month. Your enrollment can be verified starting on the last calendar day of the month by using the Department of Veteran Affairs Web Automated Verification of Enrollment (WAVE) at https://www.gibill.va.gov/wave or by calling the toll free Interactive Voice Response (IVR) telephone line at 1-877-823-2378. Students receiving benefits under DEA (Chapter 35) or VEAP (Chapter 32) do NOT need to verify their attendance in this manner.
*Please note that “verifying” and “certifying” your enrollment are two different procedures. “Certification” is done by a school or training official and lets VA know how many hours or credits the student will be enrolled in so the VA can determine the student’s payment rate. “Verification” is done by the student at the end of each month to let VA know that his/her enrollment information has not changed.
Change in Enrollment Status:
Students should promptly notify the Financial Aid Office of any change in enrollment status as this could result in overpayment of VA benefits. If a student’s change in enrollment status is due to mitigating circumstances as defined by the Department of Veteran Affairs, the student should provide the Certifying Official in the Financial Aid Office at the College with a statement regarding the mitigating circumstances.
Academic Standards of Progress:
Students should follow the required academic standards of progress as outlined under the Section entitled “Standards of Satisfactory Progress for Financial Aid Recipients” located in the college catalog.
Additional VA Information:
Additional Information regarding benefits available to veterans and their dependents is available by calling the Department of Veteran Affairs at 1-888-442-4551 (toll free) or by reviewing the Department of Veteran Affairs’ website at www.gibill.va.gov.
Central Alabama Community College reserves the right to make changes in the policies and programs outlined in the Catalog as necessary.
Complete Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online at http://www.fafsa.ed.gov/
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