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    Grand Rapids Community College
   
 
  Sep 23, 2017
 
 
    
2017-2018 Catalog

Tuition/Financial Aid


Tuition & Fees

Financial Aid


Tuition & Fees

Tuition & Residency

Educational costs at Grand Rapids Community College are shared by students and the taxpayers of the State of Michigan. Property taxes paid by residents of the Kent Intermediate School District (KISD) and state taxes paid by Michigan residents supplement student tuition. Therefore, different tuition rates exist for students who legally reside (1) in the KISD, (2) outside the KISD but within Michigan, and (3) outside the State of Michigan.

A student’s residency classification is established at the time of application for admission to Grand Rapids Community College. The information provided by the student on the Admissions Application is used to determine his/her residency status. It is the responsibility of the student to know his/her residency status and to understand the College’s residency policy.

For more information regarding Residency status and policy questions, please visit Residency Information.

No student will be admitted to classes unless all tuition and fees have been paid. Exceptions will be made only in such instances where necessary arrangements have been made with the Director of the Cashier’s Office.

For payment of tuition and fees, the College will accept cash, check and credit card (MasterCard/Visa/American Express/Discover Card).

FACTS Payment Plan

Monthly payment plans are available through Nelnet Business Solutions. Students may register at through the Student Online Center. Students must enroll each semester for the FACTS Payment Plan. If a student does not pay his or her FACTS agreement in full by the last due date, the student will not be eligible to use the program again for one full year from the time he or she pays the account in full.

Payment Schedule

Please refer to the tuition due dates for current semester at Tution Due Dates.

Residency Definitions

Legal Residence

The permanent, primary residence where a person intends to return whenever absent from college. (Note:  College owned housing is not considered permanent, primary residence.)

Resident Status

A student who has been a resident of the Kent Intermediate School District (KISD) for at least six consecutive months.

OR

A student who lives with his/her parents and/or legal guardian and they own or lease the home within the boundaries of the KISD.

Non-Resident Status

A student who has been a resident of the State of Michigan for at least six consecutive months but does not meet the definition of Resident Status.

Out-of-State Status

A student who does not meet the definitions of Resident or Non-Resident Status.

OR

A student who temporary entry permission (for example, a Student Visa, Au Pair).

Residency Review

Students who believe their residency status has changed or is incorrect may request a review of their records by submitting a Residency Review Form to the GRCC Cashier’s Office along with acceptable documentation.  A Residency Review Form can also be obtained in the Cashier’s Office, Room 154 Main Building.

The Residency Review form must be received in the Cashier’s Office prior to the start date of the semester for which the change is being requested. Requests received after the semester start date will be considered for the following semester and will not be considered for previous semesters.

Acceptable Documentation

The acceptable documentation is currently under review.  For the most updated information, please visit the Acceptable Documentation at www.grcc.edu/cashier/residencyinformation

Residency Audit

For more information regarding a residency please visit Residency Information.

Tuition Rates

At the time of publication, the tuition and fee rates for the current academic year were not yet approved by the GRCC Board of Trustees. For the most current tuition and fee information visit tuition and fees.

Fees

(Fees are subject to change any time during the academic year.)

For a detailed listing of Fees go to: www. grcc.edu/tuition

Refund Policy

See Payments & Refunds at Refunds Process.

Financial Aid

(616) 234-4030

The GRCC Financial Aid Office staff assists students in obtaining financial resources to pay the educational costs of attending college. Students who require assistance should apply for financial aid by submitting a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at www.fafsa.gov and include GRCC’s school code (002267). The federal processor will provide the student with a Student Aid Report (SAR) and will electronically send the SAR data to the GRCC Financial Aid Office. This data will be used by the Financial Aid Office to help determine financial aid eligibility.

General Student Eligibility Requirements

To be considered for most forms of financial aid, a student must meet all of the following requirements:

  • Be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen (not required for GRCC Foundation Scholarship consideration)
  • Be enrolled as a degree/certificate-seeking student
  • Maintain satisfactory academic progress
  • Be registered with Selective Service, if applicable. (Not required for State aid consideration)
  • Not be in default of a federal student loan or owe a repayment of a federal grant
  • Possess a high school diploma or GED. A certificate of completion is acceptable for State aid only.

