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ATC Financial Aid

Statement of Good Practice

The Financial Aid Office adheres to the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators' Statement of Good Practice in the administration of all programs and in the disclosure of information to other parties.

Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)

A student has the right to inspect and review his/her financial aid records. Such information may not be disclosed to others, including parents or guardians, without written consent. A form authorizing a parent or others to review student financial aid is available in the Enrollment Services Center, and online on the Financial Aid Forms page.

Please refer to the Records page for further FERPA information.

Communication and Award Notices

The Financial Aid Office’s (FAO) communication with students is through the MyATC Portal and campus e-mail accounts. These resources are accessible through the ATC web site. It is the student’s responsibility to view these resources regularly.

Principles of Financial Aid

Students who have satisfactory academic records and are in need of aid may qualify for financial assistance. Although the primary responsibility for financing an education remains with students and their families, ATC participates in several programs designed to supplement the family contribution in order to meet the financial need of the student. Financial aid may consist of a grant, a scholarship, campus employment, a loan, or any combination of these as determined by the policies of the FAO.

The primary principles of administering financial aid programs are as follows:

  1. Financial aid is designed to provide financial help to students who need additional resources to pursue their education and career objectives.
  2. It is viewed only as supplementary to the efforts of the student and/or family.
  3. It may take the form of a job, grant, scholarship, loan, or a combination of any of these.
  4. It is based upon the student’s ability to make satisfactory academic progress according to the college’s Financial Aid Standards of Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP), and
  5. Financial aid can be reviewed, adjusted and/or cancelled at any time due to changes in funding levels and the financial or the academic status of the student as determined by the FAO.

To determine whether or not a student is eligible for federal student financial aid programs, the student and his or her family must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and submit all documents requested by the ATC FAO prior to the financial aid priority deadlines for timely consideration. Financial aid is not automatically renewable. The FAFSA must be submitted each year and should be completed on-line at www.fafsa.gov. A student as well as one parent of a dependent student must obtain an FSA ID before completing the FAFSA.

Students applying and completing their financial aid files after the financial aid priority deadline should prepare to pay for their cost of tuition, fees, books and supplies or enroll in a payment plan. If a student is deemed eligible after payment has been made, he or she will be reimbursed based on financial aid eligibility.

To participate in federal student financial aid programs, ATC is required by federal regulations to maintain a financial aid office that coordinates the delivery to students of all funds from all sources. Students who receive aid in addition to federal student financial aid are required to report the amount and source to the FAO.

Determination of Financial Need

ATC’s financial aid programs assist students who have financial need determined by the Department of Education’s federal processor. One of the principles behind need-based aid is that students and their families should pay for educational expenses to the extent they are able. A financial need exists if the resources of the family (expected family contribution or EFC) does not meet the total cost of attendance at the college.

The cost of attendance (student budget) is an estimate of the total costs a student incurs as a full-time student for the nine-month academic period. These costs include tuition, fees, books, supplies, room, board, personal and transportation expenses. Listed below is an estimated sample budget for the 2016-2017 nine-month academic year.

Aiken County Resident
  Living w/Parent All Others
Tuition & Fees* $4,452 $4,452
Books/Supplies $900 $900
Room & Board $1,800 $3,600
Personal $1,500 $1,500
Transportation $1,500 $1,500
TOTAL: $10,152 $11,952

Out-of-County Resident
  Living w/Parent All Others
Tuition & Fees** $4,812 $4,812
Books/Supplies $900 $900
Room & Board $1,800 $3,600
Personal $1,500 $1,500
Transportation $2,500 $2,500
TOTAL: $11,512 $13,312

* Estimated: Tuition and fees are subject to change each year.

** Estimated: Richmond/Columbia counties include the same components of Aiken County resident with the exception of tuition and fees, which are $4,512, and Out-of-State Resident includes the same components of Aiken County Residents with the exception of tuition and fees which are $6,686.

