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Federal School Code: 001046


A MESSAGE FROM THE TALLADEGA COLLEGE FINANCIAL AID STAFF

Welcome to Talladega College’s Financial Aid site. Our goal is to provide prospective students and all current students with information that you will need to obtain financial aid to begin or continue your education at Talladega College. The cost of a college education requires a major financial expenditure for many families. This site is designed with students and their families in mind to assist with answers to some common questions that may arise regarding college funding sources.


Introduction

Talladega has traditionally offered the opportunity of a college education to academically qualified students, regardless of the financial resources of the student or the student's family. Although Talladega feels that the student and family have the responsibility to contribute to the cost of a college education, the college is prepared to provide financial assistance. In fact, 90% of the students attending Talladega receive some financial aid.


Sources of Financial Aid

Money for a student's financial aid package comes primarily from three sources -- the federal government, Talladega College, and private programs. The federal government supplies the majority of financial aid. Federal grant programs include: the Federal Pell Grant, Federal Supplemental Opportunity Grants (FSEOG), and the Federal TEACH Grant (TEACH). Loans include: the Federal Direct Student Loans: Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loans, Federal Subsidized Student Loans, and the Federal Direct PLUS Loans. The Federal College Work-Study Program provides work aid.


How to Apply for Financial Aid

All students must apply for financial aid using the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form to determine their eligibility for aid (including all loans). Students are encouraged to file a Financial Aid Application on the web at www.fafsa.ed.gov . If a paper application is needed it can be obtained from a local High School Counselor or at some local College’s or University’s Financial Aid Office. The paper applications MUST be mailed to the address listed on the application.


When to Apply

All students must apply for financial aid as soon as possible after January 1st of each year. Follow all instructions carefully when completing the form. The student will receive an Electronic Student Aid Report (SAR) as a result of filing the FAFSA. The Financial Aid Office at Talladega College will work with the student to help identify ways to finance their college education, but may have very limited options because of federal regulations or a shortage of funds. For this reason we encourage you to complete the FAFSA no later than February 1st each year.


How Eligibility for Financial Aid is Determined

The eligibility for financial aid is determined by the Federal Government’s Central Processing Center (CPC) using the information provided by parents and students on the FAFSA. Once a FAFSA is filed using Talladega College’s school code (001046), the Financial Aid Office will receive the calculated results from the student’s records electronically from the CPC. Financial Aid Advisors then evaluate each record and if valid, an Award Notification e-mail will be sent to the student with instruction on how to log into their “My Talladega” account to review all the financial aid that the student was determined eligible to receive. If the FAFSA data submitted on your application is invalid or rejected by the CPC, the student and/or parents must provide any requested documents that will be required before an award notification may be sent.

The Award Notification letter must be electronically signed by the student indicating acceptance or denial of the financial aid award and returned to the Financial Aid Office. All financial aid is awarded on a “first come, first served” basis and on the availability of funds. In addition, continuing students must meet the Standards for Satisfactory Academic Progress.

If a student stops attending classes (Unofficial Withdrawal) or notifies the Registrar’s office at Talladega College that they are leaving (Official Withdrawal), the amount of the financial aid awarded must be recalculated based on the last date of attendance. This calculation may require Talladega College to return a portion of the financial aid received to the Department of Education which may create a balance for the student with Talladega College or the Department of Education.


Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy and Financial Aid Eligibility

Federal regulations require all students receiving Federal Title IV financial aid funds to maintain standards of satisfactory academic progress in the pursuit of their degree. Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) is defined as a set of standards of academic success, which includes qualitative (grade point average or GPA) and quantitative (number of hours completed) measures that a student must maintain to retain eligibility for federal financial aid. The maximum time frame for completing an undergraduate degree cannot exceed 150% of the published length of the student’s program of study measured by the number of credit hours needed to obtain their degree (120 hours X 1.5 = 180 hours, or higher for programs in excess of 120). SAP is monitored at the end of each semester.


