Pictured (from left
to right) are Brittany Bolton, Jaquan Terry,Tiera Harris and Tevin
Shearin. These Roanoke Valley high
school students want to ensure that their FAFSA applications are
complete for college fall enrollment. Tara Keeter (far right) is
Halifax Community College’s Financial Aid Director.
How do I apply for Financial Aid?
To be considered for any type of federal,
state or need-based financial aid, you must complete a Free
Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
Apply online at
www.fafsa.ed.gov each year after January 1 for the upcoming
What is Halifax Community College's Title IV
Do I have to reapply for
financial aid each year?
Is there a deadline for applying?
To ensure aid is available prior to classes beginning, priority
deadlines have been established
Fall semester, June 1st
Spring semester, October 15th
Summer semester, April 1st
What types of financial aid are available to me?
1. Grants (which do not have to be paid back)
3. Scholarships and
What is the Student Aid Report (SAR)?
The SAR is a copy of the FAFSA information
submitted by the student
sure to view the information carefully and submit any needed
corrections online at
HCC will also receive the information
electronically, so the student should retain the SAR
My SAR indicates I was selected for "verification." What
does that mean?
The federal government randomly selects
approximately 30% of all aid recipients for verification
This means the Financial Aid Office must
verify the information you submitted on your FAFSA by collecting
tax returns and other documents to confirm the accuracy of your
The college will contact you by letter to
inform you of what you will need to provide
should submit all documents promptly to avoid delays in the
What makes me an independent student?
The federal government will consider you an independent student if
you meet one of the following guidelines:
You are 24 years of age or older
enrolled in a graduate program (ex., Master's
have legal dependents other than spouse
you are an orphan or ward of the court
you are a veteran
In other cases, you will have to provide your
parents' income information
If 18-23 years of age, you may have to provide
your parents’ income information
What if my family and/or income situation changes?
What are the enrollment requirements to be eligible to receive
Only a limited number of certificate programs are eligible for
Special Students are not eligible
Students that take a class and not pursue a degree, diploma, or
certificate program are "Special Students”
What are the requirements to receive the maximum amount of financial
aid you are entitled to receive?
You must be considered a full-time student
(enrolled in at least12 credit hours )
You may still be eligible to receive financial aid if you are
enrolled less than full time, but your award will be reduced
How will I receive my financial aid?
Upon being awarded, you are eligible to charge
your tuition, fees and books against your financial aid
Once all charges have been deducted from your
award amount and your attendance has been verified, a check for
any excess monies will be disbursed to you
Is financial aid available in summer semester?
Will I lose my financial aid if I make bad grades?
Halifax Community College has a Satisfactory
Academic Progress policy which is required by federal law
This policy sets forth a qualitative (minimum
GPA), quantitative standard (minimum numbers of hours you must
complete), and maximum time frame for degree completion.
Do you provide Scholarships?
The HCC Foundation provides scholarships to
The scholarship program consists of two types
of awards: Merit based and Needs based
Scholarships are awarded on a competitive
basis applying the following criteria:
Academic excellence, Achievement,
Leadership qualities, Need or other criteria as
stipulated by donors
Contact the HCC College Foundation Office at
(252) 536-7319 for more information.
Deadline Application date for Fall Semester 2010 is May 3