Title IV Student Eligibility Requirements

A student must meet the following eligibility requirements to receive federal assistance:

  • Have financial need as determined through the completion of the FAFSA (except for Federal Unsubsidized Direct Loan funding).
  • Be enrolled or accepted for enrollment in an eligible program of study offering a certificate, diploma, or degree. Continuing education and career development are not eligible programs.
  • Be a regular student (transient students are not eligible).
  • Have a high school diploma, GED, or earned 6 hours of college level course work prior to fall 2012.
  • Be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen.
  • Be registered with Selective Service (males only).
  • Not owe a repayment of a Title IV grant aid such as Pell, FSEOG, ACG, or Smart Grant.
  • Maintain Title IV satisfactory academic progress.
  • Not be concurrently enrolled in an elementary or secondary school.
  • Have a valid social security number.

Eligible Programs/Courses and Enrollment Status

ATC Eligible Programs A student should only enroll for those courses required (or the prerequisites) for their specific program of study. Title IV aid will not pay for courses outside of the student's required curriculum unless those courses have been pre-approved by the advisor as a course substitution. Proper documentation must be on record in the Enrollment Services Center.

The original award letter is based on full-time enrollment for the academic year. A student who is not full-time will have his or her award prorated based on the actual hours enrolled and attended. Full-time status consists of enrollment in a minimum of 12 credit hours. Three-quarter time status consists of 9 to 11 credit hours; half-time status is 6 to 8 credit hours and less than half-time status is 1 to 5 credit hours. For example, a student who is awarded a Pell Grant for $2,000 for full-time enrollment but only attends three-quarter time, will receive $1,500 rather than $2,000. If that student enrolls half-time, he/she will receive $1,000 or if enrolled less than half-time $500.

Drops, Withdrawals and Courseload Changes

Drops: If a student registers for a class and decides not to remain enrolled, the student must officially drop the course by the end of the add/drop period to be eligible for a refund of tuition. Financial aid does not pay for classes that a student has dropped or failed to attend.

Withdrawals: If a student registers for classes and attends past the add/drop period, the student will be charged applicable tuition and fees. If the student withdraws from a class or classes, the student may no longer be entitled to his/her Direct Loan awards. Also, if the student is a federal aid, (Pell, SEOG, or Direct Loan) recipient and withdraws from all classes prior to the end of the ninth week of classes, the student may owe the college and the applicable federal aid program(s).

Courseload Changes: The student is required to notify the Financial Aid Office (FAO) of any courseload adjustments. The FAO will adjust the financial aid award accordingly. If the student does not notify the FAO, he/she may owe money to the college and the applicable federal aid program(s) once the adjustment is made.

Attendance Requirements

Attendance is required to receive aid. A student receiving federal financial aid (PELL, FSEOG and Direct Loans) earns aid based on the number days he/she attends class(es). A recipient that fully withdraws from the college before 60% of the term (approximately 9 weeks) is completed will have his/her aid recalculated based on the number of days attended. A student withdrawing prior to the completion of the ninth week of class(es) will likely owe money to the college and/or the federal aid program(s). A student receiving state financial aid (SC-LTAP, SCNB, SC-CAPS, LIFE) and institutional scholarships earns his/her entitlement based on attendance through the first week of class. The amount of the award will possibly be affected should the student fully or partially drop from classes during the first week of classes.

Return of Financial Aid

A student’s federal financial aid eligibility must be recalculated for students who withdraw, drop out, are dismissed or take a leave of absence prior to completing 60% of a semester. Federal financial aid includes the Federal Pell Grant, the Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG), and the Federal Direct Loan Program.

The recalculation of eligibility is based on the percent of earned aid using the following formula:

The number of days attended in the semester divided by the total number of days in the semester.

Federal financial aid must be returned to the federal government based on the percent of unearned aid using the following formula:

The percent of earned aid multiplied by the amount of federal financial aid disbursed.

The amount of aid to be returned is the responsibility of the college and the student. However, the student will be responsible for repaying the college for the amount that the college was required to return on his or her behalf. Therefore, a student who does not complete at least 60% of a semester may owe the college and/or the federal government for the amount of unearned federal financial aid.

A student who owes the college may not be permitted to register for a subsequent term or obtain an official academic transcript until the debt is paid. Payment should be made to the ATC Business Office. Delinquent accounts become subject to the College's collections procedures.

