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We would like to extend to you a warm welcome and hope that the below information assists you as you progress through your time at our college. At Onondaga, we believe you should have every opportunity to pursue a college education and we encourage you to contact the Financial Aid Office with any questions you may have.
IMPORTANT INFORMATION REGARDING YOUR FINANCIAL AID REFUND
Students who are eligible for financial aid over and above what is needed to pay for college expenses will be provided with the excess funds in the form of a check, direct deposit to your bank account, or deposit to your Lazer Card, as you request. Financial aid will be made available to you based on the following schedule for the Spring 2015 semester.
WHAT IF I HAVEN’T HEARD ANYTHING ABOUT MY 2015 SPRING FINANCIAL AID YET?
Specific information regarding your financial aid, including missing documentation, is available by logging on to Web Access and selecting “My Documents”. Specific award information for Spring 2015 can be found by clicking on “Financial aid status by term.”
We encourage students to bring any requested documentation to Student Central in person so that a member of the financial aid team may provide personalized service at the counter. When mailing or dropping off forms or paperwork, please allow up to 15 business days for processing.
If you have been awarded PELL GRANT, TAP, SEOG and/or Direct Loans with at least a $25 balance remaining after residence hall charges, meal plans and tuition and fees are covered, you will be placed on a Bookstore Charge List in the college bookstore. Eligible students will be notified.
LAZER CARD TRANSFERS
Lazer card transfers of pending aid must be made in the Student Account’s Office, located at Student Central in the Gordon Student Center. Students may also deposit funds onto their Lazer Card from a credit or debit card transaction online through Get Funds . Money that is transferred from excess financial aid must be used for education related expenses only, such as books, supplies and meals. Lazer card transfers are limited to a maximum of $600 per semester.
The Lazer Card serves as your Student ID – please keep it in a safe place!
THINGS TO CONSIDER WHEN SCHEDULING YOUR 2015 SPRING COURSES
DO I NEED THE COURSE FOR MY DEGREE/CERTIFICATE?
Students cannot be awarded financial aid for classes that do not count toward their degree or certificate program requirements. If a student is enrolled in courses that do not count toward his degree, those courses cannot be used to determine enrollment status and aid eligibility. All registered courses must apply to the student’s program as a general education requirement, a major requirement, or elective (whether restricted or free elective).
CAN REPEATING A COURSE IMPACT MY FINANCIAL AID?
Students who repeat courses they have taken previously either at OCC or another institution and received a passing grade for that coursework may have an adjustment or denial of one or more of their financial aid programs. This may impact both federal and state aid programs. To maintain full-time status for financial aid, a student’s coursework must be for at least 12 credits without the repeated class. An exception may be made for state aid if the student did not meet the minimum grade requirement for that class for graduation.
If a student’s program does not require them to earn a higher grade for graduation, but the student is being advised to repeat coursework for academic reasons, it may be advisable for the student to be enrolled in at least 12 credits of new coursework (in addition any repeated courses) in order to maintain his/her full time status.
Students can be referred to Student Central for questions or may call (315)498-2291.
WHAT IF I DROP A CLASS OR ALL MY SPRING CLASSES?
ON OR AFTER the first day of classes:
Fall 2014 Student Loan Deadline If you still owe a bill for Fall 2014 and DO NOT PLAN ON RETURNING FOR SPRING, you may apply for a student loan to cover your balance. Follow these simple steps:
The deadline for students, NOT RETURNING IN THE SPRING, to complete ALL loan application requirements is FRIDAY, December 12th 2 p.m. Got questions? Contact an Enrollment Associate at Student Central in the Gordon Student Center or call the financial aid office directly at 498-2291.
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