Eligibility Requirements For Financial Aid


Federal Eligibility Requirements

For all federal need-based programs, students must:

  • Be a citizen or eligible non-citizen, a national or permanent resident of the U.S. or be in the U.S. for other than a temporary purpose.
  • Be enrolled or accepted for enrollment in and working toward an eligible MHCC degree or certificate program. Occupational Extension classes (such as Emergency Medical Technician, Nursing Assistant, etc) are NOT eligible for financial aid.
  • Have a regular high school diploma or GED.
  • Have a valid social security number.
  • Maintain satisfactory academic progress as defined by Mt. Hood Community College.
  • Comply with the U.S. Selective Service registration requirements, if required.
  • Not be in default on any student loan previously received. This also applies to parents if applying for a Federal Parent Loan (PLUS).
  • Not owe a refund or repayment on any federal grant previously awarded. Also applies to parents if applying for a Federal Parent Loan (PLUS).
  • Demonstrate financial need based on the methodology written into law by the U.S. Congress by applying for such aid on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Eligibility for all financial aid (except Parent Loans, private alternate loans and many scholarships) begins with the calculation of a students Expected Family Contribution (EFC). The Pell Grant award amount this converts to will be the same for equal enrollment statuses as every college in the U.S.. Other types of aid, however, could differ based on the student budgets of individual colleges. To help get an idea of your eligibility by calculating your EFC, go to the website http://www.finaid.org/calculators/faaefc.phtml. The closer your calculation comes to zero, the greater will be your eligibility to grants in general.

State Eligibility Requirements

Eligibility for aid from the State of Oregon is based on calculations of Federal eligibility (EFC) and parent or student adjusted gross income (AGI) for the year reported on the Federal FAFSA The Oregon Student Assistance Commission has developed the website http://www.getcollegefunds.org/SRMEstimator/OOGIntro.aspx for students and parents to calculate grant eligibility and for use to start understanding how much financial aid will be available for college attendance from the State. The federal and state grants are not the only forms of aid a student can receive and the complete eligibility, with the addition of campus-based aid, will be finished by the colleges to which the student applies.”

MHCC Eligibility Requirements

You must be meeting all the federal eligibility requirements plus MHCC has a credit hour limit for financial aid purposes. The following text explains more in depth about MHCC's credit hour limit policy.

Maximum Timeframe Limit

Federal regulations require each college to establish a maximum timeframe of aid eligibility. This limit is based on the number of credits students need to complete the certificate or degree they have declared at MHCC. Once students have attempted the maximum number of credits for their declared certificate or degree, they become ineligible for financial aid but may appeal for an extension.

Aid Eligibility

Our goal is to see as many people as possible complete a degree from MHCC. However,:

  • Students who are not seeking a degree from MHCC will not be eligible for aid.
  • Students who are attempting preparatory coursework for a program at any college may be eligible for 12 month continuous Title IV loan aid only (alternative loans, however, do not have this restriction).
  • If students have completed a bachelor’s degree, they are not initially eligible for financial aid and will need to appeal.
  • Students who have attempted the maximum number of credits for their declared certificate or degree at MHCC, including transferred credits, but have not completed a degree are not initially eligible for financial aid and will need to appeal.
  • Students who have not completed at least 67% of their attempted credits are not on pace to receive their degree/certificate on time and will need to appeal.
  • Students who have already earned a bachelor's degree and have their appeal plan approved will only be eligible for loans (Federal regulation).
  • MHCC supports the concept of “vertical progression” as a justification for funding.

Vertical Progression is defined as ascending through either one or more degrees or curriculums, progressively moving into a more improved position to compete in the job market.

Examples of vertical progression and horizontal movement:

Vertical Progression: more likely to be funded

Achieved Degree

Next Step

Rationale

Transferable Degree
AA-OT, AS-OT, AS, AGS

Upper division coursework Bachelor's degree completion

Marketability is increased by achieving a higher degree.

Transferable Degree
AA-OT, AS-OT, AS, AGS, or higher degree

Applied Science Degree
AAS

Marketability is increased by achieving advanced skill/knowledge in a particular industry area.

Applied Science Degree
AAS

Transferable Degree
AA-OT, AS-OT, AS, AGS

Marketability is increased by achieving a transfer degree to obtain a higher degree

Certificate

Transferable Degree or Applied Science Degree

Marketability is increased by achieving a degree or advanced skill/knowledge in a particular industry area.

Horizontal Movement: will not be funded

Achieved Degree

Next Step

Rationale

Transferable Degree
AA-OT, AS-OT, AS, AGS, or higher degree

Transferable Degree
AA-OT, AS-OT, AS, AGS

A similar complement of courses does not increase marketability for further employment advancement.

Terminal
Applied Science Degree
AAS

Terminal
Applied Science Degree
AAS

A student should be able to get gainful employment based on the benefits of the first degree.

Certificate

Certificate

A student should be able to get gainful employment based on the benefits of the first degree.

Evaluation Of Credit

  • The maximum timeframe limit for financial aid includes all attempted transferred credits from all post-secondary institutions, whether aid was received or not. This includes remedial and prerequisite courses.
  • MHCC converts semester and clock hours to quarter credit hours.
  • Aid will be processed based on the student's projected enrollment for the academic year. However, aid may be placed on hold for those terms when their credits exceed the maximum timeframe limit.
  • Additional courses taken while waiting to get into a restricted or limited-entry program are included in the count toward the maximum timeframe limit and reduce the remaining credit eligibility while in these programs.
  • If a student is requesting aid for a period of time that will exceed our maximum timeframe limit, it is our practice to initiate the appeal process as quickly as possible.
  • Aid may be available for college level courses withdrawn from, audited, not completed, and already passed once successfully, however, repeating these courses may cause you to be over 150% and an appeal not approved.

Notification Process

When you pass the maximum timeframe limit or are close to passing the limit, you will be notified by the Financial Aid Office. You will receive a notice stating either:

  • The term you will exceed the limit, or
  • That you have exceeded the limit and you need to file an appeal with the Financial Aid Office to extend your aid beyond the limit.

Appeal Process

When you appeal, there must be a reason for appealing. Examples include:

  • Remedial coursework was required and taken at the beginning of a degree program to such an extent that you were not able to complete your degree within the maximum time frame limit.
  • Medical complications/allergic reactions developed in the course of training for the intended career choice or experienced in the first year of work in the field.
  • You need more time to complete your degree.
  • You changed your major.

The Steps to Appeal

  • Complete the Maximum Timeframe Appeal form. Supporting documentation needs to be attached, which includes an education plan and DARS report. You will need to make an appointment with your designated advisor the term prior to exceeding the maximum time frame limit to complete the plan. The name of your advisor of record is printed on your transcript. If the major and/or advisor written on your transcript are no longer accurate, visit the Academic Advising and Transfer Center during normal office hours so your information can be updated. 
  • If the appeal is approved, all available financial aid will be reinstated.
  • Filing an appeal does not guarantee an extension of aid.
  • If it is determined that you cannot complete your degree/certificate within 150%, you will become ineligible for aid immediately.

The Approved Education Plan

If a student's appeal is to be approved, they must be clear on their education goal. It is the responsibility of the student to comply with the education plan they created as part of their appeal process. If the student deviates from the education plan by taking courses that are not listed on the plan, by changing major or degree, or by not successfully passing all classes approved on their education plan with at least a “C”, their financial aid will be revoked.

 

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