A student who owes the federal government will be turned over to the U.S. Department of Education and be required to provide documentation of a satisfactory payment arrangement before federal or state financial aid eligibility is restored for attendance at ATC or elsewhere.

How You Receive Your Assistance

A student who applies and completes his/her financial aid file on time and is eligible will have direct educational expenses of tuition and fees deducted from the assistance that has been awarded (excluding Federal Work Study awards.) The student has the option to have their books and supplies purchased in the ATC Bookstore deducted from their award as well. The Business Office will issue a refund through BankMobile for any remaining financial aid funds in approximately 7 weeks.

A student whose financial aid is not approved in time for fee payment must plan to pay for their educational expenses out-of-pocket or through the Deferred Tuition Payment Plan. The student will be reimbursed by the Business Office through BankMobile based on his/her enrollment status and eligibility once financial aid is processed.

A student who receives a federal work-study award and obtains employment through this program is paid once a month by direct deposit for hours worked during the previous month.

Transfer and Guest Student Status

Financial aid awards cannot be transferred from one college to another. Students must have the results of the FAFSA sent to each college. Students transferring to ATC must request the results of a previously processed FAFSA to be released to ATC. This can be done by calling the Federal Processor at 1-800-4FEDAID and requesting that our institution be added, or by making a correction to your processed FAFSA online at www.fafsa.gov. ATC’s Title IV school code is 010056.

A student classified as a guest student can only receive financial aid from his/her home institution. A student who attends more than one college in the same enrollment period cannot receive financial aid from both institutions. Financial aid can only be disbursed by the home institution where the student is seeking a degree.

Early Start: Dual Enrollment Program

Aiken Early College

High school students who have been approved to participate in a dual enrollment program can receive S.C. Lottery Tuition Assistance. For more information, refer to the SC-LTAP section listed below and the High School/Home School section list on Admissions main page.

Repeating Courses

A student can receive financial aid for repeated coursework only under certain circumstances. A course that has been successfully completed can be repeated only one additional time. Courses that are not completed successfully can be repeated multiple times until successfully completed. However, course repeats will be counted towards a student’s Maximum Time Frame as discussed in the following section.

Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP)

A student wishing to receive financial assistance through a federal or state program must be making satisfactory academic progress toward a degree, diploma or certificate. The Financial Aid Office monitors the progress of all students receiving financial aid to ensure that they are making satisfactory academic progress toward completion of their program in a reasonable period of time. This policy is in addition to the academic standards required by the college. The cumulative review determines the student’s eligibility for financial assistance based on his/her academic history. Whether the student has received financial assistance previously is not a factor in determining eligibility.

Completion Rate

A student must satisfactorily complete at least 67 percent of the total credit hours attempted at ATC. Grades of F, W, WF, U, and NC are not considered satisfactory; however, they are considered as attempted credit hours and may hurt a student’s eligibility for future terms. A student’s completion rate will be evaluated at the end of each semester.

Grade Point Average (GPA)

A student must maintain a minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA.

Length of Eligibility, i.e. Maximum Time Frame (MTF)

A student may receive financial aid at Aiken Technical College for up to 150% of the published program length. For example, a student enrolled in a 60 credit hour program is eligible until 90 credit hours are attempted. Transfer hours will be included when assessing the MTF. A student repeating a course will have the repeat counted in determining MTF.

Program Changes

A student is allowed two program of study changes before completing a degree, diploma or certificate. Additional changes by the student may result in suspension of financial aid. A student changing from one program into a different program with fewer total required credit hours may lose federal and state eligibility immediately upon making this change. A student considering a change of program should consult with the FAO to discuss the effect of a change on SAP.

Transitional Studies Course Work

Financial aid recipients may take a maximum of 10 transitional courses including Math and Reading, Writing and Reasoning (RWR). These courses count toward hours attempted and will be considered in determining SAP.

Warning

At the end of each semester, a student’s academic records is evaluated to determine if the student is meeting Title IV Standards of Academic Progress (SAP). A student who is not meeting SAP will be placed on Warning. While under a Warning Status, the student will still receive financial aid; however, if the student fails to meet SAP in the subsequent semester attended, the student will be placed on Financial Aid Suspension.