Guidelines

Fulltime (12+ hours per semester) students will be allowed six academic years in which to complete a degree. Part-time students will be considered on a pro rata basis equivalent to requirements of full-time students. The number of hours in which a student is enrolled on the first day following the end of the add/drop period will be the official number of hours used to determine full-time or part-time status. Full-time students who drop below 12 semester hours following this date will still be considered full-time students for financial aid eligibility. Satisfactory Academic Progress for financial aid eligibility requires that the student’s ratio of completed (earned) semester credit hours versus the student’s enrolled (attempted) semester credit hours at end of drop/add period adhere to the following guidelines:


 Credit Hours Attempted   Minimum % of Earned Hours Needed   Minimum GPA Required 
 0-29 
 67% 
 1.90 
 60+ 
 67% 
 2.00 

Federal guidelines require financial aid recipients who have completed two years, or four semesters, of course work to meet the minimum % of hours needed and have a minimum 2.0 GPA. Hours attempted and completed in summer school will be included in calculation of eligibility. Students with less than 60 attempted credit hours or fewer that four completed semesters who fail to meet the minimum requirements for the first time while in attendance at Talladega College will be placed on Academic Warning. While on Academic Warning, a student must develop an Academic Plan for Success at Talladega with their Academic Advisor. A copy of this Academic Plan must be submitted to the Financial Aid Office in order to continue to receive federal aid. Students failing to meet the minimum requirements twice or fail to meet the terms of their Academic Plan will be placed on Academic Suspension and will be required to submit an Academic Appeal to the Office of the Provost.


Appeals Process

Students whose financial aid eligibility has been suspended due to failure to meet the above criteria may appeal their ineligibility if there are mitigating circumstances. Mitigating circumstances are defined as a change in grades or major, serious illness or injury, death of a family member or a similar traumatic event. The appeal must be filed in writing within two weeks of notification of ineligibility. All appeals must include supporting documentation (grade or major change form/s, doctor’s statement, death certificate, etc.) to regain eligibility. The appeal may not be based on the student’s need for federal funds or the lack of knowledge that eligibility for financial aid was in jeopardy. The Academic Appeal Committee will review submitted appeals before the start of each term. Students will be notified of the Committee’s decision by mail. The Committee will not review Appeals that are incomplete and/or lacking required supporting documentation. The completed SAP Appeal should be sent to:


Academic Appeals Committee


Talladega College


Office of the Provost

If the appeal is denied, the student may continue to attend Talladega College at his/her own expense in order to regain his/her eligibility. Students will automatically be reinstated once they have successfully completed an academic year with Satisfactory Academic Progress.


Cost

What will it cost to attend the Talladega College?

Educational costs depend on the number of hours enrolled and your living expenses. Costs for full-time tuition and fees range from $11,492.00 per year for students living off campus to $17,996.00 per year for students residing on campus.

Students will not be allowed to receive financial aid in excess of their cost of attendance, regardless of the sources of funds. This includes, but is not limited to: federal, state, institutional, donor or external grants, gifts and scholarships.


How much financial aid will I receive?

A financial aid cost of attendance budget includes average amounts for all expenses to attend Talladega College. These figures are based on the average living expenses in the Talladega, Alabama area. Though many factors help to determine the amount you receive, your Financial Aid award is based primarily on your “demonstrated financial need”.

Your “demonstrated financial need” is the difference between the cost of attendance and the amount you and your family are expected to contribute or EFC - expected family contribution – as determined by the CPS. Once you are admitted to the college, and your file is complete, the Office of Financial Aid will send you a Financial Aid Notification.


What is my family's share?

You and your family are primarily responsible for financing your education. You and your family are expected to make a maximum effort to assist you with college expenses. You are also expected to contribute to your college expenses from sources that may include savings, summer earnings, monetary gifts from friends and relatives or other sources. Financial aid should be viewed as supplementary to your family’s contribution.


How is my family's share determined?

