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College Catalog: Tuition Assistance, Financial Aid And Benefits: Financial Aid Programs/ Who May Apply

PROGRAM WHO MAY BE ELIGIBLE TYPE SIZE OF AWARDS
Pell Grant A student who has an expected family contribution (EFC) within a certain range who does not already have a Bachelor’s Degree. Generally, no minimum number of credits required. Federal Grant (gift aid) $290-$5,815 in 2016-2017 year.
Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG) A student who has Pell Grant and met the priority filing date. No minimum number of credits required. Federal Grant (gift aid) $50-$200 in-state; $50-$1000 out-of-state students
Work-Study (FWS) A student who has a sufficient amount of unmet need after all other aid is posted. Must complete a separate application. Federal Part-time Work Program (employment) $7.25 per hour, actual award is based upon number of hours worked.
Commonwealth Grant (COMA) A student who is a domiciliary resident of Virginia. Must meet the priority date and have sufficient amount of unmet need. Must be enrolled in a minimum of 6 credits. State Grant (gift aid) $100-$2,400 (not to exceed actual tuition charges)
Virginia Guaranteed Assistance Program (VGAP) A student who is a domiciliary resident of Virginia. Must have graduated from a Virginia high school (or home school) with a 2.50 GPA or higher. Must maintain full-time enrollment and a 2.0 or higher GPA for continued aid. Submit a copy of recent High School transcript to Financial Aid Office for consideration. State Grant (gift aid) $800-$4,400 (cannot have COMA and VGAP in same semester)
Part-time Tuition Assistance Program (PTAP) A student who is a domiciliary resident of Virginia. Must meet the priority filing date and be enrolled in 1-8 credits. Usually replaces COMA when students enroll in less than 6 credits. State Grant (gift aid) Not to exceed actual tuition charges
VCCS Supplemental Grant A student who is a domiciliary resident of Virginia. Award given at discretion of Financial Aid Officer, usually for appeals of unusual circumstances. State Grant (gift aid) Varies
Federal Direct Loans A student who has not exceeded more than 150% of program length. Completion of entrance counseling and Master Promissory Note is required prior to awarding. Must be enrolled in a minimum of 6 credits. Loan (must repay) Up to $4,500 subsidized; up to $6,000 unsubsidized, depending on year in school and dependency status.
Federal Direct PLUS Loans A parent of a dependent student who has not exceeded more than 150% of program length. Parent must pass credit check, complete entrance counseling and Master Promissory Note prior to awarding. Student must be enrolled in a minimum of 6 credits. Loan (must repay) Up to Cost of Attendance minus any other educational assistance.

Federal Pell Grant (PELL): A federal grant designed to assist students with the cost of attending college.  Awards are gift aid and do not have to be repaid.  Funds must be used for educationally-related expenses including tuition, books, supplies, transportation, and miscellaneous living expenses.  Awards are pro-rated based on enrollment.  Eligibility for this grant is determined by the U.S. Department of Education by the Expected Family Contribution as computed by completion of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at www.fafsa.gov.

Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG):

A federal grant for Pell Grant awarded students only.  Awards are gift aid and do not have to be repaid.  Funds must be used for educationally-related expenses including tuition, books, supplies, transportation, and miscellaneous living expenses. Eligibility for this grant is determined by Paul D. Camp Community College and awards are made on a first-come, first-served basis by completing the FAFSA and all follow-up requests by the priority deadline.

Commonwealth Award (COMA): A state financial aid program for students who are domiciled Virginia residents who demonstrate financial need.  Awards are gift aid and do not have to be repaid.  Eligibility for this grant is determined by Paul D. Camp Community College and awards are made on a first-come, first-served basis by completing the FAFSA and all follow-up requests by the priority deadline. Awards cannot exceed the cost of tuition and fees and recipients must be enrolled at least half-time (six or more credit hours).

Virginia Guaranteed Assistance Program (VGAP): A state financial aid program for students who are domiciled Virginia residents, first-time freshmen in college, a graduate of any Virginia high school with a minimum 2.5 grade point average (GPA), enrolled full-time in an eligible program, and demonstrate financial need as determined from the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).  Students must submit a final high school transcript for consideration. Awards may be renewed for a second academic year if the student has maintained continuous, full-time enrollment and a 2.0 or higher GPA.

Part Time Tuition Assistance Program (PTAP):  A state financial aid program for students who are domiciled Virginia residents who demonstrate financial need.  Awards are gift aid and do not have to be repaid.  Eligibility for this grant is determined by Paul D. Camp Community College and awards are made on a first-come, first-served basis by completing the FAFSA and all follow-up requests by the priority deadline. Students must be enrolled in eight or less credit hours in order to receive this grant.

VCCS Grant:  A state financial aid program for students who are domiciled Virginia residents who demonstrate financial need.  Awards are gift aid and do not have to be repaid.  Eligibility for this grant is determined by Paul D. Camp Community College’s Financial Aid Coordinator.

Federal Work-Study Program (FWSP): Provides part-time jobs for students with unmet financial need. Employment may be on or off campus in community service organizations. Hourly wages must comply with minimum wage laws. Students are paid every two weeks according to actual hours worked. Maximum number of working hours while school is in session is twenty hours per week; average is ten to twenty hours per week.

Federal Direct Loan Program:  Student loans are low-interest Federal loans made to students by the U.S. Department of Education through the William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan Program (Direct Loans).  Eligibility for Direct Loans is determined by the college and the U.S. Department of Education from the results of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).    Loans must be repaid, with interest. Students begin making payments on student loans six months after graduating, stopping attendance, or attending less than half-time (under six credit hours).

Students are encouraged to borrow only what they need to meet their educational expenses. Students must enroll at least half-time (six or more credit hours) to be eligible for student loans. For more information visit:

Federal Student Aid:  https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/

Other Helpful Direct Student Loan Program Links:

Types of Loans Include:

Subsidized: for students with demonstrated financial need, as determined by federal regulations.  The federal government “subsidizes” the interest, meaning no interest is charged while a student is in school at least half-time, during the grace period, and during deferment periods.

Unsubsidized: not based on financial need; interest is charged quarterly during all periods, even during the time a student is in school and during grace and deferment periods.  If unpaid, interest is compounded, meaning the student will accrue interest on the previously unpaid interest after leaving school.

PLUS: unsubsidized loans for the parents of dependent students. PLUS loans help pay for education expenses up to the cost of attendance minus all other financial assistance. Interest is charged during all periods.

Loan limits: The maximum amount you can borrow each year in Direct Subsidized and Unsubsidized Loans depends on your grade level and on whether you are a dependent student or an independent student. The following table shows the maximum amount of money you may borrow each academic year in Direct Subsidized and Unsubsidized Loans as well as the total or aggregate amount you may borrow:

Undergraduate students Annual Limits
  Dependent Independent
1st –year $5,500 ($3,500)* $9,500 ($3,500)*
2nd-year $6,500 ($4,500) $10,500 ($4,500)

 

Lifetime Limits
Dependent Independent
$31,000 ($23,000*) $57,000 ($23,000*)

*The numbers in parentheses represent the maximum amount that may be subsidized.

Please note:  Loans requested for two semesters are paid out in one disbursement per term; however, loans requested for a single term must be paid out in two disbursements at least 30 days apart.  The Financial Aid Office must recheck enrollment and SAP status prior to each disbursement.

Institutional Aid

Local Scholarships

The Office of Institutional Advancement manages scholarships for the college. More information on each scholarship is listed on the college website at www.pdc.edu/scholarships. Filing a FAFSA is required for all scholarships except DECOS and non-credit scholarships.