Probation

A student that is not meeting SAP will be placed on Financial Aid Suspension. The student will have an opportunity to appeal based on unusual or mitigating circumstances. If the appeal is approved, the student’s aid will be reinstated with conditions and the student will be placed on Probation. The student will remain in a probationary status as long as the conditions are being met.

Suspension

After a warning semester, a student who is not meeting SAP will have his/her aid suspended. A student may petition to have his/her aid re-established by submitting a letter of appeal with supporting documentation to the Enrollment Services Center.

A student who has attempted the maximum number of transitional and/or prerequisite courses, maximum number of credit hours allowed for their program of study or has exceeded the allowed number of program changes is automatically placed on financial aid suspension.

Each student is notified via student e-mail when placed on Financial Aid Warning, Probation, or Suspension. It remains the responsibility of the student to be aware of his/her academic standing. A student that is allowed to return on academic probation through the Enrollment Services Center is not automatically eligible for financial aid.

Appeals

Appeals are accepted for students who have been placed on financial aid suspension due to completion rate, grade point average and maximum time frame. Appeals are not accepted for exceeding the maximum transitional and/or prerequisite courses. Appeal forms are available on the financial aid forms page of the ATC web site. The appeal should explain the reason(s) why the student is not meeting the minimum standards of academic progress, how the situation has changed, what steps will be taken to ensure that the standards will be met in the future and should include supporting documentation. Appeals concerning Maximum Time Frame must also include written Academic Plan and a graduation date from the student's enrollment or faculty advisor. A graduation application may also be required. Appeals that are approved will reinstate a student's financial aid in a probationary status with academic conditions. As long as the student meets the conditions of the reinstatement they will continue to receive financial aid.

Types of Financial Aid

Grants

Federal Pell Grant

The Federal Pell Grant is a student aid program that provides grants for students attending college who have not previously received a baccalaureate degree. Eligibility is based on the student's and/or family's resources and determined by a formula developed by the U.S. Department of Education. Federal eligibility requirements are discussed in the Student Eligibility Requirements Section of this catalog. Awards are made up to $5,815 per academic year for full-time enrollment. Awards are prorated based on a student’s enrollment status. Completion of the FAFSA is required to receive Federal Pell Grant funds.

A Pell eligible student is generally awarded half his/her allocation for the fall and half for the spring. A student that does not use their full allocation during the fall and spring semesters can receive Pell Grant funds for the summer semester.

Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG)

The FSEOG program is a federal student aid program from which a student can receive up to $4,000 each year depending on their financial need, the availability of these funds and the amount of other aid received. To qualify for this program the student must meet all federal eligibility requirements as discussed in the Student Eligibility Requirements section of this catalog and enroll for at least 3 credit hours. The average award for an ATC student is $350 per semester. Completion of the FAFSA is required to receive FSEOG funds and a student must be Pell-eligible.

South Carolina Need-Based Grant (SCNB)

The SCNB Grant program is designed to provide financial assistance to South Carolina’s neediest students. The grant assists students who wish to attend public colleges or universities in the state of South Carolina.

To be eligible, a student must be a:

  1. S.C. resident as determined by the Enrollment Services Center
  2. enrolled in at least six credit hours
  3. have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0
  4. meet federal eligibility requirements as listed in the Student Eligibility Requirements section of this catalog

Awards are made each year depending on financial need, the availability of funds and the amount of other aid received. The average award for an ATC student is $400 per semester. Recipients of this program will be required to complete and return to the Enrollment Services Center a signed SCNB Grant Affidavit prior to disbursement of funds. Completion of the FAFSA is required.

South Carolina Lottery Tuition Assistance Program (SC-LTAP)

The SC-LTAP is funded by the state of South Carolina. To be eligible for this program, the student must be a South Carolina resident as determined by the Enrollment Services Center and enroll in at least six credit hours.

To qualify for this program, the student must complete the FAFSA and meet federal eligibility requirements as listed in the Student Eligibility Requirements section of this catalog. However, high school students enrolled in a dual enrollment program, students who have a bachelor’s degree or students whose family’s adjusted gross income is at least $80,000 can complete the FAFSA Waiver Form to apply. This form is available on the financial aid web page.

