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2013-2014 Financial Aid Award Policies and Types of Financial Aid

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Student’s College Cost - The estimated cost for you to attend Leeward Community College (Leeward CC) for the award period. It includes tuition/fees, books/supplies, meals/housing, personal expenses and transportation.

Family Contribution - Federal Processor determines what you and/or your family are expected to pay toward your college costs.

Outside Aid - Other aid you receive not from Leeward CC, such as external/private scholarships and stipends.

Financial Need - Your college costs minus the student and/or family contribution and outside aid.

Unmet Need - Determined by taking your financial need and subtracting aid awarded.

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 an approved classified program.
  • Your financial aid is for Leeward CC classes only.
  • Your award(s) is based on full-time enrollment.  If you enroll for less than full-time, your award will be prorated accordingly.
  • You must notify the Financial Aid 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 must maintain satisfactory academic progress based on our Policy available at www.leeward.hawaii.edu/finaid-sap.  
  • You must notify our office if you change your residency status.
  • You must check your UH e-mail (hawaii.edu) for all communications from our office.

Award Disbursement Information:

  • Your financial aid funds will be disbursed and electronically applied to your student account about 10 days before the first day of instruction, per federal regulations, unless your awards were finalized after that time frame.
  • PLEASE NOTE that your classes will be held if you receive an award offer prior to Fall/Spring payment deadline.
  • 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.
  • Federal Direct Loan Borrowers:  If you have completed all of the loan requirements, the funds will be disbursed about 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 loan).
  • Federal Perkins Loan Borrowers:  If awarded, students must complete an in-person Entrance Interview before the loan funds can be disbursed.  You may contact our office to schedule an appointment to complete the Entrance Interview.
  • External Scholarships:  If you are receiving an External Scholarship, providing that we have received the check(s), fund(s) will be disbursed on the first day of instruction so that we may verify enrollment for the donors at the time of disbursement.  If you are enrolled for less than 12, we will need authorization from the donor to release the check.
  • 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 www.hawaii.edu/sece.
  • If you have not yet paid your school charges at the time of 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 books before you receive your refund check(s).

Types of Financial Aid

  • Scholarships and grants do not need to be repaid.
  • Loans need to be repaid within the agreed time period.
  • Employment is the opportunity to work on campus.

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.

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 www.nslds.ed.gov.

FEDERAL SUPPLEMENTAL EDUCATION OPPORTUNITY GRANT:  A federal grant for students pursuing their first bachelor’s 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.

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

LEEWARD CC CENTENNIAL SCHOLARSHIP:  A scholarship for bona fide Hawaii residents who graduated from a Hawaii high school and entering Leeward Community College starting in Fall 2007.  Students must be pursuing their first degree, be enrolled for 12 or more credits, and submit a final official high school transcript with a GPA of at least 3.8 OR have scored an 1800 on the 3-part SAT Reasoning Test or ACT equivalent.  To apply, students must complete the University of Hawaii System Common Scholarship Application at https://uhsys.scholarships.ngwebsolutions.com.

LEEWARD CC CHANCELLOR’S HIGH SCHOOL SCHOLARSHIP:  A scholarship for incoming freshmen who graduated from a Hawaii high school and entering Leeward Community College starting in Fall 2008.  Students must bona fide Hawaii residents pursuing their first degree, be enrolled for at least six credits and have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.5.  To apply, students must complete the University of Hawaii System Common Scholarship Application at https://uhsys.scholarships.ngwebsolutions.com.

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

LEEWARD CC HIGH SCHOOL SCHOLARSHIP: A scholarship for bona fide Hawaii residents 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.  To apply, students must complete the University of Hawaii System Common Scholarship Application at https://uhsys.scholarships.ngwebsolutions.com.

LEEWARD CC INTERNATIONAL STUDENT SCHOLARSHIP:  A scholarship for non-resident students (also, must not be 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 FAFSA. 

LEVERAGING EDUCATIONAL ASSISTANCE PARTNERSHIP:  A federal grant with matching state funds that waives tuition only 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.

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

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

STATE OF HAWAII B PLUS SCHOLARSHIP:  A scholarship for incoming students who graduated from a Hawaii public high school starting in Spring 2005.  Students must be bona fide Hawaii residents pursuing their first degree, be eligible for the Federal Pell Grant, be enrolled for at least six credits, and submit a final official high school transcript with a GPA of at least 3.0.

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 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 UNSUBSIDIZED 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. 

FEDERAL PERKINS LOAN:  A federal loan for students pursuing their first degree.  Students must be enrolled for at least six credits.  Repayment and the interest of 5% begin nine months after the student ceases to be enrolled for at least six credits or graduates.

EMPLOYMENT

FEDERAL WORK STUDY:  Federal Work Study is financial aid earned through student employment.  Students must be pursuing first degree, be enrolled for at least six credits, and demonstrate financial need.


 

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