Financial aid eligibility and processing requirements are subject to change.  Refer to the GRCC Financial Aid webpage for the most up-to-date information, grcc.edu/financialaid.

Financial Aid Priority Date

Students are encouraged to apply for financial aid early to ensure best consideration.  For the 2017-18 academic year, students may complete the FAFSA beginning October 1, 2016, using 2015 income information.  After submitting the FAFSA, students should review their GRCC Online Center “To Do” list for any additional documentation needed to complete the application process. Students must return all required documentation a minimum of three weeks prior to tuition due date to ensure any aid they are eligible to receive is in place.  Applications and documentation submitted will be processed in the date order received.  Students whose aid is not in place prior to the tuition due date, should plan to pay their tuition and fees with their own funds (or utilize the FACTS Payment Plan) in order to retain their classes.  Requested documentation may be submitted in person or by mail, fax or email.

Financial Aid Office
Grand Rapids Community College
143 Bostwick Avenue NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503-3295

Fax (616) 234-4091

email  financialaid@grcc.edu

Financial Aid Programs

At GRCC, a broad range of financial aid resources is available to students. By combining federal, state, GRCC Foundation and community-based resources, the Financial Aid Office staff will design a financial aid package to meet each student’s financial need as established by their FAFSA. Financial aid resources include scholarships, grants, on-campus employment and loans. Scholarships and grants are considered gift aid that does not require repayment, provided students attend and complete their courses.  Student employment and loans are considered self-help aid.  Student loans must be repaid with interest.

Federal Financial Aid

Federal Pell Grant – The maximum annual Pell grant award for 2017-18 is $5920. To apply for a Pell Grant, the student must submit a FAFSA and include GRCC’s school code (002267). The student will then receive a notification from the Financial Aid Office regarding eligibility for the Pell Grant. The exact amount of the grant is based on FAFSA data and determined from a payment schedule published annually by the U.S. Department of Education.

Federal Supplement Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG) – These federal grants, ranging from $100 to $1,000 annually, are awarded to students of exceptional financial need. Students are encouraged to complete their FAFSA early for best consideration, as these funds are limited. Priority is given to students who qualify for the Pell Grant.

Federal Direct Subsidized Loans – The subsidized loan is need-based. Loan interest does not accrue during in-school enrollment periods. FAFSA completion is required. Students must complete Entrance Counseling and a Loan Agreement (Master Promissory Note or MPN) at www.studentloans.gov. Annual subsidized loan limits are $3,500 for the freshman year and $4,500 for the sophomore year.

Students must be enrolled at least half-time (six credits), every semester, to be eligible for a loan. The maximum an undergraduate student may borrow in the subsidized loan program is $23,000.

Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan Program – The unsubsidized loan is not based on need. Eligibility is determined by subtracting financial aid awarded from GRCC’s cost of attendance. Under the federal direct unsubsidized loan program, interest accrues while enrolled in school, during the grace period, and during any periods of deferment or repayment. Students may defer the interest payments and allow it to be capitalized on their principal. Students selecting this option should be aware that their loan principal will increase based on the amount of that unpaid interest. Repayment of the loan principal begins six months after the student stops attending college at least half-time. FAFSA completion is required. Students must complete Entrance Counseling and a Loan Agreement (Master Promissory Note or MPN) at studentloans.gov. Annual unsubsidized loan limits are $2000 for dependent students and $6000 for independent students. Maximums may be limited based on other aid. Dependent students, whose parents are denied a PLUS (Parent) loan, may be considered for additional unsubsidized loan funds. Students must be at least half-time (six credits), every semester, to be eligible for a loan.

Maximum Aggregate Loan Limits for Undergraduate Students

Dependent - $31,000 (no more than $23,000 can be subsidized loans)

Independent - $57,500 (no more than $23,000 can be subsidized loans)             

Loan terms, sample repayment schedules, and entrance and exit counseling information can be obtained from the Financial Aid Office.