The SC-LTAP program is designed to assist in payment of a student's tuition. It cannot be used to pay for books, supplies, lab fees or other items. It can only be used to receive one certificate, diploma or associate degree unless the student is progressing in the same program of study. A five-year wait will be required before the student can receive the SC-LTAP Program for an additional certificate, diploma or associate degree. Please visit the SC State Technical College System website at: www.sctechsystem.com/lottery/lotteryinfo.htm for more detailed information.

South Carolina National Guard College Assistance Program (SCNG-CAPS)

The SCNG-CAPS is designed to assist members of the SC National Guard with educational expenses toward a one-year certificate or two-year associate degree. Maximum funding is $4,500 for South Carolina National Guard and $9,000 for SC Air National Guard per academic year not to exceed the cost of attendance. Award allocations are prorated based on enrollment. To be eligible, students must be a member in good standing with the active National Guard, U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen, enrolled at least part-time as a degree seeking student, and maintain Title IV Standards of Academic Progress. Students who have exceeded 130 semester hours, earned a bachelor's degree, earned a one-year certificate or two-year associate degree, and receive a full Reserve Officers’ Training Corps Scholarship cannot receive funds from this program. To apply, students must annually complete and submit the SCNB-CAP application to the National Guard between June 1 and August 1 of each year. Any applications submitted after the August 1 deadline will not be accepted.

Loans

Town & Country Book Loan

The SCNG-CAPS is designed to assist members of the SC National Guard with educational expenses toward a one-year certificate or two-year associate degree. Maximum funding is $4,500 for South Carolina National Guard and $9,000 for SC Air National Guard per academic year not to exceed the cost of attendance. Award allocations are prorated based on enrollment. To be eligible, students must be a member in good standing with the active National Guard, U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen, enrolled at least part-time as a degree seeking student, and maintain Title IV Standards of Academic Progress. Students who have exceeded 130 semester hours, earned a bachelor's degree, earned a one-year certificate or two-year associate degree, and receive a full Reserve Officers’ Training Corps Scholarship cannot receive funds from this program. To apply, students must annually complete and submit the SCNB-CAPS application to the National Guard between June 1 and August 1 of each year. Any applications submitted after the August 1 deadline will not be accepted.

Federal Direct Loan

The Federal Direct Stafford Loan Program is designed to assist students with their cost of education. Unlike a grant, a loan must be paid back. Aiken Technical College offers a vast number of free aid programs and we encourage students to seek all free aid resources before considering loans.

To qualify for a Direct Loan students must meet the following requirements:

  • Meet Title IV Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP)
  • Enroll in at least 6 credit hours
  • Enroll in an eligible program
  • Not be in default or in a Title IV overpayment status

New ATC student borrowers must complete the following items to apply for a Federal Direct Loan.

  1. Free Application for Federal Student Aid at www.fafsa.gov
  2. Loan Request through financial aid Self-Service
  3. Master Promissory Note (MPN) at www.StudentLoans.gov
  4. Entrance Loan Counseling at www.StudentLoans.gov

Returning ATC student borrowers must complete the following items to apply for a Direct Stafford Loan:

  1. Free Application for Federal Student Aid at www.fafsa.gov
  2. Loan request through financial aid Self-Service

Instructions for Completing the ATC Federal Direct Loan Application Process

  1. Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Be sure to list ATC’s school code: 010056 on the application.
  2. Submit all requested documentation to the Financial Aid Office (FAO)
  3. Once your file is processed, you will receive an e-mail instructing you to view your award letter on the MyATC Portal. Should you be ineligible for any financial aid, you will receive an e-mail informing you of your options.
  4. Apply for a loan through financial aid Self-Service
  5. If you are a first time student borrower must complete a Master Promissory Note (MPN) at www.StudentLoans.gov. The MPN is a legally binding agreement to repay your loan to the Department of Education. To sign your MPN, you will need your FSA ID. Go to “Manage My Direct Loan” and sign in with your FSA ID. Select “Complete MPN” under “Master Promissory Note” section. Click on “Subsidized/Unsubsidized”, and follow instructions. The MPN is good for 10 years.
  6. If you are a first time student borrower, you must complete the online entrance loan counseling at www.StudentLoans.gov. Follow the same procedures in #5 to sign in. Select “Complete Entrance Counseling” under “Counseling” section, and follow instructions.
  7. You will receive another award letter from the Financial Aid Office notifying you of your loan award. You must sign and return the award letter to the Financial Aid Office before the funds will be available for tuition payment purposes or for purchases in the ATC Bookstore.
  8. You will receive disbursement information from the Department of Education.
  9. Loan funds accepted after initial refunds are issued will be disbursed through BankMobile in about two weeks.

Scholarships

ATC Scholarships Scholarships are offered through a variety of sources with a variety of eligibility requirements. Students can receive scholarships in addition to federal and state aid. However, the total of all scholarships and financial aid received cannot exceed the cost of attendance as determined by the ATC FAO.

Institutional Scholarships

The ATC Foundation awards scholarships to students who have demonstrated outstanding academic achievement in high school or college level course work. Some scholarships are based on general academic achievement, while others are based on potential in specific academic areas. Students are selected during the spring and summer semesters for scholarships to be awarded for the following academic year. A listing of the scholarships offered and their eligibility requirements are listed online at www.atcfoundation.org. Completion of an ATC Foundation Scholarship Application and the FAFSA is necessary to be considered for one of the college’s scholarships. Applications for ATC Scholarships are accepted until March 1 for awarding the following Fall semester.

State Legislative Incentive for Future Excellence (LIFE) Scholarship

The LIFE Scholarship is an academic scholarship funded by the state of South Carolina and all applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Must be a legal resident of South Carolina
  • Must be U. S. Citizen or a permanent resident
  • Must have:
    1. Graduated from a high school located in the state of South Carolina
      -OR-
    2. Graduated from a home school program in SC in the manner required by law
      -OR-
    3. Graduated from a high school located outside of SC, while a dependent of a parent or guardian who is a legal resident of SC and has custody of the student;
  • Must attend an eligible SC public or private college or university
  • Must have no felony convictions or any alcohol or other drug related misdemeanors
  • Must not be a SC HOPE Scholarship, Palmetto Fellows Scholarship or Lottery Tuition Assistance recipient
  • Must not be in default nor owe a refund or repayment on any Federal or State financial aid

LIFE GPA: Continuing and transfer students are required to provide official high school and college transcripts from each institution attended. All college coursework attempted at another institution or while in high school will be calculated into the LIFE GPA formula after the first year of LIFE receipt.

Students who wish to be considered for the LIFE Scholarship should complete the LIFE Assessment Form and submit it to the ATC Enrollment Services Center.

To determine if you will need to attend the summer semester, it is recommended that a LIFE GPA calculation be requested from the registrar prior to each summer session.

Additional Criteria for Entering Freshmen

  • 3.0 cumulative grade point average (GPA) at the time of high school graduation
  • Enroll in 12 or more non-remedial credit hours per semester (15 recommended)

Additional Criteria for Continuing Students

  • Complete a minimum of 30 non-remedial credit hours during the previous academic year with a cumulative collegiate GPA of 3.0 or greater
  • Enroll in 12 or more non-remedial credit hours per semester (15 recommended)

Additional Criteria for Transferring Students

  • Complete a minimum of 30 non-remedial credit hours during the previous academic year from all previously attended institutions with a minimum cumulative collegiate GPA of 3.0
  • Enroll in 12 or more non-remedial credit hours per semester (15 recommended)
  • Submit official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended to the Enrollment Service Center

Renewal Criteria

In order to retain eligibility for the LIFE Scholarship after the initial year, the student must:

  • Enroll full-time (12 or more credit hours) during the period of scholarship disbursement
  • Earn and maintain at least a cumulative 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale
  • Earn 30 non-remedial credit hours by the end of the academic year
  • enroll in an associate degree program

The LIFE Scholarship cannot be used for continuing education or transitional courses. Remedial course work (courses that begin with zero or numbered 100) is not considered earned course work and therefore does not qualify towards the full-time status requirement. A student who must take remedial classes and cannot receive the LIFE Scholarship will have the LIFE Scholarship available for the next semester if the student is enrolled in a minimum of 12 non-remedial credits at that time.

