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A. Four Steps
         • Step 1 - Complete the FAFSA
         • Step 2 - Complete Data Forms
         • Step 3 - Complete Verification Form
         • Step 4 - Provide a copy of the completed tax forms


A. FAFSAs will be accepted beginning January 1 of each year for the academic year beginning in the next fall.

A. A new application and file must be completed for each academic year. The application process can be started as early as January 1st.  

A. A student is determined to be dependent and must submit the parents' tax return until the student:
         • is 24 years of age
         • has a bachelors degree
         • is married
         • Provides more than half the support for children
         • Provides more than half the support for dependents (other than children or spouse)
         • is an orphan or was a ward of the court until the age of 18
         • is a veteran of the US Armed Services.

A. Financial aid can be applied for at any time during the semester; however, students are required to have their financial aid files complete at the time of registration unless they plan to pay for the classes themselves.

A. Student refunds are divided into two parts. The first half is released to students during the 7th week of classes. The remaining amount is released during the 12th week of classes.

A. All completed files must contain an EACC data form. If your SAR has been selected for verification, you must also complete the verification form and provide a copy of the tax returns to the Financial Aid Office.

A. Yes. Students cannot receive financial aid if they are on academic suspension.

A. A student can receive PELL for 150% of the course of study. At EACC, a student is eligible to receive PELL until he or she has attempted (not necessarily completed) 96 credit hours OR 7 semesters at any post-secondary education institution.

A. Maximum for freshmen is $3,500. Maximum for sophomores is $4,500.

A. The amount of Pell you receive is based upon the number of hours you are enrolled in and attending. To receive 100% of your Pell, you must be enrolled in and attending 12 credit hours or more; 75% is 9-11 credit hours; 50% is 6-8 credit hours.

A. Please contact the staff in the Betty Jo Hodges building for more information, or visit our Distance Learning page.

A. All Distance Learning Courses require an additional fee of $20.00 per course. Some online courses will require the purchase of an access code along with your textbook. When purchasing your books please tell the bookstore staff that you are enrolled in an online course; they will check to see if an access code is required and if additional fees apply.

A. Check with your instructor or with the Distance Learning Coordinator; usually your exams are given online. However, there are a few instructors that require face-to-face exams. In this case you may be allowed to take the exam close to home by getting a Proctor in your area.

A. Distance Learning Courses follow the same schedule as traditional EACC classes. You will be granted access to your online classroom at 8 a.m. on the first date of the semester. For more specific dates go to the EACC Academic Calendar. Log in to your class as soon as possible. Your instructor takes attendance in the online classroom, and excessive absences are reported. To ensure your success it is recommended that you log in and participate in the online class discussion at least three times each week.

A. Online courses have a set schedule for assignments and testing. When you log in to your class check the syllabus and the calendar for assignments and tests due dates. It is recommended that you print a copy of the syllabus so that you can easily refer to it throughout your course.

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