Effective July 1, 2013
On July 6, 2012, the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21) (Public Law 112-141) was enacted. MAP-21 added a new provision to the Direct Loan statutory requirements (see HEA section 455(q)) that limits a first-time borrower’s eligibility for Direct Subsidized Loans to a period not to exceed 150 percent of the length of the borrower’s educational program. Under certain conditions, the provision also causes first-time borrowers who have exceeded the 150 percent limit to lose the interest subsidy on their Direct Subsidized Loans.
Note: Only first-time borrowers on or after July 1, 2013 are subject to the new provision. Generally, a first-time borrower is one who did not have an outstanding balance of principal or interest on a Direct Loan or on a FFEL Program Loan on July 1, 2013.
As part of your entrance counseling as a new borrower, you are required to read the information provided by the Department of Education on either of these links:
Entrance Counseling Materials in Microsoft Word Format, 114KB, 3 Pages
Entrance Counseling Materials in PDF Format, 534KB, 3 Pages
Effective for the 2013- 2014 Award Year: Unusual Enrollment History (UEH) Policy
UEH must be resolved before you will receive federal or state financial aid
Effective with the 2013-2014 school year, the U.S. Department of Education has established new regulations to prevent fraud and abuse in the Federal Pell Grant Program by identifying students with unusual enrollment histories. What this means for you:
- If you received the Federal Pell Grant at multiple institutions in recent academic years (2010-2011, 2011-2012, & 2012-2013), your 2013-2014 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) will be flagged for unusual enrollment history (UEH).
- The reason for this flag is that unusual enrollment history MAY be an indicator that a student is enrolling just long enough to receive a credit balance (refund) of federal or state financial aid.
- If your application is flagged, the RRCC Financial Aid Office will be required to review your enrollment history at each institution that you attended to determine whether or not academic credit was earned during these award years.
- If you received the Federal Pell Grant and academic credit was not earned at each institution during these award years, the RRCC Financial Aid Office will advise you of your ineligibility and of your right to appeal the decision.
- Your appeal will require that you submit an Enrollment History Appeal Form, a detailed statement of explanation and supporting documentation, including official transcripts from each college that you attended..
- Based on the information that you submit with your appeal, the Financial Aid Office will determine if you had a valid reason(s) for your unusual enrollment history.
- If your appeal is approved, you will be limited to taking only courses required for your program of study at RRCC.
- If your appeal is denied, you have the option of paying out-of-pocket and re-appealing once you have successfully passed at least 6 credits that are required for your program of study. Withdrawals and failures during the term without aid will reflect poorly on any subsequent appeal.
Effective in 2012 :: Financial Aid for Developmental CourseworkFederal regulations restrict the amount of financial aid that can be received for developmental coursework (courses taken that are below college-level). For financial aid purposes, a student may take up to one academic year’s worth (30 credits) of these courses in their enrollment status. Any developmental courses taken after the initial 30 cannot be funded with federal financial aid.
Effective July 1, 2012
Effective as of the 2012--2013 academic year, all students are limited to 12 full-time semesters of Pell Grant eligibility during their lifetime at any schools across the country. This change affects all students, regardless of when or where they received their first Pell Grant. Students who have received the Pell Grant for a number of semesters prior to the 2012-2013 aid year are in jeopardy of having already exhausted their lifetime limit of Pell Grant or could exhaust it during the 2012-2013 school year. In addition, students who are no longer eligible for the Pell Grant due to having met their lifetime limit will be ineligible for the Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant. Please visit our Web site at www.rrcc.edu/finaid for additional information.
There will no longer be a grace period for the interest subsidy for new sub loans. This means that during the 6-month grace period, the interest will accrue.
Student may no longer take the ATB test to qualify for financial aid. A student must have either a high school diploma, GED, or have been successfully homeschooled in order to be financial aid eligible. This will be grandfathered in for students who have received aid prior to 7/1/12.
New federal regulations prohibit financial aid funds from covering any course that is not at least high school level; therefore, 030 courses are no longer covered by financial aid.
Effective July 1, 2011
Federal regulations restrict the amount of financial aid that can be received for developmental coursework (courses taken that are below college-level). For financial aid purposes, a student may take up to one academic year's work (30 credits) of these courses in their enrollment status, and then any remedial courses taken after the initial 30 cannot be funded with federal financial aid.
A student may not receive Pell Grant funds beyond the yearly amount they qualified for based on their EFC and Pell eligibility. For example, a student with a zero EFC would receive up to $5,550 in Pell Grant. No additional summer amount will be available.
Effective 2012 :: Congress Temporarily Extends 3.4% Rate on Subsidized Student Loans
Congress passed legislation Friday to extend the 3.4 percent interest rate on subsidized Stafford student loans for one year. The bill temporarily delays the rate from doubling to 6.8 percent on July 1. Experts estimate that this change will reduce costs for these borrowers by as much as $1,000 over the life of repayment or $6 to $9 per monthly payment.
In the Senate, Democrats and Republicans reached a compromise that was accepted by House GOP leaders. Lawmakers packaged the student loan bill (pages 590-591) with a transportation bill. The House voted 373-52 and the Senate voted 74-19 in favor of the bill. President Obama is expected to sign it into law.