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Financial Aid Award Policies and Types of Financial Aid

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Financial Aid Verbiage

Cost of Attendance The estimated cost to attend Leeward Community College (Leeward CC) for the award period.  This includes tuition and fees, books and supplies, meals and housing, personal expenses, and transportation.
Estimated Family Contribution This amount reflects your Expected Family Contribution (EFC), which is the amount you and/or your family are expected to pay toward your
your college costs, as determined by the federal government (based on the information reported on your FAFSA).
Outside Resources The amount of “other” aid you may be receiving from external/private scholarship donors, benefits, and/or entitlements (outside of Leeward CC).
Need Your Cost of Attendance less your Expected Family Contribution and Outside Resources.

Award Conditions

  • The basic assumption is that you will attend school for the entire enrollment/payment period(s).
  • You must declare Leeward CC as your home campus and be in a classified program eligible for financial aid funding.
  • Your financial aid is for Leeward CC classes only.
    • You must be registered for at least one course at Leeward CC before courses at another UH System community college may be considered toward your enrollment level.  You must complete the Dual Enrollment Form, available at http://www.leeward.hawaii.edu/finaid-docs-forms.       
  • For students who have been awarded a Federal Pell Grant; your award is based on full-time enrollment.  If you enroll for less than full-time, your award will be prorated and reduced accordingly.  In some cases, the Federal Pell Grant may be cancelled.
  • For students who have been awarded a Federal Loan; your award is based on full-time enrollment.  If you enroll for less than full-time status, you must notify the Financial Aid Office of your actual enrollment status before we are able to disburse your loans.  Your loan amount may be reduced and/or cancelled as a result of your lower enrollment status.
  • You must maintain satisfactory academic progress based on our policy, available at http://www.leeward.hawaii.edu/finaid-sap.
  • You must notify our office if you receive funds from other sources (i.e.: scholarships, stipends, fellowships, etc.)
  • You must notify our office if your residence status changes.
  • You must notify our office if you stop or do not attend any classes, graduate, or do not return to school (you may have to repay all or part of the awards you received).
  • You are responsible for checking your UH email account (hawaii.edu) for all communications from our office.

Award Disbursement Information

  • Financial aid funds will be disbursed and electronically applied to your student account 10 days before the first day of instruction, unless your awards were finalized after that time frame.
    • Your classes will not be dropped if you receive an award offer prior to Fall/Spring payment deadline.
  • Federal Direct Loan Borrowers:  If you have completed all of the loan requirements, the funds will be disbursed 10 days before the first day of instruction, unless your loan funds were finalized after that time frame.
    • First-time, first-year borrowers’ loan funds will be disbursed approximately 30 days after the start of the semester, per federal regulations, unless your loan funds were finalized after that time frame.
    • One-semester loan borrowers’ loan funds will be split into two disbursements, per federal regulations.  The first disbursement will be 10 days before the first day of instruction, unless your loan funds were finalized after that time frame.  The second disbursement will be at the mid-point of the semester (mid-October for Fall only loans and mid-March for Spring only loans).
  • Federal Work Study:  If awarded, please note that this does not represent money-in hand at the beginning of the semester.  You are required to work at an on-campus job to earn the award.  You may view FWS job openings at https://www.hawaii.edu/sece/.   
  • External Scholarships:  If you are receiving an external scholarship, funds will be disbursed on the first day of instruction (assuming we have received the funds) so that we may verify enrollment for the donors at the time of disbursement.  If you are enrolled for less than 12 credits, we will need authorization from the donor to release the funds.
  • Financial aid funds will be applied to Leeward CC courses only.  If you are enrolled for courses at another UH System community college, you are responsible for making the payment for any tuition or fee charges due to the other campus, even if a Dual Enrollment Form has been approved and you are entitled to a refund.
  • IF you are entitled to a refund, you have the option to sign up for e-Refunds to have your refund(s) deposited directly into your bank account instead of having a check mailed to you.  Check your MyUH Portal for instructions on how to sign up for e-Refunds.
  • If you have not yet paid your school charges at the time of your financial aid disbursement, any unpaid charges for tuition and fees will be deducted from the award and any residual amount will be refunded to you.  If you already paid for your school charges, a refund will be processed.
  • You are responsible for maintaining a correct mailing address on your MyUH Portal.
  • Financial aid will not pay for any late registration and add/drop fees.
  • You are responsible for your own book charges if you wish to purchase your books prior to receiving your refund.

Types of Financial Aid

Scholarships and Grants

CHARLES R. HEMENWAY SCHOLARSHIP:  A scholarship for bona fide Hawaii residents pursuing their first degree.  Students must be enrolled for at least six credits* and demonstrate financial need based on the information provided on the FAFSA.  Requires a personal statement and a letter of recommendation.  To apply, students must complete the University of Hawaii System Common Scholarship Application at https://uhsys.scholarships.ngwebsolutions.com.  Deadline to apply is March 1, 2016.

FEDERAL PELL GRANT:  A federal grant for students pursuing their first bachelor’s degree.  Students must demonstrate significant financial need based on the information provided on the FAFSA.  Beginning Fall 2012, students are now limited to 12 full-time semesters (or 600%) of Pell Grant eligibility during their lifetime.  Students may track their Pell Grant lifetime eligibility used at https://www.nslds.ed.gov.  