PLUS Loans (Parent Loans) – Parents can apply for a PLUS loan to help pay their son or daughter’s educational expenses.  The student must be a dependent, undergraduate, enrolled at least half-time in an eligible program, have filed a FAFSA and meet all other eligibility requirements. PLUS loans are available through the Federal Direct Loan Program. For a PLUS loan, parents must have an acceptable credit history and complete a PLUS Loan application and promissory note at https://studentloans.gov/myDirectLoan/index.action

Parents who don’t pass the credit check might still be able to receive a loan if someone, such as a relative or friend, agrees to endorse the loan. An endorser promises to repay the loan if the parent fails to do so. 

Federal Work-Study Program – This program provides part-time jobs to students on campus and with some off-campus community organizations. Students must be enrolled at least half-time and submit a FAFSA to be considered for work-study. The student must contact Student Employment Services (SES) to complete an application and review available job opportunities. SES will notify the Financial Aid Office and request the student’s work-study eligibility be determined.

State Based Aid

All State Programs are tuition-specific and require Michigan residency. If the student is dependent, the parent must also be a Michigan resident.

Michigan Competitive Scholarship - The Michigan Competitive Scholarship (MCS) is based on both financial need and merit.  To be considered, students must have a qualifying SAT score of 1200.  The federal processor must receive the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by March 1.  Students are responsible for notifying the Student Scholarships and Grant Office (SSG) of a change in their college choice.  This can be done through the MiSSG Student Portal at.michiganwww.gov/missg or by calling 1-888-4-GRANTS (888-447-2687). The maximum award is to be determined annually by the State of Michigan.

Tuition Incentive Program (TIP) – Eligible students are those who have or have had Michigan Medicaid coverage for 24 months within a 36-consecutive month period as identified by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS). Students must apply for TIP prior to August 31 of the year they graduate from high school (or its equivalent) and before their 20th birthday. Students must complete an application via the MiSSG Student Portal, or by calling the office at 888-447-2687. Visit michigan.gov/missg and click on the “student” button to navigate to the MiSSG student portal and create an account. Additionally, students must submit a copy of their high school diploma and birth certificate to GRCC.

At GRCC, Phase 1 benefits cover the standard tuition cost of 24 credits each academic year and up to $250 in mandatory fees per semester.  Only 80 credits of benefits are available in Phase 1, even if the student has not completed their degree.  For more information, a TIP Fact Sheet is available at  http://www.michigan.gov/mistudentaid/0,4636,7-128-60969_61016-274565–,00.html

Police Officer and Fire Fighter’s Survivor Tuition Grant (STG) - This grant provides a waiver of tuition at state and public institutions of higher education for children and surviving spouses of Michigan police officers and firefighters killed in the line of duty. For eligibility requirements and additional information, see the STG fact sheet at http://www.michigan.gov/mistudentaid/0,4636,7-128-60969_61016-274569–,00.html

Children of Veterans Tuition Grant (CVTG) - This grant provides undergraduate tuition assistance to children of qualified Michigan veterans who are totally and permanently disabled, MIA, or deceased, due to a service-connected injury or illness.  The renewable award pays a maximum of $2,800 per academic year. An application is required. For additional information and fact sheet go to: http://www.michigan.gov/mistudentaid/0,4636,7-128-60969_61509-274566–,00.html

Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP) - Recipients must have successfully completed the GearUP! Scholarship six-year program and be nominated. They must also possess a high school diploma, be less than 22 years old, be a resident of Michigan and must use the scholarship within five years of high school graduation.  Scholarship maximum is $1,000 per year and is renewable for three years. For the GEAR UP fact sheet go to http://www.michigan.gov/mistudentaid/0,4636,7-128-60969_61016-391867–,00.html

Fostering Futures Scholarship (FFS) - This scholarship provides eligible foster youth with scholarship funds for tuition, fees, room/board, books and supplies required for enrollment. Students must have been in foster care on or after their 13th birthday to qualify. The Fostering Futures fact sheet may be found at http://www.michigan.gov/mistudentaid/0,4636,7-128-60969_61016-349630–,00.html

Institutional Aid Programs

GRCC Foundation Scholarships – The Grand Rapids Community College Foundation awards more than $500,000 in scholarships to nearly 700 students annually. Scholarships are awarded based on financial need, merit and other criteria.  Apply online through https://grcc.academicworks.com/users/sign_in. The deadline for the 2017-2018 year is March 15th, 2017.