The student can receive the LIFE Scholarship for two semesters if enrolled in a one-year program or for four semesters if enrolled in a two-year program.

Funding for the LIFE Scholarship Program is contingent upon state approval each year. These guidelines may not be inclusive of all eligibility requirements and are subject to change.

For more information regarding the LIFE Scholarship Program and LIFE GPA calculation, visit the SC Commission on Higher Education’s Web site at: www.che400.state.sc.us

Employment

Institutional Employment

Institutional employment allows students to work on campus without applying for financial aid. Limited jobs are available year-round and are listed through the Human Resources Office located in Room 126 of the Ashley J. Little Administration Building.

Federal Work Study Program (FWS)

The FWS program is a federal student aid program that allows the student an opportunity to work part-time on campus or at designated off-campus sites to help meet his/her educational expenses. Expected earnings cannot be used toward the student’s institutional charges of tuition, fees and books. Since positions are limited, students should file the FAFSA early. Notify the FAO if you are interested by sending an e-mail with your name and ATC student ID number to financialaid@atc.edu. Available positions are listed in the Human Resources Office located in Room 126 of the Ashley J. Little Administration Building.

Other Assistance

Technical Scholars

Sponsorships cover all college tuition, fees, textbooks and provide paid part-time jobs for selected students. Students applying for these scholarships must be fully accepted into an appropriate associate’s degree program, meet scholarship application criteria, agree to comply with all sponsoring employer’s interviews and other required screenings.

Sponsoring employers make the final decision on who is offered scholarship(s) based upon their needs and the applicants' qualifications. Students interested in the Technical Scholars Program should contact Patsy Fields at (803) 508-7278 or Shareffa Harris at (803) 508-7420.

Vocational Rehabilitation

A student with a documented disability or impairment may be eligible for assistance through their county vocational rehabilitation office. The vocational rehabilitation office will require completion of a Form 135. In addition, the student must apply for federal financial aid by completing the FAFSA before being considered for this assistance. Residents of Aiken, Edgefield and Barnwell Counties in South Carolina may call (803) 641-7630 or visit their web site at www.scvrd.net for more information. Residents of Burke, Columbia, Glascock, Hancock, Jefferson, Jenkins, Lincoln, McDuffie, Richmond, Screven, Taliaferro, Warren, Washington and Wilkes Counties in Georgia, may call (706) 650-5638 or visit their web site at www.vocrehabga.org

Persons seeking accommodations in the classroom should contact Richard Weldon by calling (803) 508-7382.

Free Tuition for Children of Certain South Carolina War Veterans

A child of a deceased or permanently disabled wartime veteran may be eligible for this benefit. The program waives tuition only and does not cover books and fees. Eligibility and application information may be obtained here or for additional information, contact the South Carolina Division of Veterans Affairs Office at (803) 647-2434.

Veterans Assistance

ATC Veterans Assistance

Aiken Technical College is approved for veterans' benefits by the South Carolina Commission on Higher Education Veteran’s Education Division for training veterans, service members and dependents under Title 38 of the US Code of Federal Regulations and reservists under Title 10 of the US Code of Federal Regulations.

Application for Benefits

The Department of Veterans Affairs determines eligibility including the amount and the dates of payment for all VA benefits. To apply for benefits, the veteran or the dependent of a veteran must first be accepted into an approved program of study and complete the following:

  • Apply for VA education benefits online at www.gibill.va.gov
  • Complete the VA Intake forms
  • Meet with the school’s VA Advisor to get VA benefits started and for advisement
  • Provide official transcripts for all colleges attended previously for an evaluation of prior credits

An evaluation of all college and military transcripts must be completed by the end of the second semester of enrollment and by the first semester of a new program of study. VA Education Benefits cannot be extended beyond two semesters until the evaluation process has been completed. It is the student’s responsibility to make sure that all transcripts are received and an evaluation of all transcripts have been completed. Information related to transcript evaluation can be obtained from the Enrollment Services Center.

