Types of Aid

Pell Grant

A federal Pell grant is free money from the federal government for eligible students.  Eligibility is indicated by the Student Aid Report (SAR) which the student receives after filing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).  The Pell grant ranges in value from $555 to $5550 per award year and must be used toward the cost of tuition; fees; books; living, transportation and personal expenses incurred while attending college.

To apply for financial aid at Chattahoochee Valley Community College you must follow these steps:
1. Complete admission procedure through the Admissions Office.
2. Submit your official transcript(s) to the Admissions Office.
3. Complete the FAFSA online for the academic year you plan to attend CVCC with our federal school code 012182.  (Also using the IRS Data Retrieval on the FAFSA is highly recommended.)

If a student is eligible, he/she will receive an award letter indicating the amount of award.  Pell grant awards are prorated based on student’s enrollment each semester.

To maintain eligibility to receive Pell grants, a student must be in good standing and making satisfactory progress (refer page 33-34 in college catalog) toward completing his/her program of study.  Students must reapply every year for the Pell grant.

Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG)

Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG) is another grant from the federal government for school attendance.  All “exceptionally needy” Pell grant recipients are considered for these limited funds upon receipt of the SAR or FAFSA.  The FSEOG estimate for CVCC is $600 per award year.  Preference will be shown to students meeting the July 1 priority date.

Alabama Student Assistance Program (ASAP)

Alabama Student Assistance Program (ASAP) is a state grant similar to FSEOG.  All “exceptionally needy” Pell grant recipients are considered for these limited funds upon receipt of the SAR or FAFSA.  The ASAP estimate for CVCC is $600 per award year.  Preference will be shown to students meeting the July 1 priority date.

Federal Work Study (FWS)

Federal Work Study is a job program which gives part time employment opportunities to students who show financial need.  Student interested in Federal Work Study must complete the FAFSA and complete the work study application documents in the Financial Aid Office located in Wilson Hall.  Work study positions are awarded on a first come, first serve basis.  Work hours are usually before or after classes each day and students earn minimum wage while working 10-20 hours each week.  Job placement is based on job availability and job skills as well as the student’s need and desire to work.

Scholarships

Academic Scholarships-Students who possess 85% or better average from 9th grade through first semester of 12th grade in all academic coursework of high school are eligible to apply for Academic Scholarship which is awarded annually.  This scholarship may be renewable after one year provided the student maintains the required grade point average and remains in good standing with the institution.  To apply students must complete FAFSA for the same academic year the scholarship is offered; and complete Scholarship Application Form, admission application, submit all official transcripts to the Financial Aid Office located in Wilson Hall.  Scholarship applications can be obtained from your high school counselor or the Financial Aid Office.  Deadline for scholarship application is March 1.

Ambassador Scholarships-Students who possess 80% or better average from 9th grade through first semester of 12th grade in all academic coursework of high school are eligible to apply for Ambassador Scholarship which is awarded annually.  This scholarship may be renewable after one year provided the student maintains the required grade point average and remains in good standing with the institution.  Students who are awarded the Ambassador Scholarship will be required to perform certain duties as a college ambassador.  To apply students must complete FAFSA for the same academic year the scholarship is offered; and complete Scholarship Application Form, admission application, submit all official transcripts to the Financial Aid Office located in Wilson Hall.  Scholarship applicators can be obtained from your high school counselor or the Financial Aid Office.  Deadline for scholarship application is March 1.

Leadership Scholarships-Students who possess 80% or better average from 9th grade through first semester of 12th grade in all academic coursework of high school are eligible to apply for Leadership Scholarship which is awarded annually.  This scholarship may be renewable after one year provided the student maintains the required grade point average and remains in good standing with the institution.  Students who are awarded the Leadership Scholarship will be also required to perform service hours for the college.  To apply students must complete FAFSA for the same academic year the scholarship is offered; and complete Scholarship Application Form, admission application, submit all official transcripts to the Financial Aid Office located in Wilson Hall.  Scholarship applications can be obtained from your high school counselor or the Financial Aid Office.  Deadline for scholarship application is March 1.

Career Technical Scholarships-Students who are interested in a technical program of study and have earned an academic average of 80% or better are eligible to apply for Career Technical Scholarships.  This scholarship may be renewable after one year provided the student maintains the his/her technical program of study, required grade point average and remains in good standing with the institution.  Students who are awarded the Career Technical Scholarship must be willing to participate in college events.  To apply students must complete FAFSA for the same academic year the scholarship is offered; and complete Career Tech Scholarship Application Form, admission application, submit all official transcripts to the Financial Aid Office located in Wilson Hall.  Scholarship applications can be obtained from your high school counselor or the Financial Aid Office.  Deadline for scholarship application is March 1.

Performing Arts Scholarships (Music)-Students who possess talents in Music (vocal/ instrumental) are invited to try out for this scholarship.  Interested students should contact the respective person in the Fine Arts Division for dates/times of tryouts.

Athletic Scholarships (Men’s Baseball, Women’s Fast Pitch Softball, Men’s Basketball, Women’s Basketball)-Students who possess athletic abilities in one of these areas are invited to try out for Athletic Scholarships.  The Athletic Director and coaches determine these scholarships.  Interested students should contact the Athletic Department.

Senior Adult Program-The Alabama State Board of Education has approved the waiver of tuition for Alabama residents age 60 and over who wish to enroll in college credit courses.  Contact Admissions Office in Wallace Hall for further information.

Student Loans

Direct loans are low interest loans for students from the U.S. Department of Education.  Subsidized loans are for students who have a demonstrated financial need as determined by federal regulation.  No interest is charged to a student who is registered for at least half time, and during grace or deferment periods.  Unsubsidized loans are not based on financial need and interest is charged from the onset of the loan and continues even during the time student is enrolled and during grace or deferment periods.

Subsidized loan limit for freshman is $3500 and sophomore $4500 annually; unsubsidized loan limit for dependent student is $2000 and independent $6000 annually.

To apply for Direct Loans at Chattahoochee Valley Community College, students must:

  • Complete the FAFSA online at www.fafsa.gov with CVCC federal school code 012182
  • Complete Offer Letter and submit to Financial Aid Office
  • Complete online Entrance Counseling at www.studentloans.gov
  • Complete Master Promissory Note (MPN) at www.studentloans.gov
  • Financial Awareness Counseling (www.studentloans.gov) must be completed by students who request loans again for the next academic year.

Borrowers may choose from several types of repayment plans.  With Direct Loans you borrow directly from the federal government and have a single contact–Direct Loan Servicing Center (www.studentloans.gov) –for everything related to the repayment of your loans, even if you had Direct Loans at other schools.

When a student has graduated or stopped attending at least half time, the student is required to complete the Loan Exit Counseling online at www.nslds.ed.gov.

For more detailed information contact the Financial Aid Office in Wilson Hall.

Military & Veterans

Please visit our special Military & Veteran’s pages here.

Prepaid Affordable College Tuition (PACT)

Prepaid Affordable College Tuition (PACT) is a pre-paid college tuition program administered by the State of Alabama Treasurer’s office.   Students who have PACT must inform the Business Office in Wallace Hall before registering for classes.  http://www.treasury.alabama.gov/pact/index.html

Other

WIA/TRA-Students must contact the Career Center located in Brassell Hall to determine if he/she qualifies for one of these programs.

Private Loans-Private loans can be obtained through private lenders.  Students must contact their lender for application and terms of private loans.

Outside Scholarships-If you have a scholarship from an agency or organization outside the college then contact the Business Office for more information to use that scholarship at CVCC.