The income and asset information which you (and your parents if you are a dependent student or your spouse if married) provide on the FAFSA enables the U.S. Department of Education’s Central Processing System (CPS) to determine your family contribution. Certain allowances such as the standard cost of living, retirement needs, and future indebtedness are considered and subtracted from total income and assets.

Eligibility

What are the minimum credits required for financial aid eligibility?

A student at Talladega College can receive the Federal Pell Grant while enrolled in any number of credit hours. However; only full time enrolled students receive their maximum Federal Pell Grant award. This federal grant is pro-rated for each category listed below. For example: a student receiving a Federal Pell Grant of $2,775.00 would have this grant pro-rated as follows:

Semester Enrollment Status

Full Time = 12+ credit hours - $2,775.00

3/4 Time = 7 – 11 credit hours - $2082.00

1/2 Time = 6 credit hours - $1387.00

Less Than 1/2 Time = 3 – 5 credit hours - $694.00

The Supplemental Education Opportunity Grant (SEOG) and Federal Work- Study (FWS) awards are need based awards and require full time enrollment to receive a disbursement from the award at Talladega College. Also, a student may not have academic or disciplinary issues at the college.

Federal Subsidized Loans, Federal Unsubsidized Loans and Federal Parent Loans to Undergraduate Students (PLUS) require half-time enrollment to receive a disbursement from this award.

NOTE: Audited courses cannot be included in meeting the minimum required credit hours toward eligibility.


Available Scholarships

Talladega College offers a number of scholarships to its students. New first-time freshmen students are considered for merit-based scholarships when they are reviewed for admission. the college has identified a number of scholarship search websites that can be used by new and continuing students to locate information about non-Talladega scholarships. These websites are:

  • FinAid: The Smart Students Guide to Financial Aid Scholarships (http://www.finaid.org)
  • WiredScholar Free Scholarship Search (http://www.collegeanswer.com/index.jsp)
  • College Board Scholarship Search (http://apps.collegeboard.org/cbsearch_ss/welcome.jsp)
  • Federal Scholarships & Aid Gateways 25 Scholarship Gateways from Black Excel (http://www.blackexcel.org/25scholarships.htm)
  • Resources and Aid For Re-Entry Students (http://www.back2college.com)
  • ScienceNet Scholarship Listing (http://www.cse.emory.edu/sciencenet/undergrad/scholarships.html)
  • UNCF Scholarships (http://www.uncf.org/forstudents/scholarship.asp)

How to Apply for Aid

Step 1: Submit a FASFA >>

Your first step is to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Your FAFSA is processed in several stages before it is complete and on file in the Office of Financial Aid.

Step 2: Accept Your Aid Package >>

A Financial Aid Award Offer that details your financial aid award package will be mailed to you. The purpose of the award package is to show you what aid is available if you decide to attend Talladega College. Read the instructions carefully. You must report additional benefits or gift aid (scholarships and grants) that are not included in this award package. If you make changes to the award offer please sign, date and return the notification to the Office of Financial Aid. If you wish to reduce the amount of your loan, please contact the office.

Step 3: Receive Your Aid >> Your aid may be revised according to your actual enrollment at the time you register. Aid is transmitted each semester to a student account created in your name when you are admitted to the college.

Step 4: Maintain Your Eligibility >>

To maintain your eligibility to be considered for financial aid, you must meet the standards set forth in Talladega College’s policy on Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP).


TALLADEGA COLLEGE

Code of Conduct for Financial Aid Professionals

The Higher Education Opportunity Act (HEOA) requires educational institutions to develop and comply with a code of conduct that prohibits conflTalladega College expects the highest levels of professionalism and ethical behavior from all financial aid staff. These individuals must avoid even the appearance or perception of any conflict of interest regarding their student aid responsibility.icts of interest for financial aid personnel [HEOA § 487(a)(25)].

Talladega College expects the highest levels of professionalism and ethical behavior from all financial aid staff. These individuals must avoid even the appearance or perception of any conflict of interest regarding their student aid responsibility.