Eligible Programs/Courses and Enrollment Status

A student should only enroll for those courses required (or the prerequisites) for their specific program of study. The Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA) will not pay for courses outside of the student's required curriculum unless those courses have been pre-approved by the advisor as a course substitution. Proper documentation must be on record in the Enrollment Services Center.

Drops, Withdrawals and Course Load Changes

Drops: If a student registers for a class and decides not to remain enrolled, the student must officially drop the course by the end of the add/drop period to be eligible for a refund of tuition. The VA does not pay for classes that a student has dropped or failed to attend.

Withdrawals: If a student registers for classes and attends past the add/drop period, the student will be charged applicable tuition and fees. If the student withdraws from a class or classes, the student may no longer be entitled to his/her VA Education Benefits and will incur an overpayment with the Department of Veterans Affairs and may owe the College as well.

Course Load Changes: The student is required to notify the VA advisor or certifying official and the Department of Veterans Affairs of any course load adjustments. The certifying official will adjust the course load accordingly with the VA. If the student does not notify the VA advisor or certifying official in a timely manner, he/she may have to repay the Department of Veterans Affairs and owe the College once the adjustment is made.

Transitional Studies Course Work

VA recipients may take a maximum of 10 transitional courses such as Math, Reading, Writing and Reasoning (RWR).

Attendance Requirements

Attendance is required to receive benefits and to be successful in class. Failure to attend classes could result in an administrative withdrawal. An administrative withdrawal can be imposed by the instructor if a student fails to attend class without a documented excuse and or have exceeded the number of allowed absences. Please be aware that a drop or withdrawal (reduction in credit hours certified for payment) whether initiated by the student or the instructor WILL create an overpayment with the Department of Veterans Affairs. For more information on attendance, see the Attendance Requirements for Satisfactory Progress section of the catalog.

Conditions for Interruption of Veterans Benefits:

At the end of each semester, a student’s academic record is evaluated to determine if the student is meeting the College’s Standards of Progress. To remain in good standing, a student enrolled in regular curriculum classes must maintain a 2.0 grade point average (GPA) as outlined in the Standards of Progress – Satisfactory Academic Progress section of the College’s catalog.

All students receiving VA education benefits must meet and maintain satisfactory progress towards graduation. Failure to do so will result in being placed on warning, probation, and eventually suspension or dismissal. Suspensions and dismissals will result in an interruption or termination of VA educational benefits. Unsatisfactory Progress such as probations, suspensions and dismissals are reported to the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Grading Procedures for Veterans

In 1976, Congress amended the “G.I. Bill” to encourage veterans to move toward the attainment of their educational career goals. The law provides that no payment will be made to an eligible veteran for auditing a course or taking a course in which the grade assigned is not used in computing graduation requirements.

The following rules apply to those who receive veterans’ benefits:

  1. The “I” grade is a non-punitive grade as defined by the Veterans Administration. The grade is not permanent and carries only a message of a temporary condition that will change to a letter grade of A, B, C, D or F.
  2. In the event that the veteran receives an “I” at the end of a semester, he/she must accomplish further work in the course at his/her own expense without government reimbursement.
  3. A veteran cannot be certified for an “AU,” “E,” or “NC” grade.
  4. A veteran cannot be certified for any course not listed in his/her curriculum. If electives are listed as part of the curriculum, the veteran must not exceed the total number of elective hours designated by the program. A veteran must take only electives that are listed as approved electives or electives that have been approved in writing by the department head.
  5. A veteran cannot be certified for transitional or prerequisite courses that do not count toward graduation without written verification of test results indicating a need for such courses.

Veterans Change of Status

Students receiving VA benefits must notify the VA advisor or the VA certifying official immediately of any changes that may affect his/her pay status. Such changes include a change of program, change of classes, and change of address. Students can obtain the necessary forms and instructions from the VA Enrollment Advisor or VA Certifying Official.

Additional information on VA benefits may be obtained by calling the Enrollment Services Center at (803) 508-7263 or the Department of Veterans Affairs at 888-442-4551.


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