Occupational Support Grant – These grants are available to students who are enrolled in occupational curriculums, show financial need, and meet other Special Populations requirements. Students must submit a FAFSA and contact the GRCC Program Director of Occupational and Disability Support for application materials.

Outside Scholarship Opportunities

Outside Scholarships – Scholarship announcements sent to the Financial Aid Office from civic organizations, foundations and private sources are posted at www.grcc.edu/money. More information can be obtained at www.finaid.org, www.fastweb.com and www.saltmoney.org.

Transfer Scholarships – Transfer scholarships are awarded by colleges and universities on the basis of financial need and/or academic achievement. Transfer scholarships available to GRCC students are posted at www.grcc.edu/money.

Michigan Indian Tuition Waiver – Tuition waivers are available for students who are 1/4 or more Native American blood quantum as certified by their Tribal Enrollment Department, enrolled citizens of a U.S. federally recognized Tribe, and legal residents of the State of Michigan for not less than 12 consecutive months. Students should contact the Michigan Department of Civil Rights for additional information and application materials, www.michigan.gov/mdcr. The tuition waiver does not cover fee or book/supply charges.

Alternative Student Loans - GRCC encourages students considering alternative or private student loans to research multiple lenders and their terms. While we do not provide information to students regarding private lenders or have preferred lender arrangements we will certify private loan applications that are submitted to GRCC by students via their lender. 

Please note: The Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008 requires that before a private educational lender may finalize a private education loan for a student in attendance at an institution of higher education, the private lender must obtain the signed, completed self-certification form. Most lenders will provide this form directly to students. If your lender does not, you can obtain a Private Education Loan Applicant Self-Certification form here.

Method of Payment (Cashiers & Bookstore)

Students who have been awarded grants, scholarships, and/or Federal Direct Student Loans will have their awards credited to their account once all required steps have been completed. The eBill will reflect charges and awarded financial aid. Students will need to make payment arrangements for any balance aid does not cover. If a credit balance exists, up to $900 will be available to charge against at the GRCC Bookstore prior to the beginning of each semester through the second week of school up to $300 of this amount can be transferred to the Student’s Raider card. Any funds remaining after the Bookstore and Raider card charges have been deducted will be available to students after confirmation of attendance in classes has occurred.

Frequency of Financial Aid Refunds

All financial aid payments will be applied on a semester of enrollment basis. Financial aid is disbursed twice each semester. The first disbursement consists of grants, scholarships and the first half of a student’s loans. It is available approximately 30 days into the semester. The second disbursement of loan funds takes place at the semester midpoint.

At the time of disbursements students must be attending classes and continue to meet all eligibility requirements. Note that sometimes the entire first disbursement of aid must be used to cover tuition, fee, and book/Raider card charges. Consequently, some students will not receive a financial aid refund until second disbursement.

Disbursement and refund information is available at http://www.grcc.edu/financialaidscholarships/disbursementsandrefunds

Calculation of Financial Need

GRCC is a commuter college with no dormitory facilities; therefore, the college has no charges for room or board. However, for the calculation of financial need only, the College uses reasonable Room/Board, Books/Personal and Transportation figures based on MIT Living Wage Calculations for the State of Michigan.

The figures for 2016-2017 were:

Room/Board (living with parent) $3,402

Room/Board (not with parent)    $6,804

Books/Personal                          $2,609

Transportation                            $1,578

These figures are used solely for determining financial aid and are not charges billed to the student.

Federal Return of Funds

Title IV federal financial aid funds are awarded under the assumption that a student will remain in classroom attendance for the entire period (semester) for which funds were awarded. If a financial aid recipient withdraws from school after beginning attendance, the amount of Title IV grant or loan assistance earned by the student must be determined. Based on this calculation, students who receive federal financial aid and do not successfully complete any of their classes during a semester could be responsible to repay a portion of the aid they received. Students who do not begin attendance in classes are not eligible for federal financial aid and must repay all aid received.

This policy is available to review at http://grcc.edu/financialaidscholarships/applicationoffunds

Standards of Satisfactory Academic Progress

Federal regulations require students to make satisfactory academic progress toward the completion of a certificate or an associate’s degree to be eligible for financial aid. Satisfactory Academic Progress will be reviewed at the end of each semester.

This policy is available to review at www.grcc.edu/SAP-Policy