The staff members are required to adhere to the following:

  • Refrain from taking any action for his or her personal benefits.
  • Refrain from taking any action he or she believes is contrary to law, regulation, or the best interests of the students and parents he or she serves.
  • Ensure that the information he or she provides is accurate, unbiased, and does not reflect any preference arising from actual or personal gain.
  • Be objective in making decisions and advising TALLADEGA COLLEGE personnel regarding relationships with any entity involved in any aspect of student financial aid.
  • Refrain from soliciting or accepting anything of other than nominal value from any entity (other than an institution of higher education or a governmental entity such as the U.S. Department of Education) involved in the making, holding, consolidating, or processing of any student loans, including anything of value (including reimbursement of expenses) for serving on an advisory body or as part of a training activity of or sponsored by any such entity.
  • Disclose to his or her institution in such a manner as his or her institution may prescribe any involvement with or interest in any entity involved in any aspect of student financial aid.

For detailed information on the statement of ethical principles and Code of Conduct please contact the Financial Aid Office.

FEDERAL STUDENT AID PENALTIES FOR DRUG CONVICTIONS

Each institution must provide to each student, upon enrollment, a separate, clear, and conspicuous written notice that advises the student that a conviction for any offense, during a period of enrollment for which the student was receiving federal financial aid program funds, under any federal or state law involving the possession or sale of illegal drugs will result in the loss of eligibility for any federal student grant, loan, or work-study assistance (HEA Sec. 484(r)(1)); (20 U.S.C. 1091(r)(1)).

An annual notice is normally sent to students' Talladega College e-mail addresses in October.

Student Convicted of the Possession or Sale of Drugs

(Taken from the 2010-2011 Federal Student Aid Handbook, Volume 1: Student Eligibility)

If the student was convicted of both possessing and selling illegal drugs, and the periods of ineligibility are different, the student will be ineligible for the longer period

A federal or state drug conviction can disqualify a student for FSA funds.

Convictions only count if they were for an offense that occurred during a period of enrollment for which the student was receiving Title IV aid—they do not count if the offense was not during such a period. Also, a conviction that was reversed, set aside, or removed from the student’s record does not count, nor does one received when she was a juvenile, unless she was tried as an adult.

The chart below illustrates the period of ineligibility for FSA funds, depending on whether the conviction was for sale or possession and whether the student had previous offenses. (A conviction for sale of drugs includes convictions for conspiring to sell drugs.)

Possession of Illegal Drugs

Sale of illegal drugs

1st Offense

1 year from date of conviction

2 years from date of conviction

2nd Offense

2 years from date of conviction

Indefinite Period

3+ Offenses

Indefinite Period

The HEOA established the requirement for schools to provide each student who becomes ineligible for Title IV aid due to a drug conviction a clear and conspicuous written notice of his loss of eligibility and the methods whereby he can become eligible again.

A student regains eligibility the day after the period of ineligibility ends or when he successfully completes a qualified drug rehabilitation program. Further drug convictions will make him ineligible again.

Students denied eligibility for an indefinite period can regain it only after successfully completing a rehabilitation program as described below or if a conviction is reversed, set aside, or removed from the student’s record so that fewer than two convictions for sale or three convictions for possession remain on the record. In such cases, the nature and dates of the remaining convictions will determine when the student regains eligibility. It is the student’s responsibility to certify to the school that he/ she has successfully completed the rehabilitation program.

When a student regains eligibility during the award year, schools can award Pell, TEACH, and Campus-based aid for the current payment period and Direct and FFEL loans for the period of enrollment.

Standards for a qualified drug rehabilitation program

A qualified drug rehabilitation program must include at least two unannounced drug tests and must satisfy at least one of the following requirements:

  • Be qualified to receive funds directly or indirectly from a federal, state, or local government program.
  • Be qualified to receive payment directly or indirectly from a federally or state-licensed insurance company.
  • Be administered or recognized by a federal, state, or local government agency or court.
  • Be administered or recognized by a federally or state-licensed hospital, health clinic, or medical doctor.

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