FEDERAL SUPPLEMENTAL EDUCATION OPPORTUNITY GRANT:  A federal grant for students pursuing their first degree.  Students must be enrolled for at least six credits*, demonstrate exceptional financial need based on the information provided on the FAFSA, and be eligible for the Federal Pell Grant.

HAWAII VETERANS MEMORIAL FUND:  A scholarship for bona fide Hawaii residents pursuing their first degree.  Students must be enrolled for at least 12 credits* and demonstrate financial need based on the information provided on the FAFSA.  Requires a personal statement and a letter of recommendation.  To apply, students must complete the University of Hawaii System Common Scholarship Application at https://uhsys.scholarships.ngwebsolutions.com.  Deadline to apply is March 1, 2016.

LEEWARD CC ACHIEVEMENT SCHOLARSHIP:  A scholarship for students pursuing their first degree.  Students must be enrolled for at least six credits* and have a cumulative GPA of at least 2.5.  Requires a recommendation by a counselor/department and 50 hours of community service.

LEEWARD CC CHANCELLOR’S MERIT SCHOLARSHIP:  A scholarship for continuing Leeward CC students pursuing their first degree.  Students must be enrolled for at least six credits* and have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.5, however, priority will be given to students with the highest cumulative GPA.

LEEWARD CC HIGH SCHOOL SCHOLARSHIP:  A scholarship for students pursuing their first degree.  Students must be enrolled for at least six credits*, have a high school cumulative GPA of at least 3.0, and be nominated by a High School Counselor. 

LEEWARD CC INTERNATIONAL SCHOLARSHIP:  A scholarship for non-resident students (not a U.S. citizen) pursuing their first degree.  Students must be enrolled for at least six credits* and have a cumulative GPA of at least 2.5.

LEEWARD CC OPPORTUNITY GRANT:  An institutional grant for students pursuing their first degree.  Students must be enrolled for at least six credits* and demonstrate financial need based on the information provided on the FAFSA.

LEEWARD CC PACIFIC ISLANDER GRANT:  A grant for students who are citizens of an eligible Pacific Island and who are pursuing their first degree.  Students must be enrolled for at least six credits*, have a cumulative GPA of at least 2.0, and demonstrate financial need based on the information provided on the FAFSA.

LEVERAGING EDUCATION ASSISTANCE PARTNERSHIP GRANT:  A federal grant with matching state funds that waives tuition for bona fide Hawaii residents pursuing their first degree.  Students must be enrolled for at least six credits* and be eligible for the Federal Pell Grant.

RUTH E. BLACK SCHOLARSHIP:  A scholarship for bona fide Hawaii residents whose parents are/were a part of the construction industry.  Students must be pursuing their first degree, be enrolled for at least six credits*, and demonstrate financial need based on the information provided on the FAFSA.  To apply, students must complete the University of Hawaii System Common Scholarship Application at https://uhsys.scholarships.ngwebsolutions.com.  Deadline to apply is March 1, 2016.

SECOND CENTURY SCHOLARSHIP:  A scholarship for Native Hawaiian students pursuing their   first degree.  Students must be bona fide Hawaii residents, be enrolled for at least six credits*, and demonstrate financial need based on the information provided on the FAFSA.

NATIVE HAWAIIAN TUITION WAIVER:  A waiver for Native Hawaiian students pursuing their first degree.  Students must be bona fide Hawaii residents, be enrolled for at least six credits at Leeward CC, and demonstrate financial need based on the information provided on the FAFSA.

STATE OF HAWAII B PLUS SCHOLARSHIP:  A scholarship for students who graduated from a Hawaii public high school after 2005.  Students must be bona fide Hawaii residents pursuing their first degree, be enrolled for at least six credits*, and submit a final official high school transcript that reflects a GPA of at least 3.0 and completion of a rigorous high school curriculum.

Loans

FEDERAL DIRECT SUBSIDIZED LOAN:  A federal fixed rate loan for students who demonstrate financial need based on the information provided on the FAFSA.  Students must be enrolled for at least six credits*.  Direct Subsidized loans received through the 2011-2012 academic year are interest-free while the student is enrolled for at least six credits and during the six-month grace period.  Direct loans received in 2012-2013 and beyond will begin to accrue interest once the student drops below six credits or graduates.  Repayment begins six months after the student ceases to be enrolled for at least six credits or graduates.

FEDERAL DIRECT UNSUBSIDZED LOAN:  A federal fixed rate loan for students who do not demonstrate financial need based on the information provided on the FAFSA.  Students must be enrolled for at least six credits*.  The student is responsible for the interest on the loan from the time of disbursement until the loan is paid in full.  Repayment begins six months after the student ceases to be enrolled for at least six credits or graduates.

FEDERAL DIRECT PARENT PLUS LOAN:  A federal fixed rate loan for parents of dependent students.  The student must be enrolled for at least six credits*.  Repayment usually begins 60 days after the second disbursement.

Employment

FEDERAL WORK STUDY:  Financial aid earned through student employment.  Students must be enrolled for at least six credits* and demonstrate financial need.

*Enrollment at another UH System community college may be included in students total enrollment if the Dual Enrollment Form is completed and approved.

REVISED 